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I'm excited to bring you the rundown on my top 3 skincare products of all time – for the face!
(FYI: a few folks wanted to know – the mascara I'm wearing in the photo below can be found here.)
Note, before I get started: I'm an affiliate of all 3 of these brands, after a long history of using and recommending them. Read more about affiliation, what it means, and my affiliate selection process here.
As a skincare science junkie and product enthusiast, I'm always trying new things and falling down a new rabbit-hole of research, so it makes sense that my routine changes now and then.
Yet a few products have become non-negotiable, tried-and-true, forever favorites.
These products are amazing for the face. They do things like balance the complexion, repair the signs of premature aging, nourish the skin, blast blackheads and keep pores clear. And they do it gently and safely!
Because NOBODY I know wants their beautiful skin with a side of irritants or questionable ingredients.
Even more than that: nobody I know wants to buy products that flat-out don't keep their promises.
Another thing I love: these could, in theory, comprise your ENTIRE skincare routine. We've got cleansing, toning and nourishing right here in 3 quick, powerful steps – so I've listed them in the order you'd use them.
Warning: these products aren't cheap. And depending on your own skin's needs, and what you value most, they might not be the perfect products for everyone.
But in a world where most skincare products, cheap or pricey, make promises they absolutely cannot keep, I can say with absolute confidence that these products are completely worth the price. No fillers, no garbage, just flat-out effectiveness across multiple categories of skincare needs – and a little goes a long way.
These are my top 3 skincare products of all time – for the face!
1. The Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Mask: for deep cleansing
What it does: deep cleanses, fights blackheads, minimizes pores, exfoliates and smoothes without irritation, calms inflammation, detoxifies.
This mask really does it all, and is excellent for all skin types. Despite the fact that Beautycounter's Charcoal Bar is the “cult favorite,” I actually think this is their absolute best product ever.
If I had to choose just one Beautycounter product to use, this would be the one.
You can use this every few days, when deep cleansing is needed, in place of your normal cleanser. It should last through at least 20 applications.
2. The Primally Pure Everything Spray: nourish, revitalize and tone.
What it does: soothes, heals, balances, nourishes, evens tone.
This spray is another workhorse, just like the charcoal mask – in fact, that's what Bethany, the woman behind Primally Pure, sets out to do with all her products. She designs things that do everything, so you don't need 55 different steps to get results with safe, natural ingredients.
This spray contains hydrosols and – my favorite addition – magnesium oil, which is amazing for the skin.
You can use this daily, several times each day, after cleansing (or any time you wish).
Other Primally Pure Standouts: hands down, their deodorant is the best natural deodorant out there.
Last, but not least…
3. The Agent Nateur Holi Oil Ageless Face Serum: moisturize and refine.
Yes. It's that expensive.
The pure, active antioxidants and plant constituents in this amazing oil are absolute dynamite for the skin.
- Restore skin elasticity
- Help reduce scarring and signs of premature aging
- Even skin tone and brighten the skin
- Support cell regeneration
- Balance oil production
I've been using skincare oils for more than a decade, and they helped resolve my acne and balance my skin. (And this was before there were oils on the market specifically for skin – believe it or not, I started out using kitchen oils!)
Even better: Agent Nateur is meticulous about sourcing their ingredients.
Just a few drops after cleansing and toning in the evening is perfect.
Wrapping it up
Time and time again, I come back to these core products. They do everything – cleanse, tone, repair, regenerate, soothe, and improve to an incredible degree.
They're also multi-purpose, and can be used by people who want to repair the signs of aging, fight blemishes or inflammation, or even fight oily skin or dry skin.
And most importantly, they're crafted to be safer, more pure, and better-performing than most conventional skincare. These are well worth the investment!
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