I fancied myself a lover of skincare since I was a teen, and during a quarter-life crisis in my late 30’s, enrolled in Esthetics school.
During those 6 months, I waxed hair from every imaginable surface of the human body, removed skin tags with zappy machines, gave a million facials, performed microdermabrasion, peels, and face lifts. Just kidding about that last one.
The school I went to sucked, the teachers were on drugs and robbing the school blind, and when the owner did show up once a month, he tried to hit on the one cute blonde 18 year old.
My 2 jobs as an Esthetician after graduating were pure torture, and I nearly died of ennui. I kept the idea in my head for a few more months that I could start a private label skincare company and sell all the most amazing natural-yet-clinically-effective products, and then I remembered I had no idea how to start a business.
My license lapsed and I was left with over $10k in debt and I couldn’t even buy hair and skin supplies at cost at the salon stores anymore.
I still quite enjoy a good skin care product, and know slightly more about the ingredients than I did previously. Recently I discovered a new line that is inexpensive and fantastic, so that made me want to share the good news.
Rule #1: You absolutely do not have to, nor should you spend hundreds of cash monies for creams or serums.
Before the great reveal, I will share with you some of the skincare lines I grew quite fond of while immersed in the world of Esthetics.
- Image Skincare. I love all of their products. Their price points are not bad, their ingredients are amazing, and the results are great. I wish I still had a license if only to buy their peels. If you like the smell of orange, their Vital C line is awesome, and you can mix and match some of that with items from their Ageless line if you are so inclined.
- Eminence Skincare. If you get a chance to try out some of these products, definitely do so. I mean, maybe try to find a spa or skincare place near you that uses them and book a facial. They use top quality natural organic ingredients, packed full of fruits, plants, and spices.
There were some very clinical, high test products I wanted to try, but never got a chance to: Peter Thomas Roth, Obagi, PCA
Now onto my new discovery! I think I read about this line in a magazine, and I think they got a lot of press in a short amount of time, so they were scrambling to try to keep up with orders when I first bought from them, but they seemed really transparent and helpful on their site.
It’s The Ordinary by Deciem.
I love that their products come in little glass bottles with droppers. I also love that the products are clean, simple, pared down, but are full of really nice ingredients.
Their Hyaluronic Acid is lovely, and something I think everyone should use. I’ve tried Buffet serum, the caffeine eye serum (I’ve never had luck with eye puff serum, so probably won’t order this again), Rose Hip Seed Oil, and Retinoid 5% in Squalene.
The retinoid seems mild to me, but I don’t have sensitive skin, so booyah.
If you want to try a few of their products, but don’t know where to start, check out the sample regimen page. It’s helpful. AND LOOK AT THE PRICES. Most of them are pretty incredibly low, and they have sales sometimes.
Lemme know your skincare routine? What are your favorite products? Fess up; how much have you spent on a fancy cream?
P.S. Guess how old I will live to be based on the first paragraph of this post.