My Favorite Things 2021: Skincare

2021 was a great year for my skin. I think this year is the best it has ever looked. I can attribute a lot of that to figuring out not only what my skin likes but more importantly what it needs.


I have oily skin but realized that my skin was dehydrated for a long time I thought the way to deal with oily skin was to dry it out. Doing that was making my oily skin worse. Once I started incorporating more hydrating and moisturizing products into my skincare regimen I started to notice not only a decrease in the oiliness but also a positive change in the texture of my skin. This has made me more confident in going out with no makeup on.

Skincare products - cleanser, mud mask, serums - against white marble background.
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I tried a few new skincare products this year. Most of them were Kiehl’s products and they were all freebies I received to test out.
  • Kiehl’s Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment
  • Kiehl’s Micro-dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Chapstick Total Hydration Sea Minerals Nourishing Lip Balm

You can see many of my reviews in my Instagram feed.

Spoiler alert. Some of the products I liked and a couple of others I didn’t. I don’t plan on repurchasing any of them, even the ones I did like.

The skincare products I used this year that I think helped my skin the most are:

The Ordinary Niaminicide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum: This serum continues to help me lessen the oiliness on my face and stop breakouts. I’ve got a review that you can read here

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum: I use this to add extra hydration to my skin at night.


Kiehl’s Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment: After about a week of use, my skin had a radiant glow to it.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser: This is a really gentle but effective cleanser that I use in the morning. It gets my face clean without giving my face that dry and tight feeling.

Formula 10.0.06 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask: I love this mask. I try to use it once a week but I haven’t been able to get consistent with it. So I tend to pull it out and use it when I have a pimple show up.



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