If you've been following my recent posts, you'll know that I'm going through a rough time in my skincare. I've been getting plenty of skin problems and while I could gripe about them all, I want to make this as positive as I can. When my skin is in distress, I always fall back on simple and natural products to help get me through the dark times. I personally believe that the less this-and-thats in a product I use, the faster my skin will calm down so I can go back to using the fancy-shmancy stuff. :-P The following are my Comfort Skincare Products that I fall back on, just like comfort foods (mac 'n cheese, cheesy mashed potatoes, alfredo fetuccini, and broccoli 'n cheddar soup).
And now, my Comfort Skincare Products!
1. Jojoba Oil
This is one of the most economic products I've ever used that covers what I need for skincare. It moisturizes and removes makeup. It doesn't leave a greasy film on my skin and makes my skin feel soft, soothed, and smooth. And, it has only one ingredient: jojoba oil! At the changing of the seasons, I get rashes on my body that are so dry and bumpy. Using jojoba oil after every shower is saving my skin from months of itchiness, dryness, and skin discolorations. I have used this on my face.... NO ZITS! *thumbs up!*
2. Egyptian Magic
I can't believe I haven't done a post on Egyptian Magic yet. Never fear, I will get it done! I come back to this product again and again to help reinforce the jojoba oil when I'm out and about, doing things, or at work. It absorbs into my skin a little more easily than Vaseline. This stuff softens and moisturizes my skin so wonderfully, I can't go without it. I like to think of Egyptian Magic as the supplement to Jojoba oil. On the grand scale of moisturizing staying power, this is how I see it:
(most easily absorbed) Jojoba oil ------> Egyptian Magic ---------> Vaseline (sits on my skin)
Vaseline represents the "big guns" in my collection of heavy duty moisturizers. I don't know about most women, but I wash dishes without gloves (anti-slip and anti-breakage) and that means my hands get so uncomfortably dry. I don't think regular lotion does much for my hands. I use Vaseline daily for my lips, and I use it at night on my hands. Sometimes I use it on my heels. Usually, if I'm faithful to using this at night, whatever skin problems I'm having with dryness and itchiness gets solved in a week. During the coldest days and nights of the year, I use Vaseline because it doesn't absorb into my skin and therefore provides the much needed barrier between my skin and cold, dry air.
4. Witchhazel extract
Move aside expensive toners! Step aside Proactiv toner! Witchhazel is one of the best toner-type products I've used when my skin is acting up. It has one ingredient: witchhazel! It can grab onto a lot more residual makeup than some of my upper-end cleansing waters and it doesn't contain anything that aggravates my skin. The natural alcohol in it cools as it cleans so I always feel better and refreshed after. It's pretty affordable so I don't mind using as much as I want or as little as I want, and I certainly don't mind mixing it with other ingredients like aspirin or essential oils.
5. Johnson's baby wash
I really love this one. This must be the 5th or 6th time I've linked the Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash. This is super gentle. Mr. P, who suffers a little from eczema around his mouth, uses this with no additional aggravation to his condition. I use it because it takes off all my makeup without prior wiping and makeup removal.
6. Wash cloth and hot water
When I was a little girl, my mom would take a clean wash cloth and run it under warm/hot water. She'd wring it out and wipe my face with it. And that was the extent of my skincare when I was little. I turn to this when I'm having a breakout and want to avoid having my skin soak up ingredients. A hot towel on my face feels soooooooo comforting (spa-like) on my face before I start wiping, which provides very gentle yet effective exfoliation. And besides, this costs $0.00. How's that for fellow recessionists?
Sorry if my praising these products is repetitious. These products have got me through good and bad times without costing me a fortune. I'm not saying that these are low-cost alternatives to expensive items. I'm just saying that these are solutions for my skincare needs that just happen to be low-cost. If I find a high-end product that meets any specific need or that I reach for time and time again, I will definitely update here.
Thanks for reading and hope you have a great day!