Skincare in your 30's

skin care in your thirties

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.

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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!

xoxo, Lauren

LIVE Botanical Review + GIVEAWAY

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**GIVEAWAY and COUPON CODE at the bottom**

My new LIVE Botanical skincare routine from Pretty Pure Beauty is nothing short of refreshing.  It's the perfect, simple Summer skincare - a Cleansing Scrub to buff the sweat and oil away, a Rose + Seaberry Nourishing Moisture Elixir to refresh the skin and an Overnight Resurfacing Oil to do the hardwork while you sleep.  No. brainer.  

SAVE 15% with my code ROSEWATER

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Step 1:

Roots + Grains Cleansing Scrub:  This fine, soft (not course) cleansing scrub smells of green tea + dandelion.  It can be used as a cleanser alone, or you can leave it on for 15-20 minutes as a clarifying mask.  I NEED this scrub in the summer because my skin feels heavy at the end of the day from the sweat, oil and pore-clogging residue from the summer heat.  After this scrub, I feel lighter + more refreshed.

Step 2:

Rose + Seaberry Nourishing Moisture Elixir:  I've already sprayed it on my face 3 times while writing this post because it's SO refreshing.  You can really detect all of the botanicals when you spray, making for an uplifting experience.  The rosewater (!!!) and aloe add hydration to your skin, while herbs and botanicals (think seaberry, sunflower and sea kelp) help to tone your skin.  Spray liberally after cleansing and HELLO GLOW.

Step 3:

Fruit Enzymes + Starflower Overnight Resurfacing Oil:  The first thing that you'll notice is that the oil is bright blue!!  Thank you, Blue Tansy for your amazing resurfacing properties.  And you can thank the pineapple, starflower and pumpkin for the brightening.  This oil is meant to be used overnight and I wake up to hydrated, supple skin.  It's LOVE!

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Check out the rest of the LIVE Botanicals line at Pretty Pure Beauty HERE.  I'm pretty obsessed with their glass packaging, beautiful bottles, effective products and the PRICE POINT!  You need these on your shelf!  SAVE 15% with my code ROSEWATER

Pretty Pure Beauty and I are teaming up for a chance to WIN the Cleansing Scrub + Overnight Resurfacing Oil ($80 value)!  Head over to my Instagram @therosewateredit to enter!  Contest ends Friday 6/8 at Noon est.  Good luck!

xoxo Lauren

 

Spring Refresh with Aillea

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I had the chance to host an amazing SPRING PARTY at one of my favorite places - Aillea!  If you don't know about Aillea, they are Atlanta's newest Clean Beauty Boutique with locations in Charleston and Denver too!  Becca (Store Manager), Shae, Erica and all of the ladies at the shop are incredibly knowledgeable and just the kindest people!  I love going there for all of the latest + greatest in Clean Beauty!  For those of you that aren't in one of the cities where you can visit a brick-and-mortar stores, Aillea has an excellent online store where you can shop their curated collection of the best brands in Clean Beauty!

Last night, we gathered in the gorgeous shop in Buckhead Atlanta for a Spring Party.  There was wine, snacks and ALLLLL of the product testing you could imagine.  I love how all of the guests rolled up their sleeves and tested just about everything in the store!  

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I took some time during the evening to share my journey with Clean Beauty and named my TOP PICKS for SPRING!   Since some of you couldn't make it ;) I have them all listed below for you!!

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - We ALL need a good sunscreen for the warmer days ahead.  This one is my pick for beach and pool days.  The active ingredient in Zinc Oxide.  It rubs in smoothly (not pastey) and the unscented versiou is safe for kids and babies, too!!

RMS Magic Luminizer - I have loved the Living Luminizer for so long, but lately I have kicked it up a notch with this GORGEOUS highlighter.  I use it on my cheeks, my eyes and pretty much everywhere I want to glow!

Osmia Organics Facial Soaps - These are my go-to cleansers right now. I've tried the Black Clay and the Pumpkin and it's LOVE.  They take off my makeup, clear my skin and I don't feel dry after I use them.  Last night, Shae from Aillea mentioned that she cuts her bars to make them easy for travel.  I thought that was brilliant!  Let me tell you, these last forever.

Lily Lolo Eye Palette- Such a great swap for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Gorgeous, neutral colors.  No chemicals, talc, or artificial preservatives.  Don't you want that kind of product sitting on your eyes all day?

Mun Anarose Toner- I raved about this product here.  Made with my namesake, rosewater.  It has a balanced pH to truly neutralize and balance your skin.  Love, love, love. Especially to clear pores in the warmer months, when we are a little..um..dewier.  Our sweat can be pore clogging and it's the perfect time to start using a toner!

