IMO, double cleansing is probably one of the biggest reasons my skin started to clear up. Before I used to just run a basic cleanser (*cough* Cetaphil) on my face for a few seconds, rinse it off and rub my face with a towel. This routine obviously exacerbated my skin problems; I wore a cake-face amount of makeup to cover all the imperfections, and barely any of it would properly wash off. I basically just maintained a vicious cycle of skin problems because makeup would always be left on my face. It wasn’t until I discovered the magic of using facial oils as the first step of my skincare routine that I realized how important and beneficial a good cleansing routine is.
In short, Double Cleansing is – well – washing your face twice. But instead of using your regular cleanser two times, you want your first step to be an oil-based cleanser. This is beneficial as the first step of makeup removal because oil easily breaks down makeup and removes excess sebum your skin may have produced throughout the day.
Dermalogica released their newest product, the PreCleanse Balm. It is claimed to be a deep-cleansing balm-to-oil emulsifier that melts away impurities from the skin.
By using this with their Cleansing Mitt (included when purchasing the PreCleanse Balm), it’ll thoroughly cleanse the debris from the skin’s surface, and allow your cleanser to deliver more effective results.
I’m sure you’ve seen products from Province Apothecary float around my Instagram at some point, and I thought it’s about damn time I write up a post! If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve been reviewing more Canadian products lately, so be sure to check them out and click the category here –> “Canadian” to get a list of select blog posts! I’ll also link down below a few posts I have written up as of recent.
ABOUT THE BRAND
“Province Apothecary began with the mission to produce the best skincare products using only high quality, certified organic ingredients sourced from each Canadian provinces. Julie expertly formulates, blends, and packages all products by hand in small batches, ensuring the highest quality skincare for you. She is blending the wilds of Canada into nourishing and balancing skincare.”
+Hand-blended in small batches to ensure highest quality
+Products for even the most sensitive complexion
+Ingredients sourced from small local farms in different Canadian provinces:
+Organic seaweed – Nova Scotia
+Maple syrup – Quebec
+Organic sunflower oil – Ontario
+Organic beeswax – Alberta
+Organic lentil flour – Manitoba
+Organic raspberry oil + glacial clay – British Columbia
Within good time, since this line is a bit esspenssive (as KathleenLights would put it), I invested in:
The Invigorating + Balancing Toner ($42 CAD/120ml)
Protecting + Restoring Face Balm ($76 CAD/30ml)
Full Brow Serum ($36 CAD/30ml)
In light of Canada’s 150th birthday, I decided to browse Sephora with a 10% discount at hand for any limited edition products roaming about the website. Consonant is a brand that has been occasionally recommended to me by friends as a great Canadian, natural skincare brand. I love supporting Canadian products, and I love natural, so I decided to pick up Consonant’s limited edition One For All Kit.
Before reading up on this kit, I must point out that my skin has been around the block. And I mean, I went from oily af to chapped skin in a matter of a couple of years. If you are any skin type, my skin has probably been in your category at one point. Hopefully I provide enough info to cover concerns for all skin concerns, but for right now, mine are acne-prone and dry.
I feel like this summer I have some amazing products that will be in constant rotation in my skincare, makeup, and even hair routine! They just perform so well and I enjoy using them. And obviously, the bonus is they don’t do anything to aggravate my current skin concerns! They either just let my skin be, or contribute to its overall health. Below I listed my absolute musts for summer, including some alternatives.
I cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT believe I wasn’t paying attention to this brand until now!
If you still don’t know, the Ordinary is a skincare brand under the umbrella company Deciem. It is a Canadian brand that’s pretty much no nonsense: you get what you need with minimal, effective ingredients and a true price point. And by true price point I mean… Extremely affordable. Like, more affordable than drugstore products affordable. SO affordable, I had such a dumb look on my face going home, because I could not believe.
Description:The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.
As the title of the post suggests, my current skin concerns to tackle for my shining age of 26 are:
Dry & Dehydrated
Prevent & Prolong
Below I’ve listed the items I have purchased, and a blurb of why I thought it would be good to help with my current skin situation.