Hi guys, happy Monday! How was your weekend? The sun finally made an appearance in Boston. It felt so good to spend some time outside. All that natural light also gave me the perfect excuse to walk around town and practice using my new DSLR.
I have fair skin (freckles!) so I wear SPF 30 pretty much year round. In the summer, I find that putting regular sunscreen on my face causes breakouts, so I switched to Neutrogena’s Clear Face sunblock and it made a huge difference.
In addition to daily sunblock, I find the two biggest difference makers in my skin’s appearance are eating healthy and drinking lots of water. Luckily, I find it easy to drink water throughout the day. I’m a coffee- water-wine gal with the occasional Diet Coke. (Shhh!) The eating healthy part, on the other hand, can take a bit more effort, but it’s worth it. Whenever I eat too much sugar, my skin gets angry!
So the big three for me for healthy skin are sunblock, water and a healthy diet. But, I also have a small arsenal of affordable skincare products that I swear by. Surprisingly, a lot of them are from Trader Joe’s. They have a really impressive skincare section.
I use the Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash every morning in the shower. It contains tea tree oil, which helps keep breakouts at bay. Next, I use plain ‘ol Witch Hazel as a toner. My mom turned me onto this trick – it’s super cheap and it works. Next up is the Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum. This is one of the cheapest retinol (vitamin A) products on the market. (Amazon has a two-pack for $22, but you can buy one for $10 in store.) I find it to be slightly thicker than other serums I have tried. It actually feels a bit more like a primer on your skin.
Next I layer on Nourish Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer. (If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, this is only $6 in store.) Again, this is packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients at a really great price point. At night, I use Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. This is another product that my mom turned me onto, so it’s tried and true! About once a week, I apply Origins’ Charcoal Mask. My skin immediately looks brighter and cleaner after using this. The last product I use (on an as-needed basis) is the Mario Badescu buffering lotion. It’s a really great spot treatment for any acne that might pop up. But be warned, it draws everything to the surface (gross, I know).
For body lotions, I like Gold Bond’s Ultimate Restoring Lotion year-round and Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter in the winter. It’s the only thing I’ve found that will keep my skin from drying out in the cold temps.
What are your favorite affordable skincare products? Any new ones I should try?