A Few of My Favorite Things - *Skincare*


A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about the Sephora Fairy, and I thought it would be fun to do another post to share a few of my favorite skin care products.

However, given the fact that I wash my face with Soft Soap (or whatever happens to be available), you may want to disregard anything I say because I am pretty sure the gods who are assigned to good facial care would not recommend Soft Soap. But I do not care. It is cheap, it smells good, and it comes in large refill bottles. So I can wax up my face for $1.29.

The Clarisonic brush I got from the Sephora Fairy is awesome. Well worth the price, in my opinion. I love it. And once I go through the "free" tubes of facial cleansers that come with it, you can bet I'll be lathering the old girl up with Soft Soap.

When I bought it, I didn't realize it was waterproof. You can use it in the shower - which I do almost daily - with no fear of ruining it. I wonder if it is toddler proof as well. That is the million dollar question.

I've been using St. Ives Apricot Scrub for years and years. Again - inexpensive and I love it. Walmart also has this in their own Equate brand, and I especially love the version with menthol (and it's about half the price). I also use this to scrub my legs before shaving.

Until I was 35 or 36, I had fairly oily skin. Now that I'm over the hill (ahem) my skin is much drier - even in the summer. But I still love the Clean and Clear products, which are really made for acne prone skin. I especially like their new facial moisturizer for DAY. It's light, smells good, and feels great on my skin.

The Skinceuticals line (sold at spas) is fantastic, but a bit pricey. My Facial Queen at Jolie in Buckhead (for any of my local readers) recommended the Vitamin C Serum to me about a year ago and I am so glad I started using it. It's for (ahem) more mature skin to combat wrinkles, crinkles and overall hagging and sagging. You need just a few drops and the bottle lasts nearly a year, so cost per use if fairly low. I put this on under my DAY lotion (above) and under my NIGHT cream (below).

I've only become a loyal fan of night creams within the past year or so. Before that, I thought they felt too heavy and too oily. But the Loreal Revita-Lift Night cream is neither. Loreal is made by Lancome, the best department store skin-care line in my opinion...and you basically get the same product for less money.

Finally, my beloved Yonka serum. I use this three or four times a week at night before my night cream. The smell is divine...I think that's one of the things that keeps me hooked. When I was pregnant and nauseous 24/7 for 9 months, this stuff helped calm me (and my tummy) down. Again, a bit pricey, but so worth it.

What products you love?

Besides Soft Soap, that is!


Kim :

I like the Garnier stuff--I'm all about smells, too.

I think my skin could probably look better if I wasn't so lazy. Half the time I forget to do anything but fall into bed. It's starting to catch up with me, now that I'm (ahem) a little older. ;-}

Melissa :

I'm like Mom on the Run...don't do much in the way of skincare. I recently started using Olay Regenerist Scrub, because I got a rebate & got it FREE.

And even though I'm (ahem) older...I still have acne. Still can't figure out what's up with that!

Stephanie :

I love Softsoap.

It is the best handwash in my honest opinion, and it smells so CLEAN!

Wendy :

I love Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar. I have very dry skin and it is gentle enough but still leaves my skin feeling clean. I have never met a cream that is too heavy!

Michelle :

It has been forever and a day since I have been by to read and catch up here in blogland but glad I did today! I had forgotten about the St. Ives scrub...think I might just have to pick some of that up today. Great post!!!

Leah :

So fun to read your reviews! Now that I'm getting (ahem) older, I'm noticing some drooping and wrinkles by my eyes. Not good! I have never been one to use facial products - - do you suppose all those years of going "eau-natural" at night are catching up with me?

Tonja :

I love all the Clinique products. Their moisterizer is the best I've ever found for my skin!

Hair Girl :

You are cracking me up! I totally used soap from the pump until they invent the olay skin clothes. I love that I don't have to bleach washclothes every week to remove all the makeup smears. Just toss in the trash!

Lis :

Oooh thanks for the reviews!! :) I am going to have to get some of the Loreal cream - I love them and Lancome as well!!

Anonymous :

I use Cetaphil to wash my face and have used the St. Ives scrub off & on for years. Now that I am older, I use a rentin A cream on my face day and night to keep those wrinkles away!
I think I am going to invest in the Clarisonic - it comes in pink now too :)


Just Mom :

My must-have for "defending" my skin against the signs of aging is sunscreen. I use Olay's Complete UV Protective Moisture Lotion w/sunscreen.

For skin care (as in cleansers, etc.) I use mostly Estee Lauder. I love their Perfectly Clean foaming face wash. I also love the Advanced Night Repair stuff and Idealist line. My mom suggested I look in to a serum with Vitamin C. I might have to do that.

Anyway ... for those occasional break-outs, you really can't beat Neautrogena's Rapid Clear Treatment Pads.

Love your list.

Just Mom :

Oh! I've been meaning to try L'Oreal's products, but always forget to pick something up when I'm at Target. Yes, it's the same company as Lancome.

Belle (from Life of a...) :

I get to go to Sephora in Charlotte this weekend! Yippee!

Leslie :

Thanks for the reviews! I have been looking for skincare lately but didn't know what to buy - so many choices out there!

Wendy :

Hi! I tagged you in the 4th pic folder blogland game. If you have already done this...please disregard.


I love the Clarisonic too. I've been using Murad skincare products which work well. They work even better when I can find them at 20% off.

Funny in My Mind :

I wash with Purpose in the pump and use Olay Complete for sensitive skin morning and night. I do need a night moisturizer that is anti-aging so I might try Regenerist. I also use the apricot scrub from Walmart, it isn't as abrasive as the St. Ives in my opinion.

Katy :

I will definitely answer this question tomorrow AFTER I take inventory of all of my fave's! I love sharing fave's.

Tina Leigh :

I love your posts on skin care products..been using the St. Ives since you posted it along time ago. I am putting the Sephora on my "to get soon" list.

Unknown :

Right now I'm using the Arbonne Anti-Aging skincare line. I'm really happy with it and it smells so fresh and clean. I could tell a difference in my skin just after using it for a week or so. Another tried-and-true product that I have used off and on since I was 14, is Noxema cleansing cream. It's super cheap and leaves my face feeling so cool and refreshed. I am looking for an eye cream (something to combat wrinkles and dark circles) but I haven't found one yet that I love. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

Anonymous :

I've always used plain old ivory soap on my face... seems to work for me. I started using the sensitive skin oil of olay moisturizer too. I'm not sure it does anything, but just hoping to avoid aging :)...
I always put tons of baby oil (lavender) on while I'm standing in the shower still wet and my skin is nice and moisturized.

The Mrs. :

Had no idea the scrubby was waterproof! Now I HAVE To get it!!!!! I love your list!

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