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Reviewing EVERY Skincare Product I LOVE!

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Researching skincare products can be overwhelming, so I’m on a mission to make a master list reviewing ALL of my favorite skincare products. The list is still a work in progress (there are so many products to review!), so I’d recommend checking back often to see if any new products have been added!

If you’re looking for a specific type of product or a product for a specific skin type, try using Ctrl+F to search for it. I tried to make this list as searchable as possible!

Oil-based Cleansers (First Cleanse)

These oil cleansers and micellar waters are great for removing makeup and can be used as your “first cleanse” when double cleansing!

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Cleansing Balm

Skin Types: All skin types

What I love

  • Thoroughly removes makeup
  • Super gentle, moisturizing, and rinses off easily
  • Jojoba oil mimics our skin’s natural sebum so it’s perfect for all skin types
  • COntains antioxidants
  • Tube packaging means you don’t have to worry about using a spatula to scoop!

What I don’t love

  • If you prefer more of a sensorial experience in your skincare routine, you may not love that this is fragrance free

Banila Co Clean It Zero Balm (Original)

Skin Types: All skin types

What I love

  • Has a really satisfying sorbet texture
  • Thoroughly removes makeup and rinses off easily
  • Antioxidants like vitamins E and C

What I don’t love

  • I don’t have any complaints about this one. It does contain fragrance so if you’re sensitive to fragrance it might not be for you.

Tip: Banila Co also sells several other cleansing balms for different skin types!

The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm

Skin Types: All skin types

What I love

  • The price is amazing for the amount of product you get
  • Another balm in tube packaging!
  • I love anything with oats in it! Oats are not only super soothing, but high in antioxidants

What I don’t love

  • It doesn’t rinse off as easily as the other balms on this list (but for the price, I’m not complaining!)

Tip: While most cleansing balms work best when massaged into dry skin, this one recommends using on dampened skin!

Farmacy Green Clean

Skin types: All skin types

What I love

  • Luxurious sorbet texture
  • Feels very light and non-greasy on the skin
  • Contains papaya enzymes for gentle exfoliation
  • Removes makeup thoroughly and rinses off cleanly
  • Smells amazing!

What I don’t love

  • She’s pricey!

Water-Based Cleansers (AKA regular cleanser or second cleanse)

Cerave Cream-to-Foam Hydrating Cleanser

Skin types: Normal/dry/sensitive

What I love

  • It’s a foaming cleanser that won’t dry out dry skin types
  • Very gentle, no-frills cleanser

What I don’t love

  • It claims to remove makeup (and it does!), but it’s not as thorough as an oil cleanse

Cerave Foaming Cleanser

Skin types: Oily

What I love:

  • No-frills, gentle foaming cleanser
  • Ceramides support your skin barrier

What I don’t love:

  • Can be a little drying for some people.

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Skin types: Acne-prone

What I love:

  • It’s perfect for reducing breakouts!
  • Salicylic acid and zinc exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and reduce excess oil production
  • Soothing and anti-inflammatory
  • This cleanser is way less drying than most other salicylic acid cleansers I’ve used

What I don’t love

  • The packaging leaks when you travel with it (seriously, that’s the only con I can think of)

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

Skin types: all skin types

What I love

  • Non-stripping, gentle cleanser
  • Lots of soothing ingredients
  • My skin feels really soft when I use it!

What I don’t love

  • Ok, I love this cleanser and I’ve repurchase it multiple times. Bbut I have to admit it’s kind of pricey for sucha no-frills cleanser. I’d recommend testing out their travel size version of this cleanser ($11) before committing to a full bottle.

Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser

Skin types: Normal, dry, combo

What I love

  • Hydrating cream cleanser
  • Contains finely ground rice powder gently exfoliates
  • My skin feels baby smooth when I use this cleanser and the experience is SUPER luxurious (I wouldn’t expect anything less from Tatcha)

What I don’t love

  • It’s definitely a splurge! Yes, the experience is amazing and worth it if it’s within your budget to spend on a luxurious cleanser. But if you’d prefer not to splurge there are plenty of other cleansers in the sea!

Chemical Exfoliants (AHAs/BHAs/PHAs)

Chemical exfoliants exfoliate the skin and speed up skin cell turnover. They’re great for reducing breakouts and blackheads, evening out skin tone, and revealing smoothing, glowier skin!

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA

Skin types: Oily/acne-prone/rosacea

What I love:

  • 2% salicylic acid gently exfoliates the top of the skin and deep in the pore
  • Reduces acne, blackheads, and whiteheads; smooths skin texture
  • Hydrating ingredients to balance out the potential drying effects of slicylic acid
  • The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of salicylic acid make it a great exfoliant for those with rosacea too

What I don’t love:

  • The directions on this say to use it twice a day. Big no in my book. I recommend using it 2-3 times a week max to avoid irritation or damaging your skin barrier.

The Ordinary 10% Mandelic Acid + HA

Skin types: all skin types

What I love:

  • Gently exfoliates, speeds up skin cell turnover, and smooths skin texture
  • Evens skin tone and reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Madelic acid is usually gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • Super affordable

What I don’t love:

  • No complaints here! 🙂

Good Molecules Glycolic Exfoliating Toner

Skin types: all skin types

What I love:

  • 3.5% glycolic acid penetrates deeper into the skin than other AHA
  • Hydrating and skin-barrier-supporting ingredients
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin (thanks to a low % of glycolic acid)

What I don’t love:

  • Heavy glass packaging makes it difficult to travel with.

Youth to the People Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant

Skin types: all skin types (but IMO best for those dealing with acne and/or hyperpigmentation)

What I love:

  • Combines AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs so you don’t have to choose!
  • I love that this formula targets multiple skin concerns with a gentle % of acids
  • Supporting ingredients like licorice root reduce hyperpigmentation

What I don’t love:

  • A little pricey, but imo the amazing cocktail of ingredients in this formula makes it so worth it

Paula’s Choice 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel

Skin types: all skin types

What I love:

  • Uses a wide blend of AHAs (glycolic, mandelic, acid, malic, tartaric) along with BHA to target multiple concerns
  • Lots of soothing ingredients so it doesn’t feel as irritating as some other peels I’ve used
  • My skin feels SO smooth when I use this twice a month. I literally can’t stop touching my face when I use it.
  • Oh, and it’s purple. And I know that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but purple is my favorite color!

What I don’t love

  • The bottle is teeeeeny tiny. But since you’re only supposed to use it a few times per month (I use mine 2x a month), it lasts forever.

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