Amazon has some hidden gems in terms of skincare – here are a few products I lugged overseas that were #worthit
I don’t know what it is exactly about Amazon, but that website is dangerous when I’m bored. During the summer, I created tons of various wish lists of mostly random things, but the wish list I created with the most items on it was a skincare list.
One of my favorite things to do is wash my face. I know that seems weird, but it’s one of the things I look forward to, especially after a long day of makeup wear. I have a nightly skincare routine that I stick to no matter what (even if I’m traveling or just go back from a night out) because if I don’t do it, I can’t sleep. Because of this ~interest~ of mine, coupled with the fact that I may be a shopaholic, I tend to hoard face washes and face masks like nobody’s business in search of the product that will finally give me perfect skin.
With my recent return to Italy for school, I picked up a bunch of skincare products on Amazon (#blessed with that Prime status), happy to finally have a proper justification to buy even more face stuff. I haven’t been using these products for all that long, but I’ve actually been loving them so far!
For a skin type recap, I have combination oily skin, meaning that my T-zone tends to be on the oilier side, while the rest of my face (mostly my cheeks) tends to be dry. Also, just because I always like to throw this little *disclaimer* in here: I’m not a skincare professional in any way, I just really like washing my face, as I already said! Just because these products work for me and my skin type might not mean they’re going to work for you, so make sure you do your research before buying and trying!
1.) The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil // $10.50
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of cleansing oils, but have never tried them, so I figured it was time to get my head in the game – with 4.1/5 stars and 1,193 reviews, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this one. I’ve been a die-hard fan of Pond’s Cold Cream to take off my makeup for years now, but this oil is now making me question my life choices. This has a light and watery consistency, and despite it being an oil, doesn’t feel at all greasy somehow, so right away this is basically magic in a bottle.
The best thing about this oil is that it literally melts everything off. I like to take one pump of it all of my dry face to get off any bronzer/blush I’m wearing and then half a pump on my fingers to gently massage it over my eyes before wiping it all off with a makeup remover wipe and I’m amazed by the fact that this leaves no residue at all – not even waterproof mascara!
2.) Himalaya Neem & Turmeric Natural Face Wash & Cleanser // $8.98
I’m really into natural skincare, and for some reason, the fact that this has “tumeric” in the name screamed “natural” to me so that’s prooobably why I bought it. That and the fact that it has 4.3/5 stars and 318 reviews.
I thought the ingredients list on this was also really unique:
- Neem leaf extract – Helps purify the skin and improve its resilience.
- Tumeric root oil – Helps support healthy and radiant skin.
- Sweet Marjoram Oil – Promotes a warming and soothing effect with a spicy aroma.
- Natural Vitamin E – Natural antioxidant made from vegetable oils.
I’ve never even heard of “neem leaf extract” or “sweet marjoram oil,” but I’m all about purifying the skin and whatnot. Additionally, the phrase, “This time tested combination of organic Neem and Turmeric purifies and resurfaces your skin leaving it clean, pure, silky–smooth and radiant” really spoke to me, so I decided to give it a go.
I’ve been using this as my first cleanser at night (I like to use the double cleansing method, as mentioned in this summer skincare tips post) right after taking all my makeup off with the cleansing oil I just talked about and have really been enjoying the ~spicy scent~ it has. It’s a little on the strong side so it may not be for everyone, but the scent somehow makes me feel as if it’s doing a better job removing my skin impurities… does that make any sense at all??
Other bonuses about this face wash include the fact that it’s SLS, parabens, phthalates, and gluten-free, as well as the fact that there are no artificial colors or fragrances AND no animal testing was involved!
3.) Nubian Heritage/Sundial Creations African Black Soap // $6.19
I’ve been liking this as my second cleanser in my double cleansing routine and tbh, the description also really got me on this one:
Nubian heritage African black bar soap is deep cleansing with oats, aloe and vitamin e. African black soap, made from palm ash, tamarind extract, tar and plantain peel has been used in Africa for centuries to treat eczema, acne, oily skin, psoriasis, and other skin ailments. Historical references to shea butter, a staple of African pharmacology, date back to the reported shea butter caravans of Cleopatra’s Egypt. Nubian heritage’s authentic African black soap combines shea butter’s healing and hydrating properties with the ancient medicinal properties of palm ash, plantain peel, tar and tamarind to balance and resolve problem skin. Nubian heritage’s deep cleansing formula aids exfoliation and promotes new cell growth to reveal radiant, fresh, even and healthy skin. Nubian heritage’s natural, herbal and aromatic recipes help to bring balance to the body, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Nubian heritage’s natural ingredients and our customized fragrance profiles are designed to bring balance into our lives, balance is what Nubian heritage believes is at the root of all healing, and Nubian heritage delivers healing benefits through creating and establishing balance and harmony.
After realizing I’m a sucker for any product description that may indicate the product is herbal and/or comes from an ~ancient recipe,~ I quickly picked this up. I like the fact that it’s not drying at all and that it claims to be detoxifying and healing. This soap also smells really nice and apparently includes ethically traded ingredients, is sustainably produced, and no animal testing was used.
4.) Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil // $13.95
Previously a user of Bio Oil, I decided to change it up this summer and I started using Rosehip Oil as my nighttime moisturizer and have been really loving it. I originally had a tiny bottle so I wanted to get a bigger bottle to bring with me to Italy.
I actually saw this product in Alissa Ashley’s evening skincare routine video and since she has beautiful skin, I thought maybe ~I~ could also have beautiful skin by using this magical oil!
One thing that surprised me at first was how tinted it is – Alissa Ashley mentions this in the video, but it’s one of those things you don’t actually realize until you see it yourself. Another surprising thing is that this smells less “rose-y” and more “earthy.” It doesn’t have an unpleasant smell, but it definitely took some getting used to from me!
I use this right after I tone my face with Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel, which is a product I don’t think I’ll ever stop using because it’s my #rideordie. I like the fact that this rosehip oil is moisturizing, yet not too heavy on the skin. This really sinks in and works wonders – I feel like my skin looks so much healthier and brighter in the mornings because of it!
5.) Alaffia – EveryDay Coconut – Cleansing Face Wash // $12.99
I actually like to use this in the morning because it seems really gentle on my skin. Although this is an “everyday coconut” face wash, this doesn’t really smell that strongly of coconut at all.
Something that I learned after I bought this because it came in a box with a pamphlet is that this actually has a really cool initiative behind it – Alaffia (the company) actually “funds empowerment projects helping to break the cycle of poverty” with the purchase of this face wash.
This has been a great product for me so far, so the fact that this initiative is also really cool gives it mega bonus points from me! This also contains ingredients that are 100% Certified Fair Trade and is gluten free and vegan, without parabens, sulfates, or dyes, so again – snaps for Alaffia! I’ll definitely be checking out more of their products in the future.
Conclusively, my suitcase ended up weighing 49.5lbs (the limit for my airline was 50lbs), so although I went through the stress of cutting it really really close, it was definitely worth it. My skin still isn’t ~perfect,~ but it’s definitely happy at the moment! (Knock on wood. Hope I didn’t just jinx that.)
- The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil // $10.50
- Himalaya Neem & Turmeric Natural Face Wash & Cleanser // $8.98
- Nubian Heritage/Sundial Creations African Black Soap // $6.19
- Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil // $13.95
- Alaffia – EveryDay Coconut – Cleansing Face Wash // $12.99
*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Amazon (I wish) and purchased all these products with my own money. None of the links above are affiliate links (again, I wish!) and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, as always!