Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You

If you could only use one skincare brand for the rest of your life, which would it be? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI really haven’t settled on a skincare regimen or particular brand, but if I had to pick, it would be bareMinerals, because I really love the daytime moisturizer (both with and without SPF) as well as the evening cream. They work well, and they’re affordable, as far as high-end skincare goes.

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61 thoughts on “If you could only use one skincare brand for the rest of your life, which would it be?

  1. Colleen

    Definitely Lush. Their products are so gentle and always leave my skin amazing. No crazy chemicals and cruelty-free.

  2. Probably The Body Shop!

  3. Christen

    That’s actually a really tough choice cause there are several favorites thanks to the lovely Caroline Hirons recommendations. I think it’s a complete tie though with Origins and Ren. I have discovered several stand out pieces from both brands. I think Caudalie and Clarins comes in a close runner ups though as they have also some stand out essentials that I don’t think I could ever be without.

  4. ninjaGlamour

    Paula’s Choice. They have everything I could need.

  5. A. Mar

    Tough question! Likely Philosophy for me. Some of the moisturizers they make have been the absolute best for my skin. And Purity Made Simple is a great cleanser.

  6. Jan

    Skincare in and of itself – probably not a traditional cosmetic company. Right now, I’m liking the IMAGE skincare line. for face and neck I have extremely sensitive, combination skin prone to dark spots and breakouts. IMAGE seems to keep that under control, provide necessary (although only SPF 15) sunblock, and gets extra points for simply feeling good on the skin (particularly the Vital C line).
    If you’re counting body and scalp care, I’d have to say Aveda.

  7. Chelsea

    This is a tough one! I am at a toss up between Shiseido and Mario Badescu. I love how gentle Shiseido’s products are and also the light scent they have, but Mario Badescu has some great products for treating acne. I just hate the smell of most of Mario’s products.

    • Jan

      Shisheido is my 20+ plus year mainstay but for some reason, right now, my skin needs me to mix it up a bit. I love the way Shisheido products feel – even lighter on the skin than IMAGE. I’ll have to check out Mario Badescu. Have not yet tried them.

    • Hollie H

      I am right there with you. Mario has some great products. Their new Peptide Renewal Creme is my new HG. It’s amazing and the difference it’s made around my eyes overnight is amazing. Their Kiwi & Strawberry scrubs smell like candy and the rest smell meh. Shiseido is a great line and I love the smell of their products but Mario is more affordable. I like the Miracle Worker line from Philosophy too.

  8. Aelita

    skincare? definitely Avene!

  9. Ellen

    Definitely REN, although I wish they had SPF options other than the weirdly colored BB cream!

  10. lawren

    For me, it would probably be Vichy. They have so many different products in their line for any stage of your life, so I feel like I’d be covered when I get older haha ; )

  11. Jigisha

    Would never stick to one brand cause that way my skin becomes used to it and doesnt show any improvement aftr some point. Having said that, currently im into kiehls

  12. For me, it’d definitely be REN. My skin has visibly improved since I began incorporating the brand into my skincare regimen regularly. Clinique also has a couple of products I’d be hard pressed to do without though, namely their Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and Super Rescue Antioxidant Night moisturizer!

  13. AngieButterfly

    CeraVe. Cheap but effective products. They are incredibly underrated.

    • Chelsea

      Agreed! My really finicky skin does well with their products, so happy they came out with sunscreens this year!

  14. I have used Clarins for years and am very happy with their skincare.

  15. xamyx

    Desert Essence. Cruelty-free, 100% chemical-free, easily accessible… I could go on, and on. It’s also dirt-cheap; I spend less than $100 USD a *year* on product (actually, closer to $50), and it is extremely effective. I’ve had the same regime for a year-and-a-half now, and my skin has *never* looked better (and I’ll be 40 this week).

    I’ve tried HE products, but after reading the ingredients, I found that I was paying big bucks for really inexpensive ingredients. Petroleum by-products (ie, mineral oil, etc) & parabens are among the least expensive ingredients available, yet the HE brands have tyhe highest mark-up, and none worked any better than Desert Essence, which I pick up at any health-food store.

    • Miss J

      Happy Birthday, Amy!

    • Laura S.

      I completely agree! I don’t really wear natural makeup, but I’m ALL OVER Dessert Essence, and I make my own oil cleanser (sunflower oil and castor oil) and night moisturizer (avocado oil base with rosehip oil and argan oil). Probably $40 for all of the ingredients.

      But the ingredients for the cleanser, that also works brilliantly as a makeup remover, will last me for years. And I’ll get at least a year or two out of the night moisturizer. My skin has never felt better!

