I used to be a make up everyday kind of girl but after some time I realised that I just could not find any make up that worked with my skin. No matter what foundation or BB cream I used, I was always oily within a few hours. It didn’t matter that I primed and powdered. It just didn’t work. So I stopped wearing a full face of make up. And that’s when I realised that my skin was actually getting better.
But I still indulged in beauty products. I bought lip sticks in all shades because I could never quite find the perfect shade of nude or red. I bought them despite having braces and anyone with braces would know it’s quite high maintenance keeping lipstick off your brackets. I wore mascara every single day and eyeliner too. Some times I’d have eye shadow on too, other times not so much. But eventually I stopped all this too because I don’t actually like the feeling of make up. My skin has gotten used to not having any on.
So my everyday beauty routine is really quite basic. Cleanse, moisturise and out the door. It’s really very simple. I have 3 products that I use that I absolutely love which you can find below.
- Cetaphil Gentle CleanserI love this cleanser because it is the only one that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many, many different types) where I don’t immediately have to moisturise straight away. It is also gentle enough for when I don’t have anything on but strong enough to remove everything when I’m wearing make up. A lot of people find it doesn’t remove everything but I cleanse twice regardless and this gets rid of 99% of make up traces for me. My only issue with this product is that it is not natural and not cruelty free. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a product that works just as well for longer than a few months and isn’t $75+.
$14.49 at Chemist Warehouse for a 500 ml bottle.
- Morihata Binchotan Facial ScrubI bought this a few months ago because I wanted an exfoliator that wasn’t a product. I was previously using a muselin cloth but it just wasn’t doing the trick and seemed to attract dog fur like there was no tomorrow. This has two sides depending on whether you want a gentle massage or a deeper one. I use this twice a week on the gentle side and once a week on the slightly rougher side. It also has natural bacterial fighting qualities so it keeps itself hygienic.
$11.95 at Nourished Life for one towel.
- Jojoba OilSo, I’ve had bad skin for a really long time. It’s not so awful that it’s debilitating but it is enough to make you hate the way you look. No matter what I used my skin always felt tight and oily which I’m told is a very unique combination so finding a moisturiser that worked for me was always really difficult. I settled on a couple and even really like one by Aveeno which they promptly discontinued and I was back at square one. I’d researched natural remedies years ago and came across the oil cleansing method which I tried and liked but was a lot of work. As I wanted something that wasn’t so time consuming I jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon and let me tell you, it worked wonders. For about 3 months. And then my skin went haywire. Coconut oil is just not meant for my skin and in fact it made it worse than it used to be. I did some more research and came across jojoba oil. I was a bit hesitant after my experience with the coconut oil but I tried it and loved it. I’ve been using jojoba oil for about 4 years now with a 6 months break whilst on Roaccutane last year on the advice of the dermatologist but I’m back on it because to be honest, it is the only product that has even come close to perfection for me. Its gentle, non-irritating and seems to balance every skin type imaginable. What I love most is that it is completely natural. And I only use 3 drops of oil per application.
$11.65 at iHerb for 118 ml bottle.
So there you have it. Each product is under $15 and even if you purchase all 3 it still comes to just under $40.