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True Botanicals Is the Natural Skincare Brand I Always Come Back To

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Since I started Cup of Jo twelve years ago, part of my job has been to try different beauty products and report back. But no matter what else I try, I always come back to True Botanicals non-toxic beauty products. (And my mom uses them every day.) Here’s why they work so well…

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One of the things I love most about True Botanicals is the incredible founder, Hillary Peterson. She actually reminds me a lot of my mom (who has sworn by True Botanicals for years). Hillary has that same kind-hearted, elegant, warm feel. After talking to her for just a couple minutes, you can see see how much she truly wants to help people stay healthy and feel good.

When she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 23 years ago, as a mother of twin babies, Hillary immersed herself in studying ways to support wellness. “At that time, no one really understood that what goes on your body goes into your body,” she explained. “But in research, I saw that the chemicals in women’s personal care products — which we were told would make us look and feel beautiful — were doing the opposite of what they said. They actually found chemicals from women’s personal care products in babies’ umbilical cord blood. Once I understood that, I had this aha moment.” She was moved to start a beauty company, with products that are good for you in every possible way.

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Hillary channeled her frustration with the beauty industry into clinical research to create pure, potent products that do what they promise. Every True Botanicals product is certified MADE SAFE®, which means it is made with completely nontoxic ingredients. Their line is entirely cruelty-free, and free of endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and GMOs. Last but not least, everything is produced, packaged, and shipped in ways that minimize the impact on the environment.

The Natural, Non-Toxic Skincare Products I Always Come Back To

To be honest, I used to be a little skeptical of natural products — could they really show results in the same way? The answer, I’ve found from personal experience and you see in the research, is yes. “One of the most rewarding parts of this journey is hearing from customers,” Hillary says. “I’ve heard from people saying, ‘For the first time in years, I feel great going outside without makeup,’ or ‘I’ve tried everything to solve acne and this is the only thing that worked.’ I want people to have the confidence to reveal their skin and themselves.”

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So, if you’d like to try True Botanicals, where should you begin? My mom and I swear by the face oil, which makes your face soft and smooth. “The Renew Face Oil is far and away the standout product,” Hillary says. It reduces visible signs of aging, even outperforming Creme de La Mer in independent clinical trials.

The Resurfacing Moisture Mask, which Hillary calls “a facial in a jar,” also feels miraculous. It helps minimize pores and resurface skin to make your face glow. For the past year, I had a dry patch between my eyebrows, where my foundation would just sit on top. I tried many different exfoliators and lotions, but nothing worked. Finally, I tried the True Botanicals mask and in one day (one day!!!), it was totally hydrated.

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For overall brightening and glowiness, Hillary recommends mixing the Renew Serum with the Vitamin C Booster. If you have hyper-pigmentation (AKA those dark patches that are so common with age) this combo will help lighten them. She also uses it on the back of her hands, and the age spots got dramatically lighter. The serum also smells so good — really earthy and natural.

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I love that True Botanicals is something you can feel really good using. If you’ve wanted to make the switch to clean skincare and are curious to try True Botanicals, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Great news: True Botanicals is offering Cup of Jo readers 15% off using code CUPOFJO15. Offer valid through 8/31; cannot be applied to subscription purchases or combined with other discounts. Thank you so much!

Have you tried True Botanicals? Do you already love it? Please share below…

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by True Botanicals, a brand whose products we use and love and whose mission we believe in. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Andrew Gorman says...

    maybe a strange question but, is True Botanicals a women’s skincare line only? Okay for men?

  2. LANA KIM says...

    Same here. Tried it when you first posted about it but changed direction thinking maybe I could get something a little less $$$. Boy, I was wrong! My face went crazy and I am back on True Botanicals and all is calm now. I even suggested to other colleagues and they are a fan!

  3. Francine says...

    Hi – I have rosacea. Does anybody with rosacea have experience using these products?

    • Jessie says...

      Would love to know the same! I always shy away from products with essential oils as they tend to aggravate my rosacea. Curious what others’ experiences are.

  4. Nam says...

    True Botanicals is pricey, no doubt! However, their customer service is the gold standard. I placed an order for the holidays and unfortunately, they sent out a product with an insanely short shelf live(<6)…they apologized, multiple times, fixed the distribution issue, and sent out a replacement plus an apology gift!

    Their resurfacing mask is worth the money. Their oil, in my opinion, not so much. Follain has great alternatives!

