BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer (2.5 oz., $14, drugstores)
This moisturizer is “clinically proven to even tone and texture”, and reduce hyper pigmentation. It contains SPF 30, and is oil free and hypoallergenic. I apply this in the morning before I put on my makeup, and it has a pleasant floral scent. It does not make your skin greasy, and sinks into your skin quickly. You only need one pump of this for your entire face, and it leaves your skin looking moisturized, and well, radiant.
BEST EYE CREAM:
Yes to Grapefruit Correct and Repair Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (0.5 oz, $15, drugstores)
This eye cream really packs a punch. A little tiny amount goes a long way, and it smells so good, just like grapefruit. This eye cream is paraben free, and uses powerful fruit acids to wake up the skin and brighten the under eyes. It is very moisturizing, and your under eye concealer will go on very smoothly with this. I don’t necessarily see any reduction in my dark circles, but I do not believe there is a product that works to reduce those. They are hereditary. Anyway, this is a great eye cream if you are looking for a great drugstore option!
BEST HAND CREAM:
L’Occitane En Provence Dry Skin Hand Cream with 20% Shea Butter (1 oz., $12, Sephora)
This hand cream is the best hand cream I have ever used. It claims to “protect, nourish, and soften hands”, which it does very well. You only need a tiny dab of this thick cream and it instantly softens your hands. Because of the Shea Butter, it takes awhile to absorb into your hands, but it leaves your hands so soft, even after washing. My hands get really dry in the winter, especially the back of my hands, and they will crack and hurt, so this helps a lot. I am also a compulsive hand-washer, so I am sure that doesn’t help either! This cream is pretty pricey, but I promise, it is worth it.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 for Dry Combination (13.5 oz., $23, Sephora)
This is a really great toner. I buy the version 2, for dry combination skin, but they have one for oily and dry skin also. I apply this to my freshly washed face with a cotton ball and just swipe it all around. It removes any leftover dirt and oil, exfoliates, and leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed! It doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry, either.
Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser (6 oz., $25, Sephora)
I use this cleanser with my Clarisonic, and it is a nice, gentle cleanser that foams up while you use it. It leaves my skin refreshed and moisturized, and it has a pleasant floral smell. A little bit goes a long way, so a bottle of this will last you forever.
BEST FACIAL SCRUB:
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (6 oz., $3, drugstores)
This is my old stand-by. I have been using this scrub since high school, and I really love it for exfoliating. I use it about once a week, and it uses natural exfoliants to get rid of dead skin cells and makes your face feel SO CLEAN. It also prevents blackheads and minimizes pores.
So, those are my 2013 SKINCARE Favorites! Have you tried any of these? What do you think of them?
Next up, NAIL Favorites, so stay tuned!
Have a great day, and thanks for reading!