My Favorite Skincare Products: The List

Hello, again.

A few weeks ago I put up {this} skincare tips post, intending to put up a favorite products list a few days later, then life went on fast forward.  Does anyone else feel like December/January were and are the fastest months in the history of life?

So without further ado or rambling, these are some new products I love and some products that have stood the test of time for me.  To keep this faster and easier to read, I’m not listing why I love each product, so if there is anything specific you want to know, please feel free to ask in the comments below!

You can click right on the brand names below to save search time and get taken right to the product page to shop.

My skin type is: dry and somewhat sensitive.

FAVORITE PRODUCTS

Makeup Remover:

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  {post}

Lancome – Bi Facial eye makeup remover

Face Cleanser:

– Burt’s Bees Cream cleanser – brightening or hydrating

Alba Botanica Coconut Cleansing Milk

Exfoliation:

– Konjac sponge

*Julep {post}

*Ecotools

– Occasionally (about 4 times a year), I’ll use a microdermabrasion scrub, I like this Dr. Brandt one.

Mask for Moisture:

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

Julep Mask Noir

Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Mask for Deep Cleaning:

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Eye Cream:

DHC CoQ10 Eye cream.  Like, woah.  I used a small sample of this and a week later couldn’t figure out why I looked so much more well-rested.  When I realized the only thing I’d changed was my eye cream, I immediately got the full size and, yep, it’s the eye cream.  I do a full post on this soon with before-and-after pics.

Toners:

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Facial Toner

Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water (not technically a toner, but I use it as this)

Serums:

DHC Extra Concentrate

DHC Wrinkle Essence

Moisturizers Daytime:

DHC Camu Camu White Day Milk with SPF 20

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

Moisturizers Nighttime:

DHC Olive Virgin Oil

MLA Skincare Power Cream

For my Neck and Chest:

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear CC Cream SPF 20

L’Oreal Miracle Blur SPF 30 Cream Primer {post}

Bio Oil

Body wash:

DHC Mild Body Shampoo – great for dry skin

Dove Body Wash Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla

Body Lotion:

St. Ives Mineral Therapy Lotion

Hand Lotion:

Deborrah Lippmann Rich Girl SPF 25

Sunscreen:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid SPF 45

Travel Cleanser:

DHC Face Wash Powder

Facial Spray:

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater

Lips:

Chapstick Original SPF 15

DHC Lip Cream Lip Balm

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

My go-to skincare routine:

Morning: cleanse with DHC oil or cream cleanser, tone, serum, then moisturizer with SPF. La Roche Posay SPF on my neck, chest, and hands.

Evening:  DHC oil, then if needed cream cleanser ALSO, rinse that off, konjac sponge, toner, serum, oil or night cream on my face, neck, chest, and hands.

Once or twice the day, if my skin feels dry, I’ll spray it with Mario Badescu Facial Spray.  Especially if I’m wearing makeup and starting to look tired, a few sprays of this insanely amazing smelling spray and I look refreshed and my makeup looks better and isn’t settling into fine lines.

Once a week, I’ll do a mask for moisture.

Occasionally, if my skin is feeling really gunky and clogged from weeks of heavy makeup or sweat, I’ll use the Mario Badescu Glycolic toner and gel at night.  Just one night usually does the trick for me.

Also occasionally, I’ll use the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion on my face, neck, chest, and the backs of my hands.

Samples:

If you want to try any of the products before you commit, Sephora stores will make you a sample to make sure you like it and don’t have an allergic reaction to it.  I highly recommend doing this, especially for masks and moisturizers, where I tend to have the biggest reaction.  Also, DHC (800.342.2273) will send you 4 samples of anything you’d like to try if you call them.  It’s addicting and you will want to purchase eeeevrything.  But it is really a great way to make sure you are getting the right products for your skin type and you like the texture, smell, results, etc.

Coupon alert: to save 10% off your first DHC purchase, you can use  my name, Molly Gardner, the code: 2168409.

ALL STAR Products:

I’ll try anything and everything, but keep coming back to these products because they work.  I see both an immediate and now long term benefits in my skin as I’ve been using these now for years.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – gets every last bit of makeup off your face, while keeping it hydrated.  Completely cleans out your pores.  A must for anyone with acne or who wears makeup.

DHC Extra Concentrate – I swear that this serum is the reason I haven’t gotten any botox yet.  Use it in the morning and at night and watch your skin transform in a week.

DHC Olive Virgin Oil – gives my skin this other worldly glow.  When I wear it over the Extra Concentrate, I wake up with a firm and glowing complexion.

La Roche-Posay Suncreen – the best of the best.  Not sticky, absorbs immediately, matte finish.  NO sunburns yet while using this stuff and no new sun damage on my chest and neck!

Here is a pic of me on the left from January 10th, 2004 (thank you iPhoto for keeping better time than me) and on the right is from January 14th, 2015.  These products just work, in my opinion.  I don’t think I look exactly the same, obviously, but for 11 years it’s pretty decent!

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Save/Splurge:

My general rule is I save on cream cleansers and toners, with the exception of the DHC oil cleanser.  I love organic or natural drugstore cleansers and toners and the konjac sponge.  I spend on serums, eye creams, moisturizers, and sunscreen.  This is where I’ve seen the biggest improvement by using nicer products.

Brands and products I would like to try more of:

Eminence – I tried the a travel size of the Strawberry Rhubarb cleanser and it was amazing.  Their masks are supposed to be incredible.  They are very pricey, but hand made.  That’s amazing to me.

SkinCeuticals – I tried a sample of the Hydrating B5 gel and the very next day my skin looked awesome.  I’ve heard very good things about this brand.

 

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Why is other people's stuff so fascinating?

Why is other people’s stuff so fascinating?

WOAH.  We are done.  This was a lot of things and products and steps.  But I hope it helped if you are looking for a complete overhaul of your skincare routine, just need to change up one or two products, or just love seeing what other people use.  I’m obsessed with seeing other people’s products.  Most people ask for a home tour when they go over to a friend’s place, and I always say “can I please see your makeup and skin products?”  I’m a straight up weirdo.

Thank you for reading!  Please share on Facebook or Pinterest and find me on Instagram @girlgetglamorous.  Tag your pics #girlgetglamorous, I love to see your pics when you try something from the blog!

Go Get Glam!

 

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* Some of these products were provided at no cost to me to sample.  In no way does this affect my recommending a product or brand.  There are also a lot of products that were sent to me to test that did not make this post.  Just want to be clear that I only recommend products that I really love and use myself.

 

2 Comments
  • Gina Athy
    February 17, 2015

    Lol, I thought I was the only one who wanted to see other people’s beauty products,glad I found you

  • Lauren Bartels
    March 18, 2015

    Hi Molly,

    Love this post! I’ve got a question for you about products like the DHC Concentrate. I’m 24 and a little wary of trying products that are specified as anti-aging or wrinkle prevention since it’s so early. Would you recommend that these would be good for someone in their early-mid twenties or should we wait and stick to other products?

    Thanks!
    Lauren Bartels

    laurenmicheleblog.blogspot.com

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