Some guests even snagged some of the last remaining Green Beauty Icon Boxes!  There are a few left and it's SUCH a great DEAL!  Almost $70 off of amazing products!  It even includes 2 of my own picks, the RMS Magic Luminizer and Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap!  See my review here

What are you switching up in your routine for Spring?

MUN Skincare Review

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**Scroll to the bottom for my COUPON CODE!**

You may have seen on Instagram that I met with the founder of MUN Skincare, Munemi Imai, last week and got the full scoop on every product in her line.  We met virtually and in my master bathroom, so I could test all of the products as we talked through them.  Munemi shared with me the backstory of starting her line, how she developed each of her products and some great general info about skincare.  Not to mention, she was just about the sweetest person!

Munemi is originally from Japan and my maternal grandmother was Japanese!  I found out that toners are essential to the Japanese skincare regimen and maybe, just maybe that has something to do with ROSEWATER toners being my favorite beauty product?!  It's inherited ;)  The MUN Anarose Toner is my favorite and it is specifically formulated to neutralize the pH in your skin before applying serum.  It's SO GOOD.  The toners that Munemi found in the US when she moved to NYC in April 2001 were all formulated wrong, in her opinion.  They were astringent-like and drying to the skin so she wanted to introduce what’s the real toner is supposed to be that balance skin’s pH and hydrate the skin. The ROSEWATER has a variety of benefits, including anti-aging, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hydrating.  Anarose also balance skin’s pH level, includes goji berry for antioxidants, anti-pollution and anti-aging and a pale flower combination for brightening and skin softening.  I just love it! I spray it on a cotton pad morning and evening, right before applying an oil or serum.

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My second favorite MUN product is the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  I can truly feel this serum working on my skin.  Aknari contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which has the highest Vitamin E of any other oil.  It is meant to be multi-purpose, as you can use it as a face serum, neck serum and eye serum.  I use it on all of those areas and a little goes a long way!  Love, love, love this serum!  I feel like I have definitely noticed an improvement in the tone of my skin.

The Aknari Brightening Youth Serum can be applied after toning and cleansing. The MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser is a hybrid of an oil cleanser and a balm cleanser, according to Munemi.  It is meant to be an all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser.  

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Munemi created the Ayour Body Toning Serum to close the gap between heavy lotions and greasy oils.  The Ayour is a dry oil and while it is incredibly moisturizing, you don't have to deal with a greasy, oily feeling!  Munemi also considers is a 'treatment oil,' as it has been show to help with stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, discoloration and sun damage.  Not to mention, it smells like heaven - due to a calming blend of essential oils!!  You can also use the Argan Oil on the body - it is multi-purpose from head to toe!  You can use the Argan Oil on your hair, face, body and cuticles!

I first got the MUN Travel Set to try every product in the line.  I loved them so much that I got the full size.  You can also get the Face Set at a discount (Save $30!!), to have the Cleanser, Toner and Serum. Have I mentioned that they all come in GLASS BOTTLES??  Even the travel size!!

SAVE an additional 15% with my code ROSEWATER at Checkout!!

I love this line of luxury, natural skincare products.  Not only are the products high-quality and effective, MUN works with co-ops in Morocco to insure a fair-wage and extra income for the women involved with sourcing the ingredients.  This is an excerpt about their partnership, from their website:

'Comprised of women mainly between the ages of 18 to 50, these cooperatives were formed by local Berbers, most of whom reside in Morocco’s mountainous desert regions. These groups allow the female community a chance to work for a fair wage while connecting with other local women. Not only does this provide a valuable source of extra income for their families, it also gives them a degree of autonomy in their careers, financial situations, and social lives. These collectives serve as important social anchors and allow for a higher quality of life for the community as a whole.'

How cool is that?!  Which MUN products do you want to try??

*All products received c/o MUN

xoxo, Lauren

 

 

 

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Why Rosewater?

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You may have guessed it, but rosewater is my absolute favorite beauty product.  It has so many different uses and I see gorgeous results.  However, beauty products are not just about results for me.  I enjoy the process of taking care of myself, just as much as the outcome.

There's something about rosewater that is so satisfying.  The light essence of the rose can be detected when you spray it and the end result is a hydrated glow.

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What is rosewater?  It is made by steeping rose petals in water.  I use it in various toners (my favorites are listed below) that are a blend of rose water and other natural ingredients.

Read on for some of my favorite uses for rosewater:

- Rosewater helps to maintain your skin's pH balance, so using it as a toner after cleansing is a great prep for serums and oils.   It will also help to clear impurities from your skin that your cleanser left behind.  Simply mist onto a cotton pad and swipe over entire face.

