I've never been one to have a regular skincare routine. The only staple that I've been using since high school is Ponds moisturizer. I got it from my Mom who used to even use it growing up in Trinidad! In recent years I've wanted a moisturizer with SPF, so I started using Avon's Anew Rejuvenate day cream which I like. It's for the "30's age range" and frou-frou fancy in a glass jar, it's light and I love the smell. I just realized they stopped making it! Oh no! Ugggh!! Anyway, I used to use their cleanser as well however when I got a facial last year the guy who did it told me since it's a gel cleanser, it's very drying and I have dry skin, so I stopped. Lately I've been on a Body Shop kick, probably because they talked me into a Love Your Body membership this past February so I looked into their Vitamin E face line because it's made for dry skin. I started with the cream exfoliator because I used to use a cream-based cleansing scrub from St. Ives years ago that I loved and they discontinued it. I was using the scrub everyday until I mentioned that to a sales associate in the store and she said that was too much. I figured since it was a cream based scrub it couldn't be harmful. What do I know, right? So I bought their gentle face wash to use daily, then I also bought their hydrating toner, gentle facial wipes, lip treatment w/spf and overnight serum-in-oil. I just love the smell of this whole line.
1- Every night before my shower I remove my eye makeup with Sephora's Waterproof remover. I used this when I run out of my Yves Rocher one and can't get any from Montreal.
2- In the shower, every day except for Weds & Saturdays, I use the gentle face cleanser. On those two days I use the exfoliator. It's subtle, no huge grains that can feel scratchy.
"A light and creamy facial scrub to gently exfoliate without irritating the skin, leaving it feeling smooth, soft and refined."
The cleanser is nice and creamy without being too thick.
"A gentle facial wash that lathers on the skin to leave it feeling clean, soft and refreshed.
I like the feel and smell of both. My face does not feel dry after using any of them.
3- Once out the shower, I use the toner with a cotton pad, sometimes twice. The toner is kind of jelly like and it's not drying like regular toners tend to be.
"A hydrating toner that removes traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up without drying the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed. It leaves a velvety feel on the skin."
4- Then I apply the serum and go to sleep. I love this serum! I don't know if it works, but something about applying those 5 drops to my hands then to my face makes me feel like I'm doing something!
"Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight. Learn More →
5- In the morning I apply either my Anew moisturizer or Ponds. Depends on what I'm doing or how much sun exposure I'll have. If I'm going to be lazing around home, I just put Ponds on.
I bought single-use packages of their sink-in moisture mask to try and I like it. It's like a super boost of moisture that you wipe off with a tissue when you're done. My face felt so soft after. I also recently bought the trial size of their moisture cream, haven't tried it yet though. Their lip balm is cool, it doesn't glide on as easily as some that I'm used to but I like it. It would probably make a good base for lipstick...if only I didn't misplace it :|
Now that I see my Avon moisturizer is discontinued, I'll definitely have to look into getting the Body Shop's Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion.
So far so good and if you catch their stuff during sales, it's practically a steal!