Growing up, skin concerns have always been an important passing discussion from my grandmama to friends and acquaintances alike. However, no one focused on the ingredients of skincare products. It wasn’t until I met Akira, who insists on my using of European skincare products due to their strict formula standards, that I started looking for a more simplified product. My criteria is short and simple:
Ok, so “budget-friendly” is subjective but for me it means a calculated investment. “Calculated investment” may sound redundant together so let me explain–
Mad Hippie ranges from $24.99 – $34.99 (12/2016) so it’s more than the drugstore brands but also less than the designer products such as Aesop or Sunday Riley.
Mad Hippie is somewhat expensive but it also provides the level of skincare that I need without spending all of my paycheck.
In August of 2016, I introduced my skin to the Face Cream and the Eye Cream. Before Mad Hippie, I’ve been using samples from Caudalie but I couldn’t justify the costs for the full sizes.
It took me a while to find Mad Hippie and I can’t recall where I first heard of it– perhaps on someone’s Instagram post or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s website. In any case, I researched it for my criteria and took the plunge.
The Face Cream and the Eye Cream did wonders for me. I felt my skin feeling clean and refreshed without the grease.
It’s been 4 months since I started using the products and I’ve added a few more:
- Vitamin C Serum
- Exfoliating Serum
The Vitamin C Serum is my favorite from Mad Hippie. In the mornings and evenings, after washing my face with soap and water, I apply this serum after my toner. The serum acts as a buffer to the toner. Thus, I leave it on for 5-10 minutes then follow with the Face Cream. After the Face Cream, I use a small amount of the Eye Cream all around my eyes (typically it’s only applied under the eyes). I wait for 5-10 minutes yet again before smearing some sunblock.
Twice a week in the evenings, I swap the Vitamin C Serum for the Exfoliating Serum in my skincare routine. However for this particular product, it is best to wait a good 10 mins. before applying the Face Cream (so the skin can absorb the substance well).
PS. To learn more about whether these are the products for you and where to purchase them, check out Mad Hippie.
I bought mine from my local Whole Foods and the Mad Hippie website.