It’s been quite a while since I shared a skincare roundup here, and this post has been a long time coming. I’d say for me hands-down one of the coolest parts about being a blogger is that I get to try out SO MANY different beauty brands, from makeup products that haven’t launched yet to skincare finds that I might have never gotten the chance to try. (When skincare is on the pricey side, it’s pretty hard for me to pull that trigger unless I KNOW I already love the product.) I legit have a dresser in my office FULL of different hair products, makeup, and skincare, and lately, the skincare is my favorite to try on for size. And for good reason. This week, I’ll be turning the big three-OH, and now more than ever, I’m really into protecting and improving my skin. Like, really into it. And over the past few months, I feel like all of my dedication has paid off, and my skin is in a better place than it’s been in years. Almost 30 and all.
So today I’m excited to share my favorite, favorite skincare products of the moment. These are the products I actually use and love and would buy again and again. So here goes –
Daily / Weekly regimen:
Kate Somerville Skincare – You guys, this stuff is the Holy Grail. I’ve tried quite a few of their products out over the last couple of months and have yet to find a bad one in the bunch. My daily go-to duo is their Gentle Daily Wash (I keep it in the shower) and the Deep Tissue Repair Cream. This stuff is a little pricey, but holy-moly does it make my skin feel like a million bucks. (So worth adding to that holiday wish list of yours.) About twice a week, I also add in the Exfolikate in the shower. It’s an intense exfoliating treatment that makes your face tingle while it’s working. I spread it on my face similar to a mask and let it sit while I go for the conditioner and body wash. When you rinse it off, your face seriously feels brand new.
Clarisonic Mia – There’s a reason there’s so much hype around Clarisonic – they really do just work. I’ve used a Clarisonic for YEARS and just upgraded to a new one. Personally I love the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush head because it just makes my skin feel really squeaky clean. I use mine almost daily with the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash.
Olly Nutrition Vibrant Skin Gummies – I’ve taken these gummies every single day for the past three months and can really see a difference in my skin. Call me crazy, I don’t care. These are really delicious so I actually remember to take them every day, which I think is half the battle with vitamins – remembering to take them! I loved these so much that I’ve also tried out the Restful Sleep gummies before bed, and I’m already on bottle #2.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes – I love makeup remover towelettes, like, a lot. Like, I’d drive to the store at 10 pm if I realized that I was out of them. I’ve tried a ton of brands, but I keep going back to these from Neutrogena. If it makes sense, they’re the dampest cloths I’ve found, so you don’t end up scrubbing your skin with some dry tissue. Yuck. The classic version is great, and I also love the Night Calming pack.
DDF Skincare – No matter how good my skincare regimen is, I will always get those occasional monthly breakouts, and this line is like calling in the big guns. Personally I love the Salicylic Wash and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel for clearing up blemishes fast.
Biore Self-Heating One-Minute Mask – Biore almost feels a little nostalgic to me because I loved their products so much in high school. And today, the products are still really great. This self-heating mask is my hands-down favorite when I’ve got a breakout in the works. Added bonus though, it’s just really relaxing and soothing to do this mask at night before bed. The self-heating factor, so good.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve also tried to incorporate semi-regular facials into my skincare routine. A former employer of mine seriously had the best skin I’d ever seen, and she attributes it to regular facials since a younger age. I needed no other explanation than that – sold! So here are a couple of my favorite places for a skin refresh.
Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts – Again, Kate Somerville just knows good skin. If you’re in LA, I’d say this is my fave spot. They’ll work with you to figure out the best options for your skincare needs. The actual location is beautiful and tranquil, and bonus points that you can pop on over to Alfred Tea afterwards.
Spa Gregories in Newport Beach – I recently checked out their Cranberry Pomegranate Facial, a fall special, and LOVED the results. Baby’s bottom, I tell ya’.
Facialworks in Newport Beach – This place is pretty cool. It’s meant to make the whole spa experience more accessible and affordable, so that the average gal can treat herself to a facial without breaking the bank. The facial bar services start at $50, and I’ve tried it out – they’re not skimping on quality or service. The location is pretty adorable, and it’s got an open room setting, perfect for going with a couple of girlfriends or solo.
ANNNND, now for the best part. I want to give one lucky gal the chance to try out my favorite skincare products, so I’ve teamed up with Kate Somerville, Clarisonic, Biore, DDF Skincare, and Olly Nutrition to do just that. One lucky winner will receive all of the products in the image above ($500+ value) by entering below. (Leaving a comment on today’s post is required. All of the other entry methods give you additional entries for a better chance at winning.) There’s no time like the present to start taking better care of our skin, so good luck to everyone who enters today’s skincare giveaway!
Photos thanks to Felicia Lasala