post from last year. Growing up my skin was far from flawless, I had acne for a really long time, and frequently went to the dermatologist to try new products. Now other than a few hormonal outbreaks on my jawline, I am almost acne free, but still a little oily. My new issue is hyper pigmentation or melasma. I've tried the Fraxel laser, LED facials, hydra facial, peels and look for products that brighten skin.
I recently read Molly Sims beauty book which discussed 5 superpower ingredients everyone needs to have in their skincare products. I went through my beauty stash to make sure my daily routine includes them. I also shop on etsy to find products that are natural and have the same ingredients that expensive brands have such as Squalane and Camellia facial oils. Those are the little bottles in the back of the picture. Don't be afraid of facial oil, they're not heavy on your face. Instead of buying cotton balls I use a set of reusable, organic, unbleached cotton rounds that I throw in the washing machine every week. Read up on what cotton farming does to the environment.
1. Peptides – prevent wrinkles (Pur-lisse serum)
2. Retinol – Vitamin A to exfoliate skin (Dermadoctor Poetry in Lotion, every other night)
3. Antioxidants – Vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid, alpha-lipoic acid/ ALA - all brighten (I use a kojic acid & Vitamin C serum)
4. Hydroxy Acid – AHA BHA, glycolic, salicylic acid - reveal cell turnover (Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, every other night)
5. Hyaluronic Acid – hydration (Pur-lisse Moist)
I also exfoliate my skin twice a week to remove dead skin cells and brighten my skin. I use a completely natural product by SW Basics that only contains three ingredients: organic oat and almond flours and sea salt. Did you know there's a bill in Congress now to ban microbeads in beauty products since it's threatens the environment?
My cleanser and toner are from Algenist Genius White Brightening line. Then I do a mask every Sunday. I still run my humidifier in the winter time to keep moisture in the air, preventing my skin from dying out more. I take BioSil vitamins which you can find at Whole Foods and Vitamin D in the winter time.