by dailykongfidence

For May, I am sharing some of my favorite cleansers among other things. While I’ve been using one cleanser for many years now, I’ve realized that certain days call for certain cleansers and it’s good to switch it up every now and then. So while there are four cleansers listed down here, yes, I use them ALL for different purposes in my routine. They all have a specific function but they are work well for me, foam (I need foaming cleansers), cleanse thoroughly, and are amazing brands!

1. Adsorb Washing & Gel Cream

I first tried this Moist Essence after attending the Indie Beauty Expo and gave my review in this post, but this month I’ve been using their #102 Washing and their #108 Gel Cream. I have become a quick fan of this Japanese brand due to the unique ostrich antibodies they add to their products as well as how it’s made my skin feel since using their products about two months ago.

The #102 Washing is one of those cleansers that literally leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. It’s difficult to explain that feeling but almost like if you rubbed your fingers up and down your skin it would squeak from it being sooo clean. I use this cleanser on days where I wear a full face of make up because I know that this cleaner will take off all the makeup with one wash. It gets super foamy and a little goes a long way which is great because it is a tad pricey, but worth it if you want it to get your face really clean.

The #108 Gel Cream I use after I use the #106 Moist Essence. The essence is very hydrating and has a bit of a stickiness to it, however, once you put on the Gel Cream, it takes on a more matte and velvety smooth finish. The Gel Cream is light but hydrating as well and I love that it makes my skin feel so smooth and prepped for makeup.

2. Elemis Superfood Facial Wash & Facial Oil

Elemis and their Superfood Skincare line is one of those products that you just feel great putting onto your skin. All of their products contain a nutrient-dense, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that feed the skin with healthy nourishment. This line literally lives by the motto what is good for the body is good for the skin and it’s true.

The Superfood Facial Wash is not only affordable, it’s natural pre-biotic helps the skin’s microflora and contains broccoli seed, avocado, and pumpkin seed that aids in an outdoor-fresh glow. I use this wash in the mornings (the smell is amazing and also helps wake up the senses) and even on my body on days I workout. It foams well and I love that it is chemical free and natural. I’ve heard comments that this wash is ideal for normal to oily skin and not for dry skin (I’m combination). I use it often and haven’t noticed my skin feeling dry after washing.

I also am a fan of the Superfood Facial Oil which contains the power of 9 antioxidant and omega-rich superfood ingredients including broccoli seed, daikon radish, macadamia, and rosehip seed oils). It’s lightweight and non-greasy so quickly absorbs into the skin. I truly feel my skin is hydrated and glowing when I add this oil right after my toner.

3. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Products

Everyone knows that dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross is the king of exfoliating products. His most popular products are the Alpha Beta Peel Pads. I’ve been using the Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Gel (nightly basis) and Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer (once in a while) to accelerate cell turnover and get rid of the surface dullness. Often people hear the term “acids” and shudder, but they are not to be feared. In fact, I actually welcome them because I know that it is slowly transforming my skin. A good balance of acids is the key to maintaining a healthy complexion and Dr. Dennis Gross has found the right recipe.

My typical regimen is to use the Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Gel (it is gentle enough to use daily), then I use the Alpha Beta Universal Peel, and then apply the Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer. On the nights I use the perfect trifecta, I wake up in the mornings to glowing, renewed skin and can tell a difference! The Gel is pretty thick (so you don’t need a lot) and added with a little water it lathers well. It cleans gently and my face still feels hydrated after washing. On days I use the Peel Pads, my skin looks fabulous the day after. The Peel pads are more effective than scrubs and exfoliate all dead skin leaving your face radiant and glowing! Pores are smaller, skin feels smooth and soft…these are quite amazing! The Peel pads also come in extra strength, but I’ve only used the Universal Daily ones so far. The Moisturizer is lightweight and great for summer. It absorbs quickly and because it is exfoliating and renewing skin, I can slowly see that fine lines are dissipating.

4. Skinesque Enzyme Washing Powder

If you watch my Stories, you know that Skinesque is a brand I love. They make amazing masks (which I will cover in a separate mask review post) and one of my favorite cleansers, the Enzyme Washing Powder. I cannot say how much I love this washing powder. Not only is it perfect for travel (there’s no liquid), it exfoliates when activated with water and also foams (I am all about foaming cleansers). It is gentle for everyday use and contains papain, an enzyme from papaya extract that helps to remove dead skin cells and improve texture.

5. Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

For my nightly routine my go-to cream is La Mer Creme de la Creme during winter, then the La Mer Cooling Gel or Adsorb Gel Cream during spring/ summer). For the mornings, however, I prefer something light especially if I plan to wear makeup and I have been loving the Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. Like my beloved sunscreen that I cannot say enough about, this Day Cream goes on so smooth and doesn’t peel or cake under makeup. I like that there’s no scent and that it feels lightweight (even though it is on the thicker side) and fluid. It lives up to it’s “ever calm” name indeed.

6. Lilah B. Aglow Face Mist

And after all is said and done with my skincare routine, morning and night, I finish it off with the Aglow Face Mist. I’ve been trying out a few facial mists and so far this one by Lilah B. is my favorite. When misting, not only is it important that it smells fresh (hint of lavender), leaves your face hydrated, and keeps skin dewy, it also needs to have a decent spray. Some are too strong, some are too soft, and some just spray straight and hit you in the eye. This spray is perfect and leaves me feeling refreshed to set my moisturizer, set my makeup, or even mid-day when I need some hydration.

So those are my skincare favorites for May. Do you have any must-have moisturizers that you love, please share! Also, coming up next month I want to share some of my favorite masks and even some skincare tools!