    So does Trilogy:
    https://www.pharmaca.com/trilogy-rosehip-oil-antioxidant-15ml

    https://www.pharmaca.com/trilogy-rosehip-oil-light-blend-30ml

  5. diane says...

    Totally random but i have that same JCrew shirt.

  6. Rebecca says...

    Hi! I am wondering if you use this instead of the regimen that your dermatologist suggested a little while back (EltaMD, SkinCeuticals, etc.)? I bought True Botanicals after your last post but had issues with the smell of one of the products (especially after becoming pregnant…). Then I jumped on above mentioned products from Dermstore and have been using those ever since. Now I am just curious which skincare routine you use? Did you have any issues with the dermatologist one? (also, starting to feel a little silly to just do whatever I read on here, hehe…)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      such good questions, rebecca! since part of my job is to try out different beauty brands/products, i switch up my skincare routines every 6-12 months. my derm recommended eltaMD, skinceuticals and ce ferulic, and i really like that combo, especially because it has sunscreen. the cons are that it’s not made-safe/cruelty-free, whereas true botanicals is — and i love true botanicals, and my skin is really great with them. so i love both, to be honest!

  7. Catherine Mumby says...

    I agree, Joanna, this is an incredible line of skincare. I bought some after your first article a couple of years ago and love it, love it, love it still!

  8. Hannah Rae says...

    I’ve never tried True Botanicals, but here’s my favorite natural skin care products that I’ve found after a lot of trial and error. I am in my mid 20’s with combo sensitive skin that’s acne prone.

    Cleanser:
    Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

    Masks:
    La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask
    Mahalo Petal Mask

    Toner:
    Rosewater (from the grocery store!)

    Serum/Treatments:
    Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
    Pai Bioregenrate Rosehip Oil

    Moisturizer:
    Mad Hippie Face Cream
    Ursa Major Face Balm

    Sunscreen:
    Mad Hippie
    ThinkBaby

    I try to do a mix of high/low price points, and my main splurge is on masks, which I use 1-2 timed a week so they last ages. Hope this helps someone out there!

    • Daniela says...

      I’m looking into all of these products. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah A says...

      I LOVE ThinkBaby sunscreen – it also smells good!

      The Ursa Major Golden Hour recovery cream is great in the winter.

      Second the Pai Rosehip Oil, the first time I used it, the day after my skin looked amazing. It’s been one of my most effective products. I’m still looking for my holy grail Vitamin C Serum, I’ll have to try Mad Hippie.

    • Emma says...

      Thank you Hannah Rae! Any foundation recommendations? :)

  9. Ximena says...

    I love true botanicals! Is the only thing I used while pregnant with my baby. And since becoming a mother I completely switch all of our products to cleaner, non-toxic alternatives. True Botanicals has been one of my favorite products so far. They smell clean and earthy. My husband would always comment on the smell when I came to bed after washing my face with their cleanser.

  10. Jessica Melindy says...

    Thank you for posting a hand photo without manicured nails :) I rarely have my fingernails done. I love the look of it on other people but I don’t care to do it myself (reasons include time, cost, effort). Sometimes I think it’s a “should” but seeing you with bare(ish) nails brings me happiness.

    • Daniela says...

      I never paint my nails either! I love the look but I hate when they start chipping which they inevitably do immediately if I do them myself (not a huge fan of going out to get a manicure). Yay to bare nails!

  11. Kay says...

    Does MADE SAFE also mean these products are safe for pregnant women to use as well?? Looking for some clean skincare products to use during my pregnancy, thank you!

  12. Lisa Richards says...

    I work in a scent free office and also just prefer unscented. Hope they would consider making a scent-free version. 😊

    • Corinne says...

      A scent-free office? Can you tell us more. This is my dream (also scent-free elevators and subways).

    • Shade says...

      I would love a scent free option also – my office is becoming scent free also thank goodness)!

  13. Jackie says...

    I use the Nutrient Mist after washing my face, as well as the lotion that you put on to seal in all the other products before going to bed. They have really changed my face and I love them. Of course I just ordered new bottles last week, so I can’t use the code! But everyone else should.

  14. Andrea says...

    True Botanicals didn’t work for me, except for the tinted mineral sunscreen, which I still use. If you’re looking for different options, I highly recommend Follain.com for curated natural products (they carry True Botanicals). You can’t beat their return policy – full refund within 30 days even if you’ve used the products! It gives me confidence to try pricier items, like the $40 shampoo/conditioner that I ended up hating. Full refund and I gave them both to a friend, who really likes them.

    • KL says...

