Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Clarins.
As a beauty blogger, I test dozens of skincare products on a regular basis and frankly speaking often times I only have time to test each product for a few weeks and then it stays half-used simply because I have to move on to other products. There are some skincare goodies though that I continue using for months and even years. Today we’ll be talking about “my Holy Grail” products that I can’t imagine my life without. These are all the skincare products that I repurchased at least twice — and can’t recommend enough.
#1 Clarins Double Serum
My introduction to the brand happened back in Russia where I’m originally from. My mom is a real skin care junkie (I guess, my love for beauty products in generic!) and
One of the first products by the brand that I purchased for myself when I came to America, was
This season, the brand re-introduced the iconic serum and made it even more perfect (is it even possible?) The
I know that some people are afraid of the change, especially when it comes to skincare products. My mom, for instance, stocks up on her favorite products the moment they are about to get discontinued. But with the Clarins Double Serum situation you don’t need to rush to your closest beauty store to get a backup of your favorite serum — the new formula is as good as the old one!
#2: La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Here comes another story about my upbringing in Russia. Similar to many other European countries, La Roche-Posay is available in almost every Russian pharmacy so my introduction to the brand happened earlier in life.
While thermal water is suitable for any season, I especially often reach out to it in summer. There is something super enjoyable in spritzing my face with refreshing thermal water a few times a day and on the beach. It’s also essential for me to have a can of this thermal water
#3: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
I was a late adopter of this cult toner, but once I tried it I never stopped using it. Technically, it’s not a toner though but an exfoliating liquid that contains salicylic acid which helps to even out the skin tone and unclog pores. I often describe the texture of
You probably heard dermatologist talking about exfoliating your skin regularly and in many situations, it doesn’t actually mean that you should scrub your face with abrasive peels every single day. My personal preference when it comes to exfoliating is using a combination of BHA and AHA peels that I switch every single day and apply only at night. Basically, we are talking about glycolic and salicylic acids that gently exfoliate dead cells and improve the texture of your skin.
Personally, I noticed a tremendous difference when I started using incorporating these acids into
Shop: $29 for 4 oz. and $9 for travel size at
#4: Lancome Bienfait Sunscreen UV 50+
I guess I have two problems — being a super pale girl and having very high standards for sunscreens. This summer I was planning on writing a roundup of the best sunscreens and I ended up disliking the majority of samples that were sent my way. Some of them were too thick, others caused breakouts, and the others were not working in combination with
In addition to the fact that I love the texture of this sunscreen, I have to mention it’s compatibility with the majority of foundations that I have in my collection. There is something super smoothing and perfecting about this sunscreen that I don’t even have to use the primer before applying a foundation! Another important moment is that the formula of this sunscreen is oil-free which perfectly works for
#5: Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment
That’s the only product that I just recently started testing, but it’s already on my Holy Grail list. Why? Because it helped me to get rid of a super unhealthy habit of applying petrolatum on my lips at night. I’m not sure if you heard about it before, but petrolatum (aka Aquaphor or Vaseline) is a derivative of oil refining. While this ingredient is not openly criticized for causing any danger, but something tells me that if it has something to do with petroleum it’s probably not that good for my health.
What I started using instead is
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There you have it: my roundup of all the skincare products I can’t imagine my life without. I wonder if you found in this list any products that are also your Holy Grails? If so, please let me know in the comments area below. Also, feel free to share the list of your most favorite skincare products of all times!