My favorite skin care items.

Aside from washing my face, moisturizing and avoiding the sun, I have not been great about sticking to skin care routine. I’ll apply eye cream for a few weeks and forget about it for a month. Well, that has changed this year. I turn 30 in September and am finally getting serious about my skin.

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A few notes. I have been using Bobbi Brown’s products since high school. I have very dry and sensitive skin and her line is incredibly hydrating. I exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub at least twice a week. The Clarisonic Mia is amazing. My skin feels much cleaner when I use it. If you are going to splurge on one item from SKII, I cannot say enough good things about the facial lift emulsion. Use it for two weeks and you will see an improvement in your skin.
As some of you may know, I had a pre-cancerous mole removed last year. I encourage you to read that story — especially if you haven’t been to your dermatologist in a while! I encourage all of you to wear your sun screen, sign the sun savvy pledge and take care of your skin! 
What are your must have skin care items? Anything I need to add to my list?
  • happb.com

    I LOVE the Hope in a Jar Moisturizer by Philosophy. I've been slathering my face religiously for the past two years and I've noticed such a difference. I also use their face sunscreen when I run. For face soap, I love Caudalie foaming cleanser. It's reasonably priced and works great for my dry and sensitive skin.

  • Alex {Things That Sparkle}

    So great learning about new products, I am so boring. I use my Clarisonic with Cetaphil, very basic. Thats as far as it goes for me.

  • Katie

    You are the third person to recommend the Clarisonic Mia to me this week! I am going to try it out.

    My must-have skincare item is a very simple product from the drugstore. Pore strips. I have clogged pores on my nose, and they are the only thing that cleans them out!

  • Viviana

    I love the Bobbi Brown products and have been wanting to try the SK-II so I'm glad to hear you like them!

  • designchic

    Been wanting to try the Clarisonic…this was the push I needed!!

  • Celeste

    Something I have been using for years is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I'll try different products, but I always come back to my St. Ives. šŸ™‚ and you can't beat how inexpensive it is!

  • MissA*

    My must have: I use my Clarisonic Mia with Cetaphil. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Origins A Perfect World for Eyes. La Roche Posay Hydraphase and Darphin Purifying Aromatic Clay Mask.

  • sampenner

    I got a Clarisonic for Christmas and absolutely love it. It leaves my skin so soft and smooth. I also love the Skin Ceuticals line. Thank you for the very important reminder to be sun savvy!



  • hrcktheherald

    I don't do anything fancy– I hope I'm don't pay big-time for that as I get older!

    I use St. Ives Apricot scrub in the shower, always remove my makeup at night, and put a good layer of Oil of Olay moisturizer on my face in the morning and before bed.

  • Julia – the Urban Slant

    Love my new Clarisonic. I also use Kiehl's Oil Free cleanser and moisturizer. If I splurge, I love using Aveda face cream in the winter — so rich and really adds hydration to my dry skin. And, I always always have hand cream with me — hands can get so dry. xo

  • Jackie {York Avenue}

    I actually put on moisturizer with sunscreen in it this AM, partly thinking of your post. I think it's great that you're bringing awareness to the sun protection issue!

  • Liza

    Bobbi's products are indeed the best! I've been using them since high school as well. Great post.

    XO, Liza
    fashion over groceries

  • sweetlifealacarte.com

    I got a Clarisonic Mia for Christmas and I am in love with it. Have you tried any of the other cleansers?

  • Grace – Stripes and Sequins

    I looove my Clarisonic MIA. Got a leopard print one this Fall and it changed my life! My must haves are that, my Fresh Sugar Scrub (smells so good and is effective yet gentle,) Kiehls Moisturizer w/SPF 15, and… one thing you may be missing but only because my skin is super dry… face oil! I am obsessed with Sunday Riley's Juno but also love Rodin and Nuxe!

  • Britt @ The Magnolia Pair

    I really want number 2, it's been on my list for quite some time!

    xo.Britt The Magnolia Pair


  • Ashley

    I love Bobbi Brown's skincare line! They last a good amount of time too!

  • Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

    LOVE this posT! I am an esthetican and I can not say enough positive things about the Clarisonic Mia!

  • Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

    I'm a Bobbi Brown girl too and love pretty much anything she makes (with a few exceptions). I've had a Clarisonic for about three years and I haven't regretted spending $200 on that for a moment. My dermatologist also recommended a drug store cream (cannot for the life of me remember it now) to use as a moisturizer, which I use every day on my neck and every other day or so during the day (it's a little heavy to use every day).

    I should use sunscreen much more than I do, having been down the pre-cancerous mole route several times before, but honestly, it's hard to find a product with sunscreen in it that I actually like.

  • Alyssa {Second Floor Living}

    I'm so low maitenance when it comes to skin care. My friends are always shocked when I tell them that I use Dove bar soap to wash my face. I am thinking about investing in a clarisonic to kick my skin care routine into shape though.

  • m.r.brooks

    Almost all of my makeup is Bobbi Brown, and I used Bobbi's skincare line from high school up until this past October. Then I discovered Kate Somerville. She is a skin care expert, and now that I've been using her products, I will never use anything else. My skin used to get incredibly dry and flaky in the winter when I was using Bobbi Brown, but Kate Somerville's Nourish Daily Moisturizer is absolutely incredible. My skin has not been dry or flaky at all this winter. I also LOVE her Eye Release Under Eye Repair Cream. I turned 27 in October, and started freaking out a little about aging (I know, ridiculous) but this eye cream is amazing. I also use her SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen everyday under my makeup (as well as at the beach). It's so lightweight and non-greasy, so it never makes me break out. Neiman Marcus carries her line, and I highly suggest you stop by her counter and pick up some samples to try. Her products are pretty expensive, but in my opinion, well worth it!!

  • ashley nicole catherine

    i started using retin-A for skin problems, but i'm staying on a low dose because i love the anti-wrinkle elements. maybe i'm crazy, but my skin looks so much better! i'm also growing addicted to my dermalogica eye cream.

  • Dora

    I'm personally addicted to vichy products right now.I just love how they are so light and do absolute wonders with my skin. As for the sun I try to hide as much as possible šŸ™‚

  • Lily

    I LOVE bobbi brown as well and use my mia every day…love it !!


  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Ok am I the only person on earth who has not tried the Clarisonic yet? Everyone talks about it! I just seem to find more and more reasons to get it, but little thing is expensive!
    Have a great weekend Danielle!

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Ok am I the only person on earth who has not tried the Clarisonic yet? Everyone talks about it! I just seem to find more and more reasons to get it, but little thing is expensive!
    Have a great weekend Danielle!

  • Tiffany @ Savor Home

    The only thing my skin likes are Neutrogena products. It rebels every time I use anything else! I do want to invest in the Clarisonic. I've heard nothing but good things about it! Hope you and Buddy are enjoying the snow!

  • mkbruin

    I got a Clarisonic Mia for Christmas and I totally agree. My face just feels cleaner and I love that you can take it in the shower.


  • S.E.Minegar

    i'm diggin' tarte and josie maran products. going natural with skincare/makeup is one of my resolutions.

  • L.A. in the bay

    love learning about new products. I have the opposite of you. I have super oily skin.
    Right now, I am loving for my undereyes, Garnier undereye cream and Philosophy eye serum!

  • elembee.com

    My skin is currently freaking out, so I'm trying to find a new skincare routine. Thanks for sharing!

  • alicia

    I have dry skin also – definitely love Bobbi Brown!

  • girlinnw

    I love Rodan and Fields! Great company and great products!

  • Lindsey

    I have wanted a clarisonic for so long… All your products listed are amazing!


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