Recently, I started getting monthly facials with a local esthetician because there are some skin concerns I wanted to address, such as hormonal acne and redness. As I get older, I’m also putting in more effort to take better care of my skin. Along with facials, I’ve been trying a lot of new skin care products so far this year, and wanted to do a quick update on my latest faves!
LA MER EYE CONCENTRATE
To be completely honest with you, I never really used a proper eye cream until this year. It wasn’t until I started noticing some fine lines appearing under my eyes when I shot for a COVERGIRL campaign. Being the worry-wart that I am, I knew I had to do something before signs of aging got worse! I had heard many great things about La Mer in general, but also knew that this brand was known for being pricey. Nevertheless, a fellow blogger-friend of mine whom I trust and adore, Christine of Daily Kongfidence recommended this amazing eye cream. Frankly, it’s a lot more than I’d like to spend on a tiny case of eye cream, but my curiosity encouraged the splurge. I’m delighted to share that so far it’s worked well for me. I’ve been using this every night for a month now and have noticed my under-eye area get plumper and the fine lines reduced. It might just be wishful thinking, but either way I love how it feels on my skin. This eye concentrate provides ample moisture without feeling oily. I love to use the little wand that comes with it to massage the cream into the skin around my eyes. The cooling effect creates a very refreshing experience! I’m hoping that continued use will prevent future wrinkles and other signs of aging around the eyes.
Ideally, I’d like to find another quality eye cream to use in the mornings. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way but I’m trying to preserve this concentrate. If I’m able to use this only at night I’ll be able to make it last longer. With that said, if you have any suggestions on a good anti-aging eye cream I can try for mornings, please let me know!
PATCHOLOGY FLASHPATCH EYE GELS
You could say I’m on a roll with my eye skin care game. For disclosure purposes, I was actually sponsored by Patchology to advertise their eye gels on Instagram, but NOT on the blog. I love them so much that I had to share a quick blurb about these though. Firstly, they feel SUPER nice and cooling under the eyes after a long day. If it doesn’t do anything else, I appreciate the fact that it helps me relax. I use these gels every other day, after full-face cleansing and toning. It’s a great replacement for an eye serum and I follow up with the La Mer Eye Concentrate afterwards. The result is hydrated skin under the eyes, which is important because I’ve learned that the skin there is especially fragile and needs TLC!
PATCHOLOGY FLASHPATCH LIP GELS
Along with the eye gels, Patchology also sent me samples of their lip gels. I will definitely be ordering more after I finish them. Let me tell you — I have extremely stubborn, dry lips. It doesn’t help that I live in the desert. No amount of coconut oil will tame these lips! While I was a bit skeptical about these lip gels at first, I was surprised to learn that they are actually super hydrating. Just leaving them on for 5 minutes, my lips feel as soft as a baby’s skin! No more flaking, peeling, or bleeding lips makes me a happy camper.
PATCHOLOGY ILLUMINATE FACIAL SHEETS
In case you couldn’t already tell, I’ve become a huge fan of Patchology. For the longest time, I was never big on sheet masks because they can be super messy. But when I’m sent samples, I’ll try them. These facial sheets are extremely moisturizing, but don’t drip or slide everywhere while on. The sizing also isn’t overly awkward on my Asian face. Patchology advertises these as 5-minute masks, but I enjoy them so much I usually leave them on for the standard 15-20 minutes. Similar to the eye gels, these facial sheets leave behind just the right amount of serum for me to rub into my skin before topping off with my moisturizer.
Now that I’ve had a pleasant experience with sheet masks, I’m feeling more open to experimenting with other brands and types. If you have any that you love, please share!
ORIGINS OUT OF TROUBLE 10-MINUTE MASK
This mask is a fantastic overnight spot treatment for pimples, but can also be safely applied all over the face for 10 minutes. If I feel any acne brewing or have existing pimples I want to get rid of quickly, I use this mask to dry them out. It has a thick and foamy consistency which I love. Personally, I love the tingly feeling when it’s on because it feels like it’s working (lol)! If you have sensitive or dry skin though, you may want to use this one sparingly. I definitely do not use this everyday or even weekly. It’s a nice mask to use every couple weeks or when your skin is having some breakout troubles.
