Over the years my daily skincare routine has taken so many twists and turns that it feels like such success when you find a groove that actually feels like it’s working. Since beginning to slowly integrate more natural and clean products into my daily life, I’ve been on a long trial and error journey that I believe has finally found its stride. The most challenging part over the last few years has been when my skin changed with each pre and post pregnancy season, sometimes being more on the dry side and other times being more on the sensitive side. I’ve started taking on the philosophy that it’s so much more important to take care of my skin than to try and cover up my skin. The first thing to go out the window once I had my kids was my ‘getting ready time’ in the morning. I’ve learned to work within a 20-25min timeframe for hair, makeup and getting dressed. I don’t have time to do intricate makeup or deal with problematic skin. It has been really refreshing to be able to wear less makeup and feel just as, if not more, confidant when I walk out of the house.
Thought it might be helpful to walk you through my products, their uses and why I love them. No single product cures all the ailments or is a quick fix for your skin. All of these things are used together as part my current daily skincare regimen and can obviously work different for each person and your specific skin dynamic.
DRINK WATER: With Sidney Sloane acting as my alarm clock, the first thing I usually grab for in the morning is my water. My favorite insulated water bottle sits next to my bed and I start getting those ounces of H2O in right away. I can tell when I don’t drink enough water in a day - your skin shows the dehydration!
OLLY NUTRITION FLAWLESS COMPLEXION: These new little gummies from OLLY pack some serious punch. They contain skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and superfoods and they help purify and detox skin cells. I believe a great starting point for healthier skin is from the inside! Plus, they contain B6 and Zinc to support normal hormone health… which is a big necessity in my daily life as a mom. Pill swallowing has never been my strength, so it’s been so easy to keep up with these morning and night since the gummies basically taste like heaven.
MOISTURIZE: I use a combo of Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Day Cream and Juice Beauty’s Organic Face Primer to moisturize my skin before putting any makeup on. I also use Juice Beauty's Green Apple moisturizer sometimes. I find it calms my skin really well.
MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER: I wash my face twice and this is the first washing point. I use a large round cotton circle to wipe my face off of all the makeup and such. This is great at gently removing all skin and eye makeup so that when I was it for the second time, that facial cleanser is actually hitting my skin.
FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER: This is the second wash. After I’ve wiped off all of my face makeup, I use this to then cleanse my skin.
COCONUT OIL: This is mainly used to remove my eye makeup. I’ve found this amazing unrefined version in a pure liquid that I keep in a dispenser next to the sink for easy use.
ROSEHIP OIL: Great for anti-aging and scar treatment. The essential fatty acids in rose hip seed oil can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: In a travel sized container, I mix 75% ACV with 25% water, put the cap on and shake it up to mix it together. Then I have it next to the sink for easy access each night. I will squirt a bit onto a cotton round and apply all over my freshly washed face.
BEAUTYCOUNTER CHARCOAL MASK: I use this once a week to help clean out the pores and balance my skin out. Charcoal is a magical thing for your skin!
SILK PILLOWCASE: After reading about the benefits to your hair and skin from sleeping on a silk pillowcase, I recently ordered this one from Amazon. So far, I think it’s actually helped my hair not break so much as I toss and turn in the night while sleeping and it is better at keeping in moisture than cotton, so for someone who has dry skin, this has been a major bonus.
Again, I’m not an expert in skincare, but these are some of my staple items and my current simplified routine that has been really helping give my skin some new life recently! If there are any clean/natural products you’ve been loving lately, please share!
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