SelfcareSunday Week 5 | My ‘Playing it Safe’ Skincare Routine

I am currently not feeling great and have a busy week ahead, so I am going to play it safe and use the products that I know work well for my skin. I just need a gentle reset with an exfoliating face mask and plenty of hydrating ingredients. Only a few weeks left of this cold, non-sense weather(Woohoo!–hopefully the flu that is going around will also be gone by then).

  1. YÜLI Halcyon Cleanser, reviewed here. I am enjoying a makeup-free day, so my favorite gel cleanser will do the job. Available here.
  2. Odacité Synergie Immediate Skin Perfecting Masque*. When I want to exfoliate my skin, but in a gentle, non-irritating way, I often use this face mask. It contains fruit acids–the ingredient I mentioned in my stories yesterday. In case you missed it, I shared how a famous dermatologist from NYC, Dr. Colbert, listed fruit acids as the best natural ingredient (when contained in a properly formulated product) for lightening brown spots and brightening the skin. It is more gentle than a chemical peel, and therefore takes more time and diligence to achieve results, but it does improve certain skin discolorations over time. Available here.
  3. MŪN Anarose Toner. Another old favorite of mine and my go-to toner. This one is soothing, hydrating, and mildly exfoliating as well (Willow Bark is a natural source of salicylic acid). It has a pH of 4.5-5, which is just slightly acidic, and therefore helps to restore the skin’s pH. I have been spritzing this all over my face and then I wipe with cotton rounds. I watched a video with a famous facialist, Melanie Simon, and she recommended letting toner sit on the skin and do its job for a couple of minutes. Since I am applying a hydrating serum afterwards and not an oil, I can let it sink in for just a few. Available here.
  4. YÜLI Ambrosia Beauty Nectar. Full of humectant and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this serum provides a layer of luxurious, soothing hydration. I am sorry that I have not had the chance to write a full review yet, but I will as soon as I can. Available here.
  5. Dara’s oil* & Odacité Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate. I actually like to mix a few drops of Dara’s oil into 2 pumps of Ambrosia and press into my skin. I put some around my eyes, for extra softness and then apply a couple of drops of Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate. This serum is, like the name says, very concentrated, so you can also dilute it with a less expensive oil (like Argan) to boost the rich, moisturizing properties. Yes, it smells like carrots–in the best, freshest way possible. Available here.
  6. Plume Lash Serum*. I have been using this serum on my eyebrows more consistently, and while my bald spots haven’t filled up with new hairs, the rest of my eyebrows are looking healthy and full enough to make me want to continue using it. Available here.

That’s it guys for this lovely, cold Sunday. I told you–nothing new–just a few old favorites that are still doing a great job at keeping my skin in good shape. What are you currently using? Do you have any skincare products that you know you can trust with keeping your skin happy?

*gifted sample