- St. Ives Even & Bright – during the summer I was using the apricot scrub by St. Ives but my sister and I have been using this one for about a month now. I use it 3-4 times a week as it says to do. I don’t notice a huge difference in my skin with this product but it does make my face a little brighter and super clean and fresh after I use it. It’s also very gentle, I just make sure not to wait too long before putting on my moisturizer because scrubs tend to be a bit more drying. Get it from Bartell’s, Target, or amazon.
- Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser – I’ve been using this face cleanser for a few months now and I love how gentle it is. I don’t feel like I’m striping my face off when I use it. I feel that it does clear up some existing acne. This is my second bottle and I’ll probably get it again once this runs out. It lasts for a long time.
- Biore Deep Pore charcoal cleanser – I love this stuff! My mom and sister use it as well and it’s our second bottle. It really gets all the make up off. Make sure to rub it around in your hands a bit to get it foamy before applying to your face. I use this when I’m not using the St. Ives. Get it from Bartell’s, Target, or amazon.
- Mario Badescu Facial Spray – I know a lot of people think these sprays are a total joke.. trust me I was the same way but this stuff is so lovely. I spray it on before my oil, right after I finish my make up, and on my lunch break when my skin needs a little boost. I’ve always kind of thought that rose products smell of old ladies but it’s actually really nice.
- Badger Rose Face Oil – I’ve gone through quite a few bottles of this oil. I always come back to it. It smells amazing and I recently found out that it pairs wonderfully with the Mario Badescu spray. It soaks in better than other oils I have tried.
- Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil – I had been using this jojoba oil (listed below) for a few months but ran out and happen to find some at trader joes at a much cheaper price. The TJ’s one is runnier but that’s really the only difference.
- Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil – I’m not actually sure about this stuff yet. It doesn’t seem to soak in as much but it makes my skin really soft. I might try adding just a pea size drop to my rose oil.
- Jojoba Oil – this oil works well and I would recommend it for sure. Just make sure not to use too much. A few drops will do.
- Badger rose oil – mentioned above.
- Trader Joe’s Organic Argan Oil – I just got this last weekend. I should have waited until one of my other oils ran out but sometimes… it happens. If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m trying to hint that the skincare section at TJ’s is worth checking out. It’s so nice when you don’t have to pay or wait for shipping.
- Osmia Spot Treatment – I just got this in the mail last week and I’m already sold. Yes, the bottle is the tiniest thing but reviews say it lasts forever. It comes with a roller top and the littlest amount goes a long way. The blend of essential oils gives it a lovely smell that makes it such a treat to put on. I already see a difference.
- Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil – tea tree oil has a lot of healing benefits including: acne, bacterial infections, chickenpox, cold sores, the list goes on. look it up. I was using a drop of this in my face oil but I’m not super fond of the smell. I think I’ll try using it as a spot treatment instead. Get it at target or amazon.
- Young Living Essential Oils: frankincense and copaiba – these oils both benefit acne prone skin. I use one drop of these in my face oil when I need a little extra boost. I only use these at night as it takes a while for them to soak in and do their job. I see a difference the morning after.
- Juice Beauty Blemish Serum – I got this a few months ago and I’ve used it a few different ways. I have found it works best if you use just a very small amount as a spot treatment. It leaves a greasy but tight feeling and takes a while to soak in but it really does work. I wouldn’t say you need to hurry up and go buy it but if you’re ready to try something new I recommend this.
- Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub – I picked this up in the natural aisle at target a few weeks ago. I used to three times in one week and it was too much. I did notice a difference in my pores but it’s super drying and gave my skin a weird texture. I’m going to try using it just once a week to see if that works.
The reason you didn’t see any cream moisturizers:
I think it was last summer when I first started using an oil as a moisturizer and I’ve never turned back. I’ve had oily / combination / acne prone skin since jr. high and I went through so many different cream moisturizers that never really seemed to do the trick. I picked up a roller bottle of this magical oil and it changed my skin drastically. It cleared up my acne and most dark spots. My face became brighter and smoother and it balanced out the oiliness of my skin. I hate spending a lot of money on things so I haven’t gotten it since but it’s on my birthday wish list. Since then I have found a few others that aren’t quite the same but they work and are listed above. A little trick when it comes to face oils: you really don’t need much at all, just a few drops. It needs to be able to soak into your skin.
Aside from using products to take care of our skin, the foods we consume have a huge impact. My skin freaks out after I’ve had too many junky / sugary foods– like this weekend. ha! balance balance balance. My number one goal right now is to drink more water. I have the hardest time remembering. working on it.
Alright! You made it to the end! I hope you find this post useful.