January 7, 2018

My Favorite Skincare Products of 2017

2018 is shaping up to be another dumpster fire, but at least we can chat about skincare and ignore that hot mess for a while, eh? Today’s post is all about my favorite skincare products from 2017. If you missed my previous post on my favorite fragrance and haircare products of 2017 be sure to check it out!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links. One product in this post (Erborian Yuza Double Lotion) was PR gifted, however I was not asked to include it in this post. All opinions are my own.

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

This was a game changer for me. For years I’ve struggled with my skin feeling dry and uncomfortable after cleansing, even using low pH cleansers. I thought what I was using at the time was as good as it was going to get. Then I started testing Differin’s adapalene gel, cleanser, and moisturizer and my skin freaked out. It was burning, peeling, and purging all at once, not fun. I needed something more soothing than ever to cleanse my skin. Velvet Cleansing Milk was the first thing I turned to, and it ended up being exactly what my skin needed. It’s gentle, unscented, low pH, and never makes my skin feel dry. Basically, it’s the perfect cleanser. I have a more detailed review of Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk here if you’d like to know more about it. I also have a very in-depth review of my experience with Differin here if you’d like to check that out.

$15 for 4 oz at stratiaskin.com

Farmacy Green Clean

Green Clean is the other half of my perfect double cleansing duo. I start with Green Clean to remove my makeup, then follow with Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk to cleanse my skin. I also have a full review of Green Clean here, so I won’t repeat myself too much. What you need to know is that it does an amazing job of removing all of my makeup and smells amazing like lime sherbet. This isn’t just my favorite makeup remover/cleansing balm of the year, it’s my favorite of all time.

$34 for 3.2 oz/90 ml at Sephora or FarmacyBeauty.com

Erborian Yuza Double Lotion *PR gifted

Erborian was kind enough to send me a few of their products this year, including several of their lotions. Even though Erborian is a Korean and French inspired brand, they chose to do their lotions in a Japanese style, which is similar to what many of us would think of as a toner. The Yuza Double Lotion stood out to me not just because of the duo-phase layers of water and cream, but also because of the hydration and the sensory experience the product provides. I will say, this lotion is definitely not for everyone. It’s more on the slick side, which some people may not like. Also, it has a strong fragrance. The fragrance is actually my favorite thing about it because it smells like juicy, fresh, clementines or something along those lines. However, many people choose not to use fragranced products on their face because they can cause irritation. I was on board with that for a while, then I decided I’m ok with using things that may not be the Absolute Best for my skin if I find them enjoyable. That’s what this product is for me. I look forward to using it, and I like the way my skin looks and feels. Again, I’ve got a full review of this product here.

$36 for 6.4 oz/190 ml at Sephora, Erborian.com, or SokoGlam.com

Differin Adapalene Gel

This has made a huge improvement in the texture of my skin. Seriously, go check out the photos. My skin is definitely not perfect, and I do still struggle with acne but it’s improved so much. It also heals up faster than ever. I had a really rough time getting started with this and at one point I was worried my face might actually burn off, but it was totally worth it. I hated the cleanser and I’m indifferent toward the moisturizer, but the adapalene gel is wonderful. The first tube I had was a PR gift, but I’ve repurchased it myself 4 or 5 times since then.

$11.29 for 15 grams at Amazon.com and Target

$11.99 for 15 grams at CVS

$12.88 for 15 grams at Walmart

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

Finally, a product I haven’t already written a review for. That means I get to gush about it here, yes! The bottle I have is a deluxe sample size and it’s lasting me forever, which I love. More importantly, I love what it does for my skin. This is a brightening oil that helps to even out skin tone and fade pigmentation. It contains rosehip, seabuckthorn, and pomagrante oils, plus noni fruit extract, all of which help to fade pigmentation, nourish, and hydrate the skin. I’ve definitely noticed my skin looking more even recently. My skin looks brighter, plumper, and more radiant after I use this. Noni Glow Face Oil also smells amazing, just a general fruity, naturally sweet scent that I assume is the noni fruit. I love to mix a few drops of this in with my moisturizer, or even with another oil such as Sunday Riley Luna. This is such an underrated product, I can’t believe more people in the skincare community aren’t talking about it!

$68 for 1.01 oz/30 ml at Sephora or KoraOrganics.com

$25 for 0.34 oz/10 ml at KoraOrganics.com

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

I hadn’t originally planned to include this product in this roundup. Not because I don’t love it, but because I didn’t think it was something that needed to be mentioned because so many other people have already sung the praises of this product. What changed my mind and made me decide to include it is the way that I use this cream. Most people use it as a moisturizer, but I prefer to use it as a sleeping pack. This thick cream helps to seal in all of the other layers of skincare products while also adding another layer of hydration. It’s definitely not the most hydrating moisturizer out there, but the gel-cream texture gives it a very silky, plush feel that I think makes it work well as a sleeping pack.  Easily my favorite thing about this is the way it mixes with oils. It creates such an awesome gel-oil-lotion hybrid that saves me a step and keeps my face from feeling oily. I do like the feel of most face oils, but when the weather is warm it can be too much. Mixing it with Dynasty Cream makes it feel lighter, but still gives me the benefit of the oil.

$17.47 for 1.7 oz at Amazon.com

TokyoMilk Dark Lip Balm

I slip this into any ‘top products’ roundup that I can because not enough people know about this amazing lip balm. Lip balm is actually one of those things that can be polarizing. Some people like a thin oily layer, some want something they don’t feel at all on their lips, and some people, like myself, prefer a thick, plush balm. The thicker texture creates more of a bouncy feel, plus it helps the lip balm to stay on overnight. If you like the texture of Bite’s Agave Lip Mask, you’ll also love this. Plus it’s way cheaper! Not only does this balm have my ideal texture, it has some of the best scents ever. Salted caramel, chocolate cherry (they call it coco noir), cherry bourbon. Ugh, yes please. They also have a few more scents including absinthe, rose, and clove cigarettes if those are more your style. The only thing I don’t like about this balm is the packaging, I would prefer it in a stick. However, I love this lip balm so much that I’ve gotten over it and have been using it for years. Bonus: it lasts absolutely ages. One tin lasts me about a year, even using it multiple times per day.

$7 for 0.07 oz/20 g at Sephora

That’s it for my favorite skincare products of 2017, but check back soon if you want to know which makeup products made it onto my list of best makeup of 2017.

Thanks for reading!



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