Skin First, Makeup Second, Smile Always (Part 1)

Glossier said it best- skin first, makeup second, smile always. I am always trying to perfect my skincare routine and often find myself on the lookout for new products on the pursuit of doing so. There are so many skin care lines and products that catch my eye that I’m often torn between what to use! It occurred to me that I haven’t been keeping up with a well rounded skincare routine as I would ideally like to. I have found that I have been slacking on regular masks and treatments in order to really pamper my skin. With that being said, I would like to establish a more complete and regular regime.

I am currently very happy with my Kate Somerville gentle daily cleanser and am quite fond of her line. In addition to her cleanser, I currently use Kate Somerville’s Clarifying Treatment Toner which I do recommend. Due to its ingredients, however, specifically the Phytic and Lactic acids used to naturally exfoliate the skin and given my skins level of sensitivity, I feel I must limit my usage to once (and definitely no more than twice) a day. I moisturize with Cerave moisturizing lotion for normal to dry skin – I swear by it! It is fragrance free, lightweight, and non-irritating, helping restore and repair the skins natural protective barrier. That, a lightweight facial sunscreen (I have been using Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield), along with a basic lip balm (my go to is Nivea’s a kiss of moisture) are some skincare staples of mine as well.

As I would like to exfoliate and possibly add a mask into the mix on a more regular basis, Kate Somervilles Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment might do the trick. The product is to be used once or twice a week. Massaging a thin layer of the product into cleansed skin for about 30 seconds, leave the treatment on for up to one minute (kind of like a mask!), then rise and pat dry. With the summer heat, I feel I could benefit from an additional toner that can be used more frequently to wipe away excess oils without the fear of irritating the skin. A solution to this might be Kate Somerville’s Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist. While I have tested it in stores, I would like to do a little trial and become more familiar with the product to see the results as I more regularly use it. This hydrating and firming mist is a refreshing spritz of hydration as beet root, ginger, green tea, and algae extracts combine to hydrate, nourish, firm, and tone the skin while detoxifying properties help remove excess sebum and refine pores. This may very well be a great product given my skincare needs and what I am looking for.

Kate Somerville

While I have come across a number that I very much like and can recommend (see below), my most recent line of interest is Avène. With my very sensitive skin and slight OCD about what I use on it, Avène seems like a great option. Dedicated to sensitive skin, Avène products are dermatologist recommended worldwide, hypoallergenic, and non comedogenic. The brands key ingredient, Thermal Spring Water, naturally soothes, softens, and calms the skin.


With that being said, at some point I would like to try out some Avène products. In addition to testing out the Oil-Free Gel Cleanser, a basic, simple, yet effective cleanser, I would really like to add an exfoliant of theres into the mix. Avènes Gentle Purifying Scrub while gentle, effectively removes surface impurities, revealing a smoother and brighter complexion. In addition to more regularly exfoliating with a gentle scrub, I would like to try a toner that is gentle enough to be used not only after I wash my face, but also to quickly refresh and cleanse my skin, wiping away excess oil or dirt that may be building up on throughout the day. Avène makes a few different toners, however their Gentle Toning Lotion seems like a nice alcohol and oil-free toner to add to my skincare regime. I definitely plan on trying it, along with other Avène products in the near future!

Here are more products to check out! I have shared some I use or have used and personally recommend as well as others I have yet to try but have heard good things about…

Skin is in

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub (stumbled upon this while wandering around Urban Outfitters – definitely something worth trying) // Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (A less expensive alternative to Kate Somerville’s Hydrating Firming Mist, it is a lovely spritz of healing hydration that I have always loved for only $7!) // Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (Before bed, I take a q-tip and apply the  solution to my blemishes and let it do its magic – it can totally be a lifesaver) // Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner  // Cerave Moisturizing Lotion (they also make a nice eye cream) // Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield // Kate Somerville Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist // Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion for face (A less expensive sensitive facial sunscreen alternative to Dermalogica super sensitive shield)



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