      Love this recommendation, Andrea! Thank you! On their website now.

    • Erin says...

      That’s so good to know! Thanks!
      I see that they sell Ursa Major, who makes my all-time favorite shampoo (it’s seriously so wonderful if you’re looking for a new shampoo to try-it’s also a bit easier on the wallet!).

  15. Maggie says...

    Olivia Wilde has been showing up in my feed with True Botanticals for months, and this post sealed the deal. Ordered! Love everything I’ve tired on a CoJ recommendation.

  16. Steele says...

    Thanks to you, I’ve been using their oil for years and LOVE it! The face wash and mask are also great!

  17. Amy says...

    Sorry but I just can’t with True Botanicals. I splurged on a few products a couple years ago and my skin hated it. Everyone has a different reaction to products, I get that. But I reached out to their customer service about and they were surprisingly a bit snooty and unhelpful. There are plenty of other companies whose products are backed by science and don’t need to rely on fear mongering about “toxins” or celebrity endorsements (Olivia Wilde) to push their price tag.

    • Heather says...

      I must say there is no fear mongering about toxins in beauty products, the United States is known for having very relaxed regulations in the beauty industry. Youtube star JoJo Siwa’s makeup kits were recalled because asbestos was in them, the kits were sold in Claire’s stores nationwide. Formaldehyde is found in hair straightening products as well as in numerous nail polishes The FDA does not have the manpower to test every beauty product, which is why it’s safer to either buy European products, or products with the Made Safe Certification because of the stringent process to obtain that label.
      I do agree that everyone’s skin reacts differently to products, and I am sorry that you had an unfortunate customer service interaction. That is always so frustrating.
      I should say that I neither work for True Botanicals, Made Safe, or obviously Cup of Jo, I am just really passionate about awareness and safety in our cosmetics.

    • Rue says...

      Exactly how I feel about them, too.

  18. S says...

    I’d love if they sold small trial sizes! I often find that my skin is ok with something for a day or two, but after a few weeks it’s a no go. Because of this I am often hesitant to try expensive items—I don’t want to be stuck with a pricey product I can’t use, but feel uncomfortable returning something after using it for a while. A 1/3 oz trial size at 1/3 of the price would be awesome. Fingers crossed that someone seems my comment and acts on it!

  19. Traci says...

    I agree. The more money you spend on the product is not the answer to healthy skin. Consistency in your facial routine is what works really well. I use a combination of Weleda and Burt’s Bees
    and my skin does look good. Oh, and Supergoop sunscreen is my splurge!

  20. Molly says...

    I may just be missing the information on the website. Do they use all glass bottles or are some bottles plastic? I have been trying to avoid plastic.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Glass!

  21. Hilary says...

    You’re glowing! For those who need more budget-friendly options, I’ve been really impressed with The Ordinary. They have tons of regime guides and information about each product (order to apply, when to apply, etc.) so you can create your own plan. I’m not skin-care savvy, so I emailed them asking for recommendations for my skin. Most of their products are in the $4-$8 range, so I was okay with buying 3-4 of them. They have a great return policy as well. Not an ad, just a fan of good skin and unable to currently pay so much for products!

    • Kahani says...

      I second this! I just can’t justify spending $110 on a bottle of face oil however miraculous

    • Anne says...

      Thank you!

  22. Bec says...

    Love this post! I’m all into natural skincare, especially with minimal plastic packaging! Honestly, it’s a bit out of my budget BUT that doesn’t mean I’m not interested – perhaps someday! I also want to share, for anyone who loves the sound of all this but it’s out of their budget, you might like Cocokind, which you can buy online or at Whole Foods. Their Instagram is really helpful in figuring out how to use the products, and is full of great testimonials.

  23. Susan says...

    I LOVE True Botanicals, but struggle with the price tag. I just ran out of my renew face oil and have been eyeing cheaper alternatives. If they were a bit cheaper I would use most of the products exclusively!

    On a side note, I’d love to see a post on clean makeup recommendations!

    • Jessica says...

      I highly highly rec RMS for clean makeup!! She’s a very famous makeup artist who realized the icky stuff in makeup and started her own line. I have sensitive breakout prone skin and RMS has been amazing… not the cheapest but definitely cheaper than a lot! Happy to answer more questions if you like! :) (and no I don’t work for them, I wish ha!!) xo Jessica

    • Erin says...

      For concealer (and I’m a huge concealer snob), I love W3LL People’s Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer. It layers well and the texture makes your skin look airbrushed and it doesn’t crease under the eyes or look cakey.

