Skin Care Routine

I never really cared about skin care. I think I spent most of my life using the same lotion for both my body and face. But we can't be fifteen forever, right ?! So a few months ago I decided to test some products and see what works the best for my skin.

In Brazil, my skin was always oily and I think that's why I avoided using products. I've always been afraid of increasing its oiliness. I used some of my Mom's products, but I never had the discipline to maintain a skincare routine.

When I moved to New York, my skin changed completely. At first I fought a bit against oiliness, but gradually it got drier and today I have normal skin in the spring and summer, but extra dry skin in the fall and winter.

In my opinion, it is easier to take care of oily than dry skin. I may be wrong but I speak from my own experience.

I hydrate my face several times a day, especially in winter. I use more concentrate lotions at night, giving special care to my eyes. Dark circles drive me crazy so I'm always looking for products to lighten the area around my eyes.

I have tested many products and here are the winners...

Cleansing Foam; La Roche-Posay:

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I'll start with this because it was an incredible change for my skin's health. I always washed my face with normal soap and maybe that's why my skin had dried out so much.

After testing some brands, I got to La Roche-Posay and I fell in love the first time I used it. The texture looks like a soap, however it does not need water to make foam. Just apply it on your face, massage it, and then to remove it you can use water or a damp towel. After a month of use, I noticed that my skin became softer and brighter as well. I have sun spots on my face, so this was great!

Cleansing lotion; Cetaphil:

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I always had a lot of trouble finding makeup remover, everything I tested gave me a bad allergic reaction! Then I finally decided to try this Cetaphil lotion. I heard a lot of good things about the moisturizer and when I found out they had the cleansing lotion I did not think twice, I tested and found the best option to my skin. 

So for those who have an extra dry skin like me, this is a great tip! You don't need water to use it, just apply on your face, massage and remove with a piece of cotton.

Daily use moisturizer; Cetaphil:

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My saga searching for a daily moisturizer was not easy either. I started using a Neutrogena one, but after a week of using it, it started to give me an allergic reaction. That's when my friend and makeup artist Debora Mendonça suggested Cetaphil.

I bought the first one I saw in the pharmacy and, in three days, I already felt the difference on my skin. What I did not know is that there were other types, and reading beauty articles on the internet, I found out they have one for extra dry skin with hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid is present in our body from birth but it becomes scarce throughout the process of natural aging of the skin. This change compromises our skin's filling, which causes wrinkles and expression marks.

There are several creams containing hyaluronic acid available. So if you're someone like me that cares about skin aging, it's really worth it to try this moisturizer!

Night cream; Cetaphil:

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I don't even have to say that Cetaphil has conquered my heart since the first product, right ?! Of course, after two success stories, I started looking for others and found one more to add to my list!

I put the night cream into my routine as well, and of course with hyaluronic acid. This one has a very different texture from the other one. It is denser, which makes the hydration even better.

As I said at the beginning of the post, I am neurotic with dark circles and also with expression lines. This combination of the daily cream with the night moisturizer has shown results faster than I imagined.

When I wake up, I realize that both my dark circles and expression lines are softer. Another thing that helps a lot is always massaging the face while you are applying!

This combo from Cetaphil is the best EVER and they have it for all skin types!

Makeup remover facial wipes; Neutrogena:

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To be honest, this is a very love/hate situation. I am allergic to most wipes available and I've tested everything you can imagine. This one burns my skin a little bit but it did not give me a reaction! All the others I tested, I gave up due to red spots.

I do not use every day, just when I use eyeliner or too much mascara. If I use it every day, my skin gets very irritated, so I avoid it. To remove the day-to-day makeup, I combine La Roche-Posay cleansing foam with Cetaphil's cleansing lotion; it's perfect!

Peel off face mask; Studio 35 Beauty:

I must confess that I always thought this was silly, but it makes an incredible difference and of course, it became a skin routine. I do not use it every day, but I do at least twice a week!

There are sheet masks, which are super practical and the best option for those who are in a rush. I particularly prefer the peel off ones.

My favorite brand is Studio 35 Beauty, and my favorite mask is the honey one. The smell is wonderful! I don't recommend the cucumber one for those who have very sensitive skin, as it may burn a little and leave it red for a while, so my recommendations are coconut and honey!

I hope this review helps as you look for new products for your beauty routine. Always remember that each skin is unique and reacts differently. Be careful with allergic reactions! Be sure to read the ingredients for each product to avoid surprises!