Today I want to talk about three skincare gems, two of which are new discoveries while the other is a holy grail product that I have had in my skincare routine for several years. Lately, I have received many compliments about my skin and I will have to attribute this to the products that I’ve added to my routine.
I’ll first start with a well- loved product that I have repurchased several times over. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been a long time staple in my routine. It was Fresh Beauty’s first skincare product and their #1 bestseller. It has an extra gentle gel like texture that works for all skin types, effectively ridding the skin of all makeup (even mascara) without stripping the skin of essential moisture.
The amazing formula includes star ingredients:
- Amino acid-rich soy proteins help maintain elasticity and healthy skin.
- Rosewater is notable for its calming and balancing properties.
- Calming cucumber extract aids in soothing the skin.
- Borage seed oil helps to nourish.
The Soy Face Cleanser has gotten a makeover and for a limited time comes in a jumbo size! Fresh Beauty teamed up with artist Blair Berenstein for a modern update of the original “Soy Girl” that adorned the cleanser when it first launched in 2000.
I absolutely adore this cleanser. It soothes, tones, and cleanses the skin so effectively, yet gently. I have tried many cleansers over the years and keep coming back to this one for good reason. I would wholeheartedly recommend this cleanser to anyone looking for a gentle cleanser that they could use on a daily basis.
Right now, Fresh Beauty has an opportunity for you to win a year’s supply of this cult classic. No purchase is necessary. Head on to the their website at fresh.com/soyobsessedsweepstakes for the official rules and details. Ten winners will be randomly selected!
Now that I’m in my thirties, my primary target is to address the early signs of aging. Enter in Caudalie’s Premier Cru Serum. It’s a serum that I’ve had in my rotation for about a month and a half now. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Caudalie is an award winning luxury Parisian brand that made a splash into the skincare world by harnessing the power of grape seed Polyphenols (a powerful antioxidant). Since then, the founders and a team of scientists and pharmacists have created a number of one- of- a- kind skincare products.
The Premier Cru serum was created in collaboration with Harvard labs. The serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, dullness and uneven skin texture, all of which are my skin concerns. It is described as a power packed serum that is formulated with Caudalie’s three signature patents:
-Resveratrol to visibly lift and firm
-Viniferine to brighten
-Grape seed polyphenols to protect against environmental aggressors.
One breakthrough in this formula is an anti-aging complex co-patented with Harvard Medical school. It took five years to perfect the Vinergy® formula, which is exclusive to this serum. The serum works to counteract the diminishing energy metabolism of our cells over time, which is a key reason why our skin ages. You’ll also be pleased to know that the product is vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and pregnancy, and free all fillers, gluten, and GMOs.
It has as very silky texture that absorbs quickly. I can detect a light floral scent that is not the least bit overpowering. My skin immediately feels hydrated and the serum’s anti-aging benefits seem to boost the effectiveness of any subsequent cream that is used thereafter in my routine. The formula is also enriched with niacinimde (Vitamin B3) to protect the skin from UV damage, age spots and hypermentation–another huge plus! This serum has worked wonderfully on my skin. My skin is smoother, brighter and more youthful looking than ever—a game changer! The serum does have a hefty price tag at $150, but in this day and age, skin care is such an important investment. I’ve always adopted a ‘Skincare first, makeup second’ philosophy. Aging is inevitable. Aging gracefully and doing my best to maintain healthy skin is truly what I aim for.
Finally, the most recent addition to my skincare routine is the Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil. It’s my very first introduction into the brand. I have read and seen the buzz about their products online and was thrilled to receive this product to try by way of Octoly, a platform that brings brands and influencers together.
The Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil is formulated with no fillers and consists of only effective natural ingredients–vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants. It claims to help skin regenerate with a blend of luxe botanical oils and skin-cell-renewing CoQ1o, while a natural lipid barrier helps to lock moisture in and protect against dryness and heat in the environment.
The star ingredient here is CoQ10. It’s an important, naturally occurring substance that assists in producing biological energy within the cells. After the age of 30, the body produces less CoQ10 each year which in turn decreases the skin’s natural collagen production and ability to regenerate skin cells. Nourishing the skin with natural CoQ10 can increase the skin’s collagen production, leading to greater skin elasticity and less fine lines and wrinkles. It also boosts the skin’s ability to regenerate itself.
I started to incorporate this product into my morning routine. I warm up two drops and apply it after my moisturizer. It absorbs really easily and doesn’t seem to disrupt the the skincare steps that I’ve taken prior to adding it to my routine. My skin doesn’t feel greasy nor does it feel heavy. In fact, my skin feels very silky, nourished and hydrated. It also works beautifully underneath my makeup and I’m left with skin that is feels properly hydrated and radiant through out the day.
First impressions are good! I will be updating you all with my final thoughts in the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoyed reading about the trio of products that I’ve been currently using in my routine. All of these products can currently be found at Sephora.
What are you currently using and loving in your skincare routine? Do tell!
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