One thing that has always been important to me is creating good habits. Unfortunately it's not always easy, especially since eating junk food or watching tv can feel more satisfying in the moment. Lately though, I've realized the importance of focusing on what will be satisfying in the long term too - and have decided that pampering myself with proper skincare should be included in that!
Since graduating college and settling into a more consistent routine, I've gotten a lot better at taking good care of my skin. I never really made it a priority before, and was always unhappy when my skin suffered because of it. In more recent months I've finally taken the time to understand what I need to prevent blemishes and be confident in my natural look. I've also allowed myself to experiment with higher quality (sometimes meaning higher cost) products, and seek out more natural/chemical-free solutions.
When I was asked to try products from Simple, I was really excited! Not only is their line of skincare all natural and safe for sensitive skin, but it's also really budget friendly. I was already familiar with their micellar water, which I would occasionally use as a makeup remover, so I had really high hopes for their hydrating cleansing wipes and gel cream.
I have combination skin, and really rely on moisturizers to help keep my t-zone balanced. If I don't moisturize twice a day (before makeup, and after cleansing), I see a noticeable difference in the oil produced on my nose, and the dry flakiness that will happen on my forehead and cheeks. I've tried quite a few different types of moisturizers, and am pretty clued into what works well for me! Luckily the Simple Water Boost is more "gel" than "cream", which is what I prefer when getting ready for bed after a long day of heavy concealer and foundation. Gels feel really light and airy, so you don't worry about clogged pores right after washing your face! This is definitely true of the hydrating gel cream, which is made even better with the lack of perfumes or colors.
However, it comes to my daytime moisturizer I tend to skip the Simple gel. Protection from the sun - even though we hardly get any in Seattle - is really important to me. Like I said before, I'm working on forming habits with longterm benefits, which means I typically opt for a day solution that uses sunscreen.
As for the wipes, I was much less impressed. I never really feel like my face gets clean when using cleansing wipes, so unless I am traveling I tend to avoid them. I've also noticed a pretty obvious divide between products labelled "makeup removing wipes" and "cleansing wipes" when it comes to how effective they are. Unfortunately the Simple Water Boost wipes were in the cleansing category, and really missed the mark for me. While I already had makeup remover, I knew I needed to give the wipes a real chance so I packed them for my weekend trip to Disneyland and told myself I couldn't mix them with any other cleansers. I needed to know whether they worked or not, without letting my anti-disposable-wipe bias get in the way. This led to a very difficult time removing my makeup at the end of a long day in the parks. After walking around Disney for 10+ hours the last thing I wanted to do was fuss over my face before bed, but that's exactly when I ended up doing.
Even though I was opening the package for the first time, the wipes felt dryer than most other brands I've tried. With a name like "Water Boost", dry isn't the word I would have expected to use when describing my experience. It took an entire wipe to remove one eye's worth of mascara, and that was after I got it wet under the sink. In total I ended up using three wipes, one for each eye and one for my skin. Keep in mind that I do not wear waterproof makeup of any kind, and typically have a very easy time with a simple cream or micellar water.
While my experience with the wipes wasn't good, I am not turned off to Simple as a brand and have continued using the gel cream each night. I plan to purchase a full size bottle when my sample runs out, and may end up trying other products from the line as well.
Thank you to Simple Water Boost and Influencer for allowing me to test these products. I received both at no cost, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions of the products are my own.
24 | Seattle, Wa