My 5 Favorite Skincare Products

If you have combination skin, you need skincare products that know how to multi-task. Here are the cleansers, scrubs, masks, and moisturizers you should check out if you’re into that clean + clear glow.

 

1 | Lush’s Dark Angels 

The Good:

This stuff is sold out as often as it’s stocked for a reason: It’s amazing. Dark Angels is one of the few products I’ve found that works year-round for combination skin. This stuff soaks up excess oil where you need it without over-drying the more sensitive areas of your face. Plus, it exfoliates your skin so gently you can (probably) use it daily, as long as your skin isn’t too sensitive. 

The Bad:

At $14.95 for a 3.5 oz container, this stuff is pricey. But if there’s room in your budget, Dark Angels is definitely worth the splurge.

Where To Get It:

You can buy Dark Angels from Lush’s website here (if it isn’t sold out).

 

2 | Pixi’s Glow Peel Pads

The Good:

The month I used these daily, I had the best skin of my life. The high glycolic acid content (20% !) helps with cell turnover, which means clearer, more glow-y skin. I also love that these are pre-soaked pads, meaning (1) they’re super portable and (2) I don’t need to mess around with tracking down a cotton pad or accidentally pouring too much product out. That’s good because…

The Bad:

Again, these bad boys are expensive: $22 for 60 pads. To be fair, that’s two months worth if you use these daily and even longer if you use them just a few days a week like I do. They also sting a bit (cuz, you know, acid). It’s not bad, but if your skin is super sensitive, you might want to try Pixi’s milder glow tonic to-go pads instead.

Where To Get It:

You can buy Pixi Glow Peel Pads from Target (where else?)

 

3 | Formula 10.0.6’s Draw It All Out Charcoal + Plum Peel Mask

The Good:

After experiencing irritation from one too many sheet masks (seriously, you guys were supposed to be gentle – what happened?), I decided to try out this peel mask from Formula 10.0.6. And guys. I love this stuff. This mask actually feels really soothing on and smells amazing. It dries nicely in about 15 minutes – just enough time to do some cleaning or watch a video on YouTube – and is weirdly cathartic to peel off. After using this, my skin feels significantly calmer and I tend to notice clearer, brighter skin the next day.  

The Bad:

This stuff is kind of a mess to apply. It’s more gooey than mud-like and can be a little hard to wash off if you have any product left over on your skin after you peel the rest of the mask off. Tbh I don’t really mind the messiness, but if you hate the idea of sticky stuff on your face, then this one’s probably not for you. 

Where To Get It:

You can buy Formula 10.0.6’s Draw It All Out Peel Mask at Ulta!

 

4 | Cetaphil’s Pro Oil Removing Foam Wash

The Good:

After years of bouncing from face wash to face wash, this is my new daily go-to. My skin has been much clearer since I started using this twice a day, and it is so obscenely gentle (in a good way). Tbh I don’t even think it is possible for this to irritate your skin, but don’t quote me on that, I’m not a dermatologist.

The Bad:

This face wash is definitely not the best at removing makeup. It’s passable, but not perfect. To get around this little flaw, I use a reusable makeup removing cloth at night before I wash my face to make sure my skin is ~actually~ clean before bed.

Where To Get It:

I’m sure you can pick up Cetaphil’s Pro Oil Removing Face Wash at your local drugstore, but you can also buy it online through Ulta if you want to rack up some reward points.

 

5 | Soap & Glory’s The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion

The Good:

Okay, so this might be a bit premature since I’ve only been using this for a few days so far, but I can’t help it. This is like the Batman of moisturizers, except its toolbox is full of things with names like DETOXYBOOST and PORESHRINK – 12H. Yeah, I know the names are just ~marketing~ but the point is, this moisturizer is a multi-tasking badass. This stuff actually manages to keep my skin hydrated and matte through the day, which I didn’t think was actually possible. Not bad for a Target impulse buy.

The Bad:

At $15 for less than 2 oz., Soap & Glory is kind of coming for my bank account. But sometimes you gotta splurge on skincare to save on makeup. I just know I’ll be back at Target next month for more. 

Where To Get It:

For an authentic skincare shopping experience, impulse buy this from Target after promising yourself you won’t buy anything fun. But if you’re a responsible adult, you can buy Soap & Glory’s The Fab Pore online from Ulta instead.

 

What are your go-to skincare products? Share your faves in the comments!

♥ Meg

 

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