the 6 face products i cannot live without
my mother is a skin care expert and so i learned at an early age that taking care of one’s skin is really important. cleanse, tone, moisterize. always! she taught me everything about how to take care of my skin and most importantly, to take cues from my skin and to react to it as it changes over seasons and with age.
we are big body shop fans in our family and i have been using body shop products (face and body) since i was a pre-teen. the ingredients are excellent, the price points amazing for the quality and the ethics of the company are truly unparalleled in the industry. their products work really well for my skin and the ones pictured have been my staples for 15+ years (i have oily/combination skin, so while these products work for me, they might not work for you. ask the trained skin care professionals in store about what products might work for your skin!).
over the last year, i have added the other three products into my regimen and my skin has never looked or felt softer and brighter and i couldn’t recommend these all more highly.
vitamin e face cream | a water based cream rich with vitamin e, a natural antioxidant that fights against free radicals and helps keep skin firm and smooth. i have been using this for nearly 20 years and it is the perfect amount of moisture for my combination skin, especially in the summer.
vitamin c face polish | vitamin c is another natural antioxidant that helps keep skin elastic and bright looking. i use this once a day with my clarisonic brush and have been using this gentle exfoliating wash for over 10 years.
tea trea oil | i still break out every now and then and this is my hero product. dab on a little bit of this oil (which is misleading as it is 15% tea tree oil in an alcohol and water base. never use 100% tea tree oil on your skin as it will burn!) onto the blemish before you go to bed and it will start shrinking over night. tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent and this product works miracles. i couldn’t love it more and have been using this since my super pimply teen days. i’m 32, so you do the math.
weleda iris hydrating facial lotion | this is a new to me product introduced to me by my pal b. she uses their skin food and i loved the smell and feel of it so much that i had to try the brand and this particular formulation works best for me, especially now that the weather is changing and my aging skin needs more moisture than the vitamin e face cream can provide. i use it as a night cream as your skin absorbs more moisture at night but if i wake up with dry patches as the weather gets colder, i might have to use this during the day too.
atralin gel | i have been using this dermatologist prescribed retinol for 6 months and i love it. retinol is more popular now that it is available in over the counter products (i was using help me by philosophy from sephora but my derm sold me on this and i like it better) and it is sold as an anti aging cream that helps smooth fine lines, reduce pores and help collagen production. i am 32 and i felt that if i can be preventative, then why not start now and i love how my skin looks and feels with this product - softer than ever. like, as soft as a baby’s bottom. definitely ask your dermatologist about it and be aware that it does take your skin a few weeks to adjust to it, so you might get some dry patches on your face at the beginning. also, this is not a daily product but again, ask your derm for all the information.
clarisonic mia | i had been hearing about the wonders of this product for the last two years and was curious so i bought this on sale last year. i have fairly good skin, so thought, do i really need this? yes! it enhances everything about my skin and i can’t live without this little brush. if you’ve been on the fence about this, then i implore you to get one. you’ll love it, promise!
i also use a toner (i don’t always use it daily, shame on me but toners are really important - they help pick up any dirt and make up your cleanser didn’t remove and helps prep your skin to better absorb your moisturizer) and weekly mask which i didn’t include in the can’t live without group because though i should be using them more frequently, i tend to get a little lazy with them. i know, tsk tsk!