March 30, 2013

Favorite Skin Care Products

I'm not even going to lie, I have a lot of skin care products lol but I love them all and each serves a different purpose - imagine how hard it is to travel :) I need a checklist and separate bag :) But with that said, as mentioned in the video, skin care is just a small percentage of having good skin. Most of it (to me personally) comes down to what I eat. If I have a bad food week, I'll be paying for it a few days later! Foods that absolutely brake me out are dairy products, chocolate and any salty foods (more on that here).

These products are mostly geared towards people with combination/oily acne-prone skin. You can definitely minimize breakouts and oiliness by eating correctly and using the right skincare for your skin type. I hope you find this video helpful!

Products mentioned!
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Earth Science Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover
Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser / Mask
St Ives Green Tea Scrub
Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub
 Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Clean Astringent 
Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner
Boscia Clear Complexion Moisturizer 
Josie Maran 100% Pure Aragan Oil
 Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater)
Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask
Pure Raw Unfiltered HONEY! (Probably my favorite out of all!)

As mentioned briefly in the video, I love getting professional microderms. It's really helped improve the oiliness of my skin, thus the breakouts. It also makes my skin feel baby smooth and soft. It is pretty intense, so if you have super problematic sensitive skin, I would wait till it heals up first. But for anyone with acne scars, hyper-pigmentation or oily skin I definitely recommend trying it! (I do it about once a month, and the cost is around $50-$70.)

I exfoliate my skin every 2-3 days with the products mentioned in the video. Using a toner with salicylic acid (like the acne dote by Alba), will act as an exfoliant as well as the salicylic acid reaches down into the pores and cleans them out. I tone my face daily.

Going wheat & dairy free (read this)
Cutting out dairy was no problem for me, but the wheat is harder. I've cut down about 90% of the amount of wheat I used to eat before and it's made a big difference in not only my skin, but my body! My body feels a lot more "slender", as in I don't feel bloated anymore. Wheat can really swell up your body, and I've totally been enjoying this wheat free body of mine now. I will still have the occasional wheat, but I make sure it's whole grain, brown etc. My skin get's less oily I find when I don't eat wheat. Click here to read the full post.

Going Wheat & Dairy-Free FAQ: 

Other tips for great skin
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat clean & healthy (lots of fresh fruit & veggies)
- Keep your skin cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated

- Avoid touching your face with dirty hands
- Make sure makeup brushes are clean and sanitized
- Avoid keeping makeup (& face towels) in your bathroom near the toilet  
- Change your pillow case every 2-3 days

- Exercise to get your blood moving
- Stress less
- Be calm & happy (our mood affects our skin tremendously)

I hope you found this information helpful my lovelies! Feel free to leave your favorite skin care products or tips below in the comments. It's always nice hearing from you :) Hope you're all having a fab weekend! XOXO


  1. Since you're no longer consuming diary, how do you get your calcium?

  2. Oh my... You weren't kidding about the amount of products you have. Hahaha.

    My esthetician says I have super dehydrated skin. How do you like the Boscia moisturizer?

  3. Thank you for are such an inspiration. Just purchased aztec Indian Healing Clay, Argan Oil and Raw Honey. It's been 2 weeks that I have been doing my facial routine. It really works good and it helps a lot to my acne prone skin. I changed my diet into more veggies and vegetables and of course water. Keep up the good work Annie. You are soo beautiful!!! Inside and Out!

  4. Great video! Another really gentle toner is the Kora rosewater toner. It's certified organic and vegan.

    Genevieve x

  5. I think you have too much make look better in natural make up:(

  6. really liked this video, really helpful :)
    I'm gonna try the Michael Todd and Alba brand !!
    thank you for all theses amazing videos !!

  7. Love these!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with skincareproducts!!
    I have actually pretty similar skin but I can't afford all those products..
    Could you maybe do a video about natural DIY masks or other cheap ways to cleanse, scrub, moisturize the skin?!

  9. few days ago, I saw your channel in youtube and I couldn't stop watching all the videos. you are very inspiring lady. because of that I will try to change my lifestyle especially in being healthy and positive even if I am skinny.
    thank you so much

    Mena :)

  10. please do cooking videos or recipes because i want to cut down on the diary etc but i dont know what to eat instead" thanks xxx

  11. Hey annie!!! I love this video...I watch you always on youtube and I read your blog...thank you very much for your advice :) ...Do you have any tips to help reduce/remove acne scars at home, with natural remedies??? I would love a video on that. I have read about Microdermabrasion, but it's too expensive for me...Thank You!!!! I follow you from Italy!!! ^_^

  12. Loved the video really helpful!

  13. Hey Annie! Thanks so much for the informative video! I also have combination/acne prone skin! Quick question: Do you still use the Aztec Healing clay? I bought it recently and have yet to try it.


  14. Annie I love this type of videos. Thank you so much for the information! Recommend us another thing instead of the raw honey, we already know that, please!
    lots of love from Mexico.

  15. Since you are always traveling to all these amazing places, you should do a video on how to pack. You can inform us what make up you bring, products, outfits ect. I think it will be absolutely helpful!

  16. Love this video! thanks for answering my question :) i'll be hopping to the store to grab some of these products!

  17. Mario Badescu and St Ives are my favorite too!

  18. Hi Annie!! I always love you skincare posts :) can you start doing your food diary's again? They were so inspiring

  19. Honey masks are the best! I love the Neutrogena cleanser as well. But I'm not a fan of the St. Ive's because I find it too rough on my skin. :/ But nice post! xo

  20. Hopefully the skin will be as beautiful as this packaging :)

  21. Hopefully the skin will be as beautiful as this packaging :)

  22. would you recommend indian healing clay OR raw honey? if you had to pick one

  23. Hi Annie! Love your blog : I do this for a very long time too. An amazing upgrade is to add turmeric, I have been trying this and I have found gold!! Leaves your skin brighter and smoother. Love it!! Much love from a portuguese girl in Germany! Vera

  24. I use St. Ives blemish control scrub as well and I love it! Green tea is simply amazing and it helps control breakouts without over-drying the skin.

  25. If you prefer liquid foundation, choose one that is water based, rather than oil based. Waterproof mascara is also a must.

  26. Hi, I think you have some really good information to share, and you are stunning!!! One point (I'm an esthetican) please consider giving up your IVEYs scrub regardless if you have oily skin. These are harsh, also the product that burns your's probably to harsh too. You have such great energy and are so sweet. Keep up the great info.

  27. I'll be paying for it a few days later! Foods that absolutely brake me out are dairy products, chocolate and any salty foods (more on that here).

  28. These are harsh, also the product that burns your's probably to harsh too. You have such great energy and are so sweet. Keep up the great info.

  29. I love this...Sun Putty.

    Great daily skin care and SPF 30 protection. No blemishes or brown spots since I've been using it for 3 months.

  30. Very good advice. :) Love your blog. I have been already following these tips for my skin care to reading this article.

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  37. Well I am in LOVE with your blog. You are very inspiring! Keep it up :)

  38. Love your blog! x

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