We are going to have a whole week dedicated to skin! I’ll start the week off with the foundation for great skin, a skincare routine. Then we will have a blog dedicated to enhancing your gorgeous skin with some outstanding makeup options that not only bring out the best in your skin but heals it. And the week will come to an end with my Fab ‘n Fit picks!! If you missed last week’s Fab ‘n Fit be sure to check it out. I gave six skincare tips that were all under $10 and they might just be the key to unlocking your inner mermaid!
First off, let’s talk skin basics. Every person’s skin is unique, what works for your best friend probably won’t be the best fit for you. So whenever you read about skin routines and products keep in mind that the way the person is writing about them more than likely might not be how you use them in your skincare routine. Think of them more as a stepping stone, or a guide to finding the right concoction for you.
Secondly, you defiantly want to test for a reaction before using them on your whole face! Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. Organic skincare is amazing, but sometimes our skin doesn’t respond well to the ingredients being used.
Thirdly, if you feel like your skin is acting up for internal reasons consider an elimination diet. Some of the most common food items to cut out would be excess sugar, and dairy. Dairy is a very common skin irritant, the hormones in milk cause inflammation. Dairy can also cause insulin spikes, and an over production of sebum. Another food item that might surprise you, is eggs.
My journey to my egg discovery was a long one, so I want to save you a few steps. A few months ago I came across a blog post about eggs potentially causing the blogger acne. I thought to myself, that could be the trick. At about the same time I eliminated eggs, I was also using new skincare products. So I didn’t really know which one was healing my skin. About the second week of Whole 30, I started re-introducing eggs because my breakfast was getting SO hard!! (Let me add that up until this point my skin was glowing, and my acne scars were fading). Well I am now on the final week of Whole 30 (Woohooooooooo) and my skin is not happy. There will be NO more eggs for me. I cut them out three days ago and the inflammation and redness have reduced significantly.
Now that we have those tips out of the way let’s get to the good stuff!
My AM and PM routines are not the same, my PM routine varies greatly on my hormones. Sometimes your skin needs a little more love than the previous day or week. I also mainly use organic skin products. Renee Rouleau’s product line doesn’t label itself organic but she only uses the best of the best when it comes to her ingredients.
In the morning, I like to start off with a cleanser. I have combination, sensitive skin. My cheeks can run pretty dry while my t-zone and chin can be like a Jiffy Lube station. With a good cleanser it keeps my skin in check for the day. My go to cleanser is Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser. This gem is amazing, and it smells like a tropical smoothie. It is a great general face wash that doesn’t strip my skin of any essential oils but does get the job done. For my hormonal periods I like to up my morning wash to Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA Deep Pore Cleanser. This guy is a superstar! It has salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids as well as little skin buffers to wipe away those dead skin cells. I don’t use this on a daily basis because I started noticing that, that much action irritated my skin after a few days. It’s a great cleanser to put in your line up for an extra pow to acne’s face!
Now, after cleansing a lot of people like to apply serums. I have yet to find a serum that doesn’t mess up my makeup application. So instead of a serum I like to use a misting toner. My go to toner is Leahlani’s Bohemian Ruby, I also started using her Citrus and Citrine toner to change it up a little (my skin gets used to products really quickly). As soon as the toner goes on my face and before it soaks in I apply my moisturizer. This took me awhile to find! Again the oily skin throws a wrench in my skincare game. I discovered OleHenriksen’s Sheer Transformation moisturizer. It’s a dream, it gives me moisture where it’s needed and oil control in the T-Zone.
One area that is super, super sensitive is my eye area. It’s the first part of my face that’s going to tell me if I’m having a reaction. Also, unfortunately for me, most organic eye creams don’t work. I haven’t pinpointed which ingredient is the issue just yet. But I have found an eye cream that moisturizers, doesn’t give me eye puffiness, and most importantly doesn’t irritate my eyes. It’s Beautycounter’s Vibrant Eye Perfector.
The last thing I apply before my makeup, is my sunscreen. Right now I like to use Renee Rouleau’s Daily Perfection SPF 30.
Let’s move on to the PM routine shall we…
The first step is removing all makeup. Depending on how heavy my makeup application is determines how I want to take it off. Most of the time I like to wash my face with the Antipodes face wash first. If I wore fuller coverage for the day or night, I take my makeup off with Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm. I apply it directly to my skin and rub, much like a cold cream. I call this part my first wash.
For my second wash, I will either use the Antipodes face wash again, or I use Leahlani’s Kalima Cleansing Powder. The Kalima powder gives you a nice gentle exfoliating wash, while stimulating your skin cells and increasing blood flow to help your collagen production.
Throughout the week based on my skin needs I will alternate between a few options. If I’m having quite a bit of inflammation and breakouts I will use two masks. These masks are phenomenal, as in when you remove them you will notice an immediate difference. They are Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask, and the Meli Glow. The Mermaid Mask is the one you want to use to bring any flare ups under control. She uses superfood’s chlorella and spirulina that pack a mighty punch to any unwelcomed bacteria. Meli Glow is fantastic for calming the inflammation and aiding in healing time. Her combination of hyaluronic acid, and Hawaiian honey really does a number for your skin!
After I’ve washed my face, or used my mask of choice, I spray my toner for the night. This is also the time I like to use my serum. My skin can heal and produce oils all it wants to overnight. The one serum that has given me a dramatic difference in my skin texture, and healing is Leahlani’s Champagne Serum. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C that give my skin the extra boost it needs to aide in cell turnover.
Lastly, I put on my Beautycounter eye cream and it’s off to bed.
Here are a few little tricks I like to use with my products. If I’m not using a mask during the week, I like to mix Leahlani’s Kalima powder and Meli Glow to wash my face at night. The next morning you will wake up to glowing, radiant skin. Also, Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm that I mentioned as a makeup remover, doubles as a moisturizer. I like to use this when my skin is feeling extra dehydrated due to the weather. One of the best tips is to use it before you step into the shower, let the steam soak it into your pores. It is also great to use if you have picked on a blemish (which we both need to work on) and caused some damage. I apply it onto the spot(s) at night and let it work its magic. It really aides in healing time and reduces the likelihood of a scar.
There you have it! My skincare routine! It’s not perfect by any means and it is constantly changing but it has brought about a great difference in the evenness of my skin tone, my skin has life again, and even though I have breakouts here and there my skin looks healthy. Be sure to check back for my makeup routine and tips on the next blogpost.
Until then, stay well y’all!!