You might remember that one of my words to live by this year was nourish. Speaking of new year’s resolutions, goals and words to live by—how are yours coming along? I’m still happy that I decided to ditch new years resolutions in lieu of words to live by. I’ve found that it’s been far more motivating, and each day I have little victories that continue to make me want to pursue those words.
Anyway, back to nourish though. When I originally wrote that down, I meant it in terms of food and rest. I’ve been eating far more vegetables and fruits and sticking to whole grains and lots of water. And you know what? I’ve felt amazing! I’ve also been getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Waking up and actually feeling well-rested is seriously magical!
Since I’ve been feeling so great, I’ve been thinking about other ways to nourish my body. Exercise is a big part of the mix, but what about my skin? I have to admit that all these other nourishing changes have positively affected my skin. It was the clearest it had been before we left for Europe, but after nine days of drinking wine and coffee with actual dairy milk, my skin went nuts. Now that I’m home, I’ve been back on my normal nourishing routine for both my body and skin and things are slowly getting back to normal.
Last year I jumped on the skincare bandwagon and have become kind of obsessed. I really didn’t know anything about skincare last year so I just asked around and found Mario Badescu, which I really enjoyed. I’ve learned so much about skincare and ingredients over the past year and now I’m doing my best to only buy natural, non-toxic, and safe skincare products, and avoiding products with ingredients like petrolatum, parabens and phthalates when I can. I was surprised to find that a ton of the stuff in my beauty cabinet actually did have those ingredients. Sadly, I’ve learned it’s pretty common to use them. I did a major clean out and was left with a surprisingly colorful beauty cabinet filled with amazing products. Here’s my current skincare routine and products, and a few things I’m hoping to try in the future!
A few months ago I wrote a post about washing your face, I now use Dermalogica’s Precleanse to take off my makeup. Then I use my Clarisonic brush with Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel. This product actually does have parabens, but apart from that, I really like this cleansing gel. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not over-dried. When I’m finished with this bottle, I plan to try TULA’s cleanser since it’s 100% free of those ingredients!
I try to do a mask at least 2-3 times a week, and if I’m doing one that night, I always start with a clean face. What point is a mask if your skin isn’t already clean?! I typically switch up my masks, but any of them can be used multiple times per week. Here’s what’s on rotation right now:
TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask: If you’re looking for an amazing exfoliating mask that won’t take up a lot of your time, this one is great! You only keep it on for 7-10 minutes and then massage it into your skin with a little water for a deep exfoliating clean!
Pacifica Pore: This one tingles a bit when you put it on and helps fight shininess and clogged pores. It’s also 100% natural! It stays on for 20 minutes which makes it feel like a spa experience.
Dermalogica Charcoal Mask: I love using a charcoal mask at least once a week to keep my pores from getting too clogged. This one is my current favorite!
I’m still using this Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and I love it! It’s nothing fancy, but feels clean and the cucumber is really soothing.
Morning: I recently added this Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum to my morning routine because my skin has been so broken out. It’s gentle and doesn’t leave my skin dry and peeling and looks totally normal under makeup!
Night: So no, I don’t have deep wrinkles yet, but as my twenties come to an end, aging is a real thing, so why not get a head start? This TULA Volume Defense Deep Wrinkle Serum one of my favorite new products. It’s packed with vitamin C and retinol—both incredible anti-aging ingredients. Also, I love the technology behind all of TULA’s products. They use probiotic technology that nourishes your skin with healthy ingredients, the same way you would nourish your body. Instead of just putting a bandaid on skin problems, it targets the problem at the root of it, setting your skin up for amazing results. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, and I’ve already noticed that the lines on my forehead are starting to soften—hooray!
The morning we left town, I noticed I was out of makeup and eye cream so I popped over to Sephora on Michigan Ave and picked up this Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream. I’ve long been a lover of their resurfacing mask, and so far I’ve loved this product too. I plan on trying this eye serum from TULA soon too! My eyes are definitely the part of my skin that I notice the most aging, so I always love trying new products. I’ll report back after I try it!
I’ve been using TULA Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment for a few weeks now and this is definitely my favorite part of my skincare routine. It smells amazing and spreads onto skin so smoothly. It feels light and non-greasy and when I wake up, my skin feels hydrated and refreshed, and I actually look awake, ha! TULA’s products are made with probiotic actives, yogurt extracts, vitamins A, C & E, antioxidants like turmeric, blueberry extract, white tea and omega-3 fatty acids—so good, right?! It’s such an amazing product and I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a new night cream!
Okay, sorry, I just totally geeked out over here and hopefully didn’t bore you to death, but I really do believe that using products with high-quality, anti-inflammatory ingredients is so much better for my body and wanted to share it with you gals!
Now tell me, what skincare products do you swear by? What does your nighttime skincare routine look like?
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