Here’s what I use on the daily to keep my skin healthy and glowing!
It’s been a while since I’ve shared my update skincare routine, so today I’m laying it all out for you. I’ve been struggling a bit with acne recently so I’ve switched over to some products that are helping to control it. In addition, I’ve been using some products that help with the texture and enlarged pores. Let’s dive in shall we?
To get rid of my acne scars I’ve been using the Good Genes because it has Lactic Acid. It exfoliates the skin and helps to unclog pores, even out texture and reduce dark spots. I’ve found that after using this for even just a month my scars have lightened quite a bit.
Basically this serum helps to revive the skin. So whether it’s because I’ve been out drinking too much or maybe eating poorly during the week, this serum improves my skin’s self-renewal. The signs of fatigue and stress are much less visible!
This is a booster that I mix in with the Recovery Serum. It has 10% lactic acid which again helps to exfoliate the skin. Basically this booster helps to resurface and smooth skin texture and reduce the size of my pores.
This cream hydrates, lifts and firms my skin. A little bit goes a long way and I love it because my skin feels so moisturized when I wake up! The ingredients in it help the skin to look more youthful and bouncy over time.
I’m usually not one to get pimples on a regular basis, maybe one or two a month during that time, but recently I had a huge breakout on my chin and I had no idea why. It had me searching high and low for products that would get rid of them ASAP. It was quite unusual because there were about four pimples that surfaced at the same time. Thankfully, earlier that week I had seen a girlfriend of mine post about pimple patches and her IG stories intrigued me to try them out.
Pimple patches work as protective covers and sponges for all the gross sh*t that’s inside. It’s suggested that you puncture the pimple before applying the patch so that there’s an exit point. They work best when the pimple has already become white and is right at the point where you want to pop it.
I ordered the Cosrx Patches from Amazon, but since they didn’t arrive as soon as I’d hoped, I picked up the Nexcare Pimple Patches instead. This was my first time trying anything like this, so I thought I’d give a “first impressions” review!
How to Use Them
Make sure your hands are clean and the area of the pimple is completely clean.
Puncture the pimple, preferably at the pore, with the tiniest needle you can find or a sterile lancet.
Using tissues (do not go skin to skin) or the ends of q-tips, gently squeeze out any excess oils.
Apply the pimple patch. Leave it on until it changes from translucent to white. This means that the pus and oil has been absorbed.
I applied four different pimple patches on my first try and two out of the four actually worked. The other two didn’t work as well and I know will be coming back because not all of the oils were absorbed. I can tell because there is still swelling in the area.
The two pimple patches that worked flattened in about 3 hours, however I do have small dark spots. Hopefully they will disappear with my consistent skincare routine.
The packaging doesn’t tell you to rupture the pimple first, however I do believe that creating an exit point is what makes the product work best. Next time I use these I’ll try to find a smaller needle, as I feel like the small pin I used was a bit too large and may have caused the dark spot that is now left.
A couple of things that I didn’t love about the Nexcare Pimple Patches were 1) the thickness of the patches and 2) how well they stuck to my skin. I’ve heard that the Cosrx brand is better in both of these ways so I’m excited to try those ones out. The Nexcare patches were very visible because they were so thick, and I had to keep pressing them down onto my skin because the edges would actually lift after a few minutes, especially if I was talking or eating.
Overall, I do think that the pimple patches work but I’m looking forward to trying out the Cosrx brand to see how they compare. If you want to see a review on those ones let me know in the comments! You can shop the Nexcare Pimple Patches here.
Here are three of my tried and true luxury skincare dupes!
Skincare is a big part of my life and although there are many amazing products out there, it’s hard to find affordable ones that do what they’re supposed to do. I’ve tried a mix of everything, from luxury skincare to drugstore products and as much as I’ve loved using the more expensive items, they haven’t always been the best for my skin. In fact a lot of my affordable skincare works just as well. So today I want to share my tried and true “luxury skincare dupes” with you.
I completely understand that the more expensive products are sometimes manufactured, sourced and produced with different ingredients. However this doesn’t always mean that they’re better than some of the more affordable options out there. Unless your skin has been trained to use only the most expensive products on the market, you’re probably going to be fine using the $20 moisturizer versus the $300 one.
This post isn’t to bash the more expensive products, because I’ll admit, if I could afford them, I’d certainly be using them. There’s something about putting luxury skincare on your face that makes you feel GOOD. Sometimes this is because of special and more expensive ingredients within them, and other times it’s just because you’re using La Mer. If you know what I mean 😉 But skincare that WORKS isn’t always expensive. It doesn’t have to be! And with that being said, let’s dive into the dupes!
La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream
Last summer I received a 1oz tub of the La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream. It’s safe to say that I was swooning. It was AMAZING! I used that product like it was the last one ever made. I used it mainly in the daytime because I knew the full benefits would show beneath makeup and on a fresh face. I also used it on minor sunburns, which healed after just two days. The cream smoothed my skin, smelled amazing and miraculously healed my sunburns. And YES, I have found a dupe for it.
The moisturizer that I am now using comes very close to the La Mer Cool Gel Cream, besides the sunburn healing (because I haven’t tested that yet). I’m currently using the Youth Cream from The Body Shop and I’m already on my second jar. This cream moisturizes, without leaving a greasy finish; it actually leaves a very pretty glow on the skin! I use it day and night, underneath makeup and on a fresh face. I’ve seen a huge improvement in the texture of my skin as well as hydration. In comparison to the La Mer Cool Gel Cream at $230CAD, this Youth Cream rings in at a total of $34.00CAD. It’s definitely approved on my end!
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
In June last year I was gifted the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum (that’s a mouthful) and put it to use right away. After using it overnight for just a week I saw a huge improvement in the size of my pores and the smoothness of my skin. I believe I even reviewed it on the blog here once or twice. This was a product that I also used as if it was the last one ever produced. I used it up until the last drop and was very sad to say goodbye. Since it retails for $134CAD I was not willing to purchase it myself, and instead went on a hunt for a comparable but affordable serum.
Last month I was introduced to the Youth Concentrate Serum from The Body Shop and instantly fell in love. This serum has the exact same consistency as the Lâncome one and seems to work just as well. I use it overnight after my toner and before my facial oil. I’ve seen a big improvement in the size of my pores, softness of my skin and the overall appearance of my skin. In comparison, the Youth Concentrate Serum from TBS costs less than half the price of the Lâncome ($50CAD).
Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream
When I was an active R+F Consultant I used the Multi-Function Eye Cream every single night and had amazing results. I realize though that $75CAD for a small eye cream just isn’t in some people’s budgets, so I started to look for alternatives to share with you guys. I tried a lot of eye products, serums, rollers, creams etc. and it took me months to find something comparable in size and cheaper in price. The R+F eye cream is fantastic, I won’t lie about that, but it is steep in price so a great alternative is Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
The Kiehl’s eye cream is the same size as the R+F one and costs almost less than half the price ($40CAD). It’s just as good in my opinion because it de-puffs and reduces darkness. I can’t speak for the reduction of fine lines because I don’t have any….so that will be reviewed at a later time LOL.
If you have any of your own tried and true luxury skincare dupes, I would love to hear about them in the comments!