Friday, April 4, 2014

My 2 Skincare Game Changers!

Hi everyone! So today I wanted to briefly tell you about two products that I have been using that have completely transformed my skin! One is a cleanser and the other is a serum and let me tell you...they really have made a HUGE difference!

We'll talk about the cleanser first and a little background about my skin. I have large pores and have always suffered from those annoying blackheads, especially around my nose. While wandering through Ulta one day I found a cleanser that I hadn't seen before and decided to give it a try. It's from Bioré and is called "free your pores!" and costs $6.49 for 6.77 fl oz. at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com. Although I'm pretty sure you could probably find it at your local drugstores as well.

As you can see on the label, this is a deep pore charcoal cleanser. Charcoal cleansers are amazing at getting out all the gunk that can get trapped in our pores. This also claims to "deep clean 2x better & naturally purifies". I tried this and immediately noticed a difference. This is gentle enough to use everyday, so I use it at night to wash my makeup off and follow up with a toner. This removes all of my makeup and absolutely works to help clear out my pores. While it doesn't clear up all of the blackheads I get, I do notice that I have much fewer than I did before using it. My new favorite cleanser and a big thumbs up!

The next thing is a serum. This past winter and even now I have been struggling with dry skin around my chin, nose and between my brows. Which is so unusual because I'm usually very oily in those areas. But, I found a solution! I heard about this serum by it Cosmetics that was supposed to work wonders. So, I picked it up the next time I headed to Ulta. It is called Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum. (Whew! That's a mouthful!) It costs $38.00 for 1 fl oz. and can be purchased at Ulta stores, Ulta's website at www.ulta.com and on it Cosmetics' website at www.itcosmetics.com.

This product is my new Holy Grail for combatting dry skin. it Cosmetics' website has this to say about this product. (The following quote is directly from their website):

"Revolutionary Anti-Aging, Sensory Treatment Skin Serum and Primer in one! A true sensory spa experience in a bottle! Caviar Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Silk all work to nourish, hydrate, prep and prime the skin. Vitamins A, C & E, Deep Ocean Water, Argan, Jojoba and Avocado Oil infusions help to keep skin soft, supple and younger looking. Plus balancing essential oils allow you to take a deep breath and start your day and your skin off right!"

I've been using this for about 6 weeks and while I haven't noticed any change as to the Anti-Aging claim, it is super hydrating and my dry skin issues have been completely resolved! I don't use this as a primer under my makeup because it will become slick after a few hours and I find that it causes my foundation to slide around. I've found that it works best for me as a nighttime treatment over my moisturizer. After I've applied my moisturizer and let it sink in, I use the smallest amount (not even pea sized) and rub it between my fingers and just kind of pat it all over my face, concentrating on the driest areas. It has oils in it that have a rather strong menthol like smell (which I think of as similar to eucalyptus) which I find pleasant. It does dissipate after a few minutes so if you're sensitive to the scent, it will eventually go away. Once this sinks into your skin it leaves it feeling sooooo soft and silky. I just freaking love this stuff!

Those are my two skincare game changers. If you suffer from either of these issues, give them a try and see how they work for you. Let me know in the comments if you've tried these products and what your experience has been! I would love to hear from you!

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