My Favourite Skincare Products

I’m not huge on makeup, it’s definitely not something I’ll splurge on a regular basis.

BUT- I love skin care products. Skin is so delicate and truly mirrors how you treat it. Of course, what we put into our body is SO important when it comes to how our skin looks and feels, but the products we use are also incredibly vital.

Here are my all-time favorite products and how I use them. Notice some are definitely a splurge, while some are extremely cost-effective. If I’ve splurged on a product it’s because it’s 100% worth it.

Cleanser 1: I use two different cleansers depending on how my skin is feeling. When my skin is feeling dry or if I’m wearing a lot of makeup that day, I use the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleaning Oil from Khiels.  I buy the 42 ML bottle and it lasts forever. This cleanser is an essential oil cleanser so I just use 1 or 2 pumps and add water to create a nice lather. It is by far the best at taking makeup off & doesn’t irritate my eyes either. Also, it’s sulfate-free!

Cleanser 2: Good ol’ Spectro Gel. I buy it in bulk from Costco but you can buy it almost anywhere. I use this pretty regularly and find it really gentle on my skin. I love that it’s fragrance-free.

Makeup Remover Wipes: I’m notorious for leaving my makeup on overnight. It’s a habit I’m really working to break. I find having makeup removing wipes handy helps because they’re just so easy and fast. I’m not picky about what kind I use but my current favorite is the Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes. Super affordable ($4.00 for a 30 pack!) and effective & I really like the way they smell.

Exfoliant: I use the Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant by Aveda. I love that it doesn’t have those tiny beads that are terrible for the environment (and our skin). It’s a gentle liquid that I apply with a cloth after washing my face. It smells really fresh and you don’t need much so it lasts a long time.

Facial Moisturizer 1: I use a few honestly but my favorite is The Ultra Facial Cream by Khiels. I find it really gentle on my skin but also combats winter dryness! It doesn’t create a greasy film on my skin either, super light-weight. Again, a bit pricey but you don’t need much so it lasts. 

Night Cream: I use Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Night Cream. I like it because again, it’s light-weight and I wake up with my skin feeling really soft and supple. This is the first night cream I’ve used that hasn’t caused breakouts.

Mask: I like trying different masks and have a few different favorites. I really love the Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask by Khiels but I find I can only leave it on for 4-5 minutes or so before it starts to irritate my skin. But, I do find my skin does look very bright and radiant afterward.

I also like the Cup O’Coffee Mask by Lush. The smell is amazing (for anyone who likes the smell of coffee.) It definitely helps me wake up in the morning. I also love the coffee grounds that are in the mask that acts as a natural exfoliant. Wallet-friendly too.

Eye Cream: Sad to say I’m getting to the age where I’ll start noticing my skin doesn’t look as young as it used to. I’m already noticing fine lines around my eyes. I don’t hate them, but I want to keep them faint for as long as possible. I really love the Smoothing Eye Concentrate by Juice Beauty.
I bought it over a year ago and it’s still got some left. Seems pricey when you buy it but it lasts so long. I also find it’s really effective at reducing the appearance of dark circles which I am prone to.

Serum: Obsessed with The Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Khiels.
Not only does it work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it literally makes my skin glow. My favorite thing about this product though is the smell! It’s so earthy and comforting. It puts me right to sleep.

Peel: I’m hooked on The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel. These are the most expensive product I own but I swear by them. I don’t use them daily as instructed as I find it’s too harsh on my fair/delicate skin. I use them twice per month usually which makes them more affordable as well. These peels are really easy to use- just two towelettes that you use one after another. They make my skin feel NEW! I can literally see the brightness after using them. They are also Vegan and Cruelty-Free. 🙂

Body Moisturizer: For years I have used Aveeno Body Lotion simply because I can buy it in bulk from Costco and it’s unscented which I look for in a body lotion. I find it’s good for the summer because it’s light-weight but for the winter I would recommend something a little more moisturizing.

So now that I’ve listed my favorite products. Here’s when/how I use them:

Cleanser: Morning in the shower
Makeup-Removing Towelettes: At night before bed.
Exfoliant: Daily/every other day depending on my skin.
Moisturizer: After cleansing in the morning.
Night Cream: After using the makeup-removing towelettes before bed.
Eye Cream: About 3 times per week or as I remember. Any time.
Mask: Once or twice per week, usually in the shower so the steam helps my pores open.
Serum: I’ll swap this out for the night cream if I find my skin is very dry. I use it about twice a week. (Thought I smell it before bed regularly lol!)
Peel: Once or twice per month, usually on a day where I’m not wearing any makeup.
Body Moisturizer: Daily/as needed.

I know Winter is almost over (I hope) but if you have a body moisturizer that you LOVE please leave it in the comments!

My Favourite Self-Care Products

Self-care is a very diverse form of care. It can be as simple as drinking more water and as complex as signing up for a yoga retreat once a year. I like to keep my self-care fairly simple and cost-effective. Today I’m going to share my all time favourite self-care products and explain why I love them (And why you might too!).

  1. Dream Balm – I received this for my birthday last year in a Yogi Surprise Box. It’s a balm infused with essential oils that smells super earthy and organic. You put a tiny dab on your temples, behind your ears, and behind your neck before you go to sleep. I have made it into a routine that as soon as I get into bed I put it on, and take a few deep breathes of the smell. As someone who suffered/suffers from insomnia, this balm has helped me not only fall asleep, but stay asleep. Even smelling it during the day now can relax me. It is cost effective too. The jar has lasted me a year so far and I think I’ll probably get another few months out of it. 5/5 recommend
  2. My Mala is definitely one of my go-tos when I’m really struggling. I actually won it on an Instagram contest from Free Soul Malas. My Mala is The Rose Quartz Guru Mala. I use it as a fidget when I’m feeling off-balance or anxious. I also use it during yoga for the added benefits such as balance, harmony and clarity. This item is slightly more expensive, but is a great idea for a gift or an item definitely worth saving for. 4/5 would recommend
  3.  My Himalayan Salt Lamp is another favourite. I use it every time I meditate, do yoga or even stretch. The light it gives off is so delicate and soothes my anxiety almost instantly. It reminds me of the little bit of light the sun gives off at the end of a sunset. It’s fairly cost effective as well. 5/5 would recommend 
  4.  Essential oils are another go to for me. I specifically use lavender to rest, and lemon to invigorate. I’ll use a few drops in the bath, or in the shower when needed. I also try to routinely smell them to associate them with different events. I smell lavender before doing yoga to try to train my brain to associate yoga with calm. I just buy mine from the grocery store in the natural foods/products section. Some are as low as $10.00. 5/5 would recommend
  5. Sometimes when I feel run down, depressed or just in need of some “me-time” I use the Tea Tree Face Mask. My anxiety worsens when I feel “dirty.” It’s something I’m working on. But, in the mean time, this face mask makes my face feel instantly clean and the smell gives me energy. It’s fairly cost effective at $18.00 because a little bit of the mask goes a long way. 4/5 would recommend

So there they are, my favourite self-care products. Much love and happy self-caring.