Shop My Shelf: Skincare Essentials

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Have you checked out my Shop My Shelf yet? If so, you’re a peach. Thank you!

If not, give this a read first so you know what’s up. The head over to my shop so you can peruse all of the categories.

I said I’d post about the products in each category and I’m a woman of my word, so here we are. The first category is Skincare Essentials.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

First up is Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. This is my go-to cleanser, and I recommend it for all skin types. It not only removes makeup but cleanses the skin. You apply it to dry skin, massage it in, then rinse it off. It does exactly what it’s supposed to, and it smells divine.

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF15 has been in my personal makeup bag for years. It’s a solid, affordable daily moisturizer for normal to oily skin (that’s includes you, combo skin peeps).

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. There’s nothing like facial oil for overall dry skin or isolated dry patches. This can be used daily on dry skin or on dry patches as needed on all skin types. I have combination skin but get dryness on my chin and cheeks when I’m in cold climates. When that happens, I apply a small amount of this Argan Oil on those areas, leave it on overnight and in one or two days, the dry patches have completely disappeared.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water. A fantastic, gentle product to remove non-waterproof makeup. I’m not big on micellar water for face makeup removal, but I find it works well for making eye makeup disappear. This has been a pro makeup artist fave for years.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Hyaluronic acid is an all-star hydrator, and this product delivers it perfectly. Even oily skin needs hydration (that’s water, not oil), so this is really a product that can work for all skin types. Apply it to damp skin then immediately layer moisturizer over it for best results.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Unless you have a spray tan, severe acne or are on prescription retinoids, exfoliation is should be a regular part of your routine. I recommend using this twice a week. You apply it to damp skin, gently massage in, leave on for a minute or two then rinse off. I like this exfoliant because it’s both physical (a scrub, which sloughs off the dead skin cells) and chemical (an enzyme exfoliant, which essentially melts the “glue” that binds dead skin cells to top layer of the skin).

Dermalogica Precleanse. If you’re using an oil cleanser or a cleansing balm, you don’t need this. But if you’re using any other type of cleanser, it’s probably not removing your makeup and cleansing your skin, which is where Precleanse comes in. It’s an oil that you apply to dry skin and massage in. Then you wet your hands, massage in a little more, then rinse off with lukewarm water. It removes all of your makeup so your cleanser can really get in there. I was trained on the Dermalogica line in Esthetics school, and this was one of my favorite products from it because I could see how well it worked.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is a great exfoliant for sensitive skin, as it’s gentle and has no fragrance or color.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. A fantastic vegan cleanser for sensitive skin. If you’re using this as your daily cleanser though, I’d suggest using Precleanse first to remove your makeup, sunscreen, moisturizer, etc. I like this cleanser because it doesn’t leave a film or make the skin feel dry like some of the other cleansers that are marketed as gentle.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. If you have dry skin, this is the moisturizer for you! The fatty acids in this pro makeup artist fave really moisturize and plump up the skin.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. If your skin is looking tired or dull, using Beauty Flash Balm as a mask will perk your face right up. (I say “using it as a mask” because you can also use it as a foundation primer.) This is the only mask I currently use because yes, it is that good!

Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser. Another great cleanser for sensitive skin. This can be applied to dry or damp skin then rinsed or tissued off. If you’re using this as your daily cleanser though, I’d suggest using Precleanse first to remove your makeup, sunscreen, moisturizer, etc.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser. This cleanser removes all makeup from the skin and cleanses beautifully. I used it for a long time before switching to Farmacy Green Clean. The Argan Oil Cleanser can be used on all skin types, but I think it’s best for dry skin.

That’s it for now! I’ll update this post if I add any products.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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