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Skincare Staples: Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion (SPF 15)

Here comes Part 2 of my Skincare Staples series, where I tell you more about the products I’m loving in a quest to revamp and streamline my current skincare regime. To learn more about the first product I featured, Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, click here. This time around I’m featuring the Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 by Purpose.

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This moisturizer is  the only product that has survived my skincare shakeup and made it through to the other side. I’ve actually been using it consistently for almost four years, and am so satisfied with its performance and price that I haven’t gone looking for a replacement yet. With a medium-thick consistency (I’d say right in the middle between your lightweight body milks and thick body butters), this lotion goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. It’s free of oil and fragrance (although I do detect a faint sunscreen smell) and is hypoallergenic. I’m happy to report that I have never once experienced issue with redness, irritation, or breakouts from this product. The bottle comes in a generous 4 oz. size that takes me at least a few months to go through, and has a convenient pump top that keeps from wasting product and can be set to “closed” for when you’re traveling.   I appreciate the built in SPF, but I suppose if I had to make one complaint it would be the SPF level, as I really would prefer higher protection. If I’m  going to be outside for more than a few minutes in the middle of the day I’ll layer my Neutrogena facial sunscreen just to be safe. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone with dry, combination, or slightly oily skin who is looking for an affordable moisturizer available at the drugstore that contains sun protection.

What’s your current favorite facial lotion? It will be tough to get me to stray from this long-time favorite, but I’m always in the market to experiment and see what might help me to achieve an even more radiant complexion. Leave me a comment with what you’re loving at the moment!

-LMC ♥

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Skincare Staples: Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleaning Balm

A few months ago I began a quest to update my skincare regime. As I’ve moved past the blemish-prone years of my teens and early twenties I thought it was time to find some products more suited to my current skin type and needs (fairly dry, sensitive, with occasional hormonal breakouts). I also decided it was high time to resist buying products based on the latest fads, or just because they smelled like pink grapefruit or came with a rubberized face squeegee.  Over the next few weeks I’d like to share some of the Skincare Staples I’ve uncovered in this quest to upgrade and streamline my skincare routine.

The first place I went to educate myself on skincare basics was Caroline Hirons, a facialist and skincare expert who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is on her website http://www.carolinehirons.com. The first piece of advice I took from Caroline was the magic power of cleansing balms, something I’d never heard of, let alone tried. Made popular through brands like Liz Earle and Emma Hardie, cleansing balms have a thick consistency reminiscent of a lip balm that you rub onto your dry face and then remove with a warm, damp washcloth.

While there are a number of cleansing balms on the market they’re mostly produced by luxury brands, and I wasn’t keen on spending upwards of $30-$100 on a type of product I’d never tried before. Then I stumbled upon Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm while perusing Target during a trip home a few months ago. Around $8 for 2.1 oz jar (including a muslin cloth) seemed much more reasonable, so I promptly scooped it up to give it a shot.

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I’ve incorporated Boots Botanics Organic Cleansing Balm into my evening skincare routine, spreading a generous amount onto my face (after removing makeup with a wipe) and massaging it into my skin. This may be a bit of an overshare, but after working it in for a few minutes I can literally see and feel the clogged pores on my nose and cheeks becoming, well, unclogged. Once I’ve properly massaged the product in for a bit (it won’t absorb, rather you’ll be left looking like you rubbed a stick of butter on your face) I dampen a muslin cloth or wash cloth with warm water and wipe the product off my face. This helps to break down and remove any access make that may have been left behind and leaves my skin feeling clean and purged without that awful tight feeling that some cleansers leave behind.

While I’m always hesitant to tout a skincare item as a miracle worker, I can definitely say this has improved the texture of my skin and left it much more hydrated in the months I’ve been using it. Even better, a little goes a long way, as you can see I’m only one quarter through the tub after a few months of daily use. I’m toying with the idea of upgrading to a high-end cleansing balm when this one runs out– currently I have my eye the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. We’ll see though, the experience I’ve had with the Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm has been great, and with its availability at Target and low price point, I may decide that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

I’ll be back with more Skincare Staples I’ve been loving in the coming weeks. In the meantime, what’s your favorite item in your current skincare regime? Even though I’m currently using some great products, I always love new recommendations!

-LMC ♥