(From Left to Right) Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum | Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser | Coconut Oil | Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Creme | L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream | Clarins Toning Lotion (Normal / Dry Skin)[/caption]

Skincare is kind of everything to me.  I’m constantly reading about skincare, trying new products, and harassing the salespeople at Sephora and various department store counters (heh, heh) for new insights.  Can you blame me?  I just would like to understand what will ensure my skin remains glowing and youthful, dammit!  Pretty much, I’m scared of wrinkles and fine lines (who isn’t?).  Also, as I try out new makeup products, I’ve learned that a first crucial step is ensuring your skin is prepped appropriately.  Your skin needs to be properly moisturized and ready for product in order to achieve that luminous glow which, I think it’s safe to say, most of us desire.

The above products are in my daily arsenal and ones that currently, I can’t live without.  One thing I’ll mention is that your routine should slightly change up during certain seasons.  I typically battle dryness almost year-round, but especially in the winter/early spring months.  That’s when I fell in love with the L’Occitane divine cream.  Since my skin type is on the drier side, make note that this moisturizer may not be the best for combo or oily skin types.  When it comes to skincare, I recommend trying new products and giving them 3-4 weeks before you give up and move on to that next best thing (because let’s be real, there’s TOO much out there).  Also, I’m a firm believer that the more natural your skincare products, the better!  That’s why I’m especially loving the L’Occitane and Caudalie line lately.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum – Serums are something I’ve recently adopted into my skin routine.  There are countless serums out there with endless benefits and purposes.  I like this Caudalie face serum because it’s incredibly moisturizing.  Serums will sink deep into your skin and can be layered under your moisturizer.  Anti-aging, Vitamin C, and moisturizing serums are my go-to.  I can’t stop.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser –  This cleanser has top reviews from Sephora, so I’ve been giving this a whirl.  I love the smell, and I use hand in hand with my Clarisonic (because exfoliation is king, more on that in a future post).  After I use these two products together, my skin feels totally clean and ready for all my skin products.  Neeeed.

Coconut Oil  – I’m sure most of you at this point are sick of reading about coconut oil.  However, it’s a pretty big part of my daily skin routine.  I find it extremely useful to keep in the bathroom (and kitchen for cooking).   It is an excellent makeup remover (very gentle and moisturizing around the eye area) as well as an amazing sunburn soother.  Anytime I have a burn of any kind, coconut oil is my go-to.  Oh, and that weird thing deemed “oil pulling?”  Yup, into it.  It helps to remove any bacteria from your mouth and keeps your breath fresh.  Coconut oil is also said to be a great teeth whitener.  Chapped lips?  Try it.  Talk about multi-purpose. Win.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Creme – I’ll be honest, I use eye creams like crazy for preventative measures.  I believe it’s crazy important to keep the eye area super moisturized (it’s the thinnest and most delicate skin on your face), so I don’t mind investing in a really good eye cream.  The Peter Thomas Roth brand has a great reputation, so I’ve been using for almost 6 months.  Can’t quite say if its “working” yet or not, but I guess time will tell.  

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream– This stuff is gold.  To date, this is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried for my usually dry skin.  If you don’t believe me, check out the countless positive user reviews.  Although a bit pricey, it totally saved my skin this winter.  As mentioned above, it’s super moisturizing, and a little goes a long way.  It feels incredibly luxurious on your face and is safe on sensitive skin.  The L’Occitane line is known for using natural ingredients which is something I’m always on board with.

Clarins Toning Lotion (Normal / Dry Skin) – I was told by a friend of mine, and prior skin / makeup expert that a toner is a must.  Essentially, toner helps to remove all of the crap that your cleanser may not be able to get to.  It also balances the pH level in your skin after cleansing and ensures all of your other skin products work, well, just better.  This one is super basic, and works great on normal and dry skin types.  Oh, and make sure to use day and night.  Toner = key

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