So being an esthetician I get asked a lot about what I use for my skin and 'What should I be using?' That really is a loaded question - I mean there are so many products that I like and it really depends on your skin and your daily habits. Ideally I have to sit and look at your skin under one of those medical looking mirrors - not something you do over drinks.
Realistically though I can generally make a recommendation based on some basics. For me though - I really have just a few staples in my bathroom for my normal skin. I try my hardest to wash my face twice a day no matter what and I really do like the philosophy purity cleanser found at Sephora. It seems to do the unthinkable - get every bit of my eye make-up off! I can't tell you how many cleansers I have used that just don't get my mascara off and it makes me wonder how well it really just worked on my face.
You need a good toner too. I know you might be thinking why in the world do I really need a toner? Well a toner essentially returns your skin's PH back to a normal level which was distorted during the cleansing process. This is essential in getting your skin ready to receive your moisturizers nutrients. It also removes any impurities left over after cleansing. You definitely don't need an expensive toner as most of them all do the same exact thing. I really like Boots Anti-Blemish toner. It works really well and doesn't burn or make your skin feel tight - a sign of too much alcohol!
Face cream is essential but know one thing - there are so many that do not work no matter what they say. The explanation is scientific and more than I can really get into here but I'll explain a bit. The molecular structure of most creams are just too large to fit into the dermis or deep into your skin. Most creams sit on your epidermis and just mask a problem. Look for creams that mention serum and capsules so that you know the important ingredients will make their way deep into your skin. I like another Boots product - their organic face cream. I am pregnant so even what I put on my face concerns me. This product is 85% organic and affordable - less than $15!
I have been saving the best for last - eye cream. So I am almost 30 and I have to say that I am very happy with my skin. I know it had a lot to do with genetics. Both my parents have aged extremely well and I have more moisture in my dermis than some women thanks to my interracial roots. Wrinkles aren't something I am familiar with - sorry! Don't hate me but I can attest it to one thing - Strivectin SD eye cream. This is the most expensive item I use and probably in my bathroom. It is the best though. Micro-molecules bring the ingredients deep into your skin correcting and eliminating so many wrinkles and protecting from new ones. I cannot rave about this enough! They have redesigned the bottle and improved the formula for those of you wondering what happened to the short fat tube. I have yet to come across another product that not only has prevented wrinkles for me but has reversed aging for my mom and her sisters.
So go out and restock your cabinet with some new essentials!