Maddie and I have both shared recently that we are noticing how our lifestyles are evolving all in good time. I've got a set of methods I use in my daily routines. They're constantly changing and improving. Nothing is nailed or mastered. Yet, as I look at where I started, I'm happy to see things have come a ways since then. My hope is that method posts like these offer you a starting point from an ally in the fight to do things a little better. Take them, adapt them, and notice the progress as it happens. Then let's compare notes. I'd love to hear your stories along the way.
In 2013, I had a bathroom counter full of fancy anti-aging this, skin brightening that and of course a detox something or other. I easily spent $300 every few months to refresh my stock. I had been told the products were "clean", all good ingredients. I had seen all the before-and-after pictures and was sure this would keep my face young forever.
It all shifted when I turned 23. I never had acne in high school, just a few zits here and there. When I finally got it, it was horrible. My face hurt to sleep on, I couldn't buy enough makeup to cover the ugliness. I hated the way I looked when I saw a mirror. There were MANY reasons why my face was a mess; diet, hormones and birth control were big ones. I wanted to simplify. I wanted less to do, less to buy, less to spend. I wanted "clean" (how about from now on in this post you just know that clean means no harmful chemicals) products for my face. Most importantly, I wanted healthy skin! It didn't happen all at once, it was gradual.
Step 1: Face Wash
I figured no matter how clean my products got, I should wash them off with something clean. I tried tons of products, liquid soaps, bar soaps, baking soda, and even more fancy stuff. I finally settled on Activated Charcoal bar soap and for light exfoliating, baking soda. Sometimes I mix the baking soda in the suds, sometimes I just use it on my face.
Step 2: Face Lotion
My skincare goal was to only use face lotion. I didn't want a million kinds of creams and moisturizers. I started with SW Basics, tried some products from Aveda and finally settled on making my own. Find the recipe here.
Step 3: Toner
In the Summer especially, I like something light to take away the oil and sweat from my face. I tried an Aveda toner and a SW Basics toner. I like them both but currently use Witch Hazel : Rose Petal. It smells amazing!
Step 4: Eye Cream
In 2015, I decided to add eye cream back into my routine. I wanted to use it because I thought it would make my eyes not get wrinkles. I started with Aveda and just ran out. I don't want to spend $50 to replace it. So naturally, I am making my own with essential oils and vitamin E. I am really loving it!
Step 5: Face Masks
I have always enjoyed face masks. It was one of the first fancy skin care products I ever bought! I've purchased many and made tons, from honey and lemon to turmeric and milk. If you can find it in your kitchen, chances are I've put it on my face. My favorite these days is the Face Detox posted here.
Step 6: Makeup
I am still working on this step. Most of the time I don't actually wear any makeup. When I do, it's concealer, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil and blush. I really love my foundation and eyeliner but everything else is up for debate, and I'm testing so send me your suggestions!
Most Important Step: Drink Water
At 23, when my skin was its worst, I also worked at a coffee shop. I ate a lot of dairy, flour and sugar, and drank a lot of coffee. I realized how lacking I was on water and nutrition. So I started drinking tons of water. This is probably TMI but my rule of thumb is drink so much water that my pee is clear by bed. My diet isn't perfect, there is always room for improvement and donuts, but I can tell you I don't eat a slice of cheese and drink milk every day!
Here's my point. I started this process in 2013 and I am still in it! Always developing new methods and coming up with new ideas, it's happening all in good time! Speaking of which, stay tuned because I have something VERY exciting to share with you. Hint hint* they are products!