If you’re as beauty obsessed as I am, you’ve probably heard the term “holy grail” on more than one occasion. The “HG” in skincare is given to a beauty product when it lives up to the buzz-worthy hype that’s bestowed upon it by the all-powerful internet. In other words, really good sh**. What I think is probably the most fascinating thing to me about skincare is that it’s actually a science, chemistry to be more specific. Every individual’s skin has a different chemical reaction to a product based on their genetic makeup. Basically, every skin reacts differently to different products and what works for me may not work for you. Skincare is all about experimentation, however, with that being said, I’ve found myself picking up these products time and time again for the simple reason that, for me, they work! Here are my go-to skincare products…
If you’ve been reading my articles, you have noticed by now that I’m OBSESSED with grapeseed oil. It can literally do no wrong in my eyes. So, I jokingly say that I put coconut oil on the market after learning about it on my first trip to Thailand back in 2013. My only issue with coconut oil is that it’s not made for all skin types. Coconut oil has a high comedogenic level, which is a fancy technical term for saying it makes some people break out. It’s a thick oil and if you have sensitive skin it can clog your pores. For me, love it in the winter and HATE it in the summer. Grapeseed oil has a lower comedogenic level meaning it’s great for sensitive skin and good for all year round. I’m not kidding when I say I use it as a moisturizer, I use it as hair oil, I use it to cleanse my face, in my lotion, etc. At $10 a bottle, this will be the best investment you make this year! You can find the bottle I use, here.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Works so well for de-puffing under eye bags. Although the effect takes a few minutes to work, it does the job well. After I double cleanse my face, I apply a face oil all over and then squeeze a drop of the solution under each eye. Then, I follow up with a dermaroller with my fresh out of the freezer Refa. The cold + the caffeine does wonder for my tired eyes so I look refreshed and ready to take on the day. In the past, I would typically opt for creamier textured eye creams but would go through them like water and as you know, they’re not cheap. I use this in the morning and splurge for the creamier eye cream at night which not only saves me a product but it also saves me money. This is a great bang for your buck by a great company that provides simple ingredients at affordable prices! You can find the product on the ordinary website, here.
Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask by Dr. Jart
In my honest opinion, this mask not only works for all skin types but it also does exactly what it says. Noticed a significant improvement in my Acne after using this mask after only one use. It was recommended to me originally from the store owner of Mask Bar in the West Village but has since then been recommended by skin care gurus everywhere. The brightening mask is also a fan favorite! You can buy it at Sephora, here, but if you live in NYC hit up a beauty market in Korea town and get 5 for the price of 4.
Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay
I’ve posted about this mask before but it is seriously magic! After a quick mix with apple cider vinegar, this clay mask pulsates as it pulls out all the dirt and toxins from my pores. It’s been recommended by every beauty blogger alive and why? Because it works. I’ve been using this for years now and have yet to find a better substitution. You can read my full article The Easiest 2 Ingredient Face Mask Beauty Bloggers Swear By, and buy it, here
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
This is a new product that I tried this year and absolutely loved! It’s seriously brought my skin to the next level. I look forward to my nighttime skincare routine just so I can put this on before bed. Make sure to shake up the bottle before you apply to make the consistency more liquid than lather, sleep and wake up with baby soft skin. I just read that they came out with a new avocado formula that I’m dying to try too! They have a moisturizer that I also like as well, plus, both these products smell so so so so good! Seriously, it’s intoxicating. I bought mine at Sephora, which you can find, here.
Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator + Balm
Had to mention these products because I’ve been using them since the 8th grade! No seriously, they’re that good! The balm’s texture on your lips feels like straight up butter. So hydrating and glossy. I have a tinted one that I use for going out but the Lip Polish Exfoliator is actually what I can not live without. This scrub is the KEY to smooth and soft lips. Did you know when your lips are dry they actually become lighter in color? Well, I didn’t until I tried the scrub and had a whole new hue of lip! I looked it up it’s legit. This is a must for Winter and the product has lasted me years. Use a small pea size amount on lips and a slightly damp washcloth to rub it in. Then, rinse with water, dry lips, and apply balm for your softest lips ever. You won’t regret it. You can find it at Sephora, here.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Speaking of lips, this lip mask is seriously next level. I like to put this on at night and sleep with it on but you can wear it in the daytime as well. It goes on thick but I promise it’s so moisturizing! After a bad sinus infection, my lips were the driest they’ve ever been. I needed a rescue ASAP! By day three my lips were back to normal. This mask is definitely deserving of the title holy grail. You can find it at Sephora, here.