I have long been a fan of coconut oil both as a moisturizer and for shaving. I know it can be used for so many more things (we’ll go through some more later), but those are my preferences when reaching for coconut oil. I have always just used the good old standard coconut oil you can buy anywhere and thought nothing of it…to be fair it was the only game in town. After I discovered the wonders of coconut oil, an odd newcomer entered the block. A new brand that focused on the magic of coconut oil, but put it in beautiful packaging and, naturally, charged a good chunk more for the “same” stuff. I am of course referring to Kopari. They do have a wide array of products – all coconut oil based – but surely the Coconut Melt is no different than my old grocery store standby, right? The only ingredient is Organic Coconut Oil after all. Weeeell….
Today’s Best of 2017 is focusing on Cruelty Free Skincare. This is a bit of a tricky category for me because 2017 was the year that I finally started taking Accutane for my stubborn acne. If you’re unfamiliar, Accutane is an often controversial drug taken to (hopefully) “cure” treatment-resistant acne. It has the side effect of completely drying out everyone’s skin, so the second half of the year I was doing everything I could to keep my formerly combo-to-oily skin as hydrated as possible while taking the drug. Having said that, you now know what skin types we are working with here, and since I had two majorly different concerns throughout the year, I will specify which type of skin I had while using the product if it’s relevant. If it worked well either way, I won’t specify the skin type unless it’s still somehow relevant. So, with that out of the way, let’s just get going because there is a lot!
As a lot of you may know, I’ve been on an Accutane regimen for a little while now (I just found out I’m about to start my *hopefully* final month!). Accutane is infamous for the extreme skin dryness that everyone seems to experience while on the medication. To give an example, while I’m writing this, I’m on 7 day hair!!! 😳 Yup. It’s been an entire week without washing the not-even-remotely-greasy mop on my head which, I must say, is a positive side effect in my eyes. 😉 With that though, my face has certainly gone from combo / oily to definitely on the dry side. Given that, I have managed to avoid much of the flaky, itchy, tight or other such variations of actual discomfort from the drying effects of the Accutane…with the exception of my nose, which, to be fair, is usually a bit flaky. Since I’ve been using the same products pretty consistently, I feel like I can finally share my cruelty free “secrets” for managing super dry and sensitive skin that is also safe for using while taking Accutane.
I’ve been a long fan of Cleansing Oils for washing my face. They are hydrating without being too much (even when my skin was oilier). They’re gentle yet effective, and they even remove makeup without much trouble. They really can be an all-in-one product. Plus there’s just something about the process of using a good cleansing oil that I really enjoy. I have tried a number throughout the years – from higher end to more budget friendly – and I’ve recently stumbled upon two very similar oils…but with dramatically different price tags! For the pricier option we have the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and on the more affordable end, we have the Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil. So, let’s go through the similarities and differences and see – do we have a budget-friendly dupe?!?
If you’re after healthy glowing skin, you absolutely need to be exfoliating. Whether that be with a chemical or acid exfoliant or with a manual or “scrubby” exfoliator, this is the best beginning to removing those dead dull skin cells and reveal that fresh healthy glowing skin underneath. That said, I find that a really great exfoliator is hard to find! In particular, manual exfoliators are one of those goldilocks-type products that are often not scrubby enough or are way too harsh for even the toughest of skins. As my skin becomes increasingly sensitive and ever more dry (read into that more and more dry flaky skin that I really want removed!), I find it even more difficult and even more important to find a great exfoliator for the face. Being on Accutane, I cannot really use chemical exfoliants and I need to be very careful with manual ones as well. Finding something that’s not harsh, while still being effective has always been quite the challenge. But fear not! Today I am sharing with you the solution – the Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant!!!
As most of you probably know, I recently started taking Accutane in a last ditch effort to help my acne situation. If you’re familiar with Accutane, you know that it is known for drying out pretty much everyone’s skin. Knowing this, I came to the party prepared! I wanted to be using only skincare items that were best suited for dry, sensitive skin even before starting the medicine. I have found that there are 4 cleansers that I’ve been rotating between and I actually really enjoy them all! Perhaps best of all my skin, though it is drier, has yet to become flaky or uncomfortable! So, in an effort to share what little knowledge I may possess, I thought I would share my finds with you!