♡ nightly skincare routine ♡

Something that I switch up often is my skin care routine because it seems my skin always needs something different to keep it looking great. At the moment I’m currently using a few products that I’ve fallen in love with.

For makeup removal and pre-cleansing I like a product that is fast and easy to use. I’ve been trying out the Natural Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads from Desert Essence recently and they do a pretty good job. I found this at Loblaws, they have a really great section for natural products, etc.  A few of my other favorites are from Yes to… and they include the Blueberries Facial Cleansing Wipes and Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes.

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When it’s time to cleanse I’ve been loving the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. It has a different consistency than what I’m used, and I originally thought it might make my skin too oily. However, I haven’t noticed my skin producing more oil than usual. I actually think having that bit of extra moisture added in might be helping with that.

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I follow this up with my Live Clean Smoothing Facial Scrub It’s very similar to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub I used to use. This live clean one is just a bit finer in texture. You can usually find this at either Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart. I try to be very gentle with this as I don’t want to over exfoliate but I still want to have smooth skin in the morning for when I apply my foundation and powder. Nothing is worse (appearance wise) than getting a dry patch on your face with makeup flaking like crazy.

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Still using my proactive toner since I have oodles of the stuff. I might be sending some off to friends and family though. I seriously have like four bottles of the stuff, actually I have oodles of proactive products just sitting around. I did just purchase this toner from Avalon Organics to try though.

As a serum/moisturizer I’ve been alternating between the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil and the Tarte Maracuja Oil. I apply a few droplets of either to my hand and dab all over my face. I purchased both of these online from Sephora. These also last a really long time since you need to use so little each time.

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Next I apply a smidge of the Tarte C-Brighter Eye Treatment under my eyes where they get really puffy and dark.

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If I ever do get a breakout I like to add the Alba Acnedote Invisible Treatment Gel. This works like a dream for me. If my breakout is really severe I skip the serums and moisturizers and just add this on my skin but otherwise I apply it to my spots and they are pretty much gone by morning. It’s a little miracle worker. Bonus for this is you can also use it under makeup if you want it to keep working during the day as well as at night.

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To finish off I apply a super hydrating lip balm like the Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm.

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Thanks for reading, and I’ve added a little summary of which brands are cruelty free/have non-cruelty free parent company/ones I’m not sure about. Hope it’s a little bit helpful.

xox

P.S. I personally don’t check cruelty free statuses, I just routinely check my favorite cruelty free and vegan blogs. 🙂

Cruelty Free: Alba Botanica, Desert Essence, Yes to carrots, Josie Maran, Live Clean

Parent Company Not Cruelty Free: Tarte.

As for Soap & Glory…. I’ve had the lip balm for a while and there isn’t much I could find about their cruetly free status as of 2015. Most other blogs had correspondence from in 2013 so I don’t know if things have changed.

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