Hey guys! Please forgive me for being so M.I.A. lately. My live has (obviously) been hectic since my son was born.
This post is inspired by a piece of advice that a fellow mom gave me months back, on the importance of ME. She told me that if there was one thing that I did for myself, it should be to get up and wash my face and take care of my skin EVERY DAY.
Boy was she right. The first few days the last thing I wanted to do was get up and wash my face. I mean I'm not wearing makeup so why does it matter? But once I started forcing myself to do that one simple thing, I started to feel myself again, and not like the milk farm I had become. I have always believed that skincare was the best form of makeup, in fact, prior to becoming pregnant I decided to stop wearing makeup. It was a slow process, I cut back on bits at a time, stoping putting on my eye makeup, then foundation, etc. At first I felt super weird, like people were going to think I looked sick or something. By the time I was about 5 months along I was comfortable going out without a drop of makeup on. Loving the skin you're in takes time, and what I found, was that it takes CONSISTENCY.
I see girls all the time change their skincare routine regularly. I used to be the same. In fact, I had a beauty subscription box that would bring me all new products monthly, and I would wear whatever was sent to me. My skin was like WTF?! The thing is, it takes around a month for your skin to get used to a new product to the point where you can even really see if it is right for you. I have been using the same products for at least couple years now, give or take one or two items.
STEP ONE. Wash.
When it comes to washing my face, I don't, really. Instead, I am all about Micellar Water. It is cheap ($5 - $20 per bottle) and from what I've experienced, all brands are essentially created equal. I'm currently using Bioderma but I have tried a few other brands and I've been pleased with all of them. All you do is squeeze it out onto a cotton pad or washcloth and wipe your face with it. That's it! I use biodegradable cotton pads and I just keep wiping my skin until a pad is clean. It also takes off makeup REALLY well.
HOWEVER if I need something a little more intense (or I am wearing makeup for once and my MAC mascara is not coming off) then I will use a 2 step cleanse. First I will apply Dermalogica PreCleanse all over my face with dry hands. This stuff is so gentle that you can rub it all over your eyes too and it won't bother your skin. Then I splash it with water to rinse it off. I'll finish by washing my face with Caudalie Foam Cleanser. Its a really gentle wash that is soapless, which I love, because I hate the way soap makes my skin feel.
STEP TWO. Serum.
The next thing I will apply is serum. I only currently use one, but in the past when I have had more than one I would apply them one at a time with a couple minutes in between layers so they can properly absorb. Serum is important for many reasons but the most important reason (in my opinion) is that it helps your skin absorb moisturizer better. I use La Mer for this one, it feels so silky on my skin that I would almost wear it on its own.
STEP THREE. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
For moisturizing cream, I have one that I wear during the day, and one that I wear at night. For the daytime, I use the La Prairie Platinum Cellular Cream. My aunt turned me on to this, and even though I can't afford it, she's 68 with flawless skin, so in my mind, it's worth it. She calls this the "Million Dollar Cream" and for good reason. It is both pricey and magical. It can be a little thick so I like to mix it with water before applying. At night I apply the Creme de La Mer, which again, is thicker, but since I use it as a night cream I don't mind it so much.
STEP FOUR. Eye cream.
This is simple. Twice a day. Blot it on, don't rub. I use the Eye Concentrate by La Mer (see a pattern?) It comes with a lovely little applicator that prevents your fingers from sucking up the goods and is gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes. Most eye creams make the skin under my eyes BURN. I mean like get-this-shit-off-me-now BURNS. This does not. And no, La Mer is not paying me to say this, they really do just make wonderful products.
STEP FIVE. Sunscreen.
I cannot stress enough the importance of sun protection. I grew up in Arizona, and I never wore sunscreen, so I am terrified of what damage has already been done to my skin. I wear sunscreen all over, any time I go outside. For my body, I love Supergoop products. They also have a great setting spray for after makeup. But for my face, I use good ol' Neutrogena sunscreen. It doesn't feel icky like most sunscreen does, and it 110 SPF. Perfect. I always wait until my moisturizer has REALLY set in, like for AT LEAST five minutes, maybe 10, before I apply sunscreen. And then if you are wearing makeup, wait about 15 minutes if you can before putting it on top of the sunscreen.
I honestly believe that keeping up with my skincare regimen has kept me sane, because even when my hair is a mess and I'm covered in spit up, at least I've managed to keep that pregnancy glow. #momlife