Consistency has never been my forte, especially when it comes to skincare. When I realized that changing my routine everyday, harsh product after harsh product in attempt to resolve the inflammation, was not skincare but actually skinattack, I decided to just stick with one simple routine. I still have flare ups when I'm not mindful of keeping my hormones happy, and freak out to everyone, "what do I do?!" but I've consistently and diligently stuck to one regime for months and no matter if I have a breakout, it resolves daily quickly now and my skin stays a lot happier with the gentle touch of ritual rather than the viscous cycle of attacking it to fix it.
It took me a while to trust that my body is smart enough to know how to fix itself. Once I could wrap my head around that, I realized that I could use products to support what my skins needs versus trying to control the situation. Here is my sweet and simple routine below.
MORNING: I knew for a very long time that my skin would be a lot happier if I didn't wash my face in the morning. There was such a dewy, fresh glow to my skin whenever I woke up that would quickly fade the moment I washed my face. It took a while to trust my intuition and go against the grain of needing to wash your face twice a day (unless you're dealing with the dog days of summer...) In the morning I liberally spray my Clary Sage + Lavender Hydrosol on my skin and wipe it clean with a cotton ball. Hydrosols are essential in balancing the skin and keeping the oil/water ration where it needs to be. After that, I'll spray a few more sprays of Hydrosol without wiping it off, pressing the moisture into my skin with clean hands. And voila, done. Then I apply my absolute favorite moisturizer (thank you Britta for turning me onto this!), Josh Rosebrook's Nutrient Day Cream. I am HOOKED on this. It makes my skin incredibly glowy and perfectly dewy. A lot of natural moisturizers can leave you feeling sticky and gross but this one absorbs into the skin perfectly and is well worth the price. I also think Zinc is essential in healing the skin so I really try to use this daily for healing as well as protection.
EVENING : I am a shower whore. I literally have my clothes off before I walk in the front door. There is nothing I love more than coming home and taking a long, hot shower after a long NYC day. I cleanse my face in the evening with one of Acure's amazing cleansers. Right now I use the Facial Gel daily as well as the Brightening Facial Scrub 2x per week (the scrub is BANANA's). After I shower, my routine is all about maximum hydration. After years of drying my skin out, I have learned that our skin actually THRIVES when you nourish and hydrate. Maximum hydration is key and the most important part of my ritual. Post shower is the only time I really load up on products:
- I liberally apply my Clary Sage + Lavender Hydrosol onto damp skin.
- Next, I have agreed to stick with Serum 2 for a few months rather than alternating. I take 5 drops or so of Serum 2 in my palm and then add a few sprays of Hydrosol. I blend together and then apply to skin. This is the KEY to getting the oils from Serums to penetrate into the layers of the skin. The soup! Get into it...
- Afterwards, I apply a few pumps of Josh Rosebrook's cream mentioned above. I am obsessed and it smells incredible.
- Next, I use Badger's Damascus Rose Beauty Balm around my eyes, on my lips, and actually, yes, on areas where I have a breakout or a breakout is healing. Keeping areas that are healing hydrated with natural skincare that is fused with so many beneficial ingredients actually helps the skin to rejuvenate and heal rather than dry out and scar.
- FINALLY - I apply a spray or two more of my hydrosols. I'm telling you, maximum hydration is where it's at!
- Finally, finally - I think the most important beauty ritual is to make yourself feel beautiful rather than relying on external justification. One thing I love to do is apply rose essential oil to my neck, wrists, temples, and behind the ears. I follow up by wearing something sensual to sleep in, for myself. You wake up feeling as beautiful as 1930's movie star.