Let’s Talk Skin Care

It’s no secret that one of my favorite methods of self care is skin care. There is nothing more relaxing than washing your face after a long day and applying your favorite moisturizers, masks, and serums as you prep for bed. I wrote a similar piece to this a little over a year ago, but low and behold, I’ve switched up my skin care routine yet again. Yes, we’re really doing this again… It’s a funny thing, really, this constant battle with sensitive skin. Just when I start to think that I’ve finally found my routine and my skin is looking better than ever, IT HAPPENS. Usually “it” is a rough bout of dry skin or a breakout, but this time, sh*t hit the fan — my eczema navigated to my face.

When I was around 7 years old, my mix of eczema and psoriasis was horrendous. Doctors told me that it was possible that I would grow out of it, and — for the most part — it has cleared up over the years to the point where I had not been to the dermatologist for over 10 years. Recently, I’ve noticed the psoriasis patches have been making a comeback on my ankles and behind my knees, which I’ve been managing by moisturizing consistently. Additionally, after utilizing the same Vitamin C products for a few months, I began to discover psoriasis-like patches on my face that wouldn’t go away regardless of how much I moisturized. After consulting my dermatologist for the first time in years, I made the decision switch to a totally different skin care routine and finally found the one that works for me and my sensitive skin. 

Skin Care Routine: A.M.

Full disclosure: I only wash my face once a day at the end of the day and/or following my workout so that I don’t dry out my face. I will rinse off and dry my face first thing, especially if I wore a face mask or acne spot treatment overnight. I start my morning with a quick rinse of my face, patting it dry and then moisturizing it. One of my newest beauty obsessions is Drunk Elephant. I’ve heard about it for years and was finally influenced to try it after dealing with all of my recent issues. The best part about it is that you can easily mix the moisturizers and serums together to create a one step cocktail for your face. I always use Drunk Elephant’s Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer as the base, and combine it with B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum and D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. I love that B-Hydra is a great addition to your morning routine to help give your skin an extra dose of hydration. Not only does D-Bronzi give your skin a beautiful glow, but it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles all while protecting your skin from pollution/environmental stressors. My only complaint with these products is that you can’t tell when the product is running low to restock, so I will restock these items about a month into using the product to prepare. Once I apply everything, I allow it to soak into my soak prior to applying my makeup for the day. 

Skin Care Routine: P.M. 

I start my evening routine by removing my makeup with Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Water and washing my face with Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. These are two of my holy grail products that I swear by and have used for years. After I dry my face, depending on the day, I have three different options for how I’ll end the night:

One // On any normal night, I will use the Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer as a base and mix it with Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oilto help lock in moisture over night. The marula oil contains antioxidants and omega 6 and 9 to combat dryness, dullness, texture, fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of my absolute favorite Drunk Elephant products.

Two // Once a week, or if my skin is feeling drier than usual, I will combine Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum and by the morning, my skin feels so plump and hydrated and looks glowy. 

Three // If I’m having a break out (which is rare), I will simply put on Kate Somerville’s EradiKate™ Acne Treatment on my acne spots and sleep with it on. In the morning, I notice that there is a dramatic reduction in acne. 

Regardless of which of these I choose, I will always put Glossier’s Bubble Wrap cream under my eyes and Vaseline on my lips for an extra bit of moisture. 

Have any questions about my routine or the products I use? Leave a comment below!

-K.

Glossier Product Review

A few months ago, I gave into the hype, decided to try out the beauty brand Glossier and promised to review it on my blog. Well, July has come and gone, and I’ve decided that it’s about time for me to share my experience with the brand. Since I only knew about the products from several fellow bloggers I follow, I reached out to Twitter to see what everyone’s favorite products were before trying some for myself.

The brand is hypoallergenic and cruelty free – two of the main qualities I look for in beauty products. I took the leap and purchased the Phase 1 Set containing the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, and your choice of Balm Dotcom, as well as Rosewater Spray.  Here is my experience with each product:

Milky Jelly Cleanser // In a previous post, I shared my nightly skin care routine, and, while I’m not straying away from my normal routine, it’s nice to use a more gentle cleanser every now and again. As its name suggests, the cleanser has a jelly-like consistency that leaves your skin feeling fresh, and doesn’t dry it out. I prefer to use this on days when my skin feels dried out since it’s not filled with harsh chemicals.

Priming Moisturizer // This has become an integral part of my morning routine! It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, and helps shrink your pores for an all-over even surface. I don’t love to wear a ton of makeup every day, but when I do, I actually find that it helps secure my makeup for a full day of coverage.

Balm Dotcom // Since July is my birthday month, I decided to go with Birthday Balm DotCom, and was not disappointed. I do have a particular loyalty to Burt’s Bees Original chapstick, but this balm is universal and provides hydration not only to your lips, but also to extra dry areas just as cuticles (I even applied mine to my elbows which tend to become extra dry. I have my eye on the mint and rose versions of this product for my future orders!

Rosewater Spray // Okay, so I’m going to be super honest when I say I never understood the fad of rosewater spray… and I still don’t. I mainly bought this product because of the hype, but upon using it, I don’t really see the difference besides the fact that it smells good. Granted, I could totally be using it wrong, and I do not carry it to work with me for the “midday pick-me-up” that it’s said to be great for. I’ve mostly been using it as a makeup setting spray right before I head out for work in the morning. Again, I could totally be using it wrong so if you’re a rosewater fanatic, PLEASE tell me what I’m doing wrong!

Needless to say, I was very happy with Glossier. Not only did their products work well, but they shipped fairly quickly which is always a plus! Next, I intend on trying out Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, and their newest product, Wowder.

Have you tried any Glossier products that I have yet to? Comment below, I’d love to get your opinion!

-K.