My skin is weird. It’s sensitive due to my rosacea but it’s also combination/acne prone. I get breakouts on my chin and forehead constantly so it’s hard to find products that tackle my acne without irritating my sensitive areas. This fall I’ve incorporated a few new products and gone back to some old favourites as well. This is my current nighttime skincare routine!
I start off by removing my making using a micellar water. It seems like every skincare company has it’s own Micellar water these days! Right now I am using the one from Marcelle and I really like it. This brand is all about sensitive skin so I can use it without fear of causing irritation or redness to my rosacea. It does take two cotton pads (both sides) to remove all my makeup. Three if I’m wearing a lot of eye makeup! So I go through a sleeve of cotton rounds in just a few weeks which is not the most economic choice but I find my skin likes micellar water better than traditional cleansers + water.
I use this after taking off my makeup to gently exfoliate my skin. I apply this morning and night and shockingly haven’t noticed any irritation with my skin. While I still get minor breakouts, the small bumps I used to have on my forehead during the summer have almost totally cleared up. This solution has no smell at all and lasts for a long time. I’ve had it for over two months and still have a good amount left!
Be aware of your skins likes and dislikes. Glycolic Acid doesn’t do anything for my skin but when I use Salicylic Acid it seems to clear up quite a bit. Everyone’s skin is different and after trying out products with active ingredients you’ll come to know what works best for you.
The lovely Rae from The Notice turned me on to this skincare brand. She actually told me at an event we were both at (she was visiting Toronto) that she thought I would love the brand! And boy was she right. This Canadian brand was created not only to help with skin issues, but also to address the internal and external factors that influence our skin. Things like weather, caffeine intake and travel all take a toll on our skin and MIYU is formulated to help soothe and repair the effect these things can have on your skin. Basically it’s skincare for the modern woman.
I apply this after my exfoliator and before my serum. It leaves my skin looking and feeling dewy plus is smells amazing (sort of floral but still very fresh). It’s also alcohol-free, fragrance-free (natural scent from botanicals), clinically and allergy tested.
This was given to me in a swag bag from a Shoppers Drugmart event back in September during TIFF. Apparently this is a SDM exclusive! This definitely falls under the “weird but I’ll try it” category of blogging. Incase you were wondering, this serum does in fact contain small amounts of bee venom. While I am not allergic to bees I was curious how my skin would react to something so…potentially poisonous? I did a small patch test on my cheek and didn’t have any issues. Apparently the bee venom along with other ingredients such as plant stem cells and help correct skin tone and plump and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The only time I did find this stung was after I used an exfoliating scrub from Lush. My skin burned like crazy! I have noticed my skin texture is improving after using this for a month, but for $150 there is no way I will repurchase this.
No matter how many other moisturizers I use, I always come back to old faithful. I don’t know if it’s the cocoa butter base, the vanilla water or the almond milk but this stuff smells like sugar cookies. It’s meant for dry skin though so if your skin is oily I wouldn’t recommend it. It keeps my skin balanced and hydrated without causing any irritation!
* This post contains products that were sent to me for consideration. As always, my reviews and opinions are my own.