Hey, everyone! If you’re a regular reader, you probably read my post about my skincare routine that went live just over a month ago (and if you’re new, check it out by clicking the link!). I talked about how I use a cleanser, a serum, a toner, a moisturizer, and a spot treatment. One super key thing that was missing, however, was a face scrub!

It’s kind of crazy how I totally skipped over face scrubs in my last skincare post because I absolutely LOVE them! I’ve tried so many, including but not limited to St. Ives scrubs, Clean and Clear scrubs, Lush scrubs, etc. Some worked for me and others didn’t, but as you guys also probably know, I’m DIY till I die, which means I love making my own stuff and customizing everything. When I learned about NeedCrystals, I was enamored with the idea of having more control over my scrub since I’d be making it myself. NeedCrystals sells microdermabrasion crystals in different granule sizes, and you can add them to any base you want at home to create your very own scrub. This is perfect if you want to have more control over what you’re putting on your face or if traditional store-bought scrubs aren’t cutting it for you. NeedCrystals was kind enough to send me A POUND of crystals (that’s a lot, folks, these crystals are tiny yet powerful) and I used them to make my own, customized scrub right at home!

To make your own scrub, simply add one tablespoon of crystals to two tablespoons of your base substance of choice (aloe, cucumber gel, shea butter, jojoba oil, whatever you want!). Then, lather your new scrub on to your face, but be careful not to scrub too hard, otherwise, you can irritate your skin. The crystals work to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating cell growth and help correct redness and acne scarring as well. After gently massaging your face with the scrub for three minutes, wash it off with water.

The crystals are extremely fine; finer than grains of salt and finer than any typical scrub ingredient you would find in a drugstore.

I could feel the crystals on my face, but they felt smoother and gentler than a typical scrub. This is great if your skin normally feels too irritated by over-the-counter scrubs.

My skin felt AMAZINGLY soft after using this! I absolutely love how gentle and refreshing this felt on my face.

I personally feel so much better using this scrub that I made not only because it feels awesome and gets the job done, but because I know exactly what’s in it. Drugstore scrubs especially can be filled with chemicals and other substances that are unclear to the average consumer, but I used my NeedCrystals (which are composed of aluminum oxide) and my all-natural aloe vera which contains five very simple ingredients for a grand total of six ingredients. It’s important that we know what we’re putting on our skin and into our bodies each and every day.

Want to try this yourself? Here’s where you can purchase NeedCrystals and the other essential ingredients for your future face scrub:

●  NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals

Alcohol-free, all-natural Aloe Vera (this is the EXACT one I used for this post)

Shea Butter

Jojoba Oil

This post is sponsored by NeedCrystals. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, everyone! Now that I’m back in NY, my skin has calmed down so much. Something about the Chicago air just didn’t do it for my skin, I guess. Nevertheless, I’ve recently revamped my entire skincare routine with different products. I’m totally hooked on all of these products so I decided to share my routine with you all! Skincare is super important to me and these products are on the pricier side but my skin is the clearest and brightest it’s been in a while. These products are good for all skin types!

1. Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My most devoted readers probably know that I had a thing for the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, but honestly this one from Neutrogena does the same thing and it’s only half the price. Consider me converted.

2. Cleanser: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

This was an impulse purchase while waiting in line at Sephora but WOW does it work! This cleanser comes out of the pump at a warm temperature and works so much better than the Boscia Cleansing Stick. I have to go back and buy a bigger size; I’m a huge fan of this cleanser.

3. Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

This serum is for brightening your skin- the vitamin C works to make your skin radiant and glowing. I don’t eat a lot of vitamin C (not really a fruit person) so I bought this serum to pick up the slack!

4. Toner: Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

I’m obsessed with stick products- so the packaging of this toner really stood out to me. Matcha green tea is really soothing for the skin (I’ve used the St. Ives Green Tea scrub in the past) so I love finishing off my routine with this toner stick! Glides on so smooth- no need for fingers!

5.Spot treatment: Oxy On-the-Go Acne Stick

Ok, y’all, this spot treatment from Oxy has been described as the Tide to Go Pen of skincare. It’s AMAZING. I love it so much and it totally works to clear and heal breakouts. I put this on twice a day and when I feel a pimple coming on I rub this on like crazy to stop it from getting any worse. This is totally portable and essential I cannot recommend it enough. I bought mine at Target so check the skincare aisle there!

Final thoughts:

I never struggled with acne until I moved to Chicago for college. It takes so long to figure out what works and what doesn’t, but the Boscia cleanser and Oxy spot treatment have done wonders for clearing my breakouts. Moisturizer is also essential for dry/combo skin. The serum and toner are kind of extra, but infusing your skin with vitamins and essential oils is not only important for preventing breakouts but for anti-aging as well. It’s so crucial to establish healthy skin habits and to adapt your habits as your skin changes. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and if you know of any miracle skin products, feel free to share in the comments! Take care xo

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