As much as I love makeup (Did you check out my Sephora Play! review earlier this week?), spring and summer bring really hot temps here in Houston, and it's usually easier to go barefaced during the day. 2 years ago though, I wouldn't be caught dead without a full face of makeup. I dealt with terrible cystic acne and nothing was working. Luckily I found the products that work for me, so today I wanted to share my holy grail skincare products with you! (So technically instead of a "your face" joke, my favorite this week is actually my face- ha!)
1) Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
I love face masks, and since I had great experience with the Pixi brand, I decided to pick up a mask from them. Well, I wasn't paying attention and picked up this Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser thinking it was the face mask. It wasn't, BUT it turned out to be a super happy accident! This cleanser has done wonders for my skin, and I credit it to the glycolic acid that is used in a lot of the Pixi products. I love that this cleanser gently exfoliates my skin but doesn't leave me dried out thanks to the aloe vera and avocado. I use this cleanser mostly for my morning routine and then use CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser when I need to remove makeup. This Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser costs $18 for 4.57 oz., and I've had my bottle for over 2 months now and am not out yet!
2) Pixi Glow Tonic
Can't stop, won't stop! This product right here CHANGED MY LIFE! After doing some research online, I found Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner. My skin is oily but gets dried out when I use salicylic acid too often. This product was the first one I tried from the Pixi line, and I'm a total self-proclaimed brand ambassador now because of my experience. I use the toner every morning and night with Up & Up's Exfoliating Cotton Rounds. Other key ingredients in this magic potion include aloe vera and ginseng. The Pixi Glow Tonic comes in a 3.4 oz. bottle and costs $15. My bottle lasts over 4 weeks when used twice a day. If you get ready for your day at the gym, Pixi offers Glow Tonic Toner Pads - basically rounds presoaked in the tonic to take with you on the go.
3) Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream
I had been wanting to add a nighttime moisturizer to my routine, so after having a lot of success with the Pixi line, I decided to give the Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream a try. I LOVE this stuff! It's not too greasy, and you only need a little bit because it's so rich. The cream is made with mango butter and lavender oil, so it smells nice, too! The Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream comes in a 1.18 oz. tube and costs $24. That sounds a little pricey, but I will say that I've had my tube for 3 months now, so it does last quite a bit longer than you might expect.
4) Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment
I've been using Neutrogena's On-the-Spot Acne Treatment for over a decade now. Now that I use it with my Pixi products, I think it really does what it is supposed to do. Plus, I feel like they changed the formula up a little bit recently and for the better. The main ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, but it is only a 2.5% dosage, so it won't dry you out as much as other spot treatments. I usually wash my face at night, use my Glow Tonic, put spot treatment on, and then put on my Beauty Sleep Cream. If you're super sensitive, you should consider putting a moisturizer on top of the spot treatment. This spot treatment comes in a .75 oz. tube for just under $5. I would say that I probably purchase this only once a year. Also, one last note on this product, it can cause staining on your pillowcases, so you may want to use a white or light colored pillowcase at night.
5) CeraVe Moisturizer
I'm a big internet researcher, and I like to read the real reviews vs. what the magazines say before I make a purchase. After reading so many positive reviews of CeraVe, I started using their cleanser and liked that I could use it to remove my makeup at night. I then tried the CeraVe Anti-Aging Eye Repair Cream, and I haven't looked back! It is super moisturizing and does a great job prepping my skin for makeup. So, to go along with my eye cream and cleanser, I put the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 to the test. I used to be a die hard Garnier moisturizer fan, but CeraVe's moisturizer is a better match for me. It leaves my skin soft and moisturized without a greasy sheen, and I definitely need to take advantage of the SPF in it. When I started at my dermatologist's office 2 summers ago, all of the products she had in the clinic were from CeraVe, so now I really feel confident in vouching for this brand! The 3 oz. bottle costs about $15 but lasts several months.
If you're looking to feel a little more confident in your bare skin, try out these products and let me know how they work for you, and tell me what YOUR favorite skincare products are in the comments below!
Also, I had considered trying Rodan + Fields products just around the time that I discovered Pixi but since Pixi was the right fit for my skin, I have no experience with R+F. But, I have heard that the line does wonders for people! If you are interested in going that route, contact Miss Lisa over at Coast to Coast, and she'll get you hooked up!
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I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that you are getting some glorious weather! We're off to another baseball game, a birthday party, and finalizing a costume for the school wax museum! See you soon!