Skin Care Products #2

New items

Reviews & Routine

I have over the course of this blog documented my skin care products and as they’ve changed and I’ve tried new things. I will give you a new update of my current products and how and why I use them.As you know from my last review, I no longer use the Obagi skin care products because of the chemicals they use.  They are very expensive and unless its going to do miracles I don’t see the point in investing that kind of money in a product. I do not always polish in the morning only if I forgot to the night before. I use the addition of SPF after moisture in the day and then this is the normal night routine.

{Still going strong}


I polish and remove unwanted  topical products and dead skin everyday, Although I have finished off the bottle of cleanser that came with the Mia so I’ve moved on to using a few others I’ve been testing out during this step.

  • (Mechanical exfoliation) Clarisonic Mia 2  with Dr Weil for Origins Mega bright for the time being.  {I love Dr Weil’s mega mushroom cleanser products and figured I’d try this one of his as well.}
  • (Manual exfoliation) Origins Modern Friction, or I am trying out St. Ive’s Green Tea scrub  when I am in the mood to do it myself.


I cleanse in the morning or when I finally find a moment, to remove the skin and loosened material after the polishing.

  • I am still using Dr.Weil for origins Mega Mushroom cleanser
  • If I feel my skin needs a bit of balance I still use the Kiehl’s Cucumber toner, but I find its not as necessary everyday, unless my skin has had an especially hard day.


I’m still using serums before moisturizer however I’ve added one and replaced my moisturizer with 100% oil.  Finding more natural and/or inexpensive products is something I am working on as I learn what ingredients are best for my skin from Dr Lancer’s book.

  • Lancôme Genefique (although I love this serum, I’m considering going back to ANR for more hydration in this dry climate)
  • Estee Lauder Clear Improvement serum to help with break outs and calm redness during visits from my lady friend.
    • I am still using the samples of Dr. Dennis Gross’s Ferulic Acid + Retinol and anytime I use it, it does wonders for my skin. I may consider buying it later.
  • (AM add on)Lancôme bienfait multi-vital eye SPF 28
  • (PM) Origins Plantscription eye cream
    • As you may notice now I am no longer using the ANR I may get it again, but for now, these two do enough for hydration and prevention.
  • 100%Jojoba oil by NOW(used in place of lotion, which I explain below)
  • (AM add on) Olay Complete all-day moisturizer with SPF
    • Note: After wanting to try it for a while and using up my moisturizers,  I’ve begun using jojoba oil as my moisturizer.  I’ve learned that this is a natural and inexpensive way to moisturize; and also because it is so closely similar in compound to the skins natural sebum, it tricks your pores into producing less so in turn your skin is less likely to break-out or have clogged pores.


Within in the last few years I’ve seen the signs of my age starting to creep up on me, and so I’ve begun regular polish of my body as well.  Starting with a Bore hair brush I polish my body in the shower.  If I happen to be lucky enough to have a bath, I use a homemade sugar and coconut oil scrub to really get it done right.  I also occasionally like to add some raw or fermented milk to my bath along with essential oils like peppermint, and tea tree.  Normally I do not wash my skin with soap, but I do use a dove bar for my sweaty areas that may have bacteria.

Additional situational/issue based Products:

  • Clean and Clear acne spot treatment (for one large blemish)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel (when I have them)
  • Origins Clear improvement active charcoal mask (if I have too many clogged pores)
  • Estee Lauder Idealist, skin tone correction (occasionally when my tone is uneven)
  • {New}Origins Calm to your senses mask (when my skin is red or inflamed)
  • {New}Now 100% Grape Seed oil (makeup removal and brush cleaning mixed w/ shampoo)
  • {New}Hydrafacial by my Esthetician (about once a month)
  • {New}Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan dry oil (for dry body after shower)

As I’ve learned through previous research and reading books such as,  “Younger” by Dr. Lancer the skins natural healing and turnover is a process that we can activate via controlled injury.  The polishing step in cleansing is so crucial in both activating new cell growth and collagen production so I use it everyday.  Some days even twice. Moving to a very dry climate as I’ve mentioned has created an additional battle I must fight in my routine to keep hydrated.  So switching to the jojoba oil has remedied the dry skin peeling issue I was having. So I am trying to avoid any kind of product that drys out my skin either in cleansers and makeup.

Again I hope these reviews and information are helpful to you if you are looking at products for these purposes.

Bye bye beauties



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