Part of my new year’s resolution was to take better care of my skin and improve my current skincare plan. Not only was 2017 just one big blur and I did a terrible job at actively taking care of my skin, but pregnancy did some pretty odd things to it in general that I’m still trying to resolve. Aside from the dark patches that appeared on my forehead (melasma), I got terrible breakouts and started growing a new set of hair right on my forehead (I kid you not, I was growing a set of bangs out of nowhere). Top that off with the fact that I was barely washing my face at night, and a lack of sleep and my skin was just sad and in desperate need of a little TLC.
So for 2017, I’ve put a huge focus on all things skincare. From moisturizing my body every day, to toners, tonics, masks, creams, facials, cleansers, etc. You name it, nothing is off limits for my skin this year. I mean NOTHING! Matter of fact, I dream of being able to afford to have a profractional laser taken to my face, but pretty sure Joe would kill me if I spent $1000 on my skin (at least all at once anyway ;))
So to jumpstart on my 2018 ‘get my skin back in shape journey’ (followed by ‘get this body back in shape journey’ lol) I’m sharing all the products/brands that have already make a difference in my skin’s appearance, and all the old faithful products that I love and am bringing back to my regimen. Buckle up beauty babes!
I’ve been using Pixi Beauty products for a long time. I’ve used their skincare and their makeup, but I’ve really pushed their skincare to the front of the line in 2018. Rose in skincare (or drinking rose water) is all the rage right now (seriously I’ve read so many articles lately about how beneficial rose is to the skin for its anti-inflammatory properties), so I was really excited to use some of the rose products in the Pixi skincare line, like this one, this one and this one, and so far they’ve helped a lot with moisturizing my dry winter skin, as well as helping with minor breakouts and redness.
Another product from Pixi Beauty that I love is their glow tonic. I cannot say enough great things about this product and really credit it to the reason these dark forehead patches have started to diminish. It contains glycolic acid to help exfoliate your skin, as well as aloe vera (I’m a sucker for any product that has aloe vera in it because my skin has always responded so well it) and witch hazel. If you haven’t swiped witch hazel across your face after washing off your makeup, you are truly missing out. I used to use this witch hazel toner, but have just been using the glow tonic now since it’s a one stop shop.
I spent 3 weeks (no joke) looking for the perfect body lotion (aside from Crème De Corps) because I just didn’t want to pay the price tag. Aside from having great reviews, it needed to have a pump dispenser so I’d be more inclined to use it, nice packaging so it could sit on my bathroom counter top and it had to smell nice because I was going to put this on my entire body daily. Well, 3 weeks of searching turned into nothing and I got so frustrated that I just went to target and bought this lotion and turns out I LOVE IT! It smells nice without being overpowering, and my skin hasn’t been scaly and painfully dry since I started using it! Bonus – it’s less than $4!
I’ve made it a point to wash my face every night and not just with cleansing cloths, but actually washing my face. That was something I skipped a lot of the time in 2017 and I could tell because my pores were clogged and my skin was dull and drab. I’ve been alternating back and forth between this Derma E cleanser and this Derma E cleanser and I love both. I use the cleansing mud 4-5 times a week and then the Vitamin A cleanser 2-3 times a week depending on need. The vitamin A cleanser does make my skin feel a little dryer the next day, but nothing a little lotion can’t fix!
I could write a thousand posts on how much I love GlamGlow for face masks, but in all seriousness, I’ve never found a product that my skin loved more than this one! The price makes me cringe, but it’s truly worth every penny and I only use it once or twice a week, so not only does it last forever, it gives my skin that extra boost!
Despite everything, I’m still human and get breakouts or pimples from time to time. I recently purchased the Neutrogena Light Therapy pen and it’s just plain fun to use lol. I’ve always been a habitual ‘picker’ of my skin when I get a zit, and I’ve really been trying to stop that nasty habit. It’s disgusting and makes the zit a thousand times worse, not to mention it’s terrible for your skin. So I bought this pen to try and help me stop picking. So far so good and it really does help with the redness and inflammation of the acne.
As I said in this post, Joe got me this product for mother’s day, and it’s no wonder that this company has blown up after releasing it. It’s a game changer in the beauty world and I’ve noticed a HUGE difference since I started using it. I’ve always had forehead wrinkles thanks to my overly dramatic facial expressions and very animated way of speaking lol, and I’ve considered botox 1,001 different times to help with those wrinkles. I never bit the bullet because I was afraid the botox would make me look really surprised or fake, so instead I got the GloPro and while the wrinkles are still there, they look nothing compared to this time a year ago! It also helps with the fine lines around my eyes (ughhh, aging!) and they now make a lip attachment that I’m dying to try.
Now, if I could just remind myself to drink more water in a day and remember to take my multivitamin, I’d be all set! Nevertheless, that sums up my skincare routine. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email!
Cheers to happy, healthy skin and a happy Tuesday!