Thursday, March 16, 2017

Current Skincare Heroes

skincare heroes, products for dry skin
Affordable (mostly) skincare heroes for hydration and brightness.

For the most part, I purchase drugstore/affordable products that are under $20.  As a chemist, I can't justify the cost of expensive skincare.  When I look at the ingredients in expensive serums, I never deem the water/glycerin/silicones at the top of the list to be worth the cost, especially when they're usually responsible for the "smooth" feeling from product use.  You're not getting me, brand marketing!

I digress to the real point of this post: tried and true products I've used for a long time to rescue my skin.  I live in a desert climate and work in a lab, both of which are pretty harsh on the biggest organ on our bodies.  If they can work for me under such conditions, they'll hopefully do the same for you!  For all the dry skin lizards people out there, here are the products I rely on to revive my complexion!

Hudsalve.  I once Googled why Alicia Vikander has such beautiful skin and she mentioned this balm (but for real, I bet it's genetics).  If you're allergic to peanuts, this isn't the product for you because it contains nut oil.  If you're not, it's a great balm for the lips and face!

Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream.  Eye cream is the only skincare product that I haven't had success with from the drugstore.  This one is rich and creamy.  My bank account cries every time I buy it, but my undereyes drink it up. 

Pacifica Cactus & Kale Lotion review, Cerave PM lotion

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM.  I've used this lotion for years.  It contains niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.  It's lightweight, moisturizing, and has never failed me.  With long term use, my skin is definitely softer and smoother.  I apply this on top of my DIY facial serum.

Pacifica Cactus & Kale Renewal Lotion.  I picked up this "splurge" moisturizer on a whim from Target.  It's pleasantly fragrant without being irritating and seems to brighten up my face.  It's lightweight so I like it under makeup.  The packaging makes it feel luxurious to use as well. 

Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask.  This mask is warming when first applied.  I leave this on for about 15 minutes and then gently rub the grains on my skin followed by a good rinse.  Hello, soft skin!

Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask.  If you only buy one sheet mask in your life, make it from the Mediheal brand.  The sheet is drenched in serum and there's always some left over in the package to top off afterwards.  My face is immediately more hydrated and bright after using one.  I buy these in a box on Amazon and at $1+ a mask, they're well worth the money.  

What are your skincare favorites?  Do you have recommendations?


  1. Alicia Vikander is so gorgeous! Have not heard of Hudslave before, will have a peek at it. And yay Mediheal masks, I have a few but haven't tried it out yet but it's supposed to be a great all-rounder. I try to keep my routine to a minimum because of having quite sensitive skin but a great favourite is lavender spritzes (also DIY-able)!

  2. I love using oils and am currently using tamanu oil which I am liking a lot (is also from nuts)

    nat // dignifiable

  3. I agree with not scrimping on eye creams! As my skin is more oily blemish prone, I rely on REN and La Roche Posay to keep my skin in check. When my skin gets dry sometimes, I like to use the Nuxe facial oil, smells amazing too.

    Hanh | hanhabelle

  4. That charcoal polishing mask looks like something I need - I don't think I'd find it in Australia though! I don't splash out big $$ on skincare either.

  5. I need to start using charcoal beauty products. I hope it works on my skin.

  6. this is honestly the first time I encountered these brands. And i see how you take care of your skin :) I should really start using mask in daily basis.

  7. That Pacifica lotion looks very interesting and based on its description, I honestly feel like I can smell it from here! I'm not really big on beauty products, which probably explains why my skin isn't the greatest, haha. I've tried Pacifica's mascara one time and I actually really liked it - sadly it wasn't waterproof.

  8. I wish I knew more about the ingredients that go into skincare as I'm definitely guilty of getting sucked into good brand marketing! I don't think we have any of these drugstore brands in the UK, but I'll have to scout around and see if I can find anything similar.

  9. hnggg that shiseido nightcream sounds like something from a dream. i haven't had quite a success with drugstore brands either so imma try look it up! but bub, really, i thought your flawless face is genetics <3