TLC Skincare Routine

2016_03_02_TLC_skincareSometimes I think I’m pretty well adjusted to Michigan weather and then it gets super cold out of seemingly no where leaving my skin feeling really dry, dull, and unhappy. Also, I’m human and as much as I want to keep up with my multi-step routine, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. And here’s where some of my favorite ingredient-conscious TLC skincare products come in to soothe, rehydrate, and protect my skin during times of stress and cold, drying weather. They help to bring my skin back to normal and they make me a little less guilty about missing some days or steps.


Everyone is different, but my skin reacts really well to scrubs. They seem to get rid of some of the dullness and allow my skin to look more alive. I have a lot of different face scrubs, but the one I’m using right now is the Skin Food New Zealand Exfoliating Scrub which is a creamy base with what I call “scrubbies” mixed in. The scrubbies in this scrub are ground walnut shell which is what I consider a moderate physical exfoliant (a bit less intense than sugar or salt). The other ingredients that are showcased in this scrub are:

  • Cucumber Extract which contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that are supposed to repair skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Cucumber extract is also quite soothing for most people.
  • Manuka Honey which is reported to help with acne, skin repair, signs of aging, and hydration by Mind Body Green.
  • Aloe Vera is a well known ingredient for soothing and hydrating skin, along with several other benefits.
  • Sweet Almond Oil is a popular cleansing oil and I’ve found it’s a good moisturizing ingredient as well.
  • Lime Oil is a natural antiseptic and astringent.

My skin feels softer after using the Skinfood scrub, but it also feel somewhat moisturized and smoother. The one downside to this scrub versus salt or sugar scrubs that dissolve in water is that the scrubbies can be difficult to wash off your face if you’re not in the shower. I just rinse a few extra times and use a flannel, but I thought it would be worth noting. At around $17 full price, it’s pretty affordable, but I actually found mine at TJ Maxx for much less, so even better!

Hana Organic Skincare Eye Oil

This wonderful stuff came to me via one of my Petit Vour subscription boxes (affiliate link) and I loved it as soon as I got it because it’s one of the few things that actually seems to instantly reduce the little lines around my eyes. But at some point,  I misplaced it for a couple months, then rediscovered it and now I’m back to absolutely loving it again.

I put several drops in my palm, use my finger to dab it along my under and outer eye, and then rub my hands together and press the remainder on the rest of my face.

The ingredients for this lovely oil are:

  • Jojoba Oil which is said to be very similar to our skin’s own oils and is gentle, anti-inflammatory, and balancing. Read more in this ingredient showcase by AnnMarie.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil has rejuvenating properties and is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory according to this HuffPost feature.
  • Vitamin E is also an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, especially when blended with other similar ingredients (as it is in this oil) as noted in this article from
  • Rose Essential Oil has a host of benefits including helping to fade scars and acting as an astringent, as well as being anti-oxidant as outlined in this article on Organic Facts.

So right away, I love that it’s so simple in terms of ingredients but still so very effective. My skin just drinks this stuff in so it doesn’t leave me oily and I feel like it plumps my skin too. The only downside for me is the price for a full size at $40, but it’s something that I feel would definitely be worth it and if that’s a bit pricey, they do have a trial 5 mL size (like I have) for $18. I might put the full size on my birthday or holiday wishlists because I’m pretty sure that it would last me for ever and my skin loves it a whole lot.

S.W. Basics Cream

This stuff is magical! It’s another Petit Vour box (affiliate link) goodie and I’ve been using it so much since I got it, not just as a facial moisturizer, but also as a really nourishing protective moisturizer for other parts of my body too like little scratches and such on my hands. I feel like it makes them heal faster. Anyway, as a facial moisturizer, I use a tiny bit, like a mini pea sized amount, rub it on my fingers between my hands, then press and massage into my face. It’s incredibly moisturizing and my skin drinks this in, too.

It has just three ingredients:

  • Fair Trade Shea Butter which is a know moisturizer, but it also smooths skin because it aids in collagen production, something I learned via Wellness Mama’s blog post.
  • Organic Coconut Oil which so many of us know and love for it’s moisturizing properties.
  • Organic Olive Oil is another well known ingredient, particularly in its role as a moisturizer.

Again, I really adore products with short ingredients lists, especially ones like this with things that most of us immediately recognize. The smell is a little different and I mainly smell the olive oil and shea butter. There are two things that keep me coming back to this even when I have a lot of other products. One is that it protects my face and stays on even when I’m sleeping as I tend to roll over and can’t manage to sleep on my back most of the time. The other is that applying it a bit more lightly during the day makes for a great primer under my foundation.

You can get the mini size like I have for $12 or get the larger 3 oz size for $32 which would probably last forever even if you used it for body moisturizer and such as well. A little goes such a long way with this stuff.

Side Note: This is the first cream in a jar that my fingers haven’t dipped into! I finally got some mini spatulas and I’m using those for all my jars now to cut back on possible contamination from my hands and to also prevent getting water in the jars if my hands are wet.

Lip Balm

I’m guilty of forgetting my lips sometimes and so I’ve been trying to work on that by using more lip balms, of which I have many. In my first Badger Balm order I received this Highland Mint Lip Balm. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big mint person, but I used this one night because it was in reach and I’ve been reaching for it at least once a day ever since (which is quite a lot for one lip balm for me). I can’t quite place what it is, but this lip balm just works really well for my lip skin chemistry I guess. It doesn’t leave my lips dry when it wears off and it’s not super heavy or greasy feeling.

This little guy is full of good ingredients: olive and castor seed oils, beeswax, rosehip and seabuckthorn extracts, and aloe vera as well as lavender, spearmint, and peppermint oils, and rosemary extract.

Plus, I’m really sold on Badger Balm’s adorable labels with the badger. They do have a lot of different lip balms so if you’re not sold on the Highland Mint, there are 10 more varieties of their classic lip balm which is $2.99, plus 8 cocoa butter lip balms at $4.99 each, and a few other varieties.

So there you have my current TLC skincare products. What is your TLC skincare routine? Do you use any of these products yourself? Let me know in the comments!