Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Updated Routine Part 1: Skincare

Finally getting around to writing this post! I have been trying a lot of new products lately to review and see what works for me and what doesn't. Honestly, I tried so many new things and new brands that my skin went CRAZY because my routine was changing day to day. I have finally found a routine that is agreeing with me that I've been able to stay consistent with. (Make sure to read this post all the way through!)

Morning- I don't have much time in the mornings these days before work so I don't spend too much time on my skin. I like to be a little more minimal here.
1. Cleanse with Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser after I workout. If I haven't worked out sometimes I will just rinse my face with warm water.

2. Next, I will use the Eminence Clear Skin Willow Bark serum in my problem areas and let that sink in.

3. I moisturize with Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer and rub it in well until it's all been absorbed and I don't feel any residue.

4. Sunscreen. ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN. I don't care if its snowing and your in a cave... wear sunscreen. I've been finding spots lately that just randomly pop up out of nowhere on my face and upper back. Even if you can't see spots yet, if you don't wear sun protection you will see them eventually. Lately, I've been using the COOLA mineral sunscreen since I ran out of my Zatik sunscreen. I have been trying a few new ones lately to see if I like something else better. Regardless, WEAR SUN PROTECTION during the day!

1. If I have makeup on I will remove it with my oil cleanser  and remove with a warm towel. I would rather use a deep cleansing oil at night because I know it's going to take off all traces of makeup including eye makeup and my skin feels soft and moisturized afterward. I will second cleanse with either PCA facial wash (no more than twice a week because this one is drying) or Eminence clear skin probiotic cleanser (my favorite)

2. Serum- Willow bark serum and Reviva firming eye serum. I will pat this in with my ring fingers around my eye area. This is very moisturizing although I don't find it has a ton of actives in it. It's perfect for everyday use to keep my eye area moisturized. I will use the PCA eye serum once or twice a week because that one is VERY active so I use it as a preventative measure to keep the wrinkles away.

3. Clear Skin Moisturizer around my breakout areas/hormonal areas. I will use the Stone Crop moisturizer or PCA Rebalance in any areas I feel need a little extra moisturizing (usually my forehead, nose, and neck).

Mask once or twice a week:
If I'm breaking out I love to use Frightening Green by Earthwise Beauty (which I'm now out of), or Eminence Organic Clear Skin mask (love the smell of this!) for quick healing. I use the clear skin the most and my skin really loves this stuff. It smells like cucumber and is very cooling. I leave this on for about 10 minutes while taking a bath at night.

Exfoliation: I will either get a microderm facial (which I love) or do an enzyme mask. Personally I like doing them together. I LOVE LOVE enzyme masks. My instructor puts it this way, enzymes are like little pacmen eating away at dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and anything else that shouldn't be in/on your skin. For this I love PCA Revitalize enzyme mask (this one is SO powerful and burns a little but in a good way) and Eminence pineapple 10% enzyme mask. A day or two later things come up to the surface for easy extraction and once that stage is over my skin and the texture of my skin looks and feels SO much better.
Be sure not to over exfoliate the skin! And do NOT use a scrub on active breakouts!

I love trying new things but I have learned the importance of consistency. I am using the same products for at least 3 months before I judge. Purging is a real thing so I'm not throwing something out if I break out within a week or so, I have to give it a little time. I have also learned that if I am constantly giving into all of the instagram hype and falling for every product I see someone rave about, I don't get anywhere. I just end up spending more money and changing my routine AGAIN which is absolutely no help to me.
Consistency is key!

Stay tuned for part 2 of my updated routine which will be all about the supplements I am taking daily and why!

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