I’ve noticed this Best of Skincare Tag Video has been floating around lately and I thought I might have a stab at it. And by that I mean Alana Davidson did it and I want to be here. Just kidding. Like 40% kidding. She’s beautiful and you must gaze upon her face. Annnd transition. The tag looked fun and sometimes it’s nice to just have a good ol’ chat about skincare. So let’s dive in friends.
1. Skin type?
Oily, combination. I’m oily in the t-zone and normal on the cheeks and I can be a bit of sensitive snowflake.
2. Skincare product storage?
The skincare that I’m currently using gets stored in the bathroom. Any unopened skincare I store in my bedroom where it’s much cooler. That way it lasts longer. I have a lot of skincare waiting to be opened because of the gratis system at Sephora and I hate the thought of it going bad before I can get to it.
3. Favourite ingredient?
Oils. I’m tempted to go for something more exciting like AHAs or BHAs, but it’s got to be oil. I love oil cleansers, I love rich oil-based moisturizers and I love adding straight oils like Rosehip to my skincare routine. There are so many benefits – cleansing, hydrating, balancing, antibacterial.
4. Most indulgent product?
Like most of us, I don’t have the budget to go out and buy really luxe products. I’m lucky in that I get given a lot of travel sizes and sometimes even full sizes of beautiful products through work. I think the most indulgent thing I’ve tried and would love to own is the Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex. It’s $50 US for a tiny bottle. But it’s incredibly rich and hydrating and has a very therapeutic quality to it. The smell is incredible.
5. Best budget buy?
The Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is a fantastic deal. It’s $15, give or take, for a giant bottle and the formula is bangin’. It’s a gel consistency that doesn’t strip the skin at all. Rather, it leaves it feeling perfectly balanced. It contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are a great hydrating ingredients, and it doesn’t contain any potentially irritating fragrances.
6. Any tools?
I own a Foreo and a Clarisonic. I don’t use the Clarisonic regularly because it can be too much for my skin. However, it’s great for helping to remove an especially full face of makeup at the end of the day. It also provides a nice light exfoliation, despite the company’s claims otherwise. The Foreo is much more gentle and easy to use daily. To be honest my favourite tool is one that I shouldn’t even own, a blackhead extractor. I. AM. DR. PIMPLE. POPPER.
… go ahead and picture that in a “this is Sparta” style.
7. Best Mask(s)?
I’ll level with ya, I’m not much of a mask person. I generally believe more in overnight treatments. I do however really enjoy the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask though and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the sensation of the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment.
8. Best multi-use?
This isn’t exciting, but I’m going with coconut oil. You can use it as a cleanser. It’ll break down all your makeup and you just wipe it away with a washcloth. You can use it to hydrate your skin and help treat breakouts. You can use it on your body and in your hair… heck, you can put it anywhere… for anything… bow chica bow wow. I’m sorry.
9. Favourite brand?
This is tough for me. I love a lot of brands for different reasons. Tata Harper pops to mind just because I love how environmentally friendly the brand is and how much commitment they have to being clean and wholesome. On the flip side, I also love La Roche Posay because I think they’re so phenomenal for sensitive skin. Caudalie and Fresh are definitely up there too. The brand I’m really curious about at the moment is Drunk Elephant because it’s almost a marriage between the two worlds.
10. Best spot treatment?
Most spot treatments claim to “dry out” spots with ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur. I’m sure they can help a bit (more effectively as preventative treatments) but it’s pretty damn hard to dry out a pile of pus, excuse the gross, blatant language. The Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are the shiz though because they absorb the pus. Basically they’re these little bandages that you place over your zit (you’ll need to carefully pop your zit first) and they suck up all the pus overnight. It’s the same thing they use for blisters. It’s disgusting and delightful all at once. I did a whole extensive review on them.
11. Favourite skincare routine step?
Cleansing. I love the feeling of breaking down all the dirt, oil and makeup I have on my face at the end of the day. It feels magical. Plus if I’m feeling less lazy than usual, I’ll give myself a little facial massage and that’s always lovely and relaxing.
12. Skincare wish list?
Where does one start? I’d love a full size of the Tatcha Cleansing Oil. I’d be tickled if the Sunday Riley Luna Oil fell into my lap. I wouldn’t say no to the Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum or Babyfacial. Nor would I say no to the Amore Pacific Future Response Cream. But what I’ll probably get my hands on next is some stuff from The Ordinary. I’m crazy about the idea of that brand and I can actually afford it!