      If you live near a Whole Foods, they sell it in the Whole Body dept. so you can test colors, and if you find one you like, Dermstore also carries it and often has sales (and has an introductory discount).

    • Susan says...

      Thank you both for the recommendations! I’m going to check these out.

  24. Lindsay says...

    How is it for people with allergies to any scent in products?

    • SG says...

      Yes, I was about to comment on the same thing! I am very interested in these products but have to purchase items with no fragrance. Even a natural scent will bother me.

  25. Lindsay Meyer says...

    I gave True Botanicals a shot for nearly five months. It made my skin break out for the entirety of that five months. I was really trying to stick it out, and I think I gave it a good chance, but it just didn’t agree with my skin. But lemme tell you, Vintner’s Daughter has been transformational for me. Totally worth the pricey price tag!

    • Steph says...

      Totally agree. Wanted to love them but my skin didn’t (and I gave it four months of exclusive use).

    • Emily says...

      Funny, because V Daughter broke me out so bad! Everyone really is different.

  26. Zahra says...

    Joanna you look beautiful in the last picture. Could you please share the lipstick name that you’re wearing ☺️

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much! it’s laura mercier in poppy: http://bit.ly/2YNur3A

    • Molly says...

      Joanna, your lipstick always looks so great. I followed your rec and made the $4 leap on the NYX Monte Carlo and it looks CRAZY and bright on me, even when I just barely dot it on, or blend with a pale gloss. I cannot pull it off, and I’m not one to shy away from a bold lip. It just looks so rosy and sheer and perfect on you in pics; it’s hard to believe it’s the same color. I’ll bequeath it to a friend or cousin, so it won’t go to waste, but you must have some secret application method.

    • Heather says...

      Molly, I used to use the same product, and to tone it WAY down, I would put one small dot in the middle of my bottom lip and immediately (before it dried) use my finger to spread it over the rest of my bottom lip, then press my lips together to get just a hint on my top lip, followed by a quick blot with a tissue to catch any excess. That gave me the sheer/stain look that I prefer. Might work for you if you haven’t tried that yet?

  27. heidi says...

    I’ve been wanting to try these products! This the perfect time. Thanks so much!

    • Cynthia says...

      These products are out of my budget. However, I have been using locally made organic face oil for almost 16 years and I am pleased with the results plus it’s very reasonably priced. I also use the face soap which dissolves my makeup and isn’t drying. I don’t think any face oil is worth $110.

  28. J says...

    I’ve never tried True Botanicals, so these may be really great products. However, I did want to say that the conversation around “clean” vs. “toxic” beauty is full of A LOT of pseudoscience and fear-mongering. There is a lot of info out there from dermatologists and scientists, but here’s a couple links–
    https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/preservatives/parabens.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/feb/04/is-clean-beauty-a-skincare-revolution-or-a-pointless-indulgence
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTRpRiyIFBc (yes, it’s a youtube video, but with plenty of references to scientific studies, which are also linked)

    • Lizzy says...

      J,
      Yes! I too am excited about trying True Botanicals (and plan on it–thanks, Cupofjo!) but you are so right about the pseudoscience about “toxic” products. It’s similar to what drives my molecular biologist sister crazy, when people start talking about “chemicals”!

    • Maya says...

      Just my two cents as someone who works for a big cosmetics company: what I consider to be the truth falls somewhere in the middle.
      Yes, chemophobia is largely irrational – just because something is synthetically made doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. Yes, the idea that you should be able to eat everything you put on your skin is nonsense – topical application of a product and ingestion are wildly different processes.
      BUT BUT BUT
      The USA has close to zero regulation of cosmetics ingredients to a point that I find (as an industry professional) irresponsible. A few dozen ingredients only are banned or restricted to a certain concentration as opposed to close to 13000 in the EU. Moreover for most products (except sunscreen which has a quasi-drug status) security checks are left at the discretion of the manufacturer whereas they are conducted mandatorily in the EU… and I could go on as there are many other differences.
      Knowing what I know I would also prefer to use “clean” products if I lived in the US.
      That doesn’t however change the fact that chemophobia is a kind of paranoiac pseudoscience (one ingredient the EU regulates and the US doesn’t is titanium dioxyde, a natural mineral powder, which is carcinogenic when inhaled) and that the kind of rhetoric that True Botanicals uses is unfounded and makes me uneasy (anything that alleges the absence of endocrine disrupting substances cannot be taken seriously as it is almost impossible to assess that an ingredient is an ED or not).
      Rant done!

