Regrettably so, skincare has not always been the most important thing to me. Now for most people out there, that is probably the scariest sentence you’ve ever read. If you’ve been with me for a while, you’d know that ever since I was younger, I have had eczema. Eczema, at some levels (mine), is an extremely painful skin condition that causes redness, swelling, irritation and more, that is basically completely out of your control. READ MORE>
From a young age, I was always encouraged to wear sunscreen at the beach. I grew up a beach kid, it was important. My dad wouldn’t let me leave the house without applying, he’d reapply an hour and a half later, etc. Granted, I would burn, but it wasn’t ever a problem for me. Eczema however was a completely different story.

I spent nights as a kid going to be with socks on my hands and Doctor-prescribed medication soaked into my hands. This was in hopes that I would wake up in the morning as good as new. Never really worked. Now in my older age, eczema has come back in many different forms. Most horribly, on my face.

You can ask anyone who spends time with me, my skin has always been a bone of contention for me. It seems like everything I do doesn’t help. Rightfully so, I should probably see a dermatologist more often, ahem, in general. Anyway…

The eczema has become a problem mainly on my face because it causes huuuuuuuge dry and red patches. I not only feel disgusting, but look gross and feel extremely unprofessional at work. I am not a big applicator of makeup, specifically foundation/concealer, and thank god because with this eczema, I can’t even wear it. I’ve spent days with a swollen, painful face and it has been horrible.

Another place my eczema has shown up more robustly this year has been my legs. This has been something I’ve never experienced before and I can’t quite put my finger on why.

This past winter has been a huge stepping-stone for me and it is what has lead me to write this post. I took a newfound interest and obsession in skincare. Some may say too little, too late (and to an extent I agree), but it’s a step in the right direction for me.

Take a look at some of these amazing skincare products that I have been loving for the past couple of months. Some newer than others, but that’s all a part of it right? Trying new things (some of them I’ve written about before). Three cheers for that! Keep in mind, all of these products have been fabulous for my extremely sensitive skin. So if that’s where you are, or what you’re looking for, this might be for you.

Eye Masks

Can I be 100% honest here? I always thought eye masks were bullshit. And to be honest, I kind of stilllll think they are a little bit. That being said, these Shark Fin and Collagen Eye Masks have been very relaxing and moisturizing for me. I don’t do these as often as I probably should, but when I do I feel like the experience just makes me feel calm, maybe therefore helping my skin. I’m not mad at it to be honest.

Cleansing & Toning

Now I’m sure I’ll get some sort of hate, or told I’m doing something wrong, but let’s get started. For cleansing, I’ve been 100% obsessed with this Nature’s Republic Snail Foaming Cleanser. I think I may have talked about this before, but it deserves to be spoken about again. I have a hard time finding a cleanser that is moisturizing, but deep cleans at the same time. Anyone else? This one does just that! I always feel like it strips my face clean, but in the best way possible. Not to harm it, because when I get out of the shower, it feels completely moisturized. That’s how I know it’s not harmful and super moisturizing. It doesn’t help that it’s about $5 and smells great.

For toner, this is a new favorite for me. I’m fairly new to Mario Badescu products, as I’ve only really used the drying lotion before. This toner though is great for me. It feels extremely natural and not too potent for my skin. I often find that using something that is deeply routed with witch hazel or too strong, kills my face and hurts my skin. This toner is awesome because it really doesn’t smell like anything, feels amazing because it has aloe in it, and it does the job. It even removes dirt that either cleanser may have missed, or just sits on top of the skin regardless.

Post Cleansing

Although my routine is nowhere near as close to those 12 step routines you see on the blogs and Instagram, it’s definitely evolving. Eye cream? I can’t believe I’m actually using it ROUTINELY now. This is the Etude House Moistful Collagen eye cream and it’s everything you’ve ever wanted and more (moisturizer wise). I remain on the quest to find something that will improve my dark circles (my aunt tells me I’ll never find anything), but this eye cream is SO moisturizing and feels SO great on my skin. I use it at night and wake up with skin feeling soft as a baby’s bum.

The FAB Moisturizer is perfection. I’ve talked about this for years I feel like, so there’s not much new to say about it BUT, coupled with everything else in my new skincare routine, this is the icing on the cake.

Let’s be honest, this Cosrx Snail Mucin, I have no idea what it actually does. I should probably research it. My aunt told me to use and it, and being that she has the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen, I listened. It clearly helps immensely. Coupled with the rest of my routine, my skin has never been better.

I hope you enjoyed some insights into my skincare routine that I’ve been loving the winter/past few months. Let me know what I’m missing or must try! I would love to hear and am always looking for things that will work with my finicky/sensitive skin.

Thanks for reading! Xoxo-Brit

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