#Shelfie: The Skincare Products I’m Using Right Now
My skincare routine changes at the same speed I date: constant and with little-to-no commitment (I’m working on amending both). But there are always those permanent products that have won a place on my vanity shelf, so I’m starting a new monthly piece titled, Shelfie, where I’ll give you a sneak peek into the actual products I’m using right now because, after all the selfies we’re taking, don’t our product shelves deserve some love, too? We’d love to see your current #shelfie, too, so hit us up on twitter or instagram and tag your pic with #BBshelfie for a chance to be featured on the site!
My current skincare products are as follows:
I alternate between Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser ($70), a super gentle, super foaming face wash, and Thank You Farmer Back to Pure Daily Foaming Gel Cleanser ($28), a very light foaming wash for sensitive skin. I was using harsher cleanser last month – ones with salicylic acid and other serious acne ingredients – and my face freaked out and got super pissed at me (a.k.a. it broke out like a teenager), so Barbara (Dr. Barbara Sturm) told me to remove all harsh ingredients from my skincare regimen and allow my skin to heal. For a thrice weekly deeper cleanse, I’m using Dr. Barbara Sturm Enzyme Cleanser ($77), which is actually a powder that foams into a wash when activated with water. It’s gentle enough to not cause a face freakout, but effective enough to exfoliate dull skin without beads or seeds or harsh scrubs. I love it.
Biologique Recherche Lotion p50 is a cult-classic, and for good reason: because it actually works. (Read our in-depth, rave review of the product here.)You’ve got to be diligent and use as directed, and, in the end, skin is left softer, brighter, hydrated, and – most importantly – PH balanced, so it can receive the serums and lotions and potions.
As far as serums are concerned, I’m sticking with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Acid ($300) (every skin routine needs a daily does of HA), twice a day. At night, I alternate between Kat Burki Complete B Illume Brightening Serum ($240) to lighten pigmentation issues (the lightweight formula uses cold-pressed ingredients, no filler toxic stuff), and IS Clinical White Lightening Complex ($140), which is, perhaps, the most aggressive product I’m using on my complexion at present, but it really works to give skin an all-around brighter, more youthful appearance by lightening discoloration, shrinking pores, and evening out skin tone. It’s one of my favorite serums on the market because you actually get results, and quickly. A newer serum in my serum arsenal that’s making the rotation is Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90). I’d read so many rave reviews, I wanted to try it out for myself… and it doesn’t disappoint. It helps with oiliness, texture, pore size, uneven skin tone, and overall dull or blah complexions — but it has some heavy ingredients, like 12% AHA, so I’m building up to nightly use, allowing my skin to get comfortable with the acids. Also, note: I’m not using TLC, IS Clinical White Lightening, and Kat Burki Brightening on the same nights. My skin would FREAK out. In fact, sometimes I’ll even spot treat certain areas with certain serums, this way I’m targeting product for concern.
In terms of my Hyaluronic Acid serum, if my skin is in full freakout mode, I stop here and just finish with an eye gel and SPF: Elta MD ($34), always and forever. It’s the only SPF that doesn’t make me breakout. Hyaluronic Acid is a perfect moisturizer for super slick skin. But it’s winter, and my complexion is a bit drier, so I like to layer a moisturizer on top. I’ve been alternating between Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer ($39), formulated for oily skin types, so it’s incredibly gentle and soothing, and BioRecept Hydra’Vitamin B ($42), a french skincare wonder potion that is lightweight and fragrance-free and leaves skin feeling as soft as a peach (seriously). It’s also ideal for combo skin types and it’s organic. You really can’t ask for more.
Finally, an eye gel. I have a thing for eye gel at the moment (more to come on this later). Creams seemed too heavy for my delicate eye area. REN’s Vita Mineral™ Active 7 Eye Gel ($30) is affordable and effective. It makes the area brighter and hydrated, and it’s a great primer pre-eye makeup.
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