  16. Daniela

    Definitely Clarins! I have lots of products from Clarins and I love them all.

  17. Cat G

    Avalon Organics!

  18. Caroline

    Definitely Guerlain.

  19. Alison

    Oh, no! With makeup, that was easier, but with my fussy skin… I don’t think I could do it!

  20. Oh dear…only one? Okay, I’m gonna go for it and say Jouviance (a small Canadian company; they only make a few products but the ones they have are darned good). Failing that, maybe Clarins or Origins. No – WAIT! Dermalogica. I’ve only ever had facials using their products and have never made the fairly costly shift to all Dermalogica. And they have a few over-rated ‘stinker’ products like everyone else but they also have some amazing skincare products. Okay – yeah – Dermalogica.

    • Brenda

      heads up on Dermalogica, (if you’re in Canada) from my local beauty boutique..Shoppers won’t be carrying them anymore!

      • Tigerlily

        Same here! Dermalogica rocks, though I agree with Mariella’s comment on their occasional over-rated products. Their website is great to steer clear of those thanks to the users’ comments. I just couldn’t do without their Overnight Clearing Gel or PreCleanse oil anymore.

  21. Stacey

    Paul’s Choice. Every product is effective, does exactly what it claims to do, most products are under 20 dollars and all are cruelty free. A close second choice would be Estee Lauder. Some really innovative serums and great sunscreens & cleansers.

  22. Nikki

    I have been using the regimen and products by Dan Kern for two years now, and I’m very pleased with it.

  23. calimom

    Philosophy, especially the Miracle Worker products.

  24. Freeman. I just fell in love with their Eclos line.

  25. I will TBS or Lierac Paris.
    I can’t choose between the two.

  26. Lauryn

    Definitely stuck between lush, cetaphil, shiseido, clinique, and origins lol.
    I think I cant live without cetaphil the most, though.

  27. Kristen

    Dermalogica. It’s expensive, but it’s really the only thing I have found that doesn’t freak out my face.

  28. koolchicken

    I’m not sure I could choose, it’s a cross between Fresh and L’Ooccitane. I even use both on my son.

  29. Rebekah

    Michael Todd True Organics for sure!

  30. Ahhhh it’s so hard to choose between Noevir, Olay, Lancôme, Philosophy, Mario Badescu and Shiseido. I suppose I’ll go with Noevir.

  31. Most probably Clinique – I’ve been using their skincare products for over 10 years and I still love them!

  32. Elizabeth

    Me too!

  33. Jessica

    Estee Lauder.

  34. casey23

    When you say one skincare for the rest of your life, I immediately think about moisturizers! :) Since clenasers and toners are easy to find… That being said, Caudalie would be my usual choice, but for acne times Bioderma is the second runner!

  35. Paula

    Estee Lauder or Clarins

  36. Ajnushka_beauty

    Clarins or La Roche-Posay

  37. ProperIntro

    Paula’s Choice line because I trust their ingredients compared to Ren/Mario B…/etc

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  39. Layla Perdomo

    I have completely fallen madly in love with CLARINS skincare. Expensive but worth every penny.

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  41. Macaddict

    Only 1????!!!!
    Impossible! I don’t think anyone only uses 1 line.
    My HGs have changed over the years but for the last while I have been mostly using the Dior line along with some Guerlain, some Nars, some Mac, and some La Roche Posay.

  42. Lisa

    Laura Geller!

  43. kurohana

    DHC for sure.

  44. Wow, tough question. I’d have to at least make a caveat that I could count sunscreen separately, because none of the companies whose skin care products I use make one that is really effective for me.

    With that out of the way, it’s a tough race between Korres, Skyn Iceland and Nuxe. I use products from all three regularly. But if I had to choose only one? I think I’d go with Nuxe, since they have the broadest range of products that work well on me.

  45. Lisa J

    This is hard because I have such sensitive skin that can react badly to one product within a line and absolutely love another. If I had to choose, I would go with Clarins, since I haven’t had a single problem with any of their products I’ve tried thus far. I don’t know the entire line, but I’ve tried several products and have even incorporated a few of them into my current routine. I would feel comfortable being limited to just their line at this point. Such an interesting question! I had to really think about this one. 😛

    Let’s hope it never actually happens LOL. 😉

  46. Sarah021

    My own… I don’t trust any brand to create a truly full of goodness cream except what I make! At least I know what’s in it and how scientifically sound what I make.

  47. Nancy Dav

    Definitely Philosophy! The Purity cleanser speaks for itself!

  48. Andrea

    Nivea Q10. Literally the only one which doesn’t burn my skin.

  49. Basema

    Estee Lauder