A few days ago someone surprised me and said, "Your skin looks great! What are you using?" As I began to rattle on how my daily skincare routine was part scientist-driven part novice product whore, I came to the realization that I should share my discovered riches with the interwebz (that's you). And so today's post is going to be somewhat driven by excitement of sharing my discoveries coupled with sheer boredom of post cabin fever.
You see, I am currently posting this blog in my warm cozy apartment while I look outside my window to blindingly white snow that is crippling New England (more specifically Boston). Its true. Here is a picture to prove it.
** moments upon snapping this picture - I looked out my window to see someone ski by my apartment. To say pissed that I didn't capture that shot - doesn't begin to describe the feeling.
When starting (this is with the assumption that I have had a full faced makeup day)
the regimen goes as follows:
I usually use whatever facial wipes I've bought on the cheap at the local drugstore (not shown). Then recently, I'll follow up with Bioderma which I purchased in Turkey (for a pretty penny I might add) when looking to get the last traces of waterproof mascara. This bad boy I found to be a workhorse and well worth the sticker shock price. The one I'm currently using is Sebium for mainly combination and oily skin. Another alternative product I find to be wondrous at removing feisty waterproof makeup (especially but not limited to the eyes) is Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil.
Once, I've remove some of the traces of the day's makeup -- only then does the real work begin. Next, I wash my entire face with Cetaphil (or the savior of my skin -- as I like to call it). This simple product cleaned a severely ravaged acne prone skin -- the result of years living in sunny Florida plagued with sweat and humidity. For years, I've reached for the Daily Facial Cleanser as its mainly for combination and oily skin. Then I wash with Cetaphil again using my trusty Clarisonic (not shown) and this tool will get the dirt off a babies bum (not that I've experimented). But its absolutely fantastic!
Now that all the cleanin' is done and my face is spankin' brand new -- now begins the pampering. Recently, I've started my routine with dabbing a bit of vitamin C eye serum (not shown as I used the product to oblivion and wasn't careful enough to save the bottle as evidence). So far eye serums and eye creams are currently being discovered, investigated, and tested. Results to follow soon (hopefully).
Now the best part occurs mid routine -- spraying of the Claudalie's Beauty Elixir. *sigh* This little bottle of loveliness packs a humongous punch containing grape, orange blossom, rose, balm mint, and rosemary oils. Once, these oils ooze into my skin -- I apply a moisturizing serum. Currently, I've been using this lovely little bottle (Aesop's Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum). Maybe this is a product of me being such a consumer whore (or a sucker - take your pick) but when they say using this stuff overnight will actually produce glowing skin -- I'll try it! And honestly, I've noticed my skin is definitely benefiting from this serum. Of course, its the dead of winter and anything moisturizing my skin will soak up like a sponge. But that's just me.
And finally, I finish with any daily moisturizer with some form of SPF. In the past, its been Cetaphil's Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 but right now I'm experimenting with various new daily moisturizers that I've received in sample form. And one can't forget the lips -- I've been reaching for Josie Maran's Argan Lip Treatment. I also received this in sample form and its definitely an excellent moisturizing product for your lips. Honestly, for lip treatments on the cheap -- nothing really beats good ol' fashioned Carmex -- there I said it.
But wait, there are three products in this photo that you haven't mentioned - you say. Well the Peter Thomas Roth's Max Complextion Correction Pads -- is essentially my liquid gold in pads. You see, if it not for this little beauty -- I think my skin would have aged as rapidly as an Asian's face would age. If that makes any sense. In a few words -- this bitch stopped time for me. Not only that, it reworked and reversed what sun-damaged skin I had. It helped to minimize my pores as well. This is my holy grail.
Laura Mercier's Oil-free Tinted Moisturizer is included in this photo because I found it to be the best (thus far) at giving me just enough coverage to even out my skin tone without being or feeling like full on makeup. I positively loathe foundation and I absolutely abhor (yes, that's a word) powder foundation. Plus, it provides more moisture with SPF to combat daily sun damage. Albeit today of all days, it would be nice to have a little sun damage and not snow blindness.
Lastly, Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter. Double *sigh*. I discovered this little gem while trying to rationalize an unhealthy decision of buying a bag of organic corn chip (during a desperate salt craving) one week. Made of coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E this concoction has brought my body and feet back to life. And as most of you (or the one reader out there) know -- I've used coconut oil in the past for both cooking, hair, and my skin. So I was over the moon when I saw this -- and it smells like a pina colada! Yum!
Alright, I've babbled on about useless skincare shit for long enough. Until next time!