As I sit here with mud caking on my face I figure it is a good time to talk about skincare. I am often complimented on my skin and asked my routine which I owe all thanks to my mother who has religiously moisturized her face every day and night for most of her life and has nagged me since I was a small child to do the same. Even with her good genes, she has always looked 10-15 years younger than her actual age, so I had no other choice but to believe that slathering on creams everyday was the way to her ageless success. BTW, I am not a skincare consultant or dermatologist and I was not paid by any brands to give a review. However, I love pampering my skin, specifically my face, and I am a true believer that the products that I use make my face brighter, clearer, healthier, and appear younger.
Going into this post I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I get approximately one pimple a year. It is such a rare occurrence that when I see even a minuscule of a red dot pitch a tent on my face I act like the world is ending…I cancel all my plans if possible because it makes me feel very insecure. I irrationally become paranoid that everyone is staring at my face. It’s dramatic but true. So I am not going to lie to you like the Instagram models selling Tea or waist trainers. I have no idea if the products I use actually clear up skin, however, they are excellent at maintaining its glow for my skin type which is normal. However, I assume that for dry skin this is also an excellent regime since it is all about moisturizing.
I also want to plug in the company Ipsy, who not only created a GENIUS idea, but also made me a loyal monthly subscriber. It is a program that cost $10 a month and they send you a very cute bag of 5 items from different make up brands ranging from skincare, make up, make up brushes, nail polish, lotion, hair product, etc. Some come in full or trial size, but all are high quality products that over exceed in value for what you pay. Even the trial sizes last me a long time. Most of the products I love so much that I order again. Many of the products I use have come in my monthly bag and I became addicted.
Normally I do my routine 2-3 times a week. I have so many different facial and mud masks that I use a different one each week. It’s relaxing, fun to do with a friend, and once you wash off the masks your face feels like a baby’s bottom that is so smooth you will find yourself doing strange things in public like randomly stroking your face.
The first thing I do in the morning is wash my face with Petal Fresh facial cleanser and if I run out I use regular hand soap. I do not recommend hand soap if your skin is dry or oily. This is a cheap drugstore brand…$4. Nothing special but gets the job done.
I wipe my face dry then apply Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion. It is an excellent exfoliator that feels like sandpaper but afterwards has your face looking vibrant and feeling super smooth. I am obsessed. Any brand will do but you should definitely add an exfoliator to your routine.
Next I rinse my face and rub in eye serum under my eyes called Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1. This is especially my go-to after a night of no sleep or drinking. I can be suffering the hangover of death and you would never know it. It decreases dark circles, puffiness, and prevents fine lines like crows feet. It is pricey costing $35.
I notice that many skincare routine articles leave out the lips! Do not neglect your mouth pillows that a beautiful suitor rests their lips upon. Jersey Shore Spa’s Anti-Aging Lip and Hand Polish acts as an exfoliator rubbing away dead skin cells. This is not only to keep the hands and lips soft, you can also see a noticeable difference when you apply lip gloss and lip sticks. And also in how your partner kisses you –they will be hypnotized into biting your bottom lip. It tastes yummy because it’s main ingredient is brown sugar. It runs about $15 but is so worth it.
Now here is where it gets fun. Three times a week I rotate different masks but all pretty much do the same thing: hydrate and moisturize. These are the different choices in rotation right now but I have used countless others.
- Formula 10.0.6 – Pores Be Pure mud mask $7-8
- Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed or White Tea treatment sheet mask $6-8
- Seacret – Mineral-Rich Clarifying mud mask $45
- Seacret – Renew Mineral-Rich Scrubbing Mask $50
My favorite by far is the Seacret Mineral-Rich Clarifying mud mask but I do like the sheet masks as well because you don’t rinse it off so the minerals absorb into your skin.
Note: The sheet masks have an extra bonus of creepiness resembling a Jason mask. The other night I was wearing this mask and my neighbor happened to look up while I was closing the blinds and I’m pretty sure he now thinks I’m a serial killer.
After I finish the masks it is time to moisturize MORE. You can never get enough moisturizer, do not play yourself or your skin by thinking you did too much! Unless your skin is super oily — the answer is always more.
During the day, I use either Seacret’s Intensive Moisture Face Cream ($40-50) or their anti-aging Vitamin-Rich Moisturizer ($80). Both are wonderful but I am OBSESSED with the latter. It is super pricey but you know that feeling when you slip into a hot tub and you have that “aww” feels good reaction? That’s the same sound I make when this stuff hits my face. I have never in my life felt a smoother finish. Your face literally feels as if you were born yesterday. If I am not going to wear any make up coverage, this is my #1.
At night, if I remember to wash my make up off before I go to bed I apply a serum or oil. This is great for dry to normal skin. Seacret has an amazing serum but again, it is expensive. These 2 products have been doing the same job at a quarter of the cost. I am currently using Nourish Organic’s rejuvenating Rose Hip & Rosewater body oil mist ($12-15) and Nourish Organic’s Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum ($18.)
You can find all these products for sale in an easy google search. These are for men and women. Men, don’t be afraid to be “feminine” and use skincare too. No one is too cool for wrinkles, break outs, or dark circle prevention. Most of these products do not have any scent so you won’t smell like a walking flower.
Stay thirsty my friends as long as your skin is not.
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