Morning Prep for No-Makeup Monday

I was so pleased with how nice my skin looked after not wearing makeup for a day that I decided to carry it out for the rest of the week!

This morning, I cleansed with my Cetaphil cleanser for normal to oily skin. Cetaphil is one of those polarizing beauty products where my opinion falls somewhere in the middle. The cleanser is cheap – about $11 for 16 fl oz, and lasts me about two months total when I use night and day. It is unscented, non-foaming, and has a gel-like consistency. The top three ingredients are common, water, glycerin (a humectant aka attracts water), and PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (another humectant). A full list of ingredients and more information about the product can be found here. I’m trying to use few products that have alcohol-based top three ingredients, but this is proving to be quite the challenge! While I may be a bit skeptical of the ingredients, I doubt I will ever stop buying this cleanser.

After cleansing, I dabbed on my Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion, a toner I’ve been using day and night for the past three weeks. It is costs about $15 for 8 fl oz, but I got it as a sample size and am about halfway through the bottle after three weeks. To use, the brand suggests moistening a cotton ball and sweeping in upward motions across the face until clean. I do this very motion twice a day, using a quarter sized amount of product each time. The first three ingredients are even more disheartening than Cetaphil’s: Water, Isopropyl Alcohol (an anti-foaming agent), and Propylene Glycol (a humectant and conditioning agent). Two alcohols in the first three ingredients! Overall, I love this toner but will probably not repurchase due to the heavy amount of alcohol. For more information on this product, please visit here.

Next, I delicately applied a small amount of the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream. It may be $18 for 0.5 oz, but this cream goes a long way! The top three ingredients are water, glycerin, and paraffinum liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Minérale). Read more about the product here

Lastly, I applied a healthy amount of the Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer. Sunscreens make up the top ingredients, followed quickly by water, Isononyl Isononanoate (a conditioner), and Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene. For a full list of ingredients, please visit here.

This took me only about 5 minutes to complete and I was out the door! Since I’m writing this the night after, I can say that my skin looks even better than it did this morning – less red and irritated for sure. While I do love a lot of the products mentioned above, I am going to be on a search for similar products that contain less alcohol. Once I find such products, I’ll be sure to update!