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I share some pretty fabulous skincare all throughout the year, but pretty regularly people ask for favorites. You know, that can’t live without, ride or die product that you always go back to. Jaclyn Hill created the Ride or Die Makeup challenge last year and I’ve been working on mine for a few months and I’m not ready to go live with it yet but I am ready with skincare. I wanted to get this up before I share any of the new products I’m testing out this year with you. I’m lucky enough to be able to test out multiple products on the reg. So while maybe a year from now this list could slightly differ, I wanted to share what I’m obsessed with currently. My ride or die skincare products. These are all products that have never let me down, things that I almost always go back and reach for when I need to get my skincare routine on point.
MY SKIN TYPE: NORMAL/DRY DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: TONERS
Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner: Usually, with dry skin, I would tend to shy away from toners because of how drying they would be. This balancing toner doesn’t dry me out, it’s a combination of rosewater and witch hazel that soothes and balances skin.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater: This is one of my favorite facials sprays that I sometimes use in place of a toner. The rosewater does a really good job of soothing my skin and allowing me to feel a bit more hydrated. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: CLEANSERS
Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: This cleanser is super affordable, which is a big bonus when it comes to skincare these days. I struggle with blackheads and just overall pretty congested skin and this has really worked well to clear me up. It draws out and traps 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser for deeply cleaned, tingly smooth skin.
Michael Todd Charcoal Deep Pore Gel Cleanser: I really enjoy charcoal products and adding them to my skincare routine has really helped work on my skin. This cleanser has activated charcoal which helps to lift and remove excess dirt and oil. Improving any impurities, while promoting balance for an improved look in clarity and health of the complexion. (This product is no longer available)
Tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser: This is a new to me product that became a fast favorite because of how convenient and easy it is to use. A twist-up, three-in-one facial cleansing stick. It’s ideal for unclogging pores, if you’re extra oily, and/or uneven texture and dullness. I like that you can use it for a click cleanse, to remove makeup, or you can rub it into your skin and leave it on for a bit and treat it as a mask.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: MAKEUP REMOVERS
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: This is a long time favorite that I will probably never shy away from. This is one of those products that if they stopped making it I would be genuinely upset. This removes even the strongest of waterproof makeup better than anything I have ever used.
Urban Decay Melt Down Makeup Remover: Stubborn eye makeup? This will be your ride or die. This stuff can take down their longest-lasting products, and it’s also good for your skin too. This creamy gel is non-greasy so you don’t have to wash off any residue after you use it, and the light fragrance is uplifting but never obtrusive.
Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: Cleansing Balm melts into your skin to hydrate while it cleanses, removing makeup and other impurities but never stripping away moisture. I really love how this leaves my skin feeling. No gross residue and super moisturized.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: EXFOLIATORS
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant: is a revolutionary formula designed to mimic the transformative brightening, smoothing effects of the popular in-office microdermabrasion treatment at home. This will leave your skin feeling like brand new.
Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser: Sometimes when you have dry skin you need something a bit gentle so as not to dry yourself out anymore. Clarins is for you. Daily detox for all skin types. Clarins’ spa-fresh One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, polishes away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells to reveal glowing skin beneath. Orange extract softens, refreshes and renews radiance.
Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt: You can use this on wet or dry skin and it will singlehandedly get rid of the top layer of your skin basically. Leaving your face feeling silky smooth and without any dryness or flakes. I especially love to use this in the dead of winter when my skin is at it’s dryest.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: RETINOLS
Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum: This one is a bit pricey but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it. Especially if you’re in your thirties like me. There’s no time like the present to start worrying about wrinkles and skin elasticity. A dual-action serum formulated with patented alguronic acid and retinol to support anti-aging for a firmer-looking complexion.
Skin Laundry Wrinkle Release Repair Treatment with Retinol: This treatment and nighttime moisturizer combines retinol with soothing botanicals to gently yet effectively help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone and texture for firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM: I love this stuff. A potent retinol serum that delivers skin-renewing benefits via optimally concentrated encapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimal irritation.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: SERUMS
Pixi By Petra Hydrating Milky Serum: This is one of those serums that I would not be able to live without. It quenches my skin’s thirst when I need it most. It leaves my skin looking brighter and more moisturized.
Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate: Is your skin dull and tired looking? Get this right now. Utilizes next generation liquid-to-serum technology to intensively hydrate skin’s deepest surface layers.
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum: Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to retain skin’s natural moisture and collagen to enhance skin’s firmness and elasticity.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: OILS
Tarte Maracuja Oil: This vegan, moisturizing face oil is cold-pressed from the maracuja fruit, naturally rich in brightening vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acids for a healthy, radiant complexion.
Borghese Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil: It is a blend of botanical oils that transform skin’s texture. Soothes dull and dry skin, making your skin look brighter.
Pixi By Petra Rose Oil Blend: A luxe, ultra-nourishing oil that rejuvenates, restores and renews skin’s luminosity. I am obsessed with Pixi products and this is one of my absolute faves.
Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil: The quick-absorbing, non-greasy benefits of the Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil instantly replenish skin with essential moisture while working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a dull complexion, and rough skin texture.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: EYE CREAMS
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum: The serum glides eﬀortlessly onto skin with a cooling ceramic applicator to calm. Fast-absorbing—making it suitable for use under makeup or for makeup-free radiance—this serum is an eﬀortless, soothing start to revitalized-looking eyes all day.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate: This effective line-reducing eye treatment by Kiehl’s brings you bright, younger-looking eyes. It contains a potent concentration of pure vitamin C 10.5%, known for its affinity with skin and powerful ability to improve the appearance of aging. It also contains haloxyl, which strengthens, soothes and brightens the eye area, helping to eliminate dark circles.
Pixi By Petra 24K Eye Elixir Peptide: An anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: MOISTURIZERS
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask: A super hydrating sleeping mask. This is meant to go over all night time skincare from toners to moisturizers, put this on last to lock everything in. You keep it on all night and wash it off in the morning revealing softer skin.
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15: Developed with our Antioxidant Complex of Vitamin C & E, and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA). This fast absorbing, non-greasy formula helps reduce the look of visible sun-damage, revealing radiant, more even-toned, younger-looking skin.
belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb: I started using this over a year ago and I have never looked back. It’s one of the moisturizing things I have ever used. A lightweight gel-cream that floods the skin with a rush of refreshing hydration and minimizes the appearance of pores for soft, smooth, supple feel.
Pixi By Petra Beauty Sleep Cream: Want to wake up glowing? This is for you. A nourishing night treatment to comfort and soothe skin.
RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE: FACE MASKS
nügg Hydrating Face Mask- Camellia Seed Oil & Spirulina Extract: BOOSTS YOUR SKIN’S HYDRATION LEVEL AND ERASES DRY SPOTS to bring comfort, dewiness, and plumpness back to dry skin; an absolute MUST during the dry winter months.
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque: I was raving about this on Instagram the other day. This protective facial mask defends and replenishes skin to help reduce the visible effects of pollution.
Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask: This luminizing mask helps lessen the look of fatigued skin. It works to provide tired, dull, lackluster skin with a revitalized, illuminated, and re-energized appearance. It also helps smooth the signs of fine lines. The potent formula was inspired by the most popular facial in Dr. Brandt’s practice and takes just three minutes for full effect.
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