Just for reference, my skin type is combination dry and oily. I have found this products work well for a variety of reasons, but I only have experience in my own skin type with them. Some of the tools and products are considered to be universally good for all skin types but you really don’t know if it works for you until you try them.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray – This product was one I wasn’t really sold on until I owned it myself. With such simple packaging and labeling the cost is minimal. The spray is almost addictive and actually makes a decent setting spray over makeup. I’ve found that mid day when I’m slowing down a little a quick spray makes my face feel less oily, the scent is very refreshing and the mist itself wakes me up a little. I don’t think it’s a product that would change your life, but I certainly like using it.
Derma roller/ microneedling – Another item I wasn’t sold on until I used it. I did a lot of research on derma rolling before I purchased one and I have to say that hygiene and sterility is incredibly important with this tool. It is a 0.3mm needle roller with just over 500 needles. I have found my skin has evened out, cleared up and stayed more hydrated since using it twice a week. It really helps my hyaluronic acid absorb deeper into the skin. It is mildly uncomfortable and if you don’t feel comfortable using a product like this, you shouldn’t use one. Dermatologists ofter provide treatments with these, but for me, I like having control over my skin care at home.
May Kay timewise – For a physical exfoliator I find this one to be just wonderful! The particles are very very small and after years of use I have never had any issues with it. My dead skin comes off very easily with little effort with this item without pushing the product hard into the skin. One day I think I will switch to a chemical exfoliator but that will wait until my skin gets a little older. Unlike a lot of drug store exfoliators, this has never torn my skin or caused me any pain while using it. I think it’s very good for sensitive skin.
Sephora Bamboo mask stick – This item was an impulse buy and it is one I do not regret at all! The item says it has enough product for 15 uses but my experience is that it has enough for about 30. I don’t think it has any long lasting effects but it is very cooling to irritated skin on my nose and chin. It feels hydrating and the next morning my skin still feels smoother. Above all other things, I like having a quick mask that makes me feel good with it’s scent that I can wear without it flaking into my book as it dries.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask – Another inexpensive product that I have loved for years. The scent is a little strong but I have noticed a significant reduction in blackheads when I use it regularly. It has a cooling effect on the skin and the texture is that of a thin jello. It doesn’t combine well with other night time products, so I have to use it on it’s own which sometimes doesn’t feel like enough hydration, but combined with an under eye cream and moisturizer on the neck I wake up with my face feeling fresh.
Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer – This moisturizer and I go back many years and I have always found it to be a good product. It hydrates well while treating acne at the same time. I often use it over an oil (yes I know moisturizers don’t penetrate through oils well) because it matte-i-fies the oil, allowing me to go into public without looking very oily.
Micellar Water – I love the Bioderma and the Garnier micellar waters for make up removal and mid day skin cleansing. I know I’m prone to touching my face and over time my sunscreen becomes less effective so mid day I really like wiping off the old sunscreen, cleansing my face and re-applying sunscreen. It also takes off mascara and eyeshadows beautifully.
Illumine Lab Face Oil – This has been a daily staple for the better part of the year. I love how well it hydrates my skin and how easy it is to do facial massages with this oil. It has a lovely, mild scent and it absorbs very quickly into my skin for an oil product. Hyaluronic Acids do wonders in skin care. I also liked the Roche Posse Hyaluronic Acid, but admittedly it was much more expensive than this one. I don’t feel any noticeable difference between the two when it comes to my skins texture and hydration after use, though this one does have a warmer, less clinical smell to it.