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Has anyone else been experiencing crazy weather lately? My skin is definitely feeling the effects of experiencing a snowy Monday followed by a mid-60’s Thursday and the heat and air conditioning that come with. Plus, there’s something about cold weather that makes me eat all of the things I shouldn’t be eating, leading to even more stress on my skin.
Because of all of that, I’ve started paying more attention to my skin and trying to create a consistent routine, instead of just grabbing whatever I feel like out of the medicine cabinet and layering it on my skin.
If you’re in the same boat and just want your skin to chill out and be normal again, today’s post is for you. I’m sharing six products that keep my skin in the best condition it’s seen since high school. My skin is combination oily, but most of these products are great for all skin types.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser ($28) • Most of my makeup is IT Cosmetics, and I received some deluxe skincare samples with my last order. My skin was not adjusting well to the seasons changing, but the IT Cosmetics Confidence products completely turned my skin around.
This cleanser contains all the good stuff – collagen, hyaluronic acid, and a ceramide complex.
[For reference, the travel size product is shown in this photo, and it’s $12. I purchased a set, and it was basically free with the moisturizer. The $28 product is giant.]
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Super Moisturizing Cream ($48) • This moisturizer complements the cleanser really nicely. It’s the thickest moisturizer I have ever used, which made me really nervous since I have combination oily skin, but it’s the first time in a few years that my skin hasn’t gotten dry and patchy.
Note – If you’re interested in purchasing these products, QVC has a deal where you get the cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, foundation, and foundation brush for $100 (including shipping), which is only $24 more than if you purchase just the moisturizer and cleanser.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($19) • I use this on days when I need something lighter. The gel texture soaks right into my skin and makes a great base for applying makeup. Like the products above, it also contains hyaluronic acid.
Young Living Lavender Essential Oil ($25) • I use lavender oil for a lot of things, but one of my favorite uses is on blemishes. It works faster than any other products I’ve tried, and unlike other products, it doesn’t dry my skin out.
[I have a few lavender sample packs if anyone is interested in trying it!]
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($16) • This product uses glycolic acid to exfoliate your skin, instead of using something gritty, messy, or abrasive. I use this three times a week, and I definitely notice a difference in the pores around my nose and on my chin. If you only purchase one item on this list, give this one a try!
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme ($15) • I usually use these once or twice a week, and slather with moisturizer immediately after. This product has all of the acids you want in a skin care product: glycolic (exfoliates), salicylic (unclogs), lactic (weakens bonds holding dead skin), DL Mandelic (deeply cleanses pores), and hyaluronic (moisturizes). I love the convenience of this product; the pads are so easy to use. (Also, I *always* see these on sale. So if you’re hesitant to spend $15 on a product, just keep an eye on these.)
I want to hear from y’all – how do you keep your skin in check when the seasons change? Any products I should try?