With the harsh winter wind and my pigmentation lacking some serious vitamin D, making sure I still have 22 year old looking skin has become one of my top priorities. We’ve all seen beauty brands promising “flawless finish” foundations, however, I believe that with a great base you will always look flawless.
When I was a little girl, I remember watching my mother’s beauty routines for the morning and night. And while it made me fall in love with the power of makeup, it also made me realize that your morning routine is just as important as your nightly one. As I got older, I started adopting her routine to mine. I switched from soap bars to cleansers, toners and SPF moisturizers.
By being aware at an early age of the importance of skin care, going through puberty was not so terrible for my skin. Now, don’t get me wrong, I get breakouts and I have days that my skin looks so bad that I want to crawl under my covers and wait till my face doesn’t scare my reflection in the mirror. But, by keeping my beauty routine simple and consistent, I gratefully have those days far and few between.
Here’s a list of the beauty products that help me keep my skin looking less like a Saturday morning hangover, and more like a quick trip to the spa. (Disclaimer, I’m not a dermatologist):
My saving grace of a cleanser! It’s so gentle on skin, but also leaves it feeling clean and and soft. I love using this in the morning before I put on my makeup, and at night to take it off. It doesn’t rip my eyelashes out like make up removers tend to do, and is oil free so it doesn’t clog my pores.
Definitely the most expensive item in my beauty routine, but I could not live without it. Since it is expensive, I try to use it once a day and preferably at night so that it fully absorbs into my skin. This toner is great for combating dryness, dullness and uneven texture. Adding this baby into your beauty routine can help you say goodbye to your dull winter layer and hello to a fresh face for spring!
3. Witch Hazel
An amazing and cheaper alternative to the SK-II toner, witch hazel is dermatologist recommended and a key ingredient in most toners! I use it after cleansing my face or after the gym to remove excessive dirt and oils that face washes can leave behind. I also use it to reduce redness and inflammation, so it’s great during a breakout episode.
An Allure Magazine 2016 best eye cream winner, this champ is budget friendly and effective! I put a little bit on in the morning and at night to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and brighten up my eyes.
Whenever my skin is dealing with breakouts, I switch this cleanser into my routine. This face wash exfoliates and cleanses while helping restore your skin barrier. It’s great before bed because it allows the face wash to do its magic, and you wake up with clearer skin!
7. Freeman C Booth Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, Honey Almond
My absolute, 100% favorite moisturizer. Not only does it smell delicious, it hydrates and leaves your skin looking super bright. I actually just found this in the back of my mother’s bathroom cabinet and decided to try it out. It has now become a staple in my daily beauty routine. This winter my skin was really dry and flaky, so I would just spray this on before bed/in the morning and a few days later my skin was healed and restored! It’s a dry mist so the oil quickly penetrates the skin without clogging pores or leaving an oily residue.
Not pictured (but just as important) is drinking tons of water and getting sleep! I try to drink at least three liters of water a day and get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night. With commuting back and forth to the city, my skin has to be tough enough to fight city dirt and grime while also looking smooth and bright.
Even though it can be super annoying and exhausting to wash my face after a long night out or after work, nothing is better than the feeling of clean and clear skin. And just think, the more TLC you put into your skin now the less likely you are to have to get botox, fillers and facelifts. Personally, I’d rather have a new leather bag in my closet than have one as a face. Our skin is our biggest organ, so why not nourish it?