I do believe it’s important to experiment with skincare products and to mix it up from time to time. This can be difficult for many due to budget constraints. I myself gravitate towards products that are both effective, and of good value (sorry, I just can’t justify buying a $200 jar of moisturizer when there are plenty of cheaper options that are just as good).

Here are my top skincare products that are part of my regular routine right now. I use routine loosely as I don’t adhere to a strict regimen; instead, I try to assess what my skin needs from day to day and go from there.


Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. Oh my gosh, is this just the best! A pea size of this will remove almost all of your face makeup and grime after a long day. The frothiness of it almost feels milky and it leaves my skin feeling clean, but not totally dried out.


Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. If you’re at all interested in the beauty industry or a regular Sephora customer (or both), you may have noticed the explosion of Korean skincare products on the scene. Being an admirer of Asian skin and fascinated by the elaborate skincare rituals Koreans are famous for, I had to dive in and explore for myself. One of my favorite discoveries is this moisturizer. It layers well and has a delightful scent that isn’t overpowering. Plus it’s only $35!

First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum. As my 30th birthday (swiftly) approaches, I am more concerned with aging prevention. Through my own research, I’ve concluded that retinol, aka Vitamin A, is a must in terms of skincare. What it does is gently sloughs off dead skin and stimulates new cell growth. It also aids in diminishing fine lines. NOTE: retinol reacts with sunlight, so you should apply only at night. Also, if you’re new to retinol, don’t use it everyday unless you’re comfortable with some flaking. This retails at $58, but it was worth it.


ORA Microneedle Face Roller System 0.25mm (in White/Purple). This weird looking tool  contains tiny needles that you roll on your face. How does this help your skin? Well, essentially the needles create tiny wounds that cues your skin to create new collagen. It also helps the skin to absorb any products you put on it more easily – who doesn’t like that? Microneedling assists with cellular turnover, fading scars/sunspots and diminishing fine lines. And I promise, it really doesn’t hurt. These needles are so small and it comes with clear, easy directions on how to use, if you’re skiddish. You can also use this on your scalp and body.


Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. Recently, I was looking for a serum that was focused on hydration, given it’s still pretty cold and dry out. I’ve used this cult brand’s C-Firma serum and La La Retro Whipped Cream, which are fantastic as well. I enjoy the cooling gel texture of this product and will sometimes use it in the morning under my makeup or at night before bed.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 70. Last, but certainly not least, sunscreen!! In addition to protecting the skin from the sunspots and premature aging, this particular product is perfect to wear under makeup. In the past, I’ve tried to use facial moisturizers with SPF in the formula only to find it pills when I attempt to put my primer or foundation on. GROSS! Total pet peeve of mind. This does not pill, and it isn’t greasy. And, it’s drugstore cheap!

Have any of you used these products? Any other favorites?


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