Wednesday, April 2, 2014

morning skincare routine

Finding a great skincare routine is about as difficult as winning the lottery. The options are endless and overwhelming, to say the least. The good thing is that I thoroughly enjoy learning about skincare products and am always up to try something new. Because of that, I've experimented a lot and, while I've been satisfied, I haven't been truly impressed. Until now. 

I've always had a clear complexion for the most part... that is, until this past year. I don't know what has happened - hormones ...age? Who knows. But finally, I've found my all time favorite skincare routine and I just have to share it with you. Thanks to these products, I'm noticing a huge improvement. 

1.  LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL // This is your basic daily cleanser that is soap-free, alcohol-free, and oil-free. It has salicylic acid, which helps clean out and tighten the pores. It also keeps your skin pH balanced at 55. 
2.  CLINIQUE CLARIFYING LOTION 3 // This stuff makes your skin feel squeaky clean, but not dry and tight. It whisks away pore-clogging oil and flakes in one fell swoop. I've used it for years and years. 
3.  LA ROCHE-POSAY THERMAL SPRING WATER // Although this step isn't necessary, it's a simple luxury that I feel makes a difference. This stuff is jam packed full of anti-oxidants and it's the perfect prep for additional treatments. I feel like it puts moisture back in my skin that has been pulled out through washing and toning. Because of the super fine mist it sprays, it's also a great mid-day refresher and awesome to use after putting on powder makeup. 
4.  DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA DAY SERUM // I can't sing this stuff's praises enough. First of all, it's non-toxic and has low hazard ingredients, but that doesn't stop it from being super powerful and effective. It's key ingredients are water, algae extract, sodium hydroxide and fruit extracts. In a nutshell, it evens skin tone, brightens, and fights signs of aging like nobody's business. 
5.  ORIGINS GINZING REFRESHING EYE CREAM // While I'm letting my serum really sink in, I go ahead and apply my eye cream. Between the caffeine it contains and it's pearlized color, it doesn't let under eye bags stand a chance. This is another thing in my routine that has stayed consistent for the past couple of years. 
6.  OLAY TOTAL EFFECTS 7-IN-ONE MOISTURIZER // I'd bore you if I stated all of the great things this moisturizer does. Let's sum it up into just a few. It has SPF 15, antioxidants, evens skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and helps reduce free radical damage. I recently did a LOT of research on finding a great day moisturizer and thanks to Paula's Choice, I decided that this was one of my best options (even compared to expensive products). 
7.  LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO // This stuff is so, so good. I will never go without. It has benzoyl peroxide to eliminate acne-causing bacteria and micro-exfoliating LHA, which refines pores and provides precise exfoliation. I use this as a spot treatment when needed. It's gentle and reduces breakouts in a flash.

What are your holy grail skin-savers?


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  2. I swear by La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, it really does work and it's not harsh at all!!!

    Xo Ash,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  3. Have you checked out Caroline Hiron's blog at all? I get so many product recs from her!
    I love LRP! They were my first "high-end" skincare brand in my teens and I've comeback to so many of their products. Currently I have the effacer duo also.
    I love the Origins GinZing too!

  4. I've been looking for a great day time moisturizer so can't wait to try out Olay!! I'm a huge fan of Origins products and love their eye creams!!

  5. I'm a big fan of La Roche-Posay products and I agree, the gel and Effaclar Duo are amazing. I also tried the Origins GinZing eye cream recently and I loved the illuminating effect that brightens up the whole under-eye area. Great picks, Megan!

  6. great selection of skincare products! love la roche posay products so gentle on the skin yet effective!


  7. You should try the Paula's choice skin care line, especially the chemical exfoliators. They are seriously game changing products!

  8. I am still in a trial and error phase when it comes to my current skin care routine so I'll have to check these products out - thanks for the recommendation!

  9. Thanks for the recommendations! I love the Origins GinZing eye cream---- I've found it works best if I keep it in the fridge and apply it cold. Really helps de-puff, and feels heavenly.

  10. Ive been looking to change up my skincare routine. I use all the Clinique products now but Im going to try the La rouche products that you suggested. Thanks for the recommendation!


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