    • Sarah P says...

      Thanks for this – I wish I could up-vote this comment!

      Natural does not always equate with gentle or non-toxic, and vice-versa with lab-created chemicals! The rule of poisons is that the dose is the poison… many natural chemicals/compounds are toxic. And preservatives are can be important in helping your skincare product stay free of bacteria/fungi/viruses that can make you sick!

      I’m not saying there is anything wrong with True Botanticals specifically, but I agree that promoting the pseudoscience of “clean” vs. “toxic” is all about fear and profit-making.

    • Justine says...

      Thank you for all the posters flagging pseudo-science and fear mongering here. For some reason, women are particularly vulnerable targets for this type of nonsense, failing to do proper research and shelling out huge amount of money to people peddling fear. You don’t have to spend $110 on a moisturizer to be healthy, environmentally conscious and product safety oriented.

    • Anne says...

      Maya, thanks for sharing!! I wish I could publish your comment on a billboard somewhere.

  29. AP says...

    Joanna, could you give an idea of roughly how long the Renew face oil lasts (a month/3 months?) with daily use? $110 feels like a chunk of change, but if it’s all natural, effective and lasts for a bit, I am well and truly sold!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i use only a few drops per morning and night (the bottle says to use 2-10 drops, depending on your preference). so it lasts forever — i’d say at least 3 months. xoxo

    • Sara B says...

      I’ve had a bottle for a couple months now and it’s still more than half full

  30. Jessica says...

    I started using True Botanicals last year and haven’t looked back since. My skin has never looked more fresh and glowy. LOVE!

  31. CC says...

    I wish the scent of their products came in a perfume, it is intoxicating!

    • Jackie says...

      Same! My husband always comments on the smell.

  32. Catie says...

    Another testimonial that this stuff is as good as you (and they) say! My skin was okay-ish, but I was dealing with periodic stress acne (those painful cystic ones..ugh) and general uneven skin tone; I’m pretty fair, and in winter, especially, I would just feel blotchy and red. I started with just the Clear cleanser and radiant face oil, and while I noticed a difference in how my skin *felt* after a couple of days, I’d say within a month I could actually see a consistent difference as well. I added in the Clear toner, which has helped even more, but I’d say if anyone is on a budget and feeling like they want a lot of bang for their buck on a regimen, the cleanser and oil made a huge difference together! I have nearly zero acne now, and I go out without my old-standby face powder ALL. THE. TIME. It’s AWESOME. Thank you for recommending such a fabulous company!

    p.s. I find I don’t need to re-stock as often as they recommend on the website. All skin is different, of course, but if anyone is balking at spending so much every month or 6 weeks, you may find you go through it much more slowly. I get 3 months out of a bottle of face oil…

    • Tess says...

      Thank you for this detailed, personal experience . It is always nice to be able to hear others’ experiences – like a friend or two giving their feedback. It really helps!

  33. Sara B says...

    I started using the oil a couple months ago. I am horrible about using it at night so it’s probably less effective than it could be, but I love that my skin feels moisturized all day whereas before it felt moisturized for an hour or two and then went back to being dry. I think I’m going to order the Vitamin C and see how it works!

  34. Joanna Goddard says...

    for a simple routine, i use the cleanser followed by the renew face oil — both in the morning and the night. for glowiness and smooth, even skin, you could also add the resurfacing moisture mask once or twice a week at night (after cleansing and before the face oil).

    i’d recommend that as a great place to start! xoxo

    • Whitney says...

      Your routine sounds so simple and low-maintenance. What kind of sunscreen do you use? True Botanicals doesn’t offer one, do they?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i use eltaMD sunscreen after the face oil. true botanicals doesn’t offer one yet but here’s hoping!

    • Meghann Dunlap Kang says...

      They do actually offer a sheer sunscreen! :) Not as robust as I would like (only spf 20), but I’ve been really happy with it! I always used the eltaMD, but after baby 2 it didn’t agree with my skin for some reason. The TB sunscreen (and all of their products) have been truly amazing. I’m officially OBSESSED with the resurfacing moisture mask. Worth every penny.

  35. Vero says...

    I love this kind of sponsored post: we get amazing, SAFE, environmentally and animal-friendly, effective ways to treat our skin so we can age gracefully. I’m putting much effort in now to find products that line up with my values and not make excuses when products are effective but harm people, animals or the environment. We have to make it a priority to take into consideration the broader effects of the things we use and pay for.

