Hi, My Name is Kelli…

And I’m addicted to skin care products. 

Hmmm…addicted makes it sound serious.  Perhaps I should just say I’m in love with skin care products.  But that makes my relationship with all things skin related sounds healthy.  You know what?  Let’s just not qualify it. 

Hi, my name is Kelli and I have a lot of skin care products.  So much so that my husband recently commented how ten years ago when we got married, had he known how much “stuff” girls put on their face, he would have required me to open and stock a seperate bank account just for all my “stuff.”

And incidentally, can we not call it “stuff?”  It’s heaven’s nectar.  It’s youth in a jar.  It’s what’s making sure that when I’m 50, I’m still going to look 30, baby!

To which Lee would reply, “Well that’s gonna stink for you because when I’m 50 I’m gonna look 50 so you’re gonna be stuck with an older man.”

Hmph.  I’m holding out hope for Zac Efron.  Or Ryan Reynolds…

I’m kidding!

*a little*

So.  What was I talking about?  Facial products!  I love them.  I would wash my face five times a day and put on a different moisturizer if I knew it was good for me.  But it’s not, so I settle for the more common twice a day washing.  Then I pull out my awaiting stash and breath in its lovely scent.  I have morning mositurizers with antioxidants.  I have a nighttime moisturizer with some kind of ingredient that’s supposed to keep me looking young.  Plus, I think it wards off vampires.

I have masks, my newest being a Vitamin C peel and it’s A-to the-MAZING.  It might be my new favorite.  I love how my skin feels when it’s been scrubbed and slathered.  I feel refreshed and awake and ready to conquer the day.

Okay, I think it’s safe to say I’m an addict.

Here are a few of my favorite products.  You know, just for fun…

Arbonne NutrimenC – I order a full set almost once a year (at a discounted price) and it usually lasts me a whole year, which is why I feel no guilt.  NONE.  Why would one feel guilty about wonderful, glorious face products?

Neutrogena – This lotion smells amazing, has antioxidants in it – which, I don’t really know what that means but it sounds like it’s really good for you – and has spf 15 to keep the sun’s rays at bay, but not out completely because who doesn’t look better with a tan, right?

Philosophy: When Hope is not enough – This is my new vitamin C peel.  Actually it’s called a Microdelivery Peel.  Doesn’t that just sound amazing?!  Seriously, this stuff is spectacular.  I love it.  Love it, love it, love it.  This may be an unhealthy love… 

Hugo Naturals – I was recently introduced to this product line for the kids.  Particularly Landon who has got some pretty nasty exzema issues.  As in the pediatrician told me, “His skin is going to be your job.”  Lucky for Landon, I LOVE SKIN.  Their products are 100% natural and organic.  They’re gentle on his skin and the lotions are amazing.  I also got a couple of the sugar scrubs and body butters for me and Sweet mercy!  I’ve found a new love.  You can find these at Whole Foods and I highly recommend them, especially if you have kiddos with problem skin…Or if you are addicted to skin care products.

Wexler MMPi: I don’t know what is in this stuff but it makes my skin feel as soft as the day I was born.  Or as soft as I imagine my skin was the day I was born.  It’s a jar full of magic made by fairies at the base of rainbows.  Hint: You can get it at Bath and Body Works on special several times/year. 

This is not, of course, an extensive list of my facial loves.  You don’t even want to get me started on eye cream, or on the When Hope is not Enough oil I got for Christmas that makes me feel like I’ve been swimming with the gods.  If I believed in ‘the gods’ of course…

Is there a 12 Step program for this sort of thing?

Never mind.  Don’t answer that.  I don’t want to give it up…

So with that, I’m going to hop out of bed and scrub my face.  The excitement I got from writing that last sentence is almost embarrassing.  Except, I LOVE TO WASH MY FACE! 

If any of you have skin care tips or products you love, do share.  Because clearly I’m a junkie who needs more. 

*Incidentally, I was not paid or asked to write about any of these products.  I share my skin care secrets out of the goodness of my heart.  You are SO welcome.


  1. I am hooked on philosophy’s products and love the microdelivery peel as well. Have you bought a Clarisonic yet? Girlllll – you will love it. Love. It. I found mine on sale last week and it’s amazing. Sorry to fuel your addiction. 🙂

  2. ok so here’s the completely biased opinion of a girl raised too closely to mary-kay salesladies, their anti-aging face lotion is a dream and their velocity skin products have the perfect refreshing citrus scent that makes you eager for your orange juice in the morning.
    company that I think you’ll absolutely adore from front door to register is Orgins, they do all natural miricals at an unnatural price so fall in love with selective products only. their micro-derm scrub is a keeper, so is their charcol mask which is wonderful for keeping pores small as well as scaring small children.. two birds.. one stone..
    I’ll def have to look into hugo naturals its the only thing on your list I haven’t heard of.. and for the record skin care is a fabulous addiction at least you are investing in you and not a purse that will ultimately be out of fashion..lookin good!

  3. melcable says

    Just to let you know my skin regimen is Oil of Beauty spf lotion about 2 times a week. In case you’ve never heard of this rarity, it is Oil of olay walmart generic. Knowing this, will you still be my friend?

  4. Melissa, I have known about your skin care habits for many years now. Remember our dorm days when I would wash my face religiously no matter what time we came in at night? And you guys would just fall into bed? And oh how I wanted to do that, but I just. couldn’t. do it.

    I won’t hold it against you. And thanks for not holding my obsession against me and for only making fun of me on rare occasions. 🙂

  5. I’m cracking up, Kelli…but also thankful that you wrote this post because since birthing children, my skincare has taken a major backseat- and sadly enough, is one of my new year resolutions. …I may have to try out some of your products…of course for now- I’m just doing good to wash my face with lever 2000 twice a day! HA!

  6. Elizabeth Ward says

    Hanging out with you is dangerous. First I find myself buying expensive tea in swanky stores. I find myself dissatisfied with teabags in shapes other than triangular prisms. I regularly puts “Guts” in my hair. Now I am intrigued by “When hope is not enough.”

  7. Yes well, I think it’s time you gave me a tennis lesson in return for passing on all my useless knowledge because I would love to learn how to play. I will warn you, though…I stink.


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