The 5 Best Products for Healthy Skin
Healthy skin - who doesn't love the idea of that? After years of hormonal acne and other skin sensitivities, I can say I've tried a lot of skincare products, many good and many, many bad. I struggled to find a regiment that could balance my combination skin. Everything either completely dried me out or was so overly moisturizing it made my skin look oily. Finally, I've found a routine that works for my sensitive, combo skin type with products that anyone could (and should!) use.
Small warning... No one every wants to spend more than they have to for anything, but when it comes to my skin, I'm willing to spend the extra money to have a quality product, without any harmful side effects. These products are pricey, I won't sugarcoat it. But like I said, after years of testing and being disappointed, I know that sometimes paying a higher price means paying for genuine results.
1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water - $9
Let's start with the base! Although not wearing makeup at all is the best way to healthy skin, we all still have the compulsive urge to cover up any imperfections we can. I love this mi-cellar water because it feels and cools the way water would and is extremely gentle. I used to use the Neutrogena wipes - and other brands, as well - but the chemicals on the wipes themselves seriously irritated my eyes and occasionally left a burning sensation in my pores... not ideal. I love using this one whenever I wear makeup and is especially great for removing mascara. Garnier also sells a water proof remover version! Yay for the only drugstore skincare product I use! (Internal crying).
2. Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series Daily Cleanser - $38
Many drugstore cleansers are packed with salicylic acid, which strips away your skin's natural oils, unbalancing its chemistry. We've all seen those Dove commercials where test subjects bathe with the brand's product and another unidentified brand's that just sits on the skin - the latter is what my poor skin felt like after using most drugstore cleansers. Luckily, a few months ago when I was in Sephora and a sales associate approached me asking my current skin routine. After telling her my pain points (and me obviously being a younger adult), she showed me the Pre:Empt skincare line which was designed for millennials, knowing many of us have combo skin. I cannot stress enough, if there's one product you buy from this whole post, it's this cleanser. It has changed my skin. I don't even need an exfoliator anymore - well, not as much as I did before.
3. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb - $38
Something else I've learned from years of trail and error in the skincare department is creams are heavy. Many of them cause more problems than solve them. This moisturizer, though, feels like heaven on dried out skin. It's so light and actually looks like water in a jar. It has gel-like consistency and when applied to the skin is absorbed quickly without causing extra oil. If you have combo to oily skin, I highly recommend this moisturizer because it really limits the excess oil production that many other face lotions can cause. It's especially great to use during the summer with a cooling sensation each time you apply it.
4. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream - $30
I wouldn't say this one is absolutely necessary but certainly will make you look more awake and healthier. Being one of the most sold items at Sephora, this eye cream will brighten your dark circles, giving you a refreshed and well-rested appearance. I love to use this when I've been up late, traveling, or wearing my glasses. It's also a great deal as most eye creams are upwards of $60 for the same amount.
5. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - $26
Don't forget about the skin on your lips! This is the most sensitive skin on your face other than that around your eyes. Lips can be easily infected or chapped, which is not only irritatingly uncomfortable but can also be distracting to your appearance. This is another product that may not be entirely necessary, but if you want to purchase a chapstick/lip balm/lip protector that will nourish your lips without having to reapply a thousand times a day, buy this lip mask. I use it at night mostly since I (very attractively) sleep with my mouth open and that's when my lips really get dry. It also comes in two different shades other than clear that are subtle without looking like a waxy chapstick.
I hope you find some of these products useful and consider purchasing them! They're sure to make your skincare routine a breeze for clear and healthy skin. Comment below if you end purchasing any or want to share you opinion on other products I should try.