    This feels like a win-win-win: we find a product that helps us look and feel great, the company who aligns with our values gets to spread their message and increase their sales and Cup of Jo gets a financial benefit from using this platform for such a good reason. Thank you Jo!

  36. AS says...

    I’ve found similar results and quality from a brand called The Ordinary that is much more affordable.

    • Erin G says...

      I recently discovered The Ordinary too and I’m hooked (and love the very, very affordable price point). I do love my True Botanicals products as well (just can’t always afford it).

  37. Megan says...

    It takes me to the CoJ landing page, but the Renew oil and Vitamin C aren’t on it.

  38. Alexis says...

    Would it be possible to share a link to the clinical trial you mentioned comparing the face oil to La Mer? I’m intrigued and I’d like to read the publication.

  39. Lisa says...

    Well if the founder has skin like that then I’m sold!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she really is radiant!

  40. Sam says...

    LOVE them. Healed my rosacea areas around my nose that always broke out and which I cycled through drying out with acne products. Can’t say enough good about them!

    • Ang says...

      Can I ask what products work best for rosacea?

    • Lisa says...

      Yes I would LOVE recommendations about what products you use and in what order to deal with roseacea. I feel so leery of trying new products because of it.

  41. Sonja says...

    True Botanicals really is as awesome as everyone says! My skin had always been ok but never great – True Botanicals made it great! My little sister swtiched over after a visit we had a few years back; the first thing she said to me after I’d been traveling all day with a six-month old (sleepless, exhausted, had been for six months) was, “What are you using on your face? You look like a unicorn.” My husband started using it too after seeing my skin improve. And wow this reads like a planted ad – I swear I’m just a devotee!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love this, sonja!

    • Elle says...

      I want to look like a unicorn! Which of the TB products do you swear by, Sonja?

  42. Maggie says...

    Which products do you use at which time of day and in what order? I am searching for a new skincare regime and feel lost! Thanks!

    • Sarah says...

      I have the same question! Would love to try these out, but I never really know how I should incorporate new products into my beauty routine, like whether a new product should replace something entirely, or be added as an extra step.

      I feel like I make enough decisions in one day, and just want someone to tell me what to do when it comes to taking care of my skin– but I also want to know for which products I can just use the cheap stuff (Cetaphil, I love you) and when it’s worth it to spend $100 on some serum.

    • Marie says...

      Sarah,
      I don’t think it’s ever worth it to spend $100 on a face product. This is marketing, there is no magic potion. It makes me sad that women (many who can’t really afford it) are wasting so much money. There is definitely FOMO when it comes to skincare. I think you would get the same results (maybe better because a lot of products cause problems) from using a gentle cleanser (sounds like you already found one you like). Use some oil on your skin when it’s dry, no need to spend a lot of money on an oil. Maybe exfoliate once a week if you think you need it. The end. This is a reminder to myself as well. About every three months I waste a bunch of time researching face products only to conclude that my skin is good, and I don’t need to spend a lot of money. Good luck!

    • Christina says...

      Sarah and Marie, I am in your boat! I have a few things that I refuse to pay a bunch of money for, and then some things that I’m willing to step up and pay a little more.

      My staples are:
      Cetaphil or Cerave face wash (I read once in a magazine that you should never pay a ton of money for something that rinses off within 10 seconds of applying – the exception being possibly an AHA/BHA face wash if you struggle with acne, which I do, I have a $25 face wash that I use once every other day).
      Thayers toner (Target, won’t dry you out, I don’t use every day because I’m lazy)
      The Ordinary Resveratrol & Vitamin C (each are $6-11 depending on what you get; this helps with my acne scarring and overall “glow”)
      Rosehip oil (you can buy a really good bottle on Amazon for about $9)
      I do shell out a little more for eye cream but my most recent one, I bought at TJ Maxx because they changed the packaging (I bought 3 tubes!)
      I also like a good thick face cream for nighttime because I live in Colorado where it’s dry, and I have a pretty basic SPF moisturizer for the day.

      Everyone’s needs are different but in general a nighttime routine would be:
      1) makeup removal if you use a separate product (I like a cleansing oil)
      2) face wash
      3) toner if you use it
      4) apply serums light-to-heavy with oils going last. (I like to leave a couple minutes in between each – I will brush my teeth, get my nighttime water, take my allergy pill, pee, etc. in between each step. Most serums and oils only need to be applied at night, but you can read the label and see what works for you.)
      5) moisturizer / eye cream.
      In morning I just do face wash / SPF. Again – everyone is different! But I hope this helps!