True life: I'm obsessed with skincare. I've been so interested in it lately that I've even been considering starting my own line of products to satisfy my ever-expanding set of needs! Crazy, right? Between the sheet masks that I've been collecting like a crazy person and the lengths I go to to protect my skin from harsh environmental factors, it's safe to say it has become a priority to preserve the quality of my complexion, especially throughout the scorching summer months. Here are five products that I haven't been able to live without this season.
Having just turned 30, I have become acutely aware of every line, discoloration and dry patch on my face. I recently woke up to dryness around my eyes and on my forehead and wanted to treat my skin to a majorly hydrating experience. This product worked like a charm. After washing, I applied the oil and kept it on all day. It kept my skin feeling hydrated and looking fresh without appearing too oily. My skin looked so healthy that I didn't even want to apply foundation and kept my skin natural and bare until evening.
As a lover of all sparkly things, I couldn't help but be drawn to this magical, lightweight dry oil. I dig its antibacterial and anti-aging properties, but also that it works to prevent excess oil production. I've started using it on cleansed skin just before applying my foundation, but have found that applying a few drops to my foundation makes it go on more smoothly and adds a subtle sheen. It absorbs quickly and leaves skin looking healthy and smooth. Don't be alarmed by how shimmery the product looks in the bottle. When applied to the skin, it leaves the most subtle glow that radiates all day.
Believe me when I say this product is LIQUID GOLD. I have never been so attached to a skincare product or used so many bottles in my life. It helps that the manfriend used to work for the company that manufactures EMK products. I first tried it when he brought it home for me to try one day. I was instantly hooked and can't imagine leaving home without applying a layer to my skin before moisturizing. It has evened out my skin tone, reduced the fine lines on my forehead and given me a glow that I've never had before. I use it day and night, just after cleansing on dewy skin. It absorbs immediately and allows for moisturizer to soak into the skin more easily. I often skip moisturizer at night and apply this serum and wake up with the most luminous skin.
I've been pretty loyal to my Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, but saw this one on a Target run one night after work and was drawn to its all-natural ingredient list and its promise to remove makeup. At first, I was turned off by the very "green" smell, but became hooked when I realized I only needed a tiny amount of product to remove every speck of makeup from my face (does that ever happen?!). The best part is that it makes my skin feel fresh and firm. It's made with kale, seaweed and blue seakale, as well as mangosteen and coconut water. I'm hooked and now limit my exfoliating cleanser to weekly use.
This product has been the darling of the beauty world lately, so after scouring the web for the best face mist around, I decided to go with the Avène Thermal Water. Though I was searching for something with a more robust ingredient list (something with rosehips or lavender), I went with a product that seemed tried and true. It's a great mist for a mid-day pick-me-up when makeup starts to feel a bit stale on your face. I use it right after cleansing and just before moisturizing to give my skin a bit of extra moisture to better absorb the products I'm about to apply. It's also a great product to refresh dry skin that can feel parched on a long flight.