For many, me included, skincare is a little bit of a revolving door. Such is the nature of an industry that has so many different options—there’s always a new face wash or brand or mask that’s coming out, being promoted, or just sitting on a lengthy Amazon wish list.
I mean, products don’t last forever. We’re bound to switch things up and buy new things.
Because of this, I figured that it would be a good idea to share what my current holy grail items are. Some of these have been regulars for years, while others are temporary installments.
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1. Acne Wash
The basis of my skin care is always a face wash that’s made specifically to help reduce acne. I rotate through all sorts of different products for this, from African Black Soap to a TJ Maxx on-sale item. I just look at the ingredients and make sure that there’s salicylic acid.
If you exist on Instagram and follow any big-time influencers, I guarantee that you’ve heard of Tula. This brand is simple, a little expensive, and popular for sponsored posts. I have their probiotic cleanser and enjoy it, though I wouldn’t necessarily rave about it being the end-all be-all. It lives in my shower, as a daily gentle wash.
3. Burt’s Bees Salicylic Acid
My skin reacts best to salicylic acid best, compared to other acne-fighting chemicals. The Burt’s Bees version ($8) is great for spot treatment (though you don’t get much in that bottle), and I can usually see the difference when I apply it to any of my problem areas.
4. Witch Hazel Toner
Witch Hazel is known for its many benefits: reduces inflammation, relieves skin irritation, fights acne, and alleviates redness. I usually use this all-natural solution as a toner after I wash my face, either once or twice a day. I go with Thayer’s brand, rose petal scented ($9).
5. Collagen Moisturizer
My skin craves moisture, between Colorado’s dry climate and my own set of genes. I go for a collagen-boosted moisturizer, which also helps with elasticity. My go-to has been the $5 St. Ives product (sold in a two-pack).
6. Oil Control Lotion
I feel like my face produces enough oil to run a motorized vehicle. One of my solutions to this problem is using an oil control lotion, which also has SPF, to try and reduce some of that all-day shine. I’ve been using this $10 Differin lotion.
7. Rosehip Oil
Though it might seem counter-intuitive for me to put more oil on my already oily face, one of the reasons I over-produce oil is because I’m not getting enough moisture. So, the glands in my face overcompensate. Rosehip oil gives my skin some extra oily moisture, and is known to brighten skin, reduce scarring, and help with acne.
8. Clay Mask
A clay mask is part of my face mask rotation, because across the board they work to clean out and minimize pores (mine are huge) and reduce oil production. My favorite is the Indian Clay Mask, though I have many different products from tons of brands.
9. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
And that’s it! Do you have any products that are a must for your skin care routine?