I get questions about skin care a lot so I wanted to make a post about everything I love and my recommendations! I am a perfectionist about my skin and since I am a licensed aesthetician I made sure I learned everything possible. Let’s do this in phases starting with cleansing.
Cleansing: You don’t need to spend a lot on a cleanser. It is on and off your face very quickly. I prefer more gentle cleansers. Getting a pH balanced cleanser is also nice because it eliminates the need for a toner; however, the jury is still in debate over whether a toner is even necessary so if your cleanser doesn’t say pH balanced on it don’t worry. I personally think a toner is a nice addition to your skin care regime especially if you have oily skin but it’s nowhere near as important as serum or sun protection so if money is an issue invest in what works which I will get into later.
Products I love: I am currently using Blue Mercury M61 Perfect Cleanse which I like. It’s only $26 for 8.4 ounces and it’s lasted me forever. It perfectly cleans my skin without drying it out. It’s paraben free and has no sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes and no animal testing either. I’ve also tried the Image Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser which is amazing. The tricky thing about the Image cleanser is that you need to purchase it through a spa or your aesthetician which I personally think can be a hassle. Kinerase Pro + Therapy Skin Balancing Cleanser is also very nice. I tend to go for more organic, holistic cleansers. I love the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk and Cleansing Cream. Biodroga also makes a cleansing oil and cleansing milk which is divine. I am also eager to try cleansers from Eminence.
A lot of european skin care lines believe in cleansing twice. The first cleanser is a more gentle, possibly oil based cleanser that removes makeup. The second cleanse is a deeper cleanse to really thoroughly cleanse the pores. Like I said though, you don’t need to be this fancy with your cleansing. It is totally based on preference. If you exfoliate regularly, then something simple will do the trick. You can also invest in a Clarisonic and use that nightly or a few times a week based on your skin’s sensitivities and preferences.
Blue Mercury Perfect Cleanse for All Skin Types ($26): http://www.bluemercury.com/cleanser/m-61-perfect-cleanse.as
Image Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser: http://www.imageskincare.com/products/ormedic-balancing-facial-cleanser
Kinerase Pro + Therapy Skin Balancing Cleanser ($37): http://www.dermstore.com/reviews/product_Skin+Balancing+Cleanser+With+Kinetin+Zeatin_21830.htm
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk ($36.95): http://www.dermstore.com/product_Soothing+Cleansing+Milk_31022.htm
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream ($26.95): http://www.dermstore.com/product_Cleansing+Cream_31021.htm
Biodroga Cleansing Oil ($42.50): http://www.biodrogausa.com/Shop-by-Skin/Sensitive/Cleansing-Oil/flypage.html
Biodroga Cleansing Milk ($40): http://www.biodrogausa.com/Shop-by-Skin/Normal/Milky-Cleanser/flypage.html