Healing my 30-Something Skin - Top Fall Skincare Picks 2015 for Sensitive, Dry-Combo Skin

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BeautyPopStop's Fall 2015 Top Skincare

My skin is extremely important to me. I've talked quite a few times over the years about how careful I am to maintain a healthy, even complexion. I would much rather be able to feel confident with bare skin than feel I need to cover up certain areas. When I turned 30 a few years ago I noticed a drastic change in my skin. My once effortlessly clear, bright complexion grew dull and I started to notice patches of breakouts around my chin and forehead. I know I was fortunate to have so many years of great skin, but this sudden change really shook me.

While my skin has always been sensitive, it's never been such high maintenance. I freaked out and despite having the education to know better, I did all the wrong things. I over-cleansed, over-treated and generally freaked the flip out the first few weeks I really noticed a dramatic change. Once I took a breath, calmed down and rethought what I was doing I began putting all my effort into treating my skin the right way and setting it on the road to recovery.

I've tried a long list of products over the last 7 months (the right way, slowly and with breaks in between) and I've come across some not so great products and some amazing products.

Now that winter is coming (where's Ned Stark when you need him?), I thought it might be helpful to share some of my current top skincare picks. Some of these products may work well for you, some may not suit your skin type. I have sensitive, dry-combo, Asian skin and all of these products work beautifully for me.

Also, these are all products I purchased myself with the exception of one, took the time to test on my own skin and I will not receive anything for sharing them. I simply want to help anyone who's as frustrated as I was months ago if possible! Nothing beats skin you can feel good about.

Quick tip: Avoid skincare that includes alcohol and harsh detergents in general, especially for daily use. Not only can this strip your skin and cause more issues, it can also cause sensitivity. This is something I've always stuck to and wanted to pass along before we get into the products below.

Top Skincare Picks Fall 2015

1. Smile's PRID Homeopathic Drawing Salve (prices vary $6.99-$7.49)
This is a salve that can be used to draw and get rid of infection. While it can be used on other types of skin ailments, it has also been used for years on blemishes. For me, if I put this on a blemish I notice a difference typically within a day (reduced size and redness).

I've found this available at a number of drugstores as well as

2. Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (retail $18)
I have been using this face wash for years and it has always been a favorite. While I find it to be too harsh if my skin is dehydrated, as long as I keep my face in good shape this works beautifully for me. If you are a contact wearer make sure you do not put contacts in before using this as it is particularly awful if it gets into your eyes. 

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3. Lucas Papaw Ointment (prices vary $7-$40)
This is a cult favorite among some makeup artists (right up there with homeoplasmine) and I've found it works well to help hydrate skin, repair chapped skin and even reduce the appearance of blemishes. A little goes a long way, which is great because the larger tub can be quite pricey. I have seen this improve the texture and appearance of chapped skin within a couple hours at times. I think it's worth it, personally!

This is available at a number of stores, but since it's produced in Australia it's important to make sure you purchase from a reliable merchant. is one online retailer I'm aware of in the U.S. that sells it and I've always had a great experience purchasing from them in general.

4. Thayer's Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
I have used rosewater for toning and other beauty purposes for as long as I can remember, but this is both alcohol-free and includes witch hazel and aloe. I really, really love it and use it daily to tone as well as to dilute other products at times. I cannot recommend this enough, it is good stuff!

Available at and I've seen it at my local Whole Foods

5. Equitance Brightening Foaming Cleanser (retail $30)
Normally I would never use a foaming product on my face (detergents like that are extremely harsh), but I received a sample of this earlier this year and for some reason it worked beautifully on my skin. I can't count the number of times I've used this for a few days, noticed a difference and then had other people comment on my skin and ask if I was wearing foundation. Because this cleanser strips your skin of all oil it's important to hydrate really well after and not use it if skin is hyper-sensitive and/or dehydrated. I tend to use this for brief periods in rotation with my other favorite cleansers.

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6. Shea Terra Organics 100% Moroccan Argan Oil (retail $24 for 2 oz)
I am a huge fan of oil for cleansing and keeping skin hydrated. My skin has always been sensitive, but up until I hit 30 it was dry and I could use almost any high-quality oil on it without issue. As soon as I turned 30 I noticed that I could only use certain oils--primarily those with comedogenic ratings of zero. While I love hemp oil, it has to be refrigerated and I tend to travel fairly frequently so Argan oil is a better fit for me a lot of the time (also has a comedogenic rating of zero). It works beautifully on my skin and hair and Shea Terra Organics' is great quality and the one I'm currently using.

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There you have it! Those are 6 of my current top skincare picks. I have personally had amazing experiences with all 6. Keep in mind, these cater to my personal skincare needs and type so take that into consideration prior to purchasing.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your current skincare concerns?

Note: One of the products in this post was submitted for consideration by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.


  1. These are all new to me! I can't wait to try some of them out!

    1. I hope whatever you try works beautifully for you!

  2. Years ago a friend of mine send me Papaw from Australia and I loved it!

  3. Ohhhhhh I want to try ALL of these!


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