Washing my face is one of my favorite ways to wind down in the evening. I have combination skin that is sensitive. I tend to be more oily is the summer and drier in the winter (but who isn't?). Foams and sudsy soaps have never been an option for me as they're too abrasive and leave my skin feeling irritated and dry. When I sought to replace all my big box store products with organic products I had to keep these things in mind to ensure I got the right products for my skin type.
The products I use are very universal and can be used on all skin types. They're particularly beneficial to those of us with sensitive skin who have limited options.
Bioderma Crealine H2O is the holy grail of makeup removers. It teeters on the line of being wholesome. There are several ingredients that I can't pronounce. However, if I had to make one exception, this would be it. The formula feels like water. It removes makeup, does not leave your face feeling oily and has very little smell. I soak an exfoliating cotton round with the solution and gently take off all my makeup starting with my eyes and moving to the rest of my face.
Coconut oil and Balms Away are great products to keep in your beauty cabinet for the time of need. I use either of these products if I've worn heavy eye makeup for a wedding or date night. I'll scoop out a a bit of one or the other and massage my eyes with it for 30 seconds and then wipe off with a cotton round. Both products are creamy and work best when massaged into the skin for a short time. Balms Away is also an excellent lipstick remover for those, like me, who love rich colors that seem to tint your lips for days.
100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream is my secret weapon to the dark circles that lurk under my eyes. I use this product both morning and night to liven up my eyes. I've noticed a great difference in the morning puffiness since using this product. I put a small bit of product on my ring finger and gently massage the product into my skin focusing on the dark areas under my eyes. I use the ring finger because it exudes the least amount of pressure so I'm able to avoid pulling the delicate skin around my eyes. Bonus, it smells like coffee!
Konjac Pink Clay Sponge is the only bit of exfoliation I'm able to get away with having sensitive skin and I exfoliate with it once every other week. The konjac sponge can be used as a makeup remover or solely as an exfoliate. The sponge is rock hard until it is moistened so I start by getting it wet. In circular motions I massage every area of my face with the sponge. I don't turn beet red or irritated after using the konjac sponge as I do with most exfoliates. It comes in many different skin types so there is a sponge for everyone!
Los Poblanos Lavender Lip Salve is made from grade A lavender. I smear this on my lips every night before bed and find the lavender scent to be a very calming way to unwind from the day. It locks in moisture and is still on my lips when I wake up.
I prefer my routine be quick and relaxing so I can hit the pillow as soon as possible! These products followed by these products work very well for my sensitive skin and I can feel good about using them. Win, win!
What face products work well for you? I love trying new products and being introduced to new companies so spill the beans!