When I think of a squad I think of a group or category of similar background, slaying on the same level. Then I realized, my skincare is totally a squad! I think finding a group of products that work well together and perform on my skin is one of the most adult things I have done. As we get older, our skin changes and so our skincare needs to change as well. For me, it is all about finding products that are compatible with my “ride or die” regulars, and I am at that point. Here is what I’m currently using:
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know this cleanser has been in my routine for at least 3 years. While I do incorporate other cleansers into my routine, this is what I would describe as my daily cleanser.
Angels on Bare Skin is a clay based cleanser loaded with ground almonds, lavender buds as well as balancing essential oils such as chamomile and rose. This cleanser works well for me to balance my oily T-zone without drying out the neutral skin on face. It is both soothing and softening and the scent totally relaxes me both morning and night.
Another one for Lush! I am really still shopping around for a toner. I love using this rose toner because it is lightweight, refreshing and helps to neutralize my combo skin. This is a great water based toner for any skin type.
The Ordinary: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid, Advanced Retinoid 2%
I don’t know too much about Deciem/The Ordinary (or their products, tbh) but so far I have had a good experience. I chose these three products first because they are formulated to neutralize dark spots, help with large pores and reduce signs of aging. Secondly, they are all very compatible with each other, and I use them at the same step in my skincare routine.
I actually only apply these at night. I use about 2 drops of each, dropping them all into my palm and then I swirl them together and spread over my face and chest. I don’t use this during the day because oddly enough, my skin can be sensitive to the sun and I am worried about a potential UV reaction. What I have noticed is a mild smoothness in my wrinkled areas and super soft skin.
If you have been following me for awhile, it may seem like I have used this moisturizer for forever but I recently switched back. For the past 12-18 months I’ve actually been using Cosmetic Lad from Lush (its cheaper and still great quality) but I had some leftover Vanishing Cream that I wanted to use and remembered why I love it so much.
It is lightweight and sinks directly into the skin. I also feel that it helps to control my oily T-zone better than any other moisturizer I have tried. I will say I like to layer my moisturizers, so I sometimes incorporate the GlamGlow Mega Illuminating and the Caudalie SPF moisturizer, but Vanishing Cream is the most reliable of all my moisturizers. I recommend it if you have combo to oily skin and need something lightweight, or that helps with acne.
I have a full review on this mask, so I will leave it linked, but I wanted to mention it here because I try out a lot of different masks, but this is one of few that I would repurchase. I have also mentioned it is a high end dupe for Lush Brazened Honey, so if you would like to try something similar that is a great alternative.
This mask smells like fruity garden heaven – berries and honey but not artificial or too sweet. It has a great sandy grainy texture full of actual tree bark that helps to resurface the skin. I feel this is also better for combo skin types as it can be somewhat neutralizing.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried a bagillion face masks and most of the time, the effect is the same: soft, glowing and supple skin. For me, this Pika mask was a game changer.
Not only is this Pika mask great for moisturizing and supple glowing skin, it also contains honey, which is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it helps to soothe any active breakouts or rashes. And another benefit – this mask contains a ton of glycerin, perfect for prepping the skin for makeup. This masks are very affordable and easy to find on the Shop Hush website–it is a must have.
I am not sure if most people would include makeup wipes or makeup remover in their skincare, but for me since it is literally my first step right before cleansing, (and the wipes themselves claim to be cleansing) then it is important in my regimen.
I feel that these masks are great at removing stubborn makeup, and are compatible with sensitive skin. They may even have a sensitive formula. I never feel like I have to go back in with another makeup remover after this wipe. I do so a bit of makeup wash out when I follow-up with cleanser, but that’s why we follow-up with cleanser, right? If you’re looking for an easily accessible drugstore makeup wipe, these are a great option.
After I finished writing this, I realized how simple my skincare is. I do love trying out new products, and I am always on the hunt for things that perform better than what I’ve shown here, but its sort of like the saying, “if it comes back, its yours.” What would you guys love to see a more in-depth review on?