...to clean skincare. As I've read more about clean skincare and watched YouTube reviews, I made the decision to switch to a completely clean skincare routine.
What does "clean" mean exactly? For Sephora, specifically, it means that the products don't contain any sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oils and other harmful ingredients. They also contain less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. Luckily, Sephora marks every clean product with their own green clean seal and there's a specific page under skincare where you can browse through every clean skincare product.
I decided to switch to a clean skincare routine so I could ensure I'm not putting any harmful ingredients onto my skin, especially now that I'm constantly in contact with my baby. I also chose to switch to clean skincare because I've definitely been looking into how to make our home cleaner and more sustainable in general. Skincare is just one of my ways to reach that goal for myself.
The problem with clean skincare, though, is that it can be expensive af. Some of the clean skincare originals like Drunk Elephant and Tatcha are way out of my zero income price range right now, and honestly, I believe it's possible to do clean skincare for a much lower price. And Sephora Collection did it. The in-house line just launched it's very own clean skincare line on April 1, a perfect way to kick of Earth Month.
I have been a fan of Sephora Collection products for almost three years now. (Raise your hand if you remember me wearing the Cream Lip Stain in True Red all of summer 2017.) The CF Clubhouse, where I worked the first month of my New York internship, was sponsored by Sephora Collection so I had a chance to discover more about the line and find some of my favorite products that I still purchase to this day. So of course I jumped on the SC clean skincare line as soon as I saw their Instagram post.
I set out to do a 30-day trial of using just Sephora Collection clean skincare and, of course, had to document it on here for your reading pleasure.
Day 1: April 8
So this was my starting day even though I didn't have all the products I wanted yet. I started with the basics: face wash, moisturizer and eye cream. I used the Clean Skin Gel – Cleanse & Tone ($10) as both my a.m. and p.m. face wash. The "cleanse & tone" part of the name makes me think they're going to come out with different formulations of this face wash in the future.
For moisturizer, I used the All Day Hydrator – Hydrate & Glow ($16) for my a.m. moisturizer. At night, I used the Nourishing Moisturizer – Hydrate & Repair ($16) since it was a thicker formula. I felt that it was similar to the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer ($60) but I actually felt that this one sunk into my skin better and didn't feel as heavy. Another similarity that was pointed out to me was the packaging. As my friend MacKenzie said, the packaging on all the products is very similar to Drunk Elephant. At least the pricing isn't similar.
Finally, I used the Brightening Eye Cream – Hydrate & Depuff ($16) during both my morning and evening routines to help with my growing dark circles. (Thanks, Kal.) Again, all of these products having a secondary formula name at the end makes me think that they could be releasing different formulations after seeing how successful this initial launch turns out to be.
I also ordered two more products to test out on this day, the Glow Peel Pads ($15) and the Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C Serum ($20) so I could add a toning element to my routine as well as a serum.
If you know me pretty well, you know that I have oily skin and for pretty much ever, I wanted to have perfectly matte skin with no trace of glow or highlight or anything. But I've since changed my ways and now want to embrace that healthy glow since I spend a lot of my time without makeup these days, hence the lack of hesitation toward all these hydrating and glow-inducing products.
About five days after the start of this clean skincare experiment, I added in the serum and glow pads. I found that the pads didn't really do a ton for me and the serum was a little sticky after application, but my face definitely glowed.
In terms of the other products, I wasn't obsessed with them, but I didn't hate them. The face wash is something I would continue to use. For me, it's hard to be wowed by face wash. It's face wash, that's it. I really did like the moisturizer and eye cream, though. I felt that the all day hydrator was perfect for my oily skin during the day and the thicker nourishing moisturizer was perfect to give my skin the extra hydration I needed at night. The eye cream didn't take away my dark circles (let's be honest, only five years of sleep could take those away at this point), but it did really plump and hydrate my eye area so I look like I maybe have a baby that sleeps through the night.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to pick up and test out the face masks they have, but if that's something you'd like to see, let me know in the comments! If you're looking for clean face masks to incorporate into your routine, I highly suggest the Summer Fridays masks. I love the original Jet Lag Mask and their second launch, the Overtime Mask.
What are some of your favorite clean skincare products? Let me know in the comments so I can test them out. I'm always looking to add clean products to ALL my routines now, so recommend your skincare, cleaning, etc. favorites!