As a facialist and makeup artist, my skin goes through a lot. I’ve learned some hard lessons through the years and here is my skin care routine and my best tips for great skin.Now full disclosure… My skin is horrible. I have to fight every day to calm it down. I put a lot of work into it so I don’t break out or need to take drugs. It’s super sensitive, hormonal, and easily disturb. It has not changed once since puberty. So some of you hoping that your bad skin days will be over after a certain age, nothing is promised. I only had a few years of a break while taking Yasmin which was a birth-control pill. I used it to calm my hormones and mood. It worked, but the side effects were not worth the risk so I had to stop. My hippy gyno made me.
How I would describe my skin:
dehydrated at times, hormonal, acne prone, sensitive
Lifestyle Tips For Good Skin:
Have a pillow case for every day of the week and wash them regularly. Try and get a nice smooth silky pillow case. Nothing ruff or cheap as it will irritate and can make your skin angry. Do try to sleep face up if at all possible. Also wash and change sheets at least every 3 days. You can do the comforter once a week, but not the pillows and sheets!
How you wash your sheets and clothes matters. No fragrance, not even natural ones! No fabric softeners, not even natural ones. Get a simple laundry detergent, the less chemicals in it the better. I always recommend the one by Honest. There is nothing toxic or irritating in there and it’s about $12.95 for 70 loads. Not the cheapest, but not expensive.
Try not to touch your face, sleep on your arms during the day, etc. Hands off!
Use a filter in your shower and bathroom faucet. At the very least filter out the chlorine in the water. It’s not cheap, but you’ll notice the benefit. Something like this for the bathroom when you wash your hands and face and like this for the shower head.
Use room temperature or very slightly warm water. The closer to room temperature the better for your skin. Hot water means, dry skin, means causes more oil to repair that damage, then breakouts.
I LOVE perfume. Sadly it is one of the most toxic substances you can use. If you must use it, only on special occasions and put it on your clothes never your skin. I recommend natural fragrances with essential oils. The chemical synthetics ones can literally have ANYTHING in them…especially in the USA where there are little restrictions on the toxins allowed.
For some safer (assuming you are not allergic to the essential oils in your chosen scent) options check out The Fragrance Shop.
Things to avoid:
Scented lotions, etc. anything scented on the skin should be avoided. I love scented skin care as much as the next girl, so my skin care routine has expensive options that have lighter and safer scents. The are still free of toxic chemicals, parabans, etc.
I stay away from sulfates and parabans like the plague. They make your skin worse, why would anyone put them in skin care? It’s just a sad fact we need to be aware of and work around.
For a safe bet avoid everything at drugstores, department stores, etc. When looking for something that has less chance of being toxic to my health and/or bad for my skin I’ll browse the ingredient labels at Whole Foods or Spouts. Just because it’s in an organic store or the product is organic doesn’t mean that it is safe or effective. I check labels and try to do my research before when ever possible.
Choose one of the following:
Day Cream – Dr. Hauschka Day Cream Light, Rose Day Cream – Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream Day Cream – Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Day Oil – Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil I’ve had to use all of the above depending on the season, my location, or how my skin is acting. But mostly I’ll use nothing and spray some AO+ Mist by Mother Dirt see more details here.
Cleansing – only if I use makeup do I do it. I’ll use an eye makeup remove before anything. Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk
Toner – Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner
Night Cream – NOPE! I never use creams at night as they clog pores and can make you look older. Instead if I’m dry it’s just a little anti-fungal cream, no lie. I know it sounds crazy, but I live in hot and humid South Florida and whatever the reason it works. But just a little 😉
Acne – I only put a little Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask directly on zits. Never around other areas.
Mist – I mist my face and body after I’m done with AO+ Mist from Mother Dirt. It adds beneficial bacteria that does some amazing things to your skin…read more here. I use it under my arms and avoid deodorant and anti-perspirants.
I get microdermabration once a week or every other week. I bought my own machine since I’m a facialist. It also has oxygen, so I give myself an oxygen treatment right after. I cannot say enough good things about it. I feel it’s the most instantly beneficial thing I have done for my skin. I’m too sensitive for peels, so this works for me. I’m not able to use Retinol’s due to how sensitive my skin is, but making sure I’m exfoliated keeps the bad skin days under control.
Question? Comments? Get to the comments section and let me know. I’ll try and update this as I learn things and find better products. Be sure to share these skin care tips with your friends!