My first couple weeks in the Bay Area have made my skin act funny (in a very bad way), so I decided to use this as an opportunity to have a major skincare regimen overhaul. I’ve had a very lengthy history with skin moisturizers — my mom always emphasized good skincare, so by the eighth grade, I had already cycled through a couple Lancomes and developed a nightly habit of washing my face and applying the cream. Initially, I started out with some expensive creams ranging from $40-60 a pop. I bought and tried whatever was most appealing while we walked around the makeup counters, but a couple years ago, I started noticing that no matter what I did, I’d consistently get a pimple or two every couple weeks, so I went to Sephora for a couple testers. Up until recently, I had been using Dr. Murad’s pomegranate “T-Zone” line. It cleared it up when I was having issues, but seemed to lose its effect in the couple years, which isn’t its fault — I still recommend that line over any other alternative. A long time ago, I read that your skin grows accustomed to the ingredients in your facial scrub and moisturizer, so you are supposed to change it up every year or so, so that the ingredients in your new scrub and moisturizer can be effective.
Anyway, my new ritual involves Aveeno Naturals Smart Essentials (the Aveeno has a really warm, soothing scent that I’ve never smelled before, and I haven’t had any breakouts since I started using it), scrubbed with a facial exfoliant sponge, patted dry with a towel, and then generously covered with Nip+Fab’s moisturizer, which I stumbled upon at Target and picked up merely because the packaging was so beautiful.
And thank god I did because it has been amazing. The consistency of the Nip+Fab is a little oilier than I am used to, but surprisingly, it doesn’t dry that way at all! It absorbs it with this very slight, tingly sensation, and blends in to your skin in about 5 minutes. My face feels soft and supple and just really, really clean. I did a little bit of research with Nip+Fab and discovered that they are a kind-of new UK brand that is a much more affordable alternative to its parent skincare company, Rodial. Rodial products seem to run in the triple digits, which is insane to me, and the Nip+Fab was just a little over $17. I’m honestly just amazed at these new products and my new dedication to taking care of my skin again — a habit which I do admit had become a little lackluster.