Yesterday, I caught my five year old daughter washing her face while I was making dinner. I asked her if it was dirty and she said something along the lines of, "No, Mom, I'm washing my face because I'm pretending to be a grown up and that's what grown ups do." I found it quite funny, but also thought it was really cool that she's picked up on the fact that I have a facial-care routine. It's one of the ways that I practice self-care on a daily basis and I love that she's noticing.
My skin has truly transformed over the past 10 years. I had horrible cystic acne into my twenties and I could cry thinking about how far my skin has come. The below routine is what I've followed and stuck with because it has been so good to me. I also did do some diet changes in the beginning to help with gut imbalance issues (due to overuse of antibiotics to treat acne as a teenager) and I attribute that to also helping to heal my skin. I used Whole 30/Paleo guidelines (I'll also mention that doing this diet took me from 3 migraines a week to just one or two a month).
So, without further ado. This is my AM and PM skincare routine. This doesn't include makeup, but I'll be following up with a post about that soon.
Step 1: Cleanse
I either use the Some Call Me Crunchy Normal/Combo Oil Cleanser or the Dry/Mature depending on the time of year (read about transitioning your skincare for winter here). It's currently winter, so I'm use the Dry/Mature version.
Step 2: Toner
I use our Lavender Rose Complexion Mist. It has just a hint of peppermint which makes it great for your AM routine.
Step 3: Serum
In the winter, I use our oil based serum both morning and night because I feel like my skin needs all the hydration it can get. I typically go for the Restore Serum (there's also Balance and Soothe depending on your skin type) because I have some acne scarring and a few dark spots that I'm treating. The Restore Serum has essential oils of helichrysum, frankincense, geranium, and sandalwood.
Step 4: Eye Serum
Some people skip this step in the AM, but I love using our Chamomile + Black Tea Eye Serum around my eye area before I put on under eye concealer. It helps smooth it out nicely.
Step 5: Moisturize + SPF
I use two different products in this step. One is the Cosmedix Hydrate with SPF 17. This was recommended to me by my esthetician who PREACHES sun protection. I follow this up with the Beautycounter Dew Skin w/SPF for double the protection. The Dew Skin is a tinted moisturizer, so it's also my foundation.
Step 1: Cleanse
Same as above. I either use the Some Call Me Crunchy Normal/Combo Oil Cleanser or the Dry/Mature depending on the time of year. It's currently winter so I'm using the Dry/Mature version. The oil cleanser also removes eye makeup so it's a win-win.
Step 2: Double Cleanse
I probably do this step 4-5 times a week, but you could definitely do it daily. I use either the Unscented Castile Bar Soap or the Charcoal with Tea Tree + Lavender (these are made by Udderle Clean and we carry them in our store).
Step 3: Exfoliate
I do this 4-5 times a week, but rotate the type of exfoliant I use. There are two types of exfoliants, chemical and physical. I use both. My favorite chemical exfoliant is the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel. I also sometimes use the Cosmedix Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask. As for physical exfoliants, I use our clay masks and salt scrub (this does contain coconut oil which is high on the comedogenic scale and for some people can be pore clogging so use with caution). Another great mask option that provides gentle exfoliation is the Beautycounter Charcoal Face Mask. If I have the time, I will use a chemical exfoliant (like the BC Resurfacing Peel or the Cosmedix Pure Enzyme) and then follow it with a mask. Doing a mask after using a chemical exfoliant helps it to penetrate a little deeper. Start slow with exfoliants, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Step 4: Toner
I use the Some Call Me Crunchy Calendula Frankincense Complexion Mist at night. It has more repairing properties, so I most often opt for this one in the evening.
Step 5: Serum
Same as above. I typically go for the Restore Serum.
Step 6: Eye Serum + Eye Cream
Step 7: Moisturize
For this PM step, I start with the Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion. My skin tends to get dry during the night, so I often top the moisturizer with the SCMC Lavender Body Butter (this has three simple ingredients that are all low on the comedogenic scale which means they don't clog pores).
Weekly or Biweekly:
Facial Steams are one of my favorite ways to self-care and add a boost of hydration to my skin. I insert this every week or so after cleansing.
Have any questions for me about my routine? Feel free to ask away in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Y'all. I read 77 books this year (follow me on Goodreads here)!! My goal was 75 and with 2020 being the year of the pandemic, I was able to make it happen. I listened to many of them and also bought SO. MANY. BOOKS. that I have random stacks throughout my house. Below you'll find my favorites by category...
This list includes favorite things from this year (excluding books because they needed their own post)!
Favorite TV Shows: Ted Lasso, Bridgerton (Shonda Rhimes does it again), The Queen's Gambit, Schitt's Creek
Favorite Movie: Y'all, I can only recall watching two movies this year. I did really love the ones I watched: Happiest Season and Little Women.