My Current Skin Care Favorites

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Hello bumble bees! Happy fall! Here in Germany, it’s definitely starting to cool down. The leaves are falling, the sky is cloudy, and my skin is drier than the Sahara Desert!

I have very very very sensitive, dry skin. Finding skin care products that work for me is a struggle. I seem to break out from almost everything that touches my face! So when I find a product that works for me, I get very excited and just have to share.

Here are my current skin care favorites. If you’d like to find out specifics of each product and how I use them, please keep reading!


img_0076First up, I’d like to talk about my holy grail moisturizer, the Trader Joe’s Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer. This baby is a Godsend. My best friend recommended it to me after I tried just about every other lotion known to man. This is my third bottle, and it does such a great job of moisturizing my face prior to makeup application without breaking me out. It’s not super heavy and doesn’t get rid of my eczema patches, but it keeps me from looking like I have lizard skin throughout the day. it absorbs into the skin very quickly and isn’t greasy at all. There’s no scent to it, and it’s cruelty-free.  I definitely recommend you give it a shot if you have sensitive skin, or just want something that works well under any type of foundation.

The Facts:

6 FL OZ (177mL) – $13 on Amazon

The Claims:

Suitable For All Skin Types, Dermatologist Formulated, Frangrence-Free, No Parabens

The Description:

Trader Joe’s Oil-free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer is a very gentle and leaves no shine. It is a dermatologist-formulated, non-irritating lotion for which your skin will thank you.

The Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate-60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Xanthan Gum (Thickener), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Solluble Collagen, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Punica Grantatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Menadione (Vitamin K3), Hydrolyzed Silk, DMAE (Dimethylamnoethanol), Copper PCA, Retinol (Vitamin A), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thioctic Acid (a-Lipoic Acid), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Polysorbate-20, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phospholipids.


My eyelids, like the rest of my reptilian body, get very dry. This makes it hard to apply primers and blend out my eyeshadows. To combat this, I use the Tarte Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatment. This product is a rich eye cream infused with the same Maracuja fruit as their infamous beauty oil. I don’t find that this necessarily makes a noticeable long-term difference in the state of my dark circles and fine lines, but it feels very nice and almost cooling when applied, and does seem to brighten the area a bit. I have celiac disease and try to avoid any type of gluten in all of my products, so the fact that Tarte is certified gluten free is also a plus in my book. This also works well under the eyes under concealer, but I prefer to use the next cream I’m going to discuss for that area.

img_0072The Facts:

.35 OZ (full size) – $38 On, Ulta, or Sephora

The Claims:

formulated without parabens, formulated without mineral oil, formulated without phthalates, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfates, formulated without gluten

The Description:

Refresh, renew and recharge tired eyes with our eye treatment enriched with C-brighter™ technology. By harnessing the power of maracuja fruit, vitamin C and advanced botanicals, this skintuitive™ eye treatment visibly hydrates, firms and brightens the delicate eye area.

Powered by: vitamins (A, C, E), maracuja, rice bran wax

The Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, glycerin, butylene glycol, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, dimethicone, hydrogenated castor oil isostearate, polyglyceryl-10 pentaisostearate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, behenyl alcohol , cetearyl alcohol, caprylyl methicone, panthenol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, caprylyl glycol, alcohol, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, squalane, sodium polyacrylate, isohexadecane, cyclopentasiloxane, mica, dipropylene glycol, hordeum vulgare extract, polysorbate 80, glycosphingolipids, tocotrienols, elaeis guineensis oil, tocopheryl acetate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, glycosaminoglycans, phospholipids, adenosine, tocopherol, sodium hyaluronate, disodium EDTA, passiflora edulis seed oil, beta-glucan, 1,2-hexanediol, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl palmitate, trisodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, titanium dioxide (CI 77891).


The other eye cream I’m currently obsessed with is 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. This cream smells amazing, almost like cinnamon doughnuts! I’ve noticed a bit of a difference in the look of my dark circles, and even some of my fine lines the last two months I’ve been using this. It’s very creamy and does reduce any puffiness I have. I apply it before my makeup and it plays nice with my concealer. I got this in my Ipsy bag some months ago, and will definitely be buying it once I run out.


The Facts:

.3 OZ – $15 on their site

The Claims:

For all skin types. For those who desire reduced puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles for the delicate skin around the eyes.

The Description:

Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee improves the appearance of puffy under-eyes, and brightens dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area appear more awake and more youthful. Truly, 100% Pure.

The Ingredients: 

Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)*, Rosa Canina Seed Extract (Rosehip Oil), Coffea Arabica (Organic Green Coffee) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax) * Certified Organic


I’ve never been one for face masks (besides sheet masks… My true loves!), but the RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Calming Herbs has changed that for me! This is a Korean skin care brand that uses the highest quality natural ingredients. I’ve been using this two-three times a week for the last month and my skin has never felt this soft. The smell is pretty strong, as it is made of mostly herbs, but I don’t mind it too much. It exfoliates my skin, as well as calms any redness or inflammation I have. I received in in my Birchbox several months ago regret not using it sooner! and tossed it to the side, which I now regret not trying it sooner! I’m obsessed with it, and really wish it wasn’t so pricey. But you do get a ton of product in the full-size tub! I’ll, of course, splurge since this product is so amazing, but I understand not everyone can afford such a product. But considering most masks break me out, I just don’t think I can part with this one!

The Factsimg_0071:

130 g – $41 on the SokoGlam website

The Claims:

Formulated for sensitive skin.

Free of mineral oil, sorbic acid, animal ingredients, surfactants, parabens, mineral oil and propylene glycol.

The Description:

Calm irritated skin and reduce redness and inflammation with this soothing clay mask. Fresh herbs gently remove debris and dead skin cells while you massage this mask into your skin. Kaolin, a gentle yet powerful mineral clay, draws out impurities for smoother, softer skin. Crushed calendula and chamomile, visible in the formula, reduce inflammation and aid in skin recovery.

The Ingredients:

Water, Kaoline, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexadiol, Artemisia Annua Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Triticum Spelta Seed Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Powder, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Safflower Yellow, Gardenia Red, Fragrance


Last but not least, my favorite cleanser. As I’ve said a million times, my skin is extra sensitive. At the end of the night after wearing a full face of makeup, most cleansers cause even more irritation and itchy rashes. My saving grace is the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. Micellar waters are very popular, though I’ll admit this is the only one I’ve tried. It removes all my eye makeup and leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean. I love that I can use this on round cotton pads and avoid rinsing my face with water and drying it out more. This really does seem to hydrate my skin and I just can’t rave enough about it as a cleanser alternative. This is my fourth bottle and I don’t plan to ever stop buying it. Bonus tip: Their makeup wipes paired with this make for perfectly clean, makeup free skin at the end of the night!

The Factsimg_0069:

6.7 FL OZ/198 mL – $7.99 at

The Claims:

Thoroughly cleanses: Removing make-up, dirt, impurities and unclogging pores.
Instantly hydrates skin: Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients and multi-vitamins, instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%! No residue: Applied with a cotton round, Simple Micellar Cleanser Water leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, no rinsing required!

The Description:

Simple Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date. It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin.

The Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Hexylene Glycol,Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) FlowerExtract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium AscorbylPhosphate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, DmdmHydantoin, Cetrimonium Chloride, TetrasodiumEdta, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, SodiumChloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

There you have it! My skincare favorites for super sensitive, dry skin! I hope this post was helpful and you found something you’d like to try. Please comment below with your skin care favorites! I would love to discover new products and see if they work for me as well! Thanks for reading, and until next time, stay BEEutiful!



September 17, 2016
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