My 5 Skincare Essentials


1. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29)

Taking off makeup is one of the most important steps in my skincare routine. How else is my skin going to breathe if it’s always covered in crap? I’ve tried various makeup removers, but this product is by far my favorite. It comes in balm form so it’s perfect for traveling. I scrape off a little bit of the balm with my finger and as I massage it into my face, the balm immediately dissolves into an oil. I focus on my lashes first and then spread it out from the center of my face where most of my makeup is concentrated. This product is excellent at removing any traces of  makeup on my skin but it also gently and effectively melts away my waterproof mascara!!!! There’s no need to tug on my lashes and the balm turned oil doesn’t burn my eyeballs. I also love how lightweight it feels despite the oil form and when I wash it away, my skin doesn’t feel stripped nor oily. In fact, I don’t think I would need to cleanse my face again except that I just want to.

2. Foreo LUNA Mini ($99)

Okay, so this is definitely an expensive product. I received this as a gift from my sweet bf after staring at it online for months. After 5 months of using it daily, I think I can confirm that it’s worth the money despite its hefty price tag. The Foreo LUNA Mini is the mini version of Foreo’s LUNA line of facial brushes. I generally splash my face with water, dot whatever cleanser I’m using onto different points of my face, wet the brush, click it on, and use circular motions to massage the cleanser around my face. Using the Foreo brush has definitely made my skin feel cleaner and has helped it remain clear(er) as well. I think it works two ways: 1) The brush pulsates as I use it, providing a deeper cleanse. 2) The brush has a timing mechanism that helps track how long to cleanse my face (1 minute total), so now I don’t just rub cleanser around for 10 seconds and call it a day. I personally wanted a better way to cleanse my skin and was considering the Foreo or the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic would probably provide a deeper cleanse but requires brush head replacements and seems more unhygienic to me. I ultimately went with the Foreo because it is made of silicone so it is more hygienic (bacteria cannot grow on silicone), easy to clean, dries quickly (great for travel), and does not need replacing. The brush also holds a charge for months.

3. Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea ($24.50)

The name of the product says lotion but it’s more of a toner, at least that’s how I use it. This is the latest addition to my skincare routine and I love it! After I cleanse, I pump some product into my hand and pat it all over my face/neck/decollete. Facial toners have a ton of benefits like unclogging pores, providing a layer of protection, hydrating and balancing skin pH, etc. I’ve noticed that my skin feels fresh, is neither oily nor dry, remains neither oily nor dry all day, and just looks good. Also, since I’m in my mid twenties now, it makes me feel better that this toner is supposed to have anti-aging benefits and it doesn’t hurt that it has an amazing citrus/tea scent!

4. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin ($26)

This is my ride or die. I’ve been using this mask for years and I will continue to use it for years to come. Whenever my skin would breakout with acne or little bumps, this mask helped clear my skin, reduce redness, and make my skin feel fresh. I haven’t experienced as many breakouts lately though so I use it as more of a spot treatment now. Instead of applying this mask all over my face for 10 minutes (as per directions), I dot a thin layer of it onto any acne spots and leave it on overnight. By the time I wipe it off in the morning, the spot is either gone or drastically reduced.

5. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48)

Last year I developed a couple of eczema patches on my face and decided that I needed a more effective way to hydrate. I purchased this argan oil in the hopes that it would resolve my dry patch issues and it did! I dabbed a little bit of oil onto the dry patches twice daily until they were gone. Moving forward, I used 1-2 drops mixed in with my normal moisturizer and I haven’t had any more eczema issues since. My sister and bf have actually both developed eczema patches on their faces recently (it’s not contagious I promise…) and each of them have used this argan oil to successfully get rid of them. I was initially tentative about continuing to use an oil daily because I can get oily in my T-zone. However, this works really well to deeply hydrate my skin without making me feel oily.

4 thoughts on “My 5 Skincare Essentials

  1. […] Remove any trace of makeup before you sleep. I used to be guilty of sleeping with makeup on and that is SO BAD for you. Your skin needs to breathe and it can’t do that when makeup is clogging your pores. Not only can this cause or worsen acne, it can result in developing wrinkles at a younger age. My #1 recommendation for makeup removers is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, my review linked here. […]


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