Use this Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate your lips before applying balm or lipstick! It can be used daily or as needed.
Aside from food, photography and travel, skincare is one of my favorite hobbies. I’m tempted to start a separate skincare blog, but I honestly don’t know when I’d find the time. Testing products brings me joy, and I have to make an effort not to go overboard for the sake of both my wallet and skin. I’ve been wanting to write a post about my favorite products for ages, but it seemed out of place here.
While I mostly buy products, sometimes I DIY a few basic skincare items, such as lip and body scrubs or facial mists. As I began making a new batch of lip scrub last week, I realized this was as good an opportunity as any to finally write about my other big hobby. Then the post got so massive that I realized I needed to break it up into two parts. Apparently I have a lot to say! In Part I, I’m covering cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. In Part II, I’ll go over toners, chemical exfoliants, serums, and other actives. I’ll also describe how I work all of these products into a routine, since I don’t pile everything on my face at once! Some people can do that; my pores get irritated with too many product layers at once.
I’m including links to where you can purchase everything I use (the Amazon links are affiliate), but I was not paid to promote these products (I swear I’m not a spokesperson for Hada Labo). Before we dive down the rabbit hole, I want to cover a few things: my skin type, goals, and the ingredients I look for.
The list below might seem excessive. I’m not saying you need five moisturizers, sunscreens, etc. I’ve tried many, and these are my top picks. Keep in mind: what works for me might not work for you, even if we have a similar skin type.