FALL SKINCARE REVIEW: ELEMIS
Hello from Paris… I mean, bonjour! 🙂 Lol, I am so jet lagged and tired but I had to share this fall skincare post sooner rather than later because I had SO many of you inquiring about my favorite cleansing balm a few nights ago. On our flight here I did a Q&A on my IG stories and one question someone asked was “do you double cleanse?” and then another question was “what is the best cleansing balm or makeup remover?” AND then a girl sent me a message and goes “what does double cleanse mean?!”. Anyway, all of these questions had me thinking about how little I used to know about skincare and how common it is to not really know different steps & what is important. Like, recently my mom & sister were at the house and told me that they don’t know the order skincare products should go in – which blew my mind! But it makes sense because I didn’t know that until I was probably 27?! To me, skincare is a huge deal simply because I had such horrific cystic acne for most of my life so I was forced to really learn how to care for my skin. *Adding this in – the brand is offering 20% off to my readers – use code GEMMA20.*
Anyway, I’m moving this fall skincare post up in my calendar because of the inquiries I received when I mentioned I had a cleansing balm I was absolutely hooked on & I’d be sharing details in a post soon – so voila! Here’s here we are! It may be a long one because I tried 7 new products by the Elemis brand and most of them were hits for me. The back story on this is that Elemis reached out and offered me a gift card to which I excitedly placed an order SO fast, haha! I have a few Elemis products I really like already but I just recently saw a reality TV star talk about the Elemis Cleansing Balm on her stories and she has the most insane skin. SO! As I was using the gift card I decided to order not one, but TWO of the cleansing balm – so glad I did. I figured if I didn’t like it that I could give to my mom or something but nope! I LOVE it! So here’s where the double cleansing comes in… basically you want to use a cleansing balm to melt off & dissolve all of your makeup [or just the daily ‘grime’]. I wear full coverage, long wear makeup 4/7 days a week so it is really important to get all of that off completely before I get in bed. I actually fell in love with this cleansing balm because its super hydrating and makes your skin feel so soft & nourished. It also comes with the washcloth so you literally wipe away the makeup and exfoliate a little bit. The longer you let the balm set on your skin before wiping it away, the better & softer your skin feels. After that I do use a gentle cleanser after just to make sure my skin is totally makeup free! That is part of the whole ‘ double cleansing’ process. I really love the smell of this as well – it smells like you are having a spa day! The ingredients in this are natural & all have benefits to your skin. [Sidenote – Coco has already taken this from me, lol! I got home the other night and it was MIA bc she is obsessed too! She just doesn’t know about the second one I ordered!]
After I do my double cleanse I always use THESE Resurfacing Facial Pads by Elemis – something I ordered on my own with the gift card as well. Ive talked about chemical and physical exfoliants before but I really like these because they work as *both*. They are great if you are always in a hurry too! I like that I can quickly grab a pad out and do other things while I wipe down my face. It doesn’t require getting cotton pads out and making a mess or anything. These just work to quickly remove dead skin cells & totally clean your face. There’s a mild Lactic Acid within these and LA is something I absolutely can not go without. When I was placing the order and saw that they had Lactic inside I knew I had to try them because this acid works to exfoliate but it also hydrates at the same time. [Using pads like these help to make your skin glow better and look brighter just FYI.]
I tried probably 10 products in total the last few weeks and if I’m being straight up – I really liked them all! A couple of stand out products though were the Peptide Plumping Pillow Facial & the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The Peptime Plumping Pillow Facial is one I have been using 2-3 nights per week while I am trying it and I love it! I have to use super hydrating products in the AM and PM because my skin looks needs it big time. I tend to have dry skin & if I don’t stay on top of hydration I can see a huge difference – especially with makeup application. Anyway, I feel like this product truly does ‘plump’ – my skin feels tighter and softer in the morning! It says that its like getting an ‘overnight facial’ and I can totally agree with that. The more I keep my face super hydrated the more plump and full it looks which I really like! Makeup tends to go on better & more smoothly! Now, the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream has also been something I love because it is a firming product. So this is actually an ‘anti wrinkle day cream’ and I don’t really worry about wrinkles but I find that this is very hydrating under my makeup and if I use it consistently my skin just feels tighter?! Not tight but I guess “firm” is the correct word. I think the bottom line is that this is SUPER hydrating and it literally soaks in and makes your skin feel full and ‘alive’. I sound funny trying to come up with words but its very good as a day cream – something you put on before SPF! On the website it says ‘Clinically proven to increase hydration by up to 248% in just 1 hour’ which is crazy, right?! But the more hydration you can load up on, the better! [PS. Building collagen is KEY. It helps make your skin thicker which also makes it more plump and full!]
I know I am talking a lot, lol! I am trying to narrow down the products I want to mention and I am having a hard time! I will jut tell you that the one you see in the photos above & linked in the widget at the end are my favorites! I love the eye pads, the self tanner, the peptide eye cream, & the Superfood Facial Oil! I find that the Bronzing Body Lotion is great if you like to stay moisturized with a little bit of color. I take baths at night but I don’t wash my hair so after I get out I have been applying this to my arms and legs so that I can have a bit of color but also take care of the skin on my body! OKAY! I will stop rambling!! Sorry this so long!
Omg! Good news so the brand is giving you all a discount code to use in case you want to try some of these products for your fall skincare!
13 thoughts on “Fall Skincare Favorites [This New Cleansing Balm I Am Obsessed With]”
Love this! I am sKin care oBsessed and can’t wait to try a few things!!
I am trying to learn more about skincare and have a couple of elemis products already – very helpful post! One question – on the pillow facial (which is One i have), do you put any othe Products on beforehand, Or just wash face and wear the pillow facial to bed? Thanks – i am a bit of a skincare dummy still 🙂
At the end! Last step!
Thank you for the reply! Appreciate it. I am going to use your code to try the resurFacing pads as well.
I’m curious. Which reality star?
i’M WONDERING HOW YOU FIND THE DOUBLE CLEANSING WITH THESE PRODUCTS FOR THE LONGEVITY OF YOUR EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
I’ve BEEN AN EYELASH EXTENSION WEARER ON AND OFF FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW AND THE BIG THING I MISS IS USING OIL-BASED PRODUCTS (COCONUT OIL) FOR REMOVING MY EYES MAKEUP (WHILE I DON’T WEAR A LOT WHEN I HAVE EYELASH EXTENSIONS, I STILL HAVE CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION TO REMOVE)
i’M LOOKING TO FIND THE PERFECT PRODUCT THAT DOESN’T COMPROMISE MY EXTENSIONS! WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR EXPERIENCE!
I don’t really have any issues! I also don’t put a lot of product on my lashes – mainly just warm water! I would recommend avoiding putting any product on your lashes at all!
Great post, Emily! I usually just comm on your IG. I really love elemis products. Their milkbath is heavenly!
Oh! I will have to try it!
I love to double cleaNs but I only lAst year i learned ABOUT thiS method. Wish i knew this earlier instead of using thOse bad make up wipes
I really need to try these! My face always feels so dry after i use my typical face cleanSer
I love Getting all the detailS on why you love all these things! Elemis balm has been My fav thanks to you! I love the rose cOllagen 😍
I love the Elemis cleanser, the first time I tried it it reminded me of Vicki’s Vapor Rub😂. How is the Elemis oil in the green bottle?