So maybe saying that I can’t live without these skincare items is a little grandiose.
What I can say with certainty is that these products have dramatically improved the tone and texture of my previously acne-ridden skin. I suppose I should begin with a brief overview of my skin’s depressing history, since that will make my love for these items that much more relevant.
At around thirteen I began to get acne that progressively worsened to the point that I had to take Accutane – a drug so strong that you are required to enroll in a registry, take birth control, and check in with the doc for monthly pregnancy tests to ensure that you don’t end up with a severely deformed baby. That being said, the drug worked – but only for the cystic acne. What I was left with was bumpy, oily, and pitted skin that made my makeup and skincare routines frustrating, at best.
Enter the Clarisonic Mia 2. Wow. I mean, I had no idea that a little machine vibrating at a certain frequency could clarify my skin so dramatically. One week I actually stopped using it to see if the Clarisonic was really that integral to maintaining my clear, smooth skin. Yup, it was. The second day after going cold turkey I started noticing an increase in clogged pores and after the entire week I was convinced this little machine was a gift from the skin gods.
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I’ve always struggled to find a foundation that ticks all the boxes. Since I have very oily, sensitive skin, I need a foundation that maintains my skin’s moisture balance, provides coverage, evens and tones my skin, and has a smooth consistency. I tend to stay away from BB creams since they generally are oil-based and never provide the amount of coverage I’m looking for to blur imperfections, but this CC cream has converted me from my go-to medium coverage foundation. I especially love that this CC cream contains ten skin benefits that improve my skin as it ages. Turning the big 3-0 next month, guys, so I’ll take all the help I can get.
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My skin turns into a greaseball most of the time directly after I walk outside – especially in this brutal Houston heat. Let me tell you, I’ve tried every oil-free moisturizer under the sun and none have ever worked as well as Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Hydrating Gel. The consistency is creamy rather than sticky or thick so it blends perfectly over freshly cleansed skin. Also, you get a ton for the money! I typically fill up small trial-sized tubes of this hydrator from the larger container and it lasts me around seven to eight months before I need to re-purchase!
No matter what age you are, you absolutely need to find a sunscreen that works for your skin. I would wear 80 proof SPF if someone could figure out how to remove the pore-clogging ingredients. In my frantic search for the perfect everyday sunscreen I stumbled across a review for the Shiseido Anessa Mild Face 43 SPF Sunscreen on my go-to makeup review site, Makeup Alley. While it’s fairly pricey for a small tube, I actually blend this with my Mary Kay hydrating gel to create the ideal primer for under makeup. I would suggest blending a pea-sized amount of this with your favorite lotion because on its own, this sunscreen is fairly thick and doesn’t spread well. But with a touch of lotion – wow! – you’ve got the perfect mattifying cream!
My final and perhaps most important favorite skincare product has anti-aging and skin perfecting properties. While you do need to get a prescription from your dermatologist for this product, it’s well worth the work. I have used the Tazorac 0.1% cream for around a year now and my skin’s texture and tone has never looked better. The fine lines around my eyes and forehead have softened. My skin glows. When I do get a pimple, – and I say when because it’s inevitable – it goes away in one day flat. That’s crazy good compared to the month-long wait I used to endure hoping a stubborn pimple would finally disappear and leave my face unscathed. While there is a gel option available, I would suggest the cream for oily-skinned girls since it leaves the skin matte. Also, I only use this product at night and wash it off in the morning with a gentle cleanser and my Clarisonic. Can’t rave enough about this stuff!
Give these products a try and let me know your thoughts!
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