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3 of My Favorite Face Cleansers

December 21, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about what products to start our banter with and TBH, skincare has been my latest obsession. Gone are the days I can be frivolous about which products I use, and trust me, my skin went through hell and back when I moved to LA. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what works for me, and I’ve been in good hands by getting occasional treatments by Dr. Nadia (her PRP facials have changed my skin — more on that later!). The hardest part about skin-related topics are the obvious disclaimer: everyone’s skin is different. My skin is pretty combination, that veers dry in the winter (even in LA!). Since there are so many I’m loving lately though, I figured I’d start with cleansers.

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First, one thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is my skin can use all the moisture it can get, so I try not to go crazy and overdo the cleansing (hence, stripping my skin of the oils it needs). I’ll usually skip a morning cleanse and use a micellar water if anything (more on that in a sec). But generally, this is what I find has been working best for me:

LATEST OBSESSION: Glamglow Supercleanse Clearing Skin-to-Foam Cleanse, $27

This is a little pricey as far as cleansers go, but there’s few that I’ve come across feel as good as this one does. It keeps my skin in check, and gets all the dirt out with the power of three different charcoals. A little goes a long way to remove all my makeup at the end of the day. It also has licorice and AHAs to help keep skin bright and encourage cellular renewal. I’ve even had friends stay over and use it, and notice the brilliance of this from the first go.

EXFOLIATING CLEANSER: Soap & Glory Vitamin C Face Wash, $11

If you feel your skin can use a little more of a deep clean, and you’re not looking to spend $30 on a face wash, I’ve been using and really liking Soap & Glory’s Vitamin C Wash. First of all, the bottle is massive — for 11.8 oz, it might as well be your body wash. In fact, I keep it in the shower so I can use it on my face and my upper back too after a workout. It has tiny exfoliating beads that helps get a deeper clean in, and it has mint and chamomile so your skin actually feels refreshed after using it. Vitamin c is also one of my favorite skin brighteners — which is also notoriously hard to stabilize, so I can’t speak to how effective it can be in this gel form, but it does make my skin feel clean without feeling tight or dry after.

GENTLE/EVERYDAY CLEANSER: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $9
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I haven’t used this one in a minute because I’ve been so happy with the two I’ve already mentioned, BUT I’m always asked about gentle, drugstore cleansers, and CeraVe has always been my favorite no-frills cleanser. My favorite thing about this one is it has ceramides, which helps protect the skin. If your skin is breakout-prone, you may also want to consider their SA cleanser that has ceramides AND salicylic acid.

TONERS: It Cosmetics Miracle Water, $38

I don’t use this every day, but on days I need a little extra, I’ll go over my face after cleansing with micellar water. Micellar water helps to cleanse the skin and leaves good-for-you ingredients (like peptides and skin softeners) behind so your skin benefits as well. This one from It Cosmetics is gentle and helps get every last bit of grime out before I go to sleep. It’s, again, a little on the high end as far as toners go, so if you’re looking for a good drugstore alternative, I also really like Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($7). I keep their makeup wipes next to my bed on the days I’m feeling extra lazy and just want to do a quick clean. Otherwise, I use toners sparingly, and mostly if I have a lot of makeup on that day.

I’ll have more AM and PM routines to come, and what products have been working for me to come! What have you been using that you love? Leave me a comment below!



I can’t believe 2017 is almost over.

December 20, 2017

…what’s more funny to me is when I looked back at my posts from earlier this year, and I wrote this whole “I’m bacckkkkk” post after a brief absence, and well, that was an unintentional lie. Instead I got a job as an editorial director in LA, and started all over again. Blogging and YouTube is a whole different beast to me than it was when I started almost a decade ago (that sounds crazy that it’s been that long). And that’s partly why I didn’t know if I could come back to Beauty and the Feast the same way I did.

Let's get reacquainted. (pic by Saagar Shaikh)

Let’s get reacquainted. (pic by Saagar Shaikh)

But last night, I had a friend (an extremely successful force on IG and businesswoman) tell me something that stuck: “Creatives feel anxiety when they stop creating. You have to keep creating to feel centered.” And so whatever BATF is or could become to me, at this point, takes a backseat to what it is for me. It’s a place where I can write and freely share on the things I love to talk to you all about, and that’s mainly on the topics of beauty and food. That said, I am taking on a new and extremely exciting project in beauty which I’ll update you here, and on my socials (holla at ya girl @beautyndfeast), and trust me, it’s major so stay posted. In the mean time, let me know in the comments or on Twitter what you want to read most about because we’re getting reacquainted all over again.