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Courtney Hardy June 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm

These skincare products sound so good. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Sun June 1, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Girl, I love the detail you include in each and every one of your posts! I seriously enjoy reading your blog posts 🙂 These sound like amazing products and these are all brands that I actually haven’t tried! We should exchange skincare product reviews with each other 😉 Love all of the photos!

Marie Tang June 1, 2018 - 8:38 pm

The ones I’m most excited to try are the Ren face cream for daytime and the Lilah B. facial mist! I love reading your skincare reviews!! Thx for sharing!

Elizabeth T. June 2, 2018 - 8:23 am

Loving all of these skincare products! I’ve been wanting to try the peels for awhile now! And oh, the gel cleanser sounds lovely too! Loved all of these favorites, Christine!

XO, Elizabeth

Zorica June 3, 2018 - 8:01 am

So many amazing products.
Great selection.

Simone June 4, 2018 - 3:46 am

I’m suffering from oily skin, so the Elemis facial wash would be very ideal for me. I do take care of a good skincare regimen too, it’s so important to have a beautiful skin. Love all those products Chrisine!

xx Simone
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Jessi Malay June 4, 2018 - 11:56 am

Love Elemis!! Great picks girlie!

XO, Jessi

Thomas Falkenstedt June 4, 2018 - 4:09 pm

Just like you, I’m a total sucker for foams. I think they clean your skin more thoroughly just like you said. I really want to try #102 from Adsorb as it seems like a all-in-one cleanser. I’m also lacking a good night cream as the ones I’ve been using just haven’t done it for me and yes I know you can’t expect miracles, but as REN has always worked for me before, I’ll definitely check out their night cream too. 🙂 Thank you for an insight in all your lovely routines and making it easier to navigate in the beauty jungle! 🙂 xx

Nina Nguyen June 4, 2018 - 4:35 pm

I have oily skin, def need to try that face wash! Thanks for sharing babe!
xx- Nina

Jessica June 5, 2018 - 6:11 am

Looks like these are really good quality products. I’d love to try Elemis Superfood Facial Wash & Facial Oil myself. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica |

Sheree June 5, 2018 - 11:01 am

I love a good foam cleanser, I feel as though it really helps cleanse the skin but keep it hydrated at the same time, I have been looking for a good night cream and haven’t tried REN so I will definitely have to give it a shot, thanks for sharing!

~xo Sheree

Aurela lacaj June 5, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Thanks for sharing all your skin care routine girl. I am trying to get my skin ready for my big day. I have oily skin too, and Elemis facial wash would be great to try. Also, need to look for a good cream, I am definitely will check all this fantastic product.
Aurela x

monica sors June 6, 2018 - 1:47 am

omg I need to try this!!
Mónica Sors

Michelle June 6, 2018 - 3:21 am

Ooooh these look great – I haven’t tried any of these yet! I’m also a beauty junkie and I love trying new products. I really need that face mist for my purse!

Sarah June 6, 2018 - 3:29 am

Thank you for sharing your skincare favourites, I am always on the search for new products. I have combination skin, so I am using a cleansing oil at the moment and it’s been great to cleanse the face. But I loved reading about the Adsorb washing and gel cream, they sound like the perfect duo which would work well for my skin. And the Aglow Face Mist sounds perfect for the hot summer months, would love to give that a try too :).


Ms Via June 6, 2018 - 5:18 am

I have never tried any of the brands that you have mentioned. Denis Gross is on my list but sometimes it gets confusing what to purchase from the brand. Having oily skin I go for cleansers that will control my oils. I use PIXI mud cleanser and a glycolic acid cleanser these days. 🙂

Via |

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Eva June 6, 2018 - 1:22 pm

This post is very curated and interesting. I never using washing gels because I have the dry skin but I loved so much the facial oils. I love to mix them with the foundation so them give hydration, luminous skin and fluidity of the coverage. I’m the winter I prefer to put under the cream

Vanessa June 6, 2018 - 5:20 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post! I always on the loop to find new good products to enhance woman’s natural beauty. I’m currently using foam cleanser and I love the way my skin feels after applying, but the facial oils sounds really good to achieve a double cleanse and perfect complexion, free of impurities.
Thanks for sharing all of this helpful information!

Erica Luczakowsky June 6, 2018 - 5:33 pm

If you asked me to pick which product above seems the most amazing, I would have no idea!! The Superfood Facial Oil seems like it would be so fresh and uplifting with its natural ingredients, and I love that you said it’s super refreshing for the morning (getting me to wake up is a bear). I love that the Alpha Beta Products help with dulling skin (curse the fact that my skin is getting older!). And last but not least, I am so in love with any product that sets my skin up to be light and airy when applying my make up – the Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream seems like it does just that.

I am just going to have to look into each of these products and try them for myself! So excited to try new things!

Thanks for all the amazing skin care recommendations!


Elle June 6, 2018 - 11:56 pm

Great post! I’m obsessed with Tata Harper!!

Darya June 7, 2018 - 1:39 am

To be honest, I’ve never heard about the products you mentioned in the article.
But I really want to try all of them, especially Adsorb Washing & Gel Cream. I’m searching something like this for my sensitive skin.


Elegant Duchess June 7, 2018 - 11:35 am

I love Elemis products and I’m very curious to try that facial wash! It sounds amazing

sophie June 8, 2018 - 2:22 am

These look like great products. I just love the packaging. Sadly most of them cannot be found here in my coluntry.

Camille June 10, 2018 - 8:12 am

Great post, thanks for sharing! These sound like cool products, I will have to try some 🙂

Camille xo

Tandya Stewart June 12, 2018 - 7:58 pm

I love reading your skincare round ups! I am a huge fan of Elemis and I use their products every day! I was recently introduced to the Elemis Superfood line and I am obsessed! It’s like healthy eating for my skin. I would love to try the Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Gel! I have been looking for the perfect pore minimizing product. Thank you for sharing!



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