These Products Saved My Skin, and Maybe They’ll Save Yours Too!
If you love our PurseBlog Beauty series than you probably remember reading about how, up until recently, I didn't take care of my skin—at all! All of that changed when I started noticing that I was getting more clogged pores and blemishes than usual. My skin has always been pretty good. Sure, I got the occasional pimple here and there as a teen, and I even went through a rough patch in my early twenties, but as I got older, my skin got better, and I expected that it would continue to do so. Then, one day, it looked like it was starting to get worse! I went to Sephora for help, and an amazing educator named Tina at my local store changed my whole outlook on skincare. She was kind of shocked when I told her I did nothing but wash my face but an exfoliator every night and occasionally wore eye cream. All that was about to change, though.
I simply went in looking for something to clear my blemishes, but Tina didn't recommend any products for acne because she said that it would be too harsh. She explained that my skin really wasn't in as bad of a shape as I thought. Rather, it was likely producing more natural oils since I wasn't moisturizing—who knew—and she asked when the last time I cleaned my makeup brushes was. My answer? "Um, I don't know?" She recommended cleaning my makeup brushes to start, and also that I get myself on a good skincare routine to see if I saw a change. Spoiler alert: I did!
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
$34 via Sephora
The first change I made to my skincare routine was to stop using a harsh exfoliant every night! I love this one by Murad, but I now only exfoliate 2-3 times a week. I liked using an exfoliator because I felt that my skin was never clean enough just using a cleanser, but this jelly cleanser by Drunk Elephant changed that. I also use a makeup wipe first, which definitely helps. I'm seriously obsessed with this cleanser. It removes all traces of dirt, oil and makeup, not to mention it's completely vegan and cruelty free. My skin feels smooth and soft after cleansing, even though this doesn't have an exfoliator, which I honestly never thought possible.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
$80 via Sephora
First things first, do not see that price tag and cringe—this stuff should last months! I've had mine since August, and it's still going strong. You're only using a tiny pump in the morning, so you should get a lot of use out of one bottle. This Vitamin C serum brightens, firms and tones your skin. Couple it with my next skin-saver pick and you're well on your way to achieving the skin you've always dreamed of. I use this every morning before I moisturize.
First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid
$55 via Sephora
One of my biggest skin complaints is dark marks. As I mentioned, my skin has always been pretty good, but it's also really sensitive. The minute I get a pimple or a blemish, it leaves a dark mark, which often takes months to go away. It's super frustrating, but this stuff has honestly saved me. The C-Firma serum is good for evening out your skin tone as well, but this leave-on exfoliator is no joke. I noticed a difference in my dark spots and marks in just a week. I use this at night underneath my moisturizer.
Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
$38 via Sephora
Since I started using this moisturizer, I've noticed that my skin is not nearly as shiny or as oily as it once was. I'd been avoiding moisturizing altogether because my skin was oily, not realizing that moisturizing your skin is essential, whether it's oily or not. I was actually likely causing myself more trouble by not moisturizing. This product is oil-free and does the trick without making your skin overly shiny. In fact, my skin stays pretty matte for most of the day. I love this product!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
$30 via Sephora
This concealer is essential for the inevitable, because let's be honest: all the skin-savers in the world can't stop the occasional blemish from sneaking out. I love this concealer for a few reasons. First, this kind of applicator is my favorite. I tried another concealer this month that I ended up keeping for my under-eyes, but nixed for blemish coverage. It was a lipstick style applicator and I prefer an applicator like that of this NARS concealer. It's ideal for dabbing and dotting on your trouble spots. I don't wear foundation, and this provides really great coverage on blemishes, dark spots and my dark under-eye circles. I hear this product is a cult favorite—any of you love it too?
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