Elsie’s Go-To Skincare Products

I LOVE skincare. I could go on and on and ON about it. I love it so much! In today’s post, I am narrowing it down to my current go-to or favorite for each category. These are items I use daily and religiously. I am dividing them up by morning and night routine—the night routine is of course, much more important! I hope you enjoy a peek into my medicine cabinet. Please let me know if you have any favorites as many of these I discovered via recommendations online!

When recently asked to describe my skin type, my reply was “old.” Haha. I was joking, of course! I know that I’m still young(ISH). But I definitely at age (38) believe taking great care of my skin morning, noon, and night is a priority. If you’re reading this and you’re 22, trust me when I say—the earlier you start, the better. Just simply removing ALL your makeup every night and staying toned and hydrated can make a huge difference. And you don’t need a bunch of expensive products. Toner and coconut oil could get you pretty far if you’re on a small budget and don’t know where to begin.

In my opinion, the most important element of a skincare routine is consistency.

Morning Routine: Each morning I wake up, splash some water on my face (and towel dry), brush my teeth, and then immediately reach for my Thayer’s Toner. It’s one item in my routine that I do not like to ever be without. I prefer the unscented version. You can swipe toner on your face using a cotton pad, or just your hands to press it into your face. During the winter, I tend to have more dry skin—I use toner often to keep my dry skin at bay.

Next, I spritz my face with a mist. I am currently using and loving the Sea Vitamin Boost by Osea. Mists make my skin feel fresh and it’s a part of my morning routine that actually helps me wake up (I wake up very early currently with two kids, so it’s not always pretty).

When I’m not wearing makeup, I will put on some Summer Fridays Cloud Dew. It’s a great texture and a nice, natural scent. When I’m not wearing makeup (which is often), I still try to keep my skin highly moisturized.

If I am wearing makeup, I skip the Cloud Dew because the primer and foundation I use provides plenty of moisture.

Night Routine: I use Bless Balm as my oil cleanser pretty often. Oil cleansing is my favorite. All you have to do is rub oil into your skin (you can use pretty much any kind of oil for this), then run hot water onto a fresh washcloth and press it into your skin for 5-10 seconds. Repeat this a few times if you’re wearing a lot of makeup. It melts right off.

I am LOVING Moon Juice Acid Potion as my exfoliant. A few months back, I was experiencing a lot of breakouts around my mouth area. It was getting worse and worse. After not having any facials or skin treatments for all of 2020, my skin was generally just not at its best. I read a review for this product on another blog and ordered it right away. It has done wonders for me. At first, I used it every day. Then when my skin cleared up, I started using it every other night or a few times a week. I will definitely keep it in my routine as it’s one of the first times a product has created an immediate result for my skin.

I’ve been using Glossier Bubblewrap as my eye cream for a while now. I really like it.

I splurged on Osea’s Advanced Protection Cream. I was looking for a night cream with great ingredients and this one smells and feels amazing. I also use their pillow mist and I LOVE it. I have found that sticking to a night routine has greatly improved my sleep quality!

One last thing that I forgot to include in a photo (but use every single night) is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It’s super thick and sticky and it’s the ultimate thing for dry lips, which I often have. I love it and use it every single night right as I hop into bed.

I’d love to hear if there are any skincare products that you use and love, especially in the clean skincare category! xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I love these posts and often return later when I’m shopping! I have to recommend my favorite moisturizer. I discovered Epicuren Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream from my esthetician. My skin borders on dry but this clean moisturizer makes my skin eternally soft and hydrated. I recently splurged on the 8oz bottle which I expect to last a long long time!

    • Hello! I, too, am intrigued by the Moon Juice. Sister, I here ya about the break outs around the mouth. That’s my problem area, too. Did you get any red marks/scaring from the blenishes? I, sadly, did. If so, did the moon Juice help with the redress? A $40 beauty product is a treat for me, so I want to gather as much info as I can. Thanks!

      • Hi! I did not have any red marks or scars, but I did have a flare up of acne that was pretty big (for me). It made a big difference for me. I used it every night for a week or two and now I use it about 3x a week. 🙂 I hope that’s helpful!

      • I started using the Moon Juice about 3 weeks ago, after reading about it on a blog. I am in LOVE with it. My skin looks and feels amazing. This is the only change I have made to my routine I do not have redness, so I cannot answer your question.. But I have noticed a huge reduction in my maskne since starting to use. I feel like my face has a “glow” it hasn’ t had in years. I’m 47 for reference. Was a huge sun worshipper until my mid 20’s. My mom even commented on my glow after only using not even 2 weeks. I swear my face looks more even and definitely seems to have taken away some of the Flakiness I was apparently experiencing.

  • Thanks so much for the recommendations—the Moon Juice Acid Potion looks intriguing! And I also love the Bite Agave Lip Mask. My favorite clean skincare product is my DIY face oil—just grapeseed oil and some drops of my favorite essential oils!

  • I purchased the Moon Juice Acid Potion after I heard you mention it on the podcast! It has worked well for me over the past month or so!

  • I discovered Glossier a few months ago and use the cleanser. Then, my daughter came wafting into the car with their perfume on. Um…every single time she wears it, I think: I must buy some of that. It’s wonderful. I’m anxious now to try Osea.

  • I absolutely love Leahlani — thank you so much for introducing me to them! Happy Hour and Mahina have been life changing for me, worth the splurge!

  • LOVE THIS! Thank you so much! I feel a lot of blogs who talk about skincare have skincare that’s on the high end of expense. This is perfect! Thanks so much!

  • If you have dry skin, using witch hazel that has a large amount of denatured alcohol can be really stripping for you skin’s moisture barrier–it does initially give the appearance of shrunken pores and a smooth even skin tone, but you may have luck trying out some toners with more soothing properties!!! The Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner ($18) is a great one or Youth to the People’s Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner ($38) which acts as a gentle chemical exfoliating treatment as well as a toner OR even getting into essences in lieu of a toner which is popular in a lot of Korean skincare because it works to maintain maximum hydration — the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence ($38) is LOVED. Anyway, not trying to tell you how to treat your skin this is just some of what I’ve learned and had great results with as a former daily Thayer’s Witch Hazel user <3

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