4 Beauty Products (from someone who does not do beauty products)

I’ve NEVER been into beauty products. Even in the height of my teen years when I was discovering makeup and beauty I never had a healthy interest in it. I think that comes from my mom.  She’s naturally beautiful and young-looking but has never been into getting dolled up with makeup and lotions and potions. In fact, growing up, I couldn’t fathom how or why beauty counters and the Department Stores even existed.  I was 100% sure that no one ever bought anything from them because the only thing my mom ever bought in that part of the store was perfume.

As an adult, I’m still not very interested in beauty, nor do I have the time for any kind of in-depth beauty routine, but I do have a few secret weapons.  Below are some, actually all, of my tried and true beauty must-haves accumulated over the years.

Tea Tree Oil

After reading and hearing about the virtues of tea tree oil for what seems like a thousand times, I finally took the plunge and bought this bottle. Everything they say is true. It moisturizes, makes pimples go away, sooths rashes and insect bites, makes small cuts and scrapes go away faster.  I also love the smell and menthol-zing of this stuff.

Coconut Oil

Another oil! Full disclosure, I’ve got the driest skin.  My skin takes dry to a whole other level.  And I’m super-bummed that it seems like both of my daughters have inherited that from me. In high school and college when all my friends were seeking out oil-free face moisturizer, I would slather a quarter-sized dollop of Vaseline Intensive Care moisturizer all over my face.  My face absorbed it within moments, leaving dry, flaky patches. Still, even I thought it was drastic to just put oil straight on your face.  Nope.  Believe me, this stuff is amazing if you have dry skin. I use it as moisturizer and makeup remover daily. I love the faint coconut smell and the way it leaves my face soft like nothing else.  Perhaps best of all, it’s inexpensive, so I don’t have to be careful about how much I use.

Herbivore Pink Clay Mask

I just started using this and fell in love! My dear friend Mel introduced me to this amazing beauty product. Just mix a small amount of the dusty rose powder with a tiny bit of water and rub it all over your face. It smells like roses and clay.  Earthy and floral, floral and earthy.  Very boho chic. Let it dry and then wash it off with a washcloth.  Your face feels brand new. That’s the only way to describe it. It moisturizes and exfoliates. My kids think I look hilarious when I have it on and am waiting for it to dry – which takes only a couple of minutes – so it doesn’t add significant time to your day. Despite only taking 2 minutes, using this mask really makes me feel like I’m pampering myself. That’s what I love most about it.

Dr.:Ci:Labo Cleansing Soap

Are you already annoyed that this hard-to-find soap is one of my picks? Don’t be. While I love this particular soap so much that my friend Mika carts it to me from across the globe, I’m pretty sure it would be easy to find another glycerin soap.  But, if you have to have this one, I have seen it available on the global rakuten website. The secret ingredient is glycerin, which is actually a natural by-product of the soap-making process.  In most cases, glycerin is separated from the soap to be resold and used in a wide variety of personal care products, pharmaceuticals, chemical intermediates, and for food processing.

Because glycerin is essentially an oil/fat component, glycerin soap is very moisturizing.   It’s also good for many different types of skin and can be made naturally.  The one I use is a translucent bright red bar with no scent.  It has a nice lather and after you use it, your face feels smooth and cleansed without being overly stripped of moisture.

Ok. I’ve officially given you the run-down of every single beauty product I use. What are your favorites? Where do you get your best leads on great beauty products?

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