Hey everyone! I wanted to share my top 3 skincare game changers. These 2 products and 1 physical act changed the way the skin on my face and body feels and looks. They actually all have one thing in common: they prep my skin for the rest of my skincare routine.
My philosophy about skin is to take care of it through a healthy lifestyle and treating it to products from which it benefits. We need to listen to what our skin really needs and most of the time, it’s not just what we put on our face but how we apply those products and how we treat our skin.
I’ll rank each game changer from good, great, to best. Let’s go!
Skincare game changer #3: using a hydrating spray. I’ve heard so much about a woman named Caroline Hirons from UK beauty YouTubers. If you’ve never heard of her, Caroline is a super popular UK beauty blogger who has 10-plus years of experience in everything beauty related. So, when I read a comment on a video about one of her skincare tips, I visited Caroline’s blog in which I read about her suggestion to use a hydrating spray after toner. Its sole purpose is to provide a boost of hydration to the skin. It’s also very refreshing especially in the morning! I’ve been doing this for the past 2 weeks and my skin has never looked and felt softer. It preps my skin for eye cream and serums that follow by creating a slight tacky base (from the glycerin). Glycerin is a humectant. Meaning, when it’s applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that could otherwise escape if not applied. Glycerin is an MVP! The spray pictured above is not the actual product that I use. I re-purposed the bottle because that brand’s spray bottles are THE BEST. The nozzle mists product so magically that I feel magical 😀 However, the original product is a fantastic spray. It smells good and worked great at hydrating, refreshing, and even ridding of the cake-y look of makeup. I haven’t repurchased it because I make my own with aloe vera juice, rose water and glycerin. I love DIY skincare! 😀
My less-than-glamorous bathroom shot in my towel wrap 😀 On the left, I am applying the spray (4 times: 1 on each cheek, 1 on forehead, 1 on middle of the face), and on the right is the spray on my arm. You can see it sticking because of the glycerin.
Skincare game changer #2: alternating my morning toner with exfoliating pads at night. Guess what? I also took this tip from Caroline! She suggests using a “revolutionary” toner in the form of exfoliating pads, alternating it with your other toner at night. These pads contain chemical exfoliating ingredients to slough away dead skin cells, remove uneven texture and brighten the skin. (I even use these for my bacne!) I use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads which are alcohol-free (so important to avoid drying out and irritating the skin!) and contain various acids (glycolic and lactic). These 2 acids work with my skin super well. I’ve been using glycolic for 7 years and it’s never stopped working for me. These are both gentler than other acids, too so they work great for sensitive skin. It helps that these pads contain aloe vera as well to provide extra soothing properties. I’ll do an in-depth review of this product since I’m almost done with it, so please check back for it! If you’re wondering, Won’t these be too irritating to use every night? My answer is it depends. I find using an acid once a day every day helps keep my pores from getting too clogged and actually calms active breakouts. Remember to listen to your skin. If it’s too much, use it every other day or twice a week!
The pads have a textured side (I like this side for the acne-prone areas, such as my T-zone and chin) and a smooth side.
Drum roll please…
Skincare game changer #1: using LUKEWARM WATER… for everything! You either heard or do this but you rinse your face with cold water after you cleanse to “close or tighten the pores.” I did this for years. Heck, I did this 2 weeks ago! I even do this with my hair to “close the hair shaft” to prevent frizz and promote shine. The thing is when you use too extreme of a water temperature, your skin goes into shock and reacts accordingly. (Plus, your pores don’t actually open or close; they just look bigger because they could be clogged!) When we turn the water on hot or even too warm, our skin dries out faster and becomes extremely irritated. When we turn the water cold or too cold, we risk breaking the capillaries on our skin, which leads to redness. Caroline mentioned that she doesn’t wash her face in the shower because her shower is too hot. Instead, she cleanses afterward. Pretty good idea! But messy for me. I’m going to try to describe what the perfect temperature of water is, which is lukewarm. It’s right in between warm and cool, leaning more toward cool. If the water has a “bite” to it it’s too warm. If you feel a chill, it’s too cool. That’s the best I can do with that description, haha! But I’m telling you, once you try this out, you won’t go back to shocking your skin with freezing water. Your brain will thank you for not actually hurting your nerves!
Will you try any of these tips out? What tips do you have for me? Let me know! Until next time, thanks for reading!