My skincare routine is ever-changing because I’m a product junkie and am always looking for something better than what I’m using. I’ve mentioned before – I always read reviews before buying a product. The sites I generally check for reviews are Beautypedia, Sephora, Ulta, and EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
Usually there isn’t a drastic difference between Ulta and Sephora’s reviews but sometimes Beautypedia will really knock a product for its formula and that alone can dissuade me from my purchase. They really dig in to the science of the products. I use the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and weigh how much I think the product will help me (or make me feel good about myself) vs. the potential risk of ingredients.
Here’s what I’ve been using recently to at least fake the pregnancy glow I wish I had. If you’re more in to makeup, make sure to check out my recent post on current beauty loves.
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My skin is fairly dry but during the summer I don’t need quite as much intense moisture. This formula is a light gel-cream with a subtle radiance factor. It doesn’t show up shimmery on the skin but it does seem to make me look a little more bright and awake. It’s fragrance free and has lots of anti-oxidants.
This has 2/5 stars from Beautypedia (it would have more but it was knocked for being a daytime moisturizer and not having sunscreen) and 4/5 stars on Sephora.
Since my daytime lotion doesn’t have sunscreen and I’d read that most people don’t wear enough sunscreen for it to be effective (i.e. sunscreen in foundation is insufficient for most people), I wanted to add a designated sunscreen for daily use.
This formula is a mineral sunscreen with a runny texture that blends in beautifully. I do not experience a white cast on my face from the minerals but I am fair-skinned so I can’t guarantee that there would be no white cast for everyone. I really like how this sets quickly and feels almost powdery so it’s a breeze to put makeup on over top of it. There is no greasy sunscreen texture and very little scent.
This has 4.5 starts on both Sephora and Ulta and was given a 5 star rating on Beautypedia.
I bought this to combat some pregnancy bacne and chestne that was happening. Since there’s some debate about the use of salacylic acid products while pregnant, many drugstore bar soaps and body washes were off-limits.
I feel like this works quite while and has either really helped or my hormones have balanced out and bacne would be less of an issue either way. It’s hard to say but I do like how squeaky clean my back and chest feel after I use this. This is a great option for pregnant ladies struggling with bacne and looking for a safe option.
I pat this around my eye area and put this on my eyelashes before bed. I really think it’s made my eyelashes longer and healthier and combats the dryness that can be caused by constantly using waterproof mascara. I have just the sample size of this from my sister’s Ipsy box and I’ve barely used 1/4 of the tiny bottle. The big bottle must last for years! Many eye creams are off-limits during pregnancy so this has been a nice way to stay hydrated and hopefully combat aging around the eyes.
This averages 4.5 stars on both Sephora and Ulta.
I bought this in shade medium. I really love how this applies and the natural glow it gives. That said, I applied it maybe every other night and had used the entire bottle in less than a month. I also feel like I had to use almost the whole bottle before I looked fairly tan. Maybe next time I’ll buy the dark shade although first I’m going to give Nkd Skn Gradual Tan a try.
This has 4 stars on both Sephora and Ulta and a score of 5/10 on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database with an overall ingredient hazard of moderate. I usually check the Skin Deep Cosmetics for things that I’m putting on a large part of my body.
I had this under my sink and had forgotten how foolproof it is. The bronze color of the mousse makes it easy to see where you’ve already applied it. It dries quickly with only a light self-tanner smell (it’s inevitable). I apply this with an application mitt and usually wait for it to dry and then go to sleep. In the morning I shower and have a beautiful, even tan.
This has 4.5 stars on Ulta and 4 stars on Sephora and a score of 6/10 on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database with an overall ingredient hazard of moderate. Not the best but I still think it’s better than the risks from tanning in the sun.
I’ve been alternating these products as my nighttime lotion to try to combat stretch marks (impossible and totally genetic) and keep my skin hydrated now that I’m using self-tanner more.
The oil smells like lemon and rubs in really fast. If you like oils but don’t want to feel greasy for hours, I highly recommend this oil even if you aren’t pregnant.
The butter is the same way. It rubs in quickly and doesn’t leave you sticky. I’ll be repurchasing both of these even post-pregnancy.
These were given scores of 2 and 1 (Butter and Oil, respectively) on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database with the overall hazard of ingredients being low for both.
Holy grail right here. This peel is a game changer for me. I constantly struggle in a cycle of dry, flaky skin which then gives me blemishes, which I then treat and cause more dry flaky skin.
I know that I need to use chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid etc.) to keep my skin in tip-top shape. I had previously used Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum. It contains salacylic acid so I was on the hunt for a peel or serum that would give me the chemical exfoliation I need without that ingredient.
I have never had a product have such a noticeable effect on my skin in one use. I’m telling you, I think this is better than a facial and therefore completely worth the price tag. Your skin feels absurdly smooth after. I use it about once a week.
This has 4.5 stars on Sephora.
I use this as my daytime lotion, especially on my arms and shoulders. I searched for a product that was not terribly expensive, mineral based sunscreen, and free of parabans and some other bad things. This does the job. It goes on a little white and definitely leaves a white cast, even on my skin. Nav wore it when we went tubing down the river with friends and it straight up turned him blue. Note, this does not work (like, not even a little bit) on olive skin tones.
This was given a 4/10 on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database with the overall hazard of ingredients being between low and moderate.
After I wrote this post I did a little too much snooping around on Beautypedia and discovered some products I HAD to try from The Ordinary. I fell in love with their mission (and their prices) and ordered a few of the products to try. I’ll make sure to let you know how they work once they come in and I test them for a while.
Any other dry skinned but breakout prone ladies out there? What are your favorite products?