Bonjour and Happy February!
When I turned 29 (I’m now 31) I completely panicked and insisted on buying eye cream and establishing a “skin care routine”. I am horrible at most routines though and if I don’t see results in about a week, I’m over it. I have this attitude about cooking, doing my hair, working out and writing in my journal. However, since I’ve declared February a “no buy” month (more on that later) I’ve decided to use up the products I already own and determine if they do in fact “work” on my skin. All of these are products are less than $10 and are from CVS unless otherwise noted.
Simple Sensitive Foaming Cleanser
I had a coupon for this. I have a lot of cream cleansers and wanted to try something new. So far, I love this foam. It feels very soothing on my oily skin and leaves it feeling clean and moisturized.
Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes
Because I bought the cleanser listed above, these were FREE. I use these to take off my makeup or freshen up on days when I am way too tired and/or way too lazy to actually wash my face.
St. Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Srub
This is just a new version/scent of the classic Apricot Scrub. (There is also a new Green Tea scent). The natural exfoliants in here are not too abrasive but still feel like they’re working.
Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask in Cucumber
I call this my “zombie mask” because it dries clear and you can scare people by showing them your peeling “skin”. If you ever enjoyed putting white glue on your hands and peeling it off as a child, then this is the mask for you. The scent is pleasant and it doesn’t dry too tight to make you uncomfortable the way some clay masks do.
Nicel Night Renew Alpha Hydroxy & Aloe Cream, Nicel Daily Repair Vitamin A Retinol Cream
I saw these while browsing in the 99cent store near my house and decided to give them a go. You can’t beat the price. I’m not sure if they actually work and haven’t noticed a difference in my skin yet, but I’ve only used them sporadically. They feel like regular lotion with a tiny little bit of a tingle. I read a few reviews of them online when I got home and people really like them. If you can’t find them in stores, you can order them directly from the Nicel website for about $5 each.
Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (Oil Free)
Yes I am black. Yes I wear sunscreen every single day. It’s important. I don’t want to get skin cancer or premature wrinkles. My skin is slightly golden and actually does get red if I’ve been in the sun too long. Also if you are going to be using any kind of retinols on your skin, it’s pretty much mandatory that you use a sunscreen as well. I’m not going to go too deep into the science behind all of this, but if you’re interested you can look it up or talk to your dermatologist. My skin needs this. I was using a higher SPF from a different brand and it was so hard to rub in and left my skin looking ashy, but this one from Simple is PERFECT.
Do you have a skin care routine?