In just a week and half more, I will be turning 30….crazy, crazy crazy. Sometimes I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Shit, when did this happen??” – Time flys, people change, and so should your skin care routine as you get older. To help, I decided to put together a little guide that I have been using lately, and what’s been working with my skin. Lucky for you, I have both dry and oily skin…
Washing my Face:
The first change I’ve recently made is how I remove my makeup and wash my face. Using face wash in the morning and at night just isn’t cutting it, especially because I always end up with my mascara and eyeliner running under my eyes. So after some research, and endless YouTube reviews, I decided to invest in the Clarisonic Mia, and after just one use, I was blown away. It is INSANE just how much makeup and dirt was removed even after using makeup remover. I literally had a “Biore Strip-Flashback” moment, and sat there staring like, “Ew…I was going to go to bed with all that on my face!? Gross!” However, I will say this…although it works amazing, the Olay Pro-X works JUST as well, and we’re talking a $80 price difference.
In my 20’s I would use facial scrubs that claimed to “exfoliate”, and once and awhile I would get those “Mud” Masks that you find at CVS for .99 cents…You know which ones I’m talking about…The ones you would get for when you had sleepovers in middle school. Do these look familiar? However, now at 30…I exfoliate in a more advanced kind of way…That’s right, I’ll say it, loud and proud, I SHAVE MY FACE. Laugh if you may, comment below if you’re horrified, but you know what? My skin is SUPER SMOOTH, and my foundation looks like I’ve air brushed it on. There are ton’s of YouTube videos on it, my favorite is this one here, and this one is also hilarious. Now, if you want to try this, please know that A.) It won’t hurt, B.) No, your hair will not grow back thicker, and C.) You have to, have to, have to get the ones by the brand Tinkle (Why would they name a product that??)- Everyone gets them from Amazon, here, and as you can see by the reviews, they are the best ones. I promise you, once you shave your face, you will never, ever, ever turn back.
Once I’m done shaving, I then like to go in with the NARS Double Refining Exfoliator just to deep clean my pores. I like to concentrate the product on my t-zone, where my biggest pores tend to be, and massage it in for a good 5 minutes. The reason I do this after I shave is, because the Clarisonic removed all the dead skin, and now any “deep cleansing” product can really get in to my pores and help restore and minimize them. **Warning** You might break out the following day – Don’t be alarmed. It just means that everything that was build up in your pores, is coming out, causing your skin to become slightly irritated.
Since I’m getting older, I now make it a point to give my skin a break, and wear little to no makeup at all on my days off. Needless to say, the Stila HD Illuminating Beauty Balm is my GO-TO product. I always have one in my purse and one in my bathroom, especially because it’s small enough to fit a clutch, and perfect enough to serve as a tinted moisturizer when I need it to. It’s basically a BB cream, but this one really gives your face a smooth, satin finish with a subtle, but luminous glow. It’s also great if you have red undertones like myself, because it reduces the appearance dramatically. The formula is light, and feels more like a moisturizer as opposed to a foundation. It goes on very, very sheer, and spreads easily. Just a little dime size amount, and you are good to go all day long. --The one mentioned above has an SPF 30, however, it does comes with out, here .
I also like using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer for when I’m feeling pale, but don’t feel like doing a full face of foundation and heavy contouring. Instead, I have this in 2 shades (Available in 11 shades). One that’s my natural skin tone, and one that’s 2 shades darker, to achieve a more “natural” and “lighter” contoured look.
WHAT I USE AT NIGHT
I know I mentioned earlier that I have oily, and dry skin, so I want to mention what’s been controlling the dry and the shine. I have started using the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil for all over my face just before bed, and here’s why; Normally, anyone with oily skin wouldn’t think to add a oil based night cream, right? Wrong. For me at least, it has made my skin less oily because it tricks my skin into thinking it’s already produced oil. Kinda like birth control….get it? What’s also really cool about this stuff is that you can mix it with a little shadow, and you’ve got yourself the perfect creamy shadow-g-e-n-i-o-u-s! I love products that can serve for more than one purpose.
I also would highly, highly recommend using the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot 8
-The smell alone is heavenly! If you have dry skin by your elbows or feet, it will make them super soft over night. Once a month, Ill do the whole “socks and gloves” trick, and wake up with the softest feet and cuticles. It’s really a miracle cream.
Last but not least, is lip care. When I was in my early 20’s, I was all about the kissable lips, the glossy lips, the bright lip, the red lip, you name it, I probably had a shade in it. But the older I’m getting, the more I feel like “Ain’t nobody got time for that”. I’m always on the go, and I can’t stand having my hair stick to my lips, or having to constantly re-apply…but that’s just me. The one thing I have noticed though, is how dry my lips are becoming. In the morning, I’ll yawn and split my lip on either side. If you look at the photo above, you can see the redness on the corners of my lips, and believe me, it hurts like hell. That is why now, I always apply some sort of lip balms all over my lips just before I go to bed. Just after one day of doing that, I immediately saw results. My lips look hydrated, and seem to be getting even in color. Any lip balm will do, but I personally love the Chanel Lip Balm because of the packaging. Yes, I’m a label whore, but if I can’t afford a Chanel bag, then at least let me have Chanel Lip Balm...
So tell me…Are you going to shave that face!??
Express your thought in the comments below…-xoxo, O