Skincare is a huge part of me from a young age. I had acne and scars along with hyperpigmentation. I remember making a promise to myself that If I could clear it all up, I would vow that I would always treat my skin well.
I still hold myself accountable for that promise. Because of that, a lot of the content I talk about is skincare related.
I’m not an esthetician or dermatologist, but I am a knowledgeable consumer. I always pay attention to how my skin is reacting to products and keep notes so I can accurately decide if the product works for me or not.
I have a huge shelf of products, and I keep everything there so I use it. I keep all my exfoliators, serums, moisturizers, and masks in one place. Since I am a blogger, I do try a lot of products and I’m always rotating to find products I love to share with you.
Each product I use has a minimum of four weeks’ trial before I feel comfortable talking about it. Some products take less time like a face mask, but for treatments, masks, and anything that claims to help with anti-aging, I always give it a longer period of trial.
Because of that, I’m a little slower than I would be with reviews in skincare. Please know that I’m testing products from all perspectives and researching ingredients myself.
Typically, I know If I like a product by week two, but I always give myself more time depending on the products. Anything like moisturizers, cleansing balms or treatments to help with blemishes, will sometimes take less time to see results. It’s on a product by skin problem basis.
Sunscreen + Protection
I will always have sunscreen because I remember at a young age being afraid of cancer. I know I cannot prevent a lot, but if I can avoid skin cancer, I’ll do wear it.
I’ve been enjoying physical sunscreens a lot. If you don’t know the difference between physical or chemical, here’s a short explanation:
- Physical sunscreen uses minerals that sit on top of the skin and reflects UV rays.
- Chemical Sunscreens uses ingredients that absorb and transform UV rays into heat.
You can find more information by searching on google, but that’s a quick way to remember it.
Vitamin-C Serum for even skin
Vitamin C is one of my favorite ingredients, and I’ll always have some type in my collection. It helps brighten my complexion and can help with premature aging. It’s also known to help stimulate collagen production, which is always a benefit for me.
AHA & BHA / EXFOLIANTS (The good stuff)
AHA stands for Alpha-hydroxy Acid. It’s said to be suited for dry skin and surface-level skin concerns like acne scars.
BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. They are considered best for oily and acne-prone skin types. BHA works on skin’s surface and deep inside the pore; it’s oil-soluble, and often preferred for oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores.
Hyaluronic Acid, a lover!
Hyaluronic acid helps with fine lines and wrinkles, retaining moisture to the skin by creating a plumping effect. It can also lead to smoother plumper skin cells. It’s another favorite I will always keep in my routine.
Cleansing Balm/Oil Cleanser
I double cleanse using an oil-based cleanser as my first cleanse. It helps melt off my makeup. (even waterproof) and I haven’t seen an imbalance oil wise for a long time. I used an oil cleanser when I had super oily skin about five years ago, and it helped my skin so much in terms of not overproducing oil.
Face masks – Not the virus protecting ones
Not the ones that protect me from a virus. But actual skincare face mask. I have so many I use weekly from super hydrating ones, some for glowing skin, and some that help with blemishes and breakouts.
I love sheet masks and eye patches too! Masks are excellent for treating my skin and allow me to have some self-care after a gentle exfoliation.
Lip balms and Lip masks, cause they need love too!
Lip treatments are super important because I always have dead skin sitting on them. I have this sense that my skin turnover rate for my lips is two days because that’s how much I’m using a lip mask or balm.
Nighttime treatments are my favorite because as I’m sleeping for eight hours, it’s working to repair and hydrate them.
Body serums, creams & scrubs (exfoliators)
I can’t forget about my body; I like to use body serums with AHA’s and anything to assist with exfoliation. My cell turnover rate is pretty quick, so I’m exfoliating my legs, arms, and all over often. But gently like my face.
I’m a fan of body creams that help with elasticity and a lot of them have caffeine in them to help with stimulation.
When I use a scrub, I like gentle. Back in my high school days, I thought hash was good. Little did I know, I was hurting my skin and causing scratches and damage that I could have prevented. I love a soft scrub that’ll buff out the skin without over-exfoliating.
As I continue my testing journey, I’ll update more to the list. I have hair products I love, makeup and other skincare, but I’ll share those in another post in the future.
Question of the post:
What are some of your must-have skincare products? You can share brand names or a general product like I did in the above post! I want to hear about it! Find more beauty related posts here
Shop the Skincare shelf post
Find some of my favorite products form the above skincare categories! Click to directly shop the item I have used and love using for my face and body. Want to shop the post from a link? Click here