I’m all about simplicity nowadays when it comes to my facial care. I was definitely one of those girls that struggled with what I thought was life-ending acne. I literally would not leave the house without foundation + concealer on, even if I was just going out to grab the mail. I was deathly afraid of someone seeing me in the raw; I caked my Maybelline full-coverage makeup like I was about to go whore myself out in a hurricane. Of course, this did nothing for my skin or my self-esteem, especially when I washed my face off at night (which took on average, 20 minutes and skin-colored specks strewn across the bathroom – seriously looked like a monkey had a field day in my bathroom sorry dad). I eventually let go of those habits. Although I do still wear makeup some days, I no longer look like a buttercream iced-cupcake, I don’t wear it everyday, and when I do, I wear a lot less, and use it now as something artsy (say, when I apply eyeliner, etc.) or to cover up those mid-twenties hormonal little twats that still tend to appear during Mother Nature’s ratchet gift of the month. Can I get a gift receipt and return it?
First and foremost, I had to stop this vicious cycle, so I slowly cut back on the makeup until eventually I became used to seeing myself naturally. And whaddaya know, I no longer felt the need to fixate on every little scar, every little wrinkle on my face because I saw less of them – physically and mentally, if that makes sense. I also stopped worrying so much about if other people saw my flaws (I still do have my moments, though!) because I realized that I’m not alone and honestly, people are typically too wrapped up in their own self-consciousness to recognize yours. So do someone a favor today and tell them how beautiful they are (and mean it), you really don’t know how much that means to someone and how it can change their life. It’s the little things.
Instagram filters don’t hurt either lol.
I’ve experimented with quite a few gizmos and gadgets for my face and here’s what I’m rubbing in lately:
Coconut oil! I use this for e-v-e-r-y-thing! Make up remover, lotion, facial mask, hair mask – you name it, coconut oil is magical. I eat it too – cook your eggs in it, you’re welcome. It’s full of beneficial fatty acids, absorbs quickly, and smells like a DREAM! The kind I use actually reminds me of buttered toast. Speaking of, it’s also good on toast.
Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Liquid Soap – the most gentle and wupass soap there is. End of story. I wash my face with this daily and it doesn’t dry me out or break me out. Win/win.
Rosehip oil! I apply this after washing my face & let it absorb for about 2 minutes before applying moisturizer. Rosehip oil is amazing for cellular renewal and really clearing up past acne scars, “imperfections” blah I hate that word, and even wrinkles. I’ve been using it for a little over a year and a half now consistently and although its taken many months for me to really see a difference, I do know that it does work and it makes my skin feel amazing. I just buy the Aura Cacia brand from Whole Foods or Amazon.
Right now for a moisturizer I swing between Alaffia’s Neem Facial Cream & Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream. In the past I’ve used Alaffia’s whole line of facial care, but I’ve really just paired it down to the basics when it comes to cleansing. Moisturizing, though, I like to get something completely full of exciting ingredients that won’t clog my pores & offer moisture to my combo/dry face. When you’re using products to combat skin issues, moisture is super important – and oils! Oils help your skin from overproducing it’s own oil, causing clogged pores and a hot mess.
Oh, and wash your face every single night. I don’t care how drunk you are or what shoe you’re missing, dunk your damn face in the sink and lather up. No one likes to wake up looking like cokehead Barbie anyway, especially next to Ken, #amiright? Internally, you also need to take care of yourself. True health on the outside begins on the inside (especially in your gut!) I take maca & fish oil and make sure to get plenty of nutrients from my diet and WATA WATA WATA!
I’d love to hear some of your favorites!