Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Trusted Skin Care Products

It's always difficult to give your whole-hearted trust and loyalty to anything or anyone because more often than not, you get betrayed or let down. And I know you'll agree with me that this is also true when it comes to beauty and skin care products. Today, I am sharing with you some of my tried and tested, trusted names in skin care:

My favorite body lotion -- Crabtree and Evelyn. I used to get the Goat Milk scent, but they discontinued it several years ago.

At the top of my list for body moisturizers is Crabtree and Evelyn. I discovered this all by myself when I stumbled upon its tiny store in Old Greenbelt back in the early 2000's, which means I have been using this product for over ten years! Whether in the tropics, or visiting countries with maritime or continental weather, this is the perfect body moisturizer for my skin type, which tends to be on the dry side. What I love about it is that it's such a nice experience when you apply it onto the skin -- the delicious smell, the way it glides so smoothly, and how you immediately feel it being absorbed by your skin very quickly. Best of all, it has a non-greasy feel. But for areas that need more moisturizing like the feet, elbows, etc, I apply Argan Oil (I highly recommend Kiehl's).

Such a delicious smell for a body scrub

The last time I was at Crabtree and Evelyn, I decided to try another product, which is this refreshing and fragrantly scented body scrub. Now, I'm not really finicky and difficult when it comes to body scrubs. I usually use the strawberry scented one from The Body Shop, but since I'm a great fan of refreshing and fruity scents, I decided to be a little adventurous this time, and tried this one with pomegranate, argan and grapeseed. I have no regrets because I really liked it. It's not the best scrub I've tried but it really does the trick, especially if like me, you have a very picky nose when it comes to scents.

when hope is not enough night-time serum from Philosophy

Since last year, I've decided to add this brand called, Philosophy into my list of must-buys when it comes to skin care. I have totally fallen in-love with their facial wash. It's very, very mild although it's being marketed as a make-up remover as well. Aside from the facial wash, I also use the their brightening eye cream which is not so bad. I don't really have much to say about this eye cream because it's the first one that I've tried so I don't have any basis for comparison. But I can say that I don't really have any complaints about it. This time, though, I've decided to also try this serum from their product line called, "When hope is not enough" (they have such cute names) to add to my night-time skin regimen. It's quite nice. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and really moisturized when I wake up the next day. I don't use it every day though, just twice weekly.

Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Last in my list is something that may come as a surprise. You usually find it in the kitchen and not behind your bathroom closet. I actually use Manuka Honey from New Zealand as a face mask. And once a week, I use it as a facial scrub, mixed together with a T3 scrub that I bought from Aesop. It's actually quite a cute coincidence that the scrub that I used was purchased in Australia and the honey is a souvenir from a recent trip in New Zealand, and after scrubbing my face, I would apply the cold mud pack from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which I also bought from my trip. I have recently gotten into the habit of buying skin care products as souvenir from my trips, which is not a bad thing at all.

And that's about it. I actually keep my list short when it comes to skin care products. I still believe that the less chemical you put on your face, the better.

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts about my list, and if you have other products in mind that you are loyal to.

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