Good morning babes! You all know the term “quarter life crisis”, right? Well… I finally had my QLF and it actually was very beneficial. Let me begin by saying, I have never had a skincare routine. Pause for reaction.
I’ve never had acne-prone skin. I mean I would get the hey-your-period-is-starting-tomorrow blemishes but that was only once a month, and my contraceptive shot made me not have a period at all for a few years. So, I just never had to wash my face, unless I was like really dirty from being sweaty or outside all day. And, I slept in my makeup most nights and would remove the next morning with a wipe so I could start my makeup all over. In my defense, I taught myself how to wear makeup, and therefore I never thought I had to remove it. #LifeWithoutSisters
I also never wore sunscreen. One side of my family is Italian and the other side is Native American, so I have an olive skin tone. #Blessed. I never get sunburned so I never thought the sun was doing any damage to my skin… I could smack myself #smh
What brought on my QLF was looking at a picture of myself smiling and seeing all of these fine lines around my eyes and on my forehead. Where the #$%* did these come from?! That’s when I started reading up on skincare and the leading causes to premature wrinkles. Hello, sun exposure ✔ and sleeping in makeup ✔.
During this skincare research of mine, I read a lot of blogs and reviews on products for what works and what doesn’t. Across a few different bloggers’ skincare routines, I found a common brand being used: TULA Skincare. I figured if so many different bloggers I follow are using this same TULA Skincare brand, I should really consider this when I’m picking out the products I want to start using. Besides reading what bloggers were saying about TULA products, I looked at all of the product reviews and comments on TULA’s website and some of their remarkable before and after pictures. That’s when I knew I had to try this stuff out.
Since I (apparently) have “combination skin”, meaning that my cheeks are really dry, I have an oily T-Zone, when I do get blemishes they always appear on my forehead, nose, or chin, and I have large pores in that T-Zone area, I should be looking for a specific type of skincare product. People with oily skin should avoid super moist, hydrating products and people with dry skin should choose products with a lot of moisture and hydrating elements. Skincare is not a One-Size-Fits-All.
- I knew that I needed a face wash/cleanser to help get rid of the dirt and grime from my face and pores, but that I didn’t need a super acne-fighting cleanser. In the past, when I would try an “anti-acne” face wash, it would actually create blemishes because it was too strong for my combination skin and would cause my face to produce more oil. What I was trying to avoid… So I needed a light, I’m-strictly-here-to-clean cleanser that wouldn’t try to be an overachiever.
- Since facial toners are having a moment, I figured I would try one of those as well. I read somewhere that after using a cleanser, you should always use a toner or something with acid in it to balance your skin’s pH and finish the cleansing process. You wouldn’t apply a hair/face/paint primer and then say “okay, looks good.”, right?
- Because my eyes were developing so many fine lines, I knew I needed something to help reverse that or at least help prevent future fine lines.
- And! Because I have such horrible dark circles and bags under my eyes, I knew I needed something to help make me look more rested. I know what you’re thinking, rest would make me look more rested but come on, there are so many good shows on now and they won’t let me watch TV at work for some strange reason…
- Obviously, a moisturizer or night cream was essential in my newfound skincare obsession. I mean moisturizer is like the stereotype when thinking “SKINCARE!!” #amiright
TULA has sooooo many amazing products in their arsenal, it was easy to find all 5 of those necessities in just one website sweep! And since these were my first ever skincare products, I wanted most, if not all, of them to be the same trusted brand to avoid a bad reaction to different ingredients. I had a discount code for 20% off and they had free shipping on orders of $50 or more so I actually ended up getting a great deal!
Here are the products I ended up with:
- Purifying Cleanser
- Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel (toner)
- Revitalizing Eye Cream
- Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum
- Hydrating Day & Night Cream
I have been using these (along with a few other products) for a month now and man… such a difference already! I’m sure going from no skincare routine to just applying a moisturizer every night would probably do my skin wonders, but all of these products are targeting such specific details and problems, it’s amazing. Fine lines, oily skin, dry skin, large pores, dark spots, dullness, redness, overall complexion, the list goes on…Since pictures are worth 1000 words, here is a before and after comparison of my up-close-and-personal face after one month of using the TULA products. You can see that 1.) the dark circles under my eyes have gotten less dark, 2.) the fine line around the corner of my mouth has completely disappeared, 3.) my pores look smaller, and 4.) my overall skin tone is brighter!
I love all of these TULA products because even though they are a powerhouse, they are all so lightweight and feel healthy for my skin. My face doesn’t feel super dried out, tight, or like I just dipped my face in battery acid like some other products do. They all smell phenomenal and when I use them in the morning, my makeup goes on perfectly afterwards because they are very mattefying. In fact, my foundation actually looks more natural and less cakey after using these products. Or maybe that’s just my skin getting better?? 😉
What TULA Skincare products do you use and what results have you seen so far?
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with TULA Skincare, these opinions are all my own! 🙂