My go-to soothing and gentle skincare products

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For so long I was hunting for the perfect moisturizer. I remember trying new products and ending up with more break outs or even worse dry patches! I can’t remember why I started using fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex, but boy am I glad I did. It’s the most gentle and effective moisturizer I have ever used. And I’ve been using it for years now.

There are other creams I use when I need deep hydration, or just want to switch things up every once in a great while, but I always come back to this one.

I recently tried the fresh Rose Face Mask and was pleased with how soft my skin felt afterwards. I will say the consistency of this mask is a little suspect, being that it doesn’t look very pretty in the jar with all the crushed up rose petals, but it left my skin quenched and soft and it smelled like a rosy dream when I had it on! This mask would be a very thoughtful gift for someone you love! It’s probably the most unique mask I’ve ever used, and the only one that I know that contains actual rose petals!


My sister recently raved about the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I’ve been using it now for a few weeks. It’s hard to put into words, but it sinks into my skin, feels light but effective, and smells amazing. I have to admit it is the first time that I’ve used a face serum that doesn’t feel the slightest bit greasy. I like to put a few drops on my fingertips and pat it into my skin after I wash it in the evening.

I’ve been pretty happy with these skincare items, and I thought I’d round up a few other things I have my eyes on right now at Nordstrom.


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this post was created in partnership with Nordstrom via RewardStyle.


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mallory says · 05.06.16

I’ve been using the Paula’s Choice Resist Line for wrinkles and breakouts for 2 days now (I’m only 30, but still 🙂 ) and I’m REALLY liking it! I needed something lighter for summer b/c it’s SO humid in the south and with workouts and such, my winter routing is just too heavy…
I got the trial size and will probably be purchasing full size! Love the 2% exfoliant as above, the spf50 moisturizer (so light!) and the plain moisturizer!

Kiran says · 05.06.16

I hate greasy feeling products, they are the worst. The Body Shop oils are usually really nice, but I think I will be trying the Kiehl’s one next, I have heard amazing things about it and the Fresh brand too. Thanks for sharing x

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Sara says · 05.06.16

I love the Fresh Lotus moisturizer! Do you use it morning and night? I go back and forth for using it for both, or one or the other. Shouldn’t you use something with SPF during the day? ahh… too many choices!

Katie McGrath says · 05.06.16

I just got a little sample size of the rose mask from FRESH. I love how it makes my skin feel but Im not a fan of chunks of rose in it.

Kate says · 05.06.16

it’s definitely different!

Joanna says · 05.06.16

I love Kiehl’s Line Reducing Concentrate. It is a vitamin C treatment and I feel like it really makes a difference. I love that their products seem effective, but aren’t ridiculously priced.

Emily says · 05.09.16

You can mix one or two drops of this w/ one or two drops of the midnight recovery. I do this every night. It’s changed my skin. I am 40 and regularly mistaken for 28 or 29. I credit this duo.

Aileen says · 05.06.16

Wondering how the Kiehls serum compares to Tartes maracuja oil? I love the Tarte oil but wondering if the Kiehls has a little more “kick” to it for improving texture/fine lines? The reviews make it very tempting to try.

Kate says · 05.06.16

I would say the Kiehls feels a little lighter, absorbs better/less shine left behind!

Page Miller says · 05.06.16

I LOVE all things Fresh! I use their cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and of course their sugar lip treatment! I recently got the rose mask as a sample and it’s lasting for-ev-er, but when it finally runs out I will be repurchasing!

Heather says · 05.06.16

I’m trying the Frest moisturizer and I like it but I’ve always had spf in my moisturizer. How do you make sure you’re covered?

A New Old Fashioned Girl says · 05.06.16

The Rose mask looks amazing!

Nichelle says · 05.06.16

Paula’s Choice BHA changed my life! Well, my skin actually! I had moderate acne, rough textured and dull looking skin but when I started with the BHA my acne cleared up and my skin is now smooth. I use it twice a day and hardly ever get a blemish any more! I’ve tried other BHA products from the Paula’s Choice line and have had the same results. AHAs irritate my skin so BHA is just as effective without being irritating. If I could only bring 3 products with my on an island, this is one of those products I’d take without question. I totally recommend it!

Jessika says · 05.06.16

great round-up! i love my kiehl’s midnight repair concentrate. i tried a sample for two weeks and then ended up buying the bottle, too. i have normal to oily skin and i usually use the serum as my moisturizer. i’ve also been wanting to try the sugar bath cubes – they look so interesting! happy weekend!

Susan says · 05.06.16

CeraVe is a good choice for really gentle yet effective products. And they aren’t pricey.

Michelle Holley says · 05.06.16

Kate, do you have any experience with manuka honey and bee venom? If so, do you recommend a line?

Emily says · 05.07.16

We use the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream on the eczema on my 2yo son’s face. It works wonders! And it’s the only cream/lotion he will sit still and let us apply without a fuss!

fannyanddailybeauty says · 05.08.16

I really want to try the Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate as it looks so different to all the serums I’ve tried so far! In my opinion, the Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream is a must when it comes to dry patches yet, if you don’t like greasy products, you may not like this one!

Marsya says · 05.08.16

Each time I step my foot in sephora, I always have my eyes on fresh products. I love their minimalistic packaging. If only the price is in my budget. Anyway, glad you find suitable product for your skin! 😀

Mel says · 05.08.16

I just purchased Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate yesterday. So far so good but it’s still early days. 🙂

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Jamie-Leigh says · 05.09.16

I’ve made notes because I can guarantee that I will forget the name of the moisturiser and its something I want to try!! So thank you so much for this post as it’s transpired that I’m allergic to the one I was using 🙁

I hope you are well x x


Elesha East says · 05.10.16

I am surprised that no one mentioned Caudalie. It is AMAZING and my skin has NEVER looked better, and I am talking second degree burns on my nose repeatedly after spending weeks at the lake when I was a child. I will never use anything else….<3 <3 <3

Natalie says · 05.11.16

My husband got me the Fresh moisturizer for Mothers Day upon my request. I like the texture, but the smell has been throwing me off. Is it supposed to smell nice? I don’t like the smell very much, but it does seem to discipate quickly…

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Jennifer says · 05.13.16

I got a little sample of the Rose mask from Fresh for my birthday from Sephora. You are right it looks different, but when I used it I fell in love! My skin is extremely sensitive and so far this has worked great for me! I can’t wait to get the regular size when this one runs out.
I also use Caudalie products and I love them too. Everything I have used from them has been very gentle and I love them as well.

Zachary Thor says · 05.14.16

The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream is lovely, especially if you like the Lotus Youth Preserve; it’s basically a fusion of the Rose Face Mask with the Lotus Youth Preserve into one magical rose-scent, light, airy cream. Now that you mention the Lotus Youth Preserve, I really should revisit it; it was lovely. Oh, and the new Philosophy Take a Deep Breath is also fantastic, but a bit lighter than the Lotus Youth Preserve; more of a gel-cream texture.

Mia says · 05.27.16

I started using Fresh’s Lotus face cream because of your recs and I love it. You only need a little of it and it doesn’t go on greasy.