It’s time for a morning skincare routine update really quick. Not much has changed, but I’ve been really into restoring my dehydrated skin lately. There’s a big difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin; and it’s important to treat both for optimal skin health. For me, my skin is dehydrated most days and I don’t like stripping it for the sake of oil-control. However, I’ve found that with using these two products, the radiance and balance in my skin has happened naturally because my skin appears more healthy. I’ve also discovered that my skin is actually LESS OILY because my skin is balanced.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic $28.00 USD
After cleansing my skin with Cetaphil, I dry my face with my face towel and directly apply my toner of choice. Currently, I’m totally loving the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic to restore my skin from being freshly cleansed. I use a cotton pad and apply the toner on my face. A little bit goes a long way with this toner and there’s no need to be wasteful and saturate the cotton pad. Just a few drops is enough to get the results you want. Immediately, my skin feels fresh and moist.
This toner is a “skin-conditioning tonic that restores and balances skin so that it is soft, soothed, and prepared for treatment products.” It doesn’t feel sticky or slimy; just moist. I like how it doesn’t strip my face, which is important to me since I tend to use harsher nighttime products. The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic “delivers instant, 24-hour and long-term hydration. Formulated with Bobbi Brown’s signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend and cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf, and lavender, it works to soothe and soften the skin. The Vitamin B5 softens and conditions, leaving your skin prepped for the next treatment step.” I give it a moment to sink into my skin a little bit before moving onto my gel cream. Also, remember that this is a hydrating toner, so it doesn’t contain alcohol or strip the skin, and instead, it balances and refreshes the moisture in the skin. Perfect for dry or sensitive skin, it brings a refreshingly hydrating step to any skincare routine.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream $56.00 USD
After applying the toner, I give it a few seconds to sink in but not all the way. Then, I apply the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream, which is a “water-based gel-cream that hydrates and balances skin.” It feels rich, but lightweight at the same time. The gel texture feels like water once applied onto the skin and absorbs nicely into the skin. Upon contact, it feels a little tacky at first. After a moment, my skin feel nice and refreshed; the look is still moist but not greasy at all. LOVE.
Last year, I reviewed the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream, but I like the GEL CREAM much better. It’s perfect for the in-between season we’re in, but I don’t think it will make my skin dry in the winter months here in Texas. My skin is combo/sensitive and this gel cream really helps moisturizing my dry cheeks but balancing my oily t-zone. “This refreshing, lightweight emulsion provides a burst of moisture, leaving skin feeling healthy, rejuvenated—and perfectly prepared for a seamless makeup application. It contains a powerfully enriched mineral water blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin. Ingredients include a tropical grass extract, which instantly increases the skin’s natural ability to hold onto moisture, and vitamin E, which provides antioxidant protection against environmental damage.” Normally, after applying the gel cream, I get dressed. By giving this moment for everything to sink into my skin, I find that applying my sunscreen and then base makeup on top has better results because nothing is slipping and sliding around. My skin refreshed, looks even and healthy, and the constant moisture that these two products provide keeps my skin so comfortable throughout the day — even in the heat. There’s such a difference in how my skin looks when it’s restored of hydration; and, the best part is that my skin doesn’t feel oily or greasy.
I recommend both these products together, honestly. I use the toner both day and night, but I only use the gel cream in my morning skincare routine. They both prep my skin nicely and makeup applies wonderfully as well.