Tuesday, December 8, 2015

15 Products I Use On a Daily Basis

Ever since the time I hit puberty at age eleven I was cursed with oily, acne prone skin and lifeless, limp hair due to the oil production. I got used to using so many different products to try to combat the acne: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, you know... all the good stuff they advertise in almost every "acne" scrub out there. But only recently after 6 months of roaccutane to reverse the production of oils did I find myself with clear skin and normal hair. It was a taste of heaven. But that lasted shortly and the acne found its way back, luckily a bit less harsh this time around.

The best thing I have done for my skin since, is quit using so many different products and simplify! 
Here are the products I have started using:

  1. Cetaphil Facial Cleanser- This cleanser gets the job done without drying out my sensitive skin and breaking me out more. I typically use this after wiping down my face with coconut oil as a makeup remover... which brings me to number 2. *Tip: he Kroger brand works the same and saves you money!
  2. Coconut Oil- the moisturizer, makeup remover, teeth whitener, and who knows what else. This product just recently made gossip amongst beauty everywhere, and it should have been known a LONG time ago. 
  3. Raw Honey- This is probably the only thing that gets completely rid of the bacteria from my acne externally. It surprised me the first time I slathered this goop all over my face, thinking it would be a sticky mess, but it was fairly clean and easy to rinse off. I use a local Utah honey to wash my face with at least 2-3 times per week after the Cetaphil.
  4. Pond's Moisturizer- My grandmother, who is 93 years old, has used this stuff since she was 16. She swore by Pond's products, and when my skin was super dry from actuate it was the only thing that worked to sooth the dry cracked skin. This has been my go-to moisturizer. *tip: because this product comes in a jar, use only clean fingers or a cotton ball to apply or you will put bacteria into your product.
  5. Vaseline- Another classic. I use this for chapped lips, an eyelash conditioner, a cuticle cream, etc.  *again, because this comes in a jar, use an applicator for best results.
  6. Charcoal Face mask- I don't know if this really works that well, but I like the fact that it is charcoal. I used to used a dead sea mud mask, but the charcoal did the same thing and is a lot cheaper, you can even buy it at your local dollar store!
  7. Dove sensitive skin body wash- I don't always have time to put lotion on all over my body after I shower, so I needed something that would cleanse, without drying my skin. Dove has always done the trick for me and it's light and fresh smell doesn't mask my perfume.
  8. Earth to skin Heel-Tastic- This product works miracles for dry cracked heels, it's easy to apply, and it smells amazing! Thanks mom for introducing me!
  9. Baby Powder-  Every time I see a dry shampoo ad, I laugh because I have used baby powder as a dry shampoo since age 11. It works the same way, and is cheaper. Most people have baby powder in their bathroom anyway so it is just a lot more convenient.
  10. The Wet Brush- I was introduced to this product recently by a youtube vlogger, and I am so glad I bought it. This brush can be used right out of the shower with wet hair or dry, and removes tangles so easily while giving you an awesome head massage. *PLUS, the little bristle ends don't fall off like most brushes I have used. 
  11. Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo & Conditioner- This stuff works great and won't  break the bank. It also smells amazing! If you want a cheaper version of the famous Pureology Shampoo this is definitely it. You can buy this at your local grocery and or drugstore.
  12. Apple Cider Vinegar- another magical product you can find right out of your kitchen is apple cider vinegar. This can be used internally and externally for health benefits such as: an astringent/ ph balance for skin, a rinse for healthy, shiny hair, a medicine for the common cold, and an anti fungal topical! Its a legitimate cure-all.
  13. Mario Badescu drying lotion- Out of all the quicker-zit-removers out there this one works the best for me. Its comes in a small package, but lasts a hell of a long time so it's worth the price you pay. Its made with an alcohol, camphor, and calamine and works amazingly to zap a whitehead. I wouldn't use it on an under-the-skin pimple however, because those ones need to come to a head first before the lotion works. This is the only Mario Badescu product I have used so far. So if you have used any others that work for you let me know in the comments section below
  14. De L'orangerie perfume- This perfume goes on with a fresh grassy/ orange blossom smell and reacts with my skin in a sweet sexy way. * tip: perfume reacts differently for everyone so this may not be the scent for you.
  15. Vick's Vapor Rub- I have a health issue that stunts my breathing ability, so this has been a life saver since I was a little girl. Vick's can be used for many different things such as: under your nose for a stuffed nose or sinus infection, on your chest for a cough, and behind and along the outside of your ears for an earache.
****Let me know in the comments how these products have worked for you if you have used them before, and if there are any more I should be using that you just cannot live without!!!****

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