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Dry skin must-haves & my April at-home spa essentials!

Silicone-free dry skin favourites

If you don’t follow me on Instagram (you should, because sometimes I meet puppies and take pictures of them), then you’ve probably missed these two product roundups. If you do, then a) thank you, and b) you’ll recognize the images. Don’t click away just yet, though, because there’s a lot more detail here!

Above, I have everything that I’m keeping sink-side right now.* For my dry, dehydrated skin, these have proven to be the best of the best so far. 

  • For super dry skin, I can’t speak highly enough about the DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture and Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. The DHC is so creamy and hydrating, and the Paula’s Choice will get rid of any dry spots you have! I’m also really loving Le Sérum de Jacynthe (review soon), which I think is a bit pricy but is an excellent “green” option.
  • For sensitive skin, Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micellar Solution is just fantastic. It’s scented, but I was surprised to find that it’s also incredibly gentle — noticeably more gentle than the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution or the Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Water.
  • For dehydrated skin, the Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser makes a huge difference for my skin. It doesn’t look very glamorous, but it’s creamy and luxurious, and leaves my skin feeling divine. My MIYU Beauty Essences are something that I can’t live without, too — I’ve now gone through four bottles, if you include the minis!

I’m also a big fan of the Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30, which is relatively heavy, but my skin really likes. It’s not breathtakingly creamy or smooth or anything in particular, but it is affordable, comfortable, and silicone-free, and I think those are three pretty important things.

(Plus, it feels way better than a physical sunscreen, so there’s that.)

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I also posted about a little at-home spa day that I had on Sunday, which I wanted to update you guys on! It was my first time using a peel-off mask (so, so weird and cool) and the first time in a little while that I had taken the time to pamper myself with my Ahava goodies.

My skin has been so out of whack recently, and the half-hour it took me to mask and exfoliate before my shower really balanced things out. The Boscia Luminizing Black Mask tightened up my t-zone, and the Kérastase hair mask/exfoliator left my hair feeling super soft. (I could have still used more scalp exfoliation, though.)

But what I loooooved using again was this Ahava trio. I received them for a post & giveaway last year, but they’ve become some of my carefully-rationed favourites. My legs haven’t been this smooth in years (thank you, Liquid Dead Sea Salt), skin feels so soft, and my sheets now smell amazing.

But yeah; that’s what I’ve been up to! I also petted a dozen dogs on Sunday (VERY IMPORTANT) and took the rest of the weekend to let my body rest, and it’s been great.

What’s been keeping you busy (or not so busy) recently?

*Note: I’ve drifted away from the Jurlique and Tatcha since taking this photo. They’re both still great, but I’m just really into the Paula’s Choice cleanser right now!

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  • I couldn't get used to the whole scalp scrub thing, unfortunately, so I passed my exfoliator on!
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    • Hah! I think you may be the only one who didn't loooove it :P I adore getting my scalp scrubbed, so anything that'll help me do it at home is a keeper!

  • rocaillewrites

    I love the puppy shots you post on Instagram :) I'm not a huge fan of peel-off masks; I know some people find the peeling process very satisfying, but I can never peel them in larger pieces, and I don't think they actually do much for my skin :(

  • esharp1978

    I found that the Boscia mask would not remove from my face without a full on washing and Clarisonic session :(
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    • Oh no, that sounds so uncomfortable!! Did you wash your face first & give it a full half-hour to set? (I was bad & double masked with this one, and I totally had to scrub off the edges where the two masks touched. I think oils and water prevent this one from going rubbery/peeling off!)

  • silvermoon3

    Yes! The key to peel-off masks is putting an even layer all over, not super thick, but should make it pretty opaque, for the Boscia, if that helps.
    Also make sure your edges are a couple of millimetres thick so you have a good base to grab hold of!
    I kind of picture the very thin fruit roll-ups kind of fruit leather when I do these, LOL!! ;) Doubt fruit roll-up will do much for your skin, though, haha!

    A little off topic but my roommate/bestie, a hetero dude not into grooming rituals in any way beyond a basic shower n shampoo kind of thing (aka clean, but zero "fuss") LOVES the Boscia Luminizing black line!! Started him with the peel-off mask and he loves it! Now he's trialling the cleanser… With a low tech silicone nubby scrubber pad from Sephora (another LOVE! of his; he's not into my Clarisonic) and a konjac sponge to switch between, he's been quite pleased, and I know I've found great options when he's willing to use them! :)

    That's what he gets for having a (non-practicing) licensed esthetician as a roommate, lol! I WILL try and give you a mini facial (or more!) if you'll let me, lol!!!

    But no, I have a roomie who isn't into it, and a now-grown son who's never been into any of it, either! Luckily there's a whole tribe of folks online who speak my language! Yay! <3

    • Great tips for the mask! I definitely agree. As someone who usually uses product quite sparingly, it pained me to really pile on the Boscia — but it made all the difference.

      That is so funny! I love that your roomie loves the Luminizing Black line. I bet my partner would adore the range too, but no way am I spending more on his skincare regimen than I am on my own!! :p

      (Man, I WISH fruit roll-ups were good for your skin!)