Empties Nov. 2015 – A Trip Through My Trash!
My empties bin was overflowing which means it’s time for A Trip Through My Trash! There are so many used up face products in here that this seems like a mini-skincare routine post! These are the products I use and love and buy over and over again:
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser*: This is my morning face wash. It’s super gentle and doesn’t foam up so it’s soothing on the skin. I love the price point and the large pump bottle, but it’s not convenient to travel with so this lives in my shower and I have a 2nd face wash for the evening and travel.
Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser*: This mild face cleanser is designed specifically for red, irritated skin. It contains licorice root to sooth and doesn’t contain any detergent. I use this gold colored gel cleanser in the evening.
Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes*: I buy these wipes in a giant box from Costco but they’re also available on Amazon. They’re large, soft towelettes that gently wipe away makeup without alcohol or harsh chemicals. They contain cucumber, chamomile flower extract, aloe, and vitamin E to moisturize and soothe while gently removing makeup including waterproof mascara.
Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch-Hazel Toner*: I use this alcohol-free toner after I wash ny face in the evening to remove any traces of makeup left behind. It’s alcohol-free and contains glycerin and aloe to moisturize and soothe. Witch hazel is an anti-oxidant so it fights free radicals while healing damaged skin. The cucumber scent is cool and refreshing!
Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum*: (Save $5, Use code HF5OFF). I’ve been using this Vitamin C serum for years now and I still love it! It’s a lightweight, watery serum also contains Vitamin E and Ferulic acid which have been shown to increase efficacy of the vitamin C by 8-16 times. The vitamin C used in this oxidizes when exposed to air, so I have a quick tip to help it last longer: Squeeze the dropper when it’s NOT in the serum then lower it into the serum to suck it into the dropper. If you squeeze the dropper when it’s in the serum it squirts air into the serum promoting faster oxidation.
Timeless CoEnzymeQ10 Serum*: (Save $5, Use code HF5OFF) I recently switched from Timeless Matrixyl 3000 serum to this CoQ10 serum because this contains both Matrixyl and CoQ10, both of which show promise in research for helping aging skin look and feel younger.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum*: I’ve been using this serum since it first came out because of it’s great ingredients, and how it makes my skin look and feel. When I try other peptide serums in place of this one, I always immediately notice the difference in my skin and go right back to this serum!
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 PA++++*: I don’t think there’s any better anti-aging product than sunscreen but choosing one that looks good on it’s own and under makeup can be difficult. This is an all-mineral sunscreen that works on it’s own because it’s not shiny an doesn’t leave a white mask. It also works well under powder makeup. It’s pricey, but it lasts a long time and offers broad spectrum protection.
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46*: I used this sunscreen when I had acne because it’s formulated by a dermatologist specifically for acne-prone skin. It’s a mix of mineral and chemical sun screening agents. I really like that it contains niacinnamide but I didn’t love how shiny it left my face (this is one I won’t be re-purchasing).
ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock*: I use this dual-ended moisturizing lip balm at night before bed to keep my lips moisturized during the night. One end contains coconut, olive, avocado, and sunflower oils while the other end contains CoQ10.
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum*: As we age our eyelash and eyebrow growth slows to a crawl resulting in space brows and fewer, shorter lashes. To combat it, I use RapidLash. I tried prescription Latisse too (and it does work), but it was expensive and my eyes hurt while I used it. I get great results with RapidLash without the pain and expense (see post)!
Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash*: Moving on to the shower, this is my favorite body wash. It’s inexpensive, lasts a long time and it cleans gently without stripping my skin. It’s a moisturizing formula that contains shea and coconut oils. I use it year round to combat dry skin, but it especially helps with winter dry skin.
Matrix Biolage FiberStrong Conditioner*: I’ve been using this conditioner for about a year and I love it! It really helps to keep my hair feeling healthy and looking less frizzy. I had stocked up last time I purchased this so I already had another in the closet waiting.
SportsResearch Phytoceramides 350 mg Softgels*: I started taking this dietary supplement after Dr. Oz called it a “facelift in a bottle”, and while it wasn’t exactly a facelift, it did make my skin less dry during the winter (see post) so I continue to take them. Each bottle lasts a month so I’ve been buying 3 at a time just so I don’t have to order so often.
Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes*: Amazon.com
Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum*: Timeless.com (Save $5, Use code HF5OFF)
Timeless CoEnzymeQ10 Serum*: Timeless.com (Save $5, Use code HF5OFF)
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 PA++++*: Ulta
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46*: Amazon.com
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum*: Amazon.com
Matrix Biolage FiberStrong Conditioner*: Ulta
SportsResearch Phytoceramides 350 mg Softgels*: Amazon.com
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