My Skin Care Arsenal

Before I started blogging I was practically clueless when it came for caring for my skin.  I would just splash my face with cold water and walk out the door.   I didn’t really pay attention to what body washes or lotions I used either (just went with whatever was cheap!).  One of the awesome things that blogging has done is expose me to all types of products.  At first I wanted to try any and everything, but I had to really see what worked for me (and what didn’t!) and that made me step back and learn about my skin and what it needs.

This article gives a great break down on skin types as well as how to determine what type of skin you have.

Though I can be a bit of a product junkie when it comes to my hair and makeup products, I keep my skincare goodies pretty simple.  If I find a brand I like, I usually stick to it.

So what’s in my skin care arsenal?

Cream Cleanser

Photo courtesy of Clean and Clear

Facial Cleanser:  Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser

I was using this one from the same brand religiously before I was pregnant, which worked with my combination skin.  However, with this pregnancy my skin went into overdrive, becoming more oily and breaking out a lot more often.  So I needed something a little stronger so I can get a handle on all the skin craziness.  Using this once a day, it gets into my pores and not only leaves a clean face behind, but a refreshing, tingling sensation as well!

Body Cleansers:

SoftSoap Coconut Scrub Body Wash

As my face become oilier, my skin became much drier and my regular rotation of body washes weren’t cutting it.  So I went with the brand that has always been my favorite, looking for a formulation that would give my skin the extra hydration it needed.  Like the others I’ve tried from them, this one is amazing with a rich and creamy formula that leaves my skin soft and smooth after every shower.

Dial Gold Bar Soap

One of the many presents this pregnancy has given me is chest and back acne, the likes of which I had never experienced in life.  It was crazy!  So I was looking for a solution that didn’t involve using common acne fighting chemicals (a preggo no no) and my best friend came to the rescue.  She had been using Dial Soap for her oily skin for years and for me, it was just the thing to help clear up my body acne.  After washing with my body wash, I followed up with Dial and I’m happy to say it has cleared up quite nicely!


Photo courtesy of Neutrogena

Facial Moisturizers:

Murad Face Defense*

I’ve been using this moisturizer ever since I reviewed it a few weeks ago, especially on my makeup free days.  Once my face is cleansed, I put some of this on and walk out the door.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture

When I do feel like glamming it up, I go with this lighter moisturizer specially formulated for my skin type.  It moisturizes the dry parts of my skin while keeping my T-zone under control without clogging my pores or irritating my skin.  Once I run out of my Murad, I’ll probably get the SPF version of this one (it is a little pricey!).

Body Moisturizer:  Cocoa Butter Lotion from Walgreens

Yeah, I know, Cocoa butter really doesn’t prevent stretch marks but you can’t blame a girl for trying!  Besides, this lotion helps keep my skin soft and hydrated throughout the day, especially around my belly and hips.  As baby gets bigger, my skin begins to stretch, making it really, really itchy (no bueno!).  So I make sure I to use this lotion, every single day.  I used to use the Cocoa Butter Lotion from Palmers, but I wasn’t crazy about the scent and I found it too thick, making it a pain to get out of the bottle sometimes.

Makeup Wipes

Photo courtesy of Neutrogena

Other Skin Care Products:

Baby Powder:  OMG, this summer wasn’t playing this year!  Just walking from my house to my car was enough to make me sweat.  So your girl went old school with good old baby powder.  After my shower I applied this to wherever I don’t like to sweat and it works wonders!  Right now, I just use the generic brand from Walgreens (no need to spend a lot on this)

Vaseline:  My lips have been getting super dry and my regular lip balms just don’t do the job like they used to.  So in the evening, I apply a little vaseline and in the morning my lips are kissably soft!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes:Love, love, love these wipes!  I’ve tried to use generic ones and even at a time, unscented baby wipes but I always come back to these.  Not only do they remove all of my makeup, including liner and mascara, it does so with just one wipe.  My skin also feels really soft and moisturized that I don’t need to put on anything else before bed.


What are some of the skin care products you use?


*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received as a free sample for review

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  1. haha this summer was so hot – definitely needed powder! I try a lot of products as a blogger but tend to stay loyal to a few products. I like Cetaphil cleanser and lotion (used since high school), anything Aveeno (just so gentle for my sensitive skin), Dove anything as well and I’ve recently became a fan of Simple skincare.

  2. I need to get some vaseline. My lips and hands are always super dry that lotion & lip balms don’t do anything for. I always forget about vaseline!

  3. you know I think we have all been there at one time. when I was a teen I did the same thing. Splash and go lol
    Now i’m very careful to follow a daily skin care regimen – one that limits products containing harsh preservatives. Hence, Blended Naturals was born! I’m moving it from my e-store to my blog. Some products are there already .

  4. This is a great post. I’ll definitely be picking up some of these products. I’m not a huge makeup person, but I love lotions and creams. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I always have a regime for both winter and summer – different products for both, as the seasons change. I am mad about cleaning everything off my skin at night and love a refreshing was in the morning – really like Clean and Clear products too!

    I use Clarins orange one-step cleanser – it wipes everything off! But I also love Olay or Garnier products – skincare creams. I recently finished using L’Oreal’s youth code night cream which was pretty good too!

    • MJ

       /  August 26, 2012

      I’ve never tried Garnier’s products. I’m going to have to check those out!

  6. Great post! Ever since I started reading blogs about skin care etc, I’ve learnt so much about what my skin needs and my skin has imorpoved so much. I use Neutrogena’s Oil-free moisturizer, love it!

    • MJ

       /  August 20, 2012

      Thank you!! Reading other blogs was how I learned about my skin too. Yeah that Neutrogena is awesome!


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