Skin flare-ups seems to always happen at the worst possible time, like the morning of an interview. So of course in a state of panic, my instinctive, immediate response is to bring out the big guns. That means slapping on formulas touting 20% active ingredients or products that contain impressive-sounding chemicals.
Sure, in emergencies maybe these quick fixes work, but it’s definitely not a sustainable or healthy habit. Here are some of the more gentle, daily products that I’ve learned help my skin out in the long haul.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (Night) is budget friendly and the most gentle retinol product I’ve tried. Retinol has a bad rep for being really harsh on the skin, but this formula combines the vitamin A derivative with a moisturizing night cream carrier.
Glossier Balm Dotcom is the cool-girl update to Aquaphor or Vaseline. Multi-purpose and tacky enough to deeply hydrate.
Simple Soothing Eye Balm is definitely more of a preventative product than a serious wrinkle-fighter, but as someone in her 20s, I find it to be a very no-fuss product that just works for morning and night. It sits well with under-eye concealer too.
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water isn’t the best at removing waterproof eye makeup, but it’s inexpensive and gets the job done. In the morning, I prefer using a product like this to prep my skin for makeup, rather than washing my face, since it dries my skin out less, especially in the winter.
Do you have any simple, basic skincare recommendations?