My skin has been pretty good lately! I was finally able to try some new products in March after terrible skin in February forced me to put testing on hold. I haven’t gone crazy trying too many products at once, which is really helping me identify what works and what doesn’t.
I’ve found a few nourishing products to repair my skin that I’ve been able to use consistently this spring. They fit really well into my routine at the moment and I finally feel confident to do some more product testing!
Nourishing Skincare Faves
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum*
$49/1 oz | available at Sephora
I’ve used up a full size of this serum in the past, but never repurchased because I’m always looking for new things to try. When it arrived in a PR package, I was thrilled because I knew it’d work for my sad, dry skin.
This serum is super hydrating and calming. Caudalie is all about grapes, which offer antioxidants, plus they throw in hyaluronic acid and squalane. I use this to boost moisture for the day, or at night after an acid or skin treatment. It has a soothing effect while the serum soaks in, but it absorbs just the right amount with no stickiness.
I’ve been going through this very quickly – I think I’m over halfway through right now. It’s great to have on hand for irritated/dry skin, so I’ll probably repurchase during some sort of sale.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
$21/3.38 oz | available at Ulta
Snail mucin contains a ton of great ingredients, like peptides, hyaluronic acid, etc. So, with this product, I’d expect hydration and overall healthier, protected skin.
This essence is fairly viscous, but it’s not that thick. It’s odd and it took me awhile to get used to it. I usually pump a bit into my hand and rub in onto my face, then follow by patting it in until it’s a little sticky. I find it easier to spread evenly that way.
The stickiness doesn’t bother me so much because this isn’t my last step. I’d generally apply this and follow with the Caudalie serum.
This is one of the first products I tried after my skin was all sorts of messed up. I immediately feel hydration from this essence, but a deep hydration that makes my skin feel stronger and more resilient. With consistent use, I’ve also noticed this helps heal my blemishes much quicker.
This is my first product from COSRX, but I’ve already ordered a few more things from the brand because I looove this.
Farmacy Green Screen SPF30*
$36/1.7 oz | available at Sephora
SPF is sooo important, but it really feels like a chore. Sunscreens so often look and feel terrible on my skin. I was using the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen* every single day for months, and while I enjoyed it, I realized it may have been clogging my pores. It’s heavy on the silicones – not good for my skin on the daily. I needed to go back to something that would ensure I could get my skin back on track.
Green Screen is my favorite mineral sunscreen, so it was an easy to choice to return to it. It’s neither greasy nor drying, spreads easily, and leaves only a minimal white cast. It’s not as invisible as the Supergoop Unseen Susncreen, or the Glossier sunscreen I love (reviewed here), but I’m really trying to use mineral sunscreens more often due to the sketchiness of chemical sunscreens.
I probably have just a few uses left and I’ll be sad when it’s gone. I’ll try to use up other sunscreens before I purchase, but I will definitely be purchasing.
LXMI Crème du Nil*
Crème du Nil is an amazing moisturizer, especially for daytime. It’s smoothing and priming (but without silicones!), so makeup goes on beautifully over it. It makes my skin feel super hydrated and bouncy all day, but doesn’t feel heavy. Perfection.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
$166/1 oz | available at Dermstore
I’ve been wanting to incorporate LAA (L-ascorbic acid; pure vitamin C) into my routine for awhile now. I had actually done a lot of research into LAA, but maybe I’ll share that in a future post. I ended up choosing this one and thankfully had a percent-off coupon to help me stomach the price.
The SkinCeuticals formula contains a super-combo of 3 ingredients that have been shown to protect skin against oxidative damage: 15% LAA, 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid.
I use this most mornings after cleansing. It smells like bacon bits, but that goes away within a few minutes. I gently press this into my skin, being very careful because it’s quite liquidy and it’s so expensive that I don’t want to lose any of it. It’s a little sticky as I pat it in, but, again, it’s not my last step so I’m not bothered by that.
I’ve been using this quite consistently for about 3 months and I can say that I’ve noticed my overall skin appearance has improved. My complexion is more even and my skin feels more firm and resilient.
I had horrible skin for several weeks, and then I went out on a limb and incorporated this into my routine. I have to attribute a big part of my skin’s recovery to this serum.
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
$66/1.67 oz | available at Dermstore
My number one skin issue has always been redness. I’ve tried redness reducers in the past with no luck, but I was so impressed with CE Ferulic that I decided to try this one.
Packed with peptides, this serum “combats environmental triggers that can lead to the appearance of skin blotchiness and discomfort.” I use this after CE Ferulic in the morning. It’s very soothing – almost cooling. It’s a lightweight cream that’s a tad hydrating.
I notice a reduction in my redness outright. My skin will still get quite red if I have a flare-up through the day, so it’s not entirely preventative. Still, it handles the minor, general redness I have, which gives me confidence to run out of the house without covering up.
I can definitely see some results now, but I’m hoping to see even more as I continue to use this!
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
$48/2.25 oz | available at Sephora
I couldn’t resist the hype around the Jet Lag Mask. It’s not perfect, but I do see an improvement in my skin when I use this.
What I like: the packaging makes it easy to use; it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy; using it before bed, I wake up with soft, bright skin
What I don’t like: the minty smell; it absorbs into my skin too quickly
Overall, I am really enjoying this as a sleeping mask. I’ve heard of others using it in the daytime as a makeup primer, but I love Crème du Nil for that purpose way too much.
What are your favorite skincare products to repair and nourish your skin? ↓