Pour Katelyn…

Skin care shouldn’t be a stress factor or a dent in your wallet.

If you have the means to coat yourself with $1,200 per-half-ounce-of-caviar-gold-and-diamond-bald-eagle-placenta-creams, consider yourself extremely blessed.

Luckily for the rest of us who selflessly spent our last dimes on holiday gifts for our loved ones – we must rely on trusted shelves at our nearest drugstores for products we can afford.

And the winners are…

Face Wash:

Biorรฉ Steam Activated Cleanser is standing in my shower as we speak. Steam aids this product in opening your pores and de-dirting the buggers. After washing off you’ll feel a minty tingle, my favourite part. Oil-free. Ranges $6-8

Johnson & Johnson Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is one of the most delicate cleansers you can find. Comes out in foam form and is both oil and soap free, which makes it as gentle on your skin as water. Although this is an all around safe product to use on your face twice a day – it doesn’t clean as deep as I like. But that’s just me. $6.29 at Walgreens.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser is also very gentle. Though not so great at removing makeup, this face wash is great at washing away dirt. Smells very clean and leaves skin feeling tight and refreshed. Oil-free. $6-7


Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion Spf 15 Sensitive Skin is a permanent fixture in my kit. It’s gentle enough for every skin texture and mixes very well with my foundations. Sun block factor is a plus and it is unscented and non-greasy. Oil-free. $8-10

Lumene Vitamin C+ 24 Hour Pure Radiance Lotion is absolutely lovely. Though a bit on the pricier side – totally worth it considering it’s 90% natural. After two days of usage my skin turned shinier and newer. The scent is delicious and serene. $19.99 at CVS (But they always have sales on it all the time!)

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 has been hyped up since it graced our television screens some moons back. The reviews are in, folks. This moisturizer is rather rich, but doesn’t feel heavy in any way. If you have love for the sun – you will love this product as it does have the ability to diminish sun spots. 99.9% Oil-free. $13

Products I am not a fan of (with all the love and respect):

  • Clean&Clear – to me this is like using bleach on your skin.
  • Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash – gave me eczema on my eyeballs.
  • Proactiv – they have excellent advertising for a terrible product.
  • Oxy Products – see Clean&Clear.

Product I’m on the fence about:

Neutrogena – although as a teen I was a huge fan, now a days these products make me think of training bras. If they work for you, kudos and I am wrong. They would be my last choice if the above products ceased to exist.


Happy shopping and may the frugal force be with you in 2011!