Lately, I've had a handful of women that are around my age telling me that they want to START taking care of their skin. I'm always a little stunned in the moment, because skincare has been on the radar for me for quite a while. Most of these women have also never dealt with problematic skin, so when they start to see their skin change in their 30's - it's really the first time they have thought about skincare. I have dealt with breakouts since I was a teen, so I have had an am/pm regimen for as long as I can remember. And then I turned 30. And it seemed like overnight, I had different skin issues. My overly oily skin was now dry. I rarely have a breakout, but I'm noticing some fine lines. I've had to totally re-learn my skin. And getting to know your skin does require a little effort, but it does not have to be overwhelming.
Friends, IT'S TIME to start taking care of your skin. I've created this little guide to help you! In order to care for your skin, you have to take a minute each evening to think about your skin. It doesn't have to be super in-depth. When you get ready for bed, just think for a second - "how's my skin doing today?" Is it dry? Is it broken out? Does it feel heavy + congested? Then, tailor your routine that evening to address your concern.
First things, first. Cleanse.
You should be washing your face every night. Yes. Every single night. Do not sleep with your makeup on. If you didn't wear makeup - do not sleep with your sweat/pollution on. I love to use an oil cleanser because it doesn't dry me out and helps to remove everything. My favorites are One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser and MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser (Code ROSEWATER for 15% OFF). Lately, I've been using the Beautycounter Charcoal Bar (so good!) to help combat my pregnancy breakouts. And if you suffer from skin conditions like Perioral Dermatitis, the Black Clay Soap from Osmia Organics is great.
FYI - I personally do not use a cleanser in the morning. I will splash with water or a toner and use my Jade Roller for plumping! I don't like to wash of all of that hard work that my products did throughout the nighttime!
This is so important. Exfoliate.
You must exfoliate. When you exfoliate, you slough off old skin and your body creates new skin. This is often referred to as cell turnover. Skin cell turnover is so crucial because it requires your body to create new (younger) and fresher skin. Exfoliation also unclogs pores, so your skin is more even + balanced...with fewer breakouts. I recommend exfoliating 2-3 times/week, based on your individual skin. Once you learn to assess your skin needs and see the difference exfoliation makes, you'll be able to decide how often you should personally exfoliate.
I've raved about it for weeks now, but I keep my exfoliation simple with the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel. It does the work while I sleep and I swear my skin looks SO, SO much better the next day! I can really see a difference. About once a week (or every other week), I use this scrub. I save a scrub for a day when my skin feels heavy, congested and like it just needs to lighten up a little ;)
Time to Tone.
Toning is the forgotten step. But it's SO IMPORTANT. It's all about bringing balance back to your skin. I really only use one Toner - the Mun Anarose (code ROSEWATER for 15% OFF). You can read more about it here. I'm sure there are a lot of other great toners out there, but this one has been specifically formulated to bring your skin back to it's natural balance of a pH of 4.8. I think it's great. I simply apply to a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. I also mist it at any point of the day when I need added hydration or brightening.
Make sure you moisturize.
It seems like there are so many moisturizers, serums, oils and lotions...do how do you choose? Test them. Order samples or travel sizes. Go into your local green beauty boutique and ask for a sample! They are usually an investment, so find what works for your skin. My TOP PICK is the MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. See more of my thoughts on it here and receive 15% off with my code ROSEWATER! The other product that I reach for in my cabinet most often is the Beautycounter Balancing Facial Oil. This one is great if you deal with breakouts AND dryness! It seems counter-intuitive, but adding good oils back to your skin helps combat breakouts. A lot of times, breakouts occur when our skin is too dry and our body overcompensates by producing oil to help hydrate your skin. This overproduction of oil can cause clogged pores and lead to those nasty white + black heads! So, moisturizing is super important!
Also, drink water. Hydrate from the inside out.
If creams/lotions are more your thing, I get it! It's so hard to make the switch to an oil when you've been moisturizing with a cream your entire life. For a cream, I like One Love Organics Skin Dew.
Eye care about your skin.
Eye care. I think this is the number one most overlooked step that's so crucial. You've got to apply eye cream day + night!! My top fave is the Maya Chia The Eye Achiever! It's a serum that's a magical miracle worker for fine lines and dark circles. For a cream on really dry days, I love the Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream. And my favorite little economical bombshell is the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream.
Go get a facial and do them at home.
Atlanta does not have a great Clean facial spot at the moment, so this is one area where I say do-your-best and find a spa that strives for natural ingredients. An esthetician can do some exfoliation and moisturization that works wonders! If it's in the budget, go get yourself a facial as often as possible! I don't do these nearly enough, but I am thinking it's about time ;)
I also do them at home. This is one way that I get to practice a little self-care. I take a second to assess what my skin needs and apply an at-home mask for a pick-me-up! I LOVE THEM! Here are my current faves:
- Leahlani Mermaid Mask - it's like a nourishing green smoothie for your face!
- One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask - it's detoxifying and nourishing all at the same time!
- Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask - Plumping and super moisturizing!
- Kypris Cerulean Mask - feels like a whole ocean of moisture on your face
Interested in a personal clean beauty skincare consultation via Skype or Facetime? Email me here. I'd love to help you find the best products for you!