It's gonna get sappy up in here.
I love new drugstore skincare products. It’s such an exciting feeling to twirl slow motion through the beauty aisles surrounded by all of the new launches like “What will make me hotter this season?” You can spend, what, $23? And come out with a whole new skincare routine. I love that. Summer is coming and we’re all coming for it.
Instead of trying to figure out what new products are going to work best for you, leave that to me. I called in everyone’s new drops and today bring you my faves. By the time you get your tax return, your skin is going to look fresh, bright, radiant, as if it didn’t just survive the frigid winter months. Oh my god, I need to do my taxes.
I called this in because it is a powder scrub and that just sounded fucking weird, dude. It’s a scrub made with baking soda and a little acid that foams when combined with water. What I like about it is that you can control the intensity of the exfoliation by changing how much water you add to it. I like my exfoliants with a little grit, because if I’m gonna exfoliate, I’m gonna exfoliate, you know?
The first few times I used this, I kind of surprised myself because you can get a really good scrub out of this if you add just a few drops of water and apply to a damp face. Just when I thought it might be too rough, it began to dissolve into a gentle lather and melt into my face, to make the rest of the cleansing comfy and enjoyable.
This scrub is ideal for oily or combination skin. If you’ve got dry skin, you might want to steer clear of this one because baking soda can be a little drying. There’s also Bioré’s new Baking Soda Pore Cleanser, a gel cleanser that’s more gentle than the scrub, if you’re looking for a happy medium. OR, you could just add some baking soda to the cleanser you’re already using if you’re looking for a good DIY. But you guys know how I feel about DIY.
xoJane’s Food & Booze writer/Leading Oreo Journalist of Our Time/person who talks me off a ledge daily, Claire Lower, spoke for us all when she texted me this poignant, insightful beauty question:
Let me see if I can get this right: Micellar water is made of tiny oil molecules suspended in water that absorb dirt, grime, and oil, instead of sweeping it away, without any harsh scrubbing, all while cutting through your makeup (even waterproof) to dissolve it. Micellar water is basically a gentle cleanser and makeup remover in one. They don’t contain alcohol or harsh surfactants so they’re very mild and can be used around sensitive eye areas, and they won’t dry you out. On top of that, they’re hydrating, so your skin is going to maintain a healthy glow when you’re done cleansing, and they don’t need to be rinsed off.
Okay so I’m not going to bait you guys with some bullshit about how it can “revolutionize your entire cleansing routine.” I mean, it could, for sure! But that’s not how I use it. Plus, everyone’s already done that. I stayed away from micellar waters for a grip because they were just such a #trend, but it turns out, they can come in pretty handy. Here’s why I like them.
Cleansing on the fly:
This sounds gross but it’s not. I don’t shower at the gym because why in the absolute hell would I throw a face wash, moisturizer, eye cream, serum, etc., into my bag when I can walk four blocks and come home to this –
BUT — by chance that I’m not going straight home, I can wipe my face down with this and get all the sweat, oil, and whatever else off of my skin, feel hydrated, and look great.
They’re also great to freshen up during travel. You know how nasty traveling can make you feel, even if you’re just sitting on a plane or in a car, but you can keep this with you to freshen things up when you’re beginning to feel stale.
OR if you’re staying at your boyfriend’s place for the evening, you can remove makeup and cleanse in one step without having to use whatever awful three-in-one body-wash-shampoo-clusterfucks he uses. Plus, since you don’t have to rinse, you can use them for, like…camping? I don't know.
If I was wearing more makeup than normal, I'll use micellar water as the last step when cleansing, just to make sure I got everything off, especially if I had been wearing full coverage foundation.
So anyway, joke’s on me. Micellar water is a versatile product and I’m just a hater.
I ride for any skincare product that contains charcoal because my big-ass pores need all the help they can get staying clear.
I just told you guys about my favorite sheet masks, and mentioned that I never mask my skin as much as I should. This is partly because, though I love chemical exfoliants, you shouldn’t overdo it with them. Also because, you know how it is, when you have a really nice skincare product, you want to use it sparingly so it’ll last you.
The Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask is a quick and easy way to yank out all of the dirt, grime, and gunk (sorry) that’s hanging around deep in your pores. You know the drill. Cleanse, pat skin dry, apply a good layer of the mask, and then hang out for then or fifteen while the mask does its thing. The combination of charcoal plus a tiny bit of salicylic acid help detox your skin, while extracts from tomatoe, aloe, watermelon, pumpkin, and chamomile leaving it bright, clear, and smooth (my skin looked smoother after I used it but I don’t think that’s exactly on of their claims so don’t quote me/sue me.)
PLUS, it meets my criteria for beauty products that make perfect travel companions (omg I should write about that. Amber, consider this my formal pitch xoxo.) It’s under two ounces, and it’s not in a fragile container, so if it gets knocked around in your bag or dropped on the floor of an airport bathroom, it’s not going to shatter. I always like to know which products I can throw in a bag last minute if I need to run from the cops. If there’s a mugshot in my future, I need my skin to look clear.
Tynan is not on the run on Twitter @TynanBuck.