Over the last couple of months I have discovered some really great summer and skincare favourites. I have been spending a lot time outdoors and wearing a mask, which has really changed up what products I’m using. I have been wearing a lot less make up and really leaning in to skincare. If you’d like to know some new products I have been loving just keep reading!
Lise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil is amazing. I regret not trying it sooner. It is so great for breaking down sunscreen and pulling impurities from the skin. I have been following LA Beautyologists oil cleansing routine and have been seeing a lot of impurities being pulled from my skin. Not only have I found her method incredibly effective, but the facial massage component feels so good.
I love this oil cleanser because it doesn’t break me out and it leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and soft. I also find my skin can feel really oily and congested after wearing a mask. This oil cleanser does a great job at leaving my skin feeling clean and nourishing my skin.
Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream – I have never washed my hands, or used as much hand sanitizer, as I have in the past few months. As a result, my hands have been so dry and I started experiencing eczema. So many people who swear by this hand cream and I was desperate to try anything. Withing 24 hours of using this cream I noticed a significant difference in the dryness and irritation on my hands. I applied this cream as needed throughout the first 24 hours. Since then, I have been using it on an as needed basis. See the photos below for the difference within 24 hours of using the cream. This is the best hand cream I have ever tried.
Nexcare Acne Covers – Where were these when I was a teenager? This is one of the best spot treatment products I have ever used. Best part? They are around ten dollars and are from the drugstore. They work like a sponge to pull out the oil and puss from the breakout. You can wear them at night while you sleep. Sometimes it can take a couple of nights to clear up the blemish completely.
My favourite way to wear these is under my mask. I have to wear a mask for eight hours a day at work. I have been experiencing some serious maskne because of this. To help combat the spread of the acne bacteria, and to prevent more breakouts caused by my mask rubbing I wear the patches underneath my mask. Doing this has greatly reduced the inflammation and helps clear up the blemishes faster. Never did I think I would be wearing pimple patches out in public, but 2020 is a strange time.
Vichy Mineral Tinted Sunscreen – Stepping away from makeup has given me a whole new appreciation for tinted sunscreen. Tinted sunscreen, in general, has really helped me feel more confident day to day when not wearing makeup – especially with maskne. The tint is really light and gives just enough coverage to reduce any redness from a blemish, but still leaves my skin looking like skin. You can still see blemishes – it just helps them to be less red and noticeable.
I also really like this sunscreen because it is mineral. With my skin having more blemishes lately a mineral sunscreen is a better alternative as it is more gentle on the skin and less likely to cause breakouts. I also this it acts as a good barrier between my skin and my mask.
This sunscreen doesn’t leave any kind of white cast and doesn’t feel sticky. I find it adds a bit of a dewy or glowy finish on the skin. It is also water and sweat resistant, fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
Neostrata Dual Acid Clarifying Peel – This has been a favourite for a while whenever I have a breakout, or need a really good exfoliation. It uses a 10% AHA and 10% PHA to exfoliate the skin. It helps to minimize the appearance of pores, treat break outs and reduce acne scarring. I love this product because it is effective and provides instant gratification. It takes 15-20 minutes and I always notice a difference in the clarity, brightness and texture of my skin.
Those are some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of months. What have you been loving lately? Have you changed up the kind of products you use in your routine?