ORIGINS GINZING SPF 40 ENERGY-BOOSTING TINTED MOISTURIZER
I don’t wear makeup everyday, BUT I know how important it is to at least apply a good SPF daily even if it’s not all that sunny out. This is especially the case in Palm Springs where the UV index is always super high. So, even if I’m only going out to walk the dog or straight to the gym for the day, I’ll still use this. I love that this tinted moisturizer applies on sheer, but eventually builds into a bit of color to match your skin tone. It’s lightweight and doesn’t feel too greasy on. Who can say no to sun protection and a bit of coverage to even out skin tone?
VASELINE PETROLEUM JELLY
Along with Patchology’s lip gels, I’ve found that Vaseline petroleum jelly is a simple and economical solution for my dry lips. I don’t use the lip gels everyday because I don’t have an unlimited supply of them. Luckily, in between gels I have petroleum jelly to keep my lips hydrated and healthy. Did you know that it’s also non-comedogenic? This means it doesn’t clog pores, so it’s safe to use sparingly on the face if needed. I wouldn’t say the entire face because the consistency is thick and can be uncomfortable, but for patches of dryness, it works wonders. FYI — I have not broken out yet as a result from using this, which is good news. Got dry nails, cracked cuticles, or cracked skin? Give petroleum a try on those areas and watch it perform magic overnight. Not all holy grail skin care products are expensive!
DICKINSON’S WITCH HAZEL
Has anyone ever tried this? I have lived in a bubble all my life until recently, when a NON-gay guy friend of mine told me about using witch hazel as a toner. I don’t know how we got on the topic but I think at the time of conversation I was suffering from a hormonal breakout. He casually suggested that I give witch hazel a try because of its healing properties. He then proceeded to share with me all the life-changing benefits of witch hazel… to the point I felt compelled to put together a blog post about it then and there. With that said, I think I will save the details for a separate post eventually! Thanks Gregg 😉 In a nutshell though, witch hazel does a great job removing final remnants of makeup that your makeup wipes & cleanser weren’t able to get. It also cleans your pores before you apply moisturizer, and makes your skin feel super smooth and immaculate! Depending on your skin type, witch hazel can be extremely drying though, so don’t forget to use a good moisturizer afterwards. It’s readily available online and in local drug stores for a very affordable price. I don’t think I’ll be using expensive toners anymore after discovering this!
OLAY REGENERIST WHIPS MOISTURIZER
You may have seen my blog post earlier this year about Olay’s Regenerist moisturizer from their new Whips line. It was a sponsored post, but I wanted to reiterate my love for this one. After using this, I am truly convinced that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a quality moisturizer. I literally used up a case of this in less than two months because of how good it is! I apply both in the AM and PM, all over my face and neck. Luckily, unlike the La Mer Eye Concentrate, this moisturizer is very reasonably priced. In the mornings, it doubles up as a makeup primer if I’m wearing makeup that day. At night, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated, yet matte which is AMAZING! You can learn more about this holy grail here.
BLUE & RED LIGHT THERAPY
My esthetician recommended and introduced me to light therapy to keep my skin healthy and youthful. I learned that regular use of blue light is helpful for curing existing pimples and preventing future acne, while red light is good for anti-aging and healing (target wrinkles, fade scars, encourage collagen production, etc). As of now, I have only had light therapy done professionally but am highly considering purchasing these at-home light therapy devices to try. I actually had the pleasure of trying Trophy Skin’s MicrodermabrasionMD device and love it! So, I’m hopeful that their light therapy products will work too. Light therapy with an esthetician can get pricey after a while, so I’d rather just get a simple facial and then perform light therapy at home. Have you heard of or tried light therapy? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as it’s a new and intriguing concept to me. So far though, I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin from my light therapy sessions at the esthetician’s office.
What are some of your favorite skin care products as of late?