Beauty

My Daytime Face Routine

Hello my lovelies!

 

SkincareDay

 

I’m going to be posting a miniseries on my skincare routine, with this first one being my daytime routine. You’ll notice that I have a mix of both affordable and high end products. This is not due to me skimping on my skincare, this is because these are all products I genuinely like for my skin. You can ALWAYS find skincare at the drugstore that is as good or better than high end.

 

Let’s get started:

  • CLEANSER – Depending on whether I’ll wash my hair or not, I switch between two different cleansers. They both essentially do the same thing, but when I don’t wash my hair, I prefer to wash my face outside of the shower, so that I don’t get my hair all wet. I keep the Lush Cosmetics Herbalism cleanser (buy here) in my shower since it’s a little more messy, and the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (buy here) by my sink.
  • TONER – I’ve been using toner off and on for ages, and I had started skipping this step for the past year or so. A little over a month ago, I looked up witch hazel, per my esthetician’s recommendation, and found this little gem, the Thayers Witch Hazel with Lavender (buy here). The brand has a few other scent infusions, as well as a plain one. I chose the lavender infused version, since lavender is known to be calming for redness, something I have a lot of with cystic acne. I just take a simple cotton pad, squeeze the toner on, and generously apply to my whole face and neck area, as well as my chest if I’m having any breakouts there. I am a firm believer in whatever you do to your face, you should be doing to your neck.
  • TREATMENT – I use this daily to help shrink down any topical acne that I may have, which is not often, but I attribute that to this product. My favorite treatment has been the Yes To Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment (buy here), which I blend into my entire face, neck, and chest if there are breakouts.
  • EYE CREAM – Of all my day products, this is the only product that is 1) a sample size that I received for free, and 2) not exactly a product that I swear by, since I’m the type of person that switches eye creams almost every time I finish the previous one. Nonetheless, this Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (buy here), is super nice and moisturizing, yet light for a daytime eye cream. This doesn’t make my concealer crease up or go on cakey either, so I consider that a huge bonus, and am able to use this generously for my extremely dry under eyes.
  • MOISTURIZER – This is the newest product that I have introduced to my routine, so I am still in the testing phase with it. However, I really like the gel consistency of this First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel (buy here). This product has a pore filling, silicone-like texture, without being heavy or slippery on my face, and keeps oil in check. I massage this onto my entire face and neck once again.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a lovely Wednesday.

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Beauty

Rub A Little Dirt In It: Why Washing Your Face Is Crazy Important

Hello My Lovelies!

Today I want to enlighten you all on why washing your face is so ridiculously important and vital to the well-being of your skin. Lately, I’ve seen many beauty gurus advertising how they do not wash their face after certain activities, and while I say it’s ultimately your decision, I would love to share why I think washing your face is crucial


It removes the day’s grime and buildup.

Imagine you’ve spent your entire day outside, soaking in the sun and clean air around you. Now imagine all of the pollutants, dust, and microscopic particles floating around and attaching themselves ruthlessly to your face. If it were me, I wouldn’t be very interested in taking all of these things to bed with me. Simply washing your face, even with something as simple as Cetaphil, can take care of all the buildup your skin has collected for the day.


It helps with facial blemishes.

Washing your face at least twice a day with drastically improve the bacterial content of your skin. Think about it; your skin is an extremely porous organ, inviting virtually anything that’s small enough in, and the skin on your face is no different. By washing out those pores, you’re dislodging anything that wasn’t meant to be there in the first place, like acne causing bacteria. Additionally, as someone with Cystic acne, washing the face is extremely important for preventing infection, as cystic acne can often result in open wounds, leading to a multitude of infections that can worsen without proper care.


It takes off any makeup leftover from removal products.

While many YouTube beauty gurus will assure you that their skin is youthful and radiant even without properly removing their makeup, the fact of the matter is that it just isn’t true. Improperly removing makeup or other pore clogging products from your skin can result in irritated skin or rashes, blackheads, acne, abnormal redness, and premature aging, especially around the typical wrinkling areas such as the eyes, forehead, and mouth. Most of the time, taking a wipe to your skin is not enough, as the removal method may not have eradicated all that you originally desired. Additionally, pulling and tugging on areas of the skin with makeup removal products and not resetting with cool or lukewarm water can result in wrinkles becoming even more emphasized, as many makeup removing products contain drying agents in their formulas.


It can actually preserve the youthfulness of your skin.

As you age, the PH levels of the skin on your faces tends to fluctuate dramatically, most often leading to dry, rough, and sallow skin. Washing your face can help regulate these PH levels, allowing your skin to appear more youthful, radiant, and less wrinkly. Another helpful tip for aging skin is to always wash with cold water, as this tightens your skin, especially around the smile lines and forehead.


It’s just a good hygienic practice.

Yes, washing your face is a hassle, but maintaining a good hygienic appearance not only leads to a more positive impression from others, but it can also improve your self esteem. I’m sure for most people, walking around with a nice layer of dirt on their face isn’t the ideal way to live, and unfortunately it doesn’t make many friends either. However, good personal hygiene lends to the popular belief that you have a higher self-worth, which in turn reciprocates because you may actually like yourself more, all because you washed your face.


The fact of the matter is, please wash your face at least twice a day, and preferably after any strenuous activity or exercise. Keeping the skin on your face cleans make you not only look happy and healthy, but feel happy and healthy as well!

Stay Beautiful!

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body-type.

My Sources:

http://www.westlakedermatology.com/blog/skin-cleansing-101-why-washing-your-face-is-important/

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/basics/never-wash-face.htm

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/skin_care.html