You know what I love? When someone stops me to compliment my skin and ask what foundation I’m wearing. Especially when I’m not even wearing foundation. I immediately turn red as a tomato as I bashfully turn around and ask, “Who me?” You think little ol’ me has perfect skin? * swoons *
Makeup will always be my first love but skincare has definitely been growing on me over the past year. A healthy, even complexion is the key to flawless makeup so I’m always on the lookout for good skincare products that help my skin look its best. After lots of trial and error, I’ve crafted the perfect skincare regimen for my dry, sensitive skin and discovered some amazing products that work like a charm. It would be selfish of me to not share my favorite summer skincare goodies with my favorite peeps in the world so I’ve wrangled them all up so I could give you the scoop on all of them and also help you put together your perfect summer skincare routine.
Fighting those dreadful signs of aging is definitely high up on the skincare priority list but achieving a brighter, more even complexion is certainly right behind it! The only thing more annoying than dealing with fine lines, dullness and wrinkles is an uneven complexion marked with dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation (or dark spots) are common under the eyes, around the mouth and forehead for many people–myself included. For years, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that dark spots were just a way of life because I had no idea that there was a way to diminish them. Boy was I wrong!
Through the years, I’ve been learning a ton more about skincare and I was shocked to learn how a simple tweak in your routine could transform the appearance and texture of skin. Even when it comes to dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation isn’t a skincare struggle we’re faced to deal with. It’s actually easy to treat and correct with the right products and lots of persistence. Less than a year ago, I introduced 3 new products to my skincare routine just to see what they were all about. After a few weeks of consistently using them I started realize a difference in the appearance of my skin. Not only was my complexion visibly brighter and more radiant but my dark spots were also beginning to fade leaving my skin looking more even and healthy. It would be totally selfish of me not to share my skincare secrets with you so I’m going to walk you through exactly how I achieved a brighter, more even complexion using my 3 secret weapons.
Buying new beauty products is easy but finishing them is hard. Really hard. There’s always something new and shiny around the corner touting to be the best thing since sliced bread and every now and then (or almost always) we give in to see if it’s truly worth the hype. It’s a vicious cycle, man. I’m definitely guilty of loving one thing and then leaving it by the wayside when a shiny new product comes along to take its place. However, there are times that I tend to stick with a product ’til the very end because it’s just too damn good to be replaced. Those, my friends, are what we call holy grail products. They make you wonder, “How the heck have I ever lived my life without this stuff?” I’ve actually discovered quite a few holy grail products this year that I’ve managed to finish up (or put a serious dent in) before spring that I’m dying to share with you lovelies. Let’s get started, shall we?
It’s not often that I win giveaways so when I received an email from Danielle, The Style and Beauty Doctor, saying that I’d won a Murad Healthy Skincare Regimen Kit I was bouncing off the walls. Talk about good luck! I’d never tried any Murad products before but I’ve always heard good things about them so I was anxious to see what the hype was about.
The kit came right on time because I had just polished off my Cetaphil cleanser and was on the hunt for a new daytime cleanser. The Murad Essential-C Cleanser was included in my kit which is described as an “antioxidant rich cleanser that rehydrates environmentally damaged skin.” It’s formulated with:
- A combination of vitamins A, C and E to defend skin against free radical damage
- Phospholipids ans sodium PCA to attract and bind moisture to dry skin
- Allantoin and panthenol to soothe environmentally stressed skin
A little while ago, the wonderful Danielle from Style and Beauty Doctor hosted a Murad skincare giveaway and I won. Woohoo! I’ve been on quite the skincare kick lately so I was pumped to finally get a chance to try this popular (and pricey) line that I’ve heard so many great things about. The prize was a Murad Healthy Skincare Regimen Set which included deluxe samples of a cleanser, peel, serum, eye cream, moisturizer and a bonus Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which has received nothing but rave reviews. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!