I don’t have the best skin in the world but I do have an extensive skin care regimen. My left cheek has hyper-pigmentation from old acne scars and my forehead has a few dents left over from a bad case of the chicken pox when I was in the second grade. Even though I know that I’ll have to visit a dermatologist if I really want to get rid of some of my scars, I still like to indulge in facial products as I try to prevent future break outs.
I know that some people prefer to keep it simple with soap and water but that is just way to drying for my skin. These are my general “go to” products that work the best for me in the order that I use them.
- L’occitane Angelica Cleansing Gel – This products goes from a gel to foam when water is added. It does last for a while, I bought the 6.7 fl. oz. bottle pictured above in July 2012, and the smell is light. The first five ingredients are: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. It’s only after these surfactants are listed that the actual Angelica plant ingredients begin. With that being said, I honestly don’t know the actual concentration of Angelica plant and essential oils. The gel itself does dry my skin a bit after use but that’s to be expected from a soap.
- St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub – Three days a week I exfoliate and this is a product that I’ve been using since I was probably 13 years old, so I’m a bit apprehensive about replacing it. But I’ve also yet to find anything to replace it with. It helps to get rid of the last traces of make-up while leaving my skin feeling smooth. The first five ingredients are: Water, Walnut Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE (vegetable derived emulsifier), Propylene Glycol, and Sodium Laurel Sulfate.
- L’occitane Angelica Face Toner – Honestly, I usually skip this step because it seems sort of useless. I still don’t fully understand what a toner is even necessary for but it does help to get any remaining residue off of my face. This particular brand is supposed to make skin feel “smooth and radiant” but I honestly do not see a difference. The first five ingredients are: Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier and cleansing agent), PEG -7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emulsifier and cleansing agent), and Fragrance. Strange enough, the Angelica plant ingredients come after the fragrance.
- Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel – Cream – It’s safe to say that after applying all of that to my face that I’d need some serious moisturizer afterwards. I just started using this gel in February after I had lost my L’occitane Ultra Matte Fluid. I loved that moisturizer but it was expensive, $26 a bottle to be exact, and this is a nice (and cheaper) replacement. A little bit goes a long way, I use an amount smaller than a dime, and it spreads easily. The first five ingredients are: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, and Isononyl Isononanoate (skin conditioning agent).
This combination of products generally helps to keep my skin clean and smooth, with the occasional break out around that special time of the month. What products do you use in your skin care regimen? Do you have any favorites to combat dry/oily skin, acne, or hyper-pigmentation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.