- Because of rosewater's astringent properties of removing impurities, it can help to reduce breakouts and reduce pore size without drying your skin.

- Rosewater is a gentle exfoliator.  Exfoliation is so important for healthy skin.  The more we exfoliate and slough off dead skin, the more our skin cells turnover and renew themselves.

- The aroma is a mood enhancer.  Spritz face and body throughout the day to feel uplifted and increase hydration.

- Rosewater has hydrating and moisturizing properties.   I like to spritz onto a makeup sponge (like Beautyblender) or foundation brush (like Beautycounter) to help achieve a smooth + even foundation application.

- Rosewater has antioxidant properties, so regular use can help slow the process of fine lines.

- I like to set my makeup with a few spritzes for extra glow.

- On days when I am not wearing makeup, an oil or serum with spritzes of rosewater will do for a fresh face.

So many uses.  See why I love it?!

This one is THE BEST.  Pair it with this serum and you'll have the freshest around.

I have run through entire bottles of this one and this one.  

Also try this one, this one, and this pure moroccan rose water.

Have you tried rosewater?

xoxo, Lauren

My Winter Skin Savers

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I REALLY STRUGGLE WITH...

I really struggle with finding the right combination of moisturizers that won't weigh my skin down in the wintertime.  I feel like I have my skin in a pretty good place this season and have even left the house the past two days with no makeup on.  Here's what I've been using:

- Masking with Little Barn Apothecary Calendula + Lycopene Hydrating Mask, Mild Exfoliant.  One very important element of skincare is exfoliation.  You want to constantly slough off dry skin, so that your skin has to naturally work to rejuvenate itself and create new skin.  That's how you can look your best and brightest.  However, it's difficult for me to take any sort of grainy product to my face when it's dry - that's why I love this mask.  It mildly exfoliates to help reveal new skin, as well as hydrates.  You can leave this mask on for as long as you'd like - and I do. Even when you wash it away, there's a serum that's left on your skin- which works great under makeup or as a leave-on for part of your bedtime routine.

- Cleansing with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser.  I am ALL about oil cleansing.  365. All year long.  Oil cleansers dissolve makeup, removing a step for you in the evenings.  And they leave your skin hydrated.  More oil always.  Which brings me to my next point - 6 out of 7 days a week, I don't cleanse in the am.  I like to leave whatever work my skin was doing overnight alone.  I simply add toner + moisturizer, before applying makeup.  If I do cleanse in the am, it's because my skin is parched.  In that case, I'll use the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm.  It's a miracle worker.

- Toning with Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner and Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist.  If you are skipping toner - that's probably the reason why you haven't learned to love oils/serums for moisturizing.  Toners create a neutral surface for your moisturizer and makeup.  Everything goes on better with a toner.  I use the OO Active Gel Toner after cleansing at night.  The LBA (or any other natural rosewater spray like this one or this one) has multiple uses.  Which is why it's my all-time favorite beauty product.  I spray my face before applying foundation, or directly on my foundation brush with my foundation.  (You will not believe how much smoother your foundation goes on!)  I also spray my face to set my makeup (avoiding eye makeup).  On top of foundation, bronzer and brush - it just makes everything kind of sink in and gives a more natural look.  I also spray rosewater throughout the day, when I need extra hydration.  It is a MUST.

- Moisturizing with oils.  I am super obsessed with Vintner's Daughter.  The creator worked tirelessly to come up with a hero product, using all natural oils.  I can feel this product working on my face and literally notice a difference.  Worth every penny.  I love oils, but one thing I have missed since transitioning to clean beauty is creams.  Creams are rare in the clean beauty world because conventional lotions are made with so many cheap, toxic preservatives and binding agents.  I love a cream consistency in the wintertime and I use One Love Organics Skin Dew or Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream.  Both of which, I mix with the magical Osmia Organics Nectar.  **Whichever moisturizers you choose, make sure you bring them down your neck to your chest!

- Don't forget the eyes and lips!  The product that has most helped my dark circles is the Maya Chia Eye Achiever.  Hands down.  It works.  For tone (fine lines and brightness), I love 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream (really inexpensive too - $15 for .3 oz).  And when my eyes just feel so dry, the Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream.  It's like a big drink of water for my eyes!  For winter lips, my faves are Osmia Organics Lip DoctorRevive Lip Balm (inexpensive), Oy-l for bedside table and Henne Organics Lip Tint ($10 OFF) for a color option.

Happy Hydrating!

xoxo Lauren