If there is one thing that I had to pick as being the most important life lesson my mother ever taught me, it would be taking care of my skin. Of course I don’t have to pick, so next time I use this as an opening line, kindly don’t call me out on it.
Since I was a small child, I have watched my mom wash and moisturize her face every night, without fail. I mostly liked to watch because of how funny she looked when she pinned her bangs back with a clip and made all those weird faced as she washed away her make up. At the time, I was 6 or 7. I didn’t understand why she put make up on if she was just going to wash it off or why she’d wash it off if she put it on everyday.
Fast forward to today, and I absolutely can see why she takes it off. Though make up makes us look flawless and angelic, I love the feeling of when it comes off even more.
I have noticed lately that skincare has been the topic of many conversations around the lunch table and with friends here and there. I would like to share with you all my nightly routine and a few products that I use and am loyal to. Everyone has different skin types and preferences, but maybe I will be able to show you a new product or teach you a new method of taking care of your skin.
First, when I am washing my face, I take off my eye make up. I do this separately because, well, I use a lot of mascara and it requires it’s own attention. I use a cotton pad and eye make up remover and it does the trick.
Then I squirt some of my oil-free acne wash by Neutrogena on my Clarisonic. I use this wash simply because it is what my mom uses. I learned in one of my marketing classes once that a high percentage of people use brands and products that they grew up with their parents using. I know that is a broad statistic, but I feel that it fits here.
I press the handy button on my Clarisonic and it does all the work for me. I move it around my face and it takes all my make up off and gets deep into my pores and all that good stuff. I got it a few months ago and I will probably use it for the rest of my life. It is a bit pricey, but it works better than any other electronic-face-washer that I’ve ever tried. There is pretty much zero maintenance for it, other than charging it about once every two weeks overnight. Much less frequently than my iPhone I might add.
Sometimes I use a toner afterwards if I feel that I need a little extra cleansing. For this I also use Neotrogena, because guess why.
Lastly, the most important part of a skincare routine is the moisturizing. In the cold winter months, my skin gets very dry and peely. I went to the ever wondrous Sephora and asked them for help. I was directed to First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. It is very thick and makes my face feel amazing. It was $28 for a 6 oz tub, but it has lasted me for about three months now and is still half full. Optimistic. They also offer a 2 oz bottle for $12. It has 4.7 stars out of 5 on the Sephora website. I have recommended this moisturizer to friends and even got my mom hooked on it. Success!
A few other products I enjoy a few times a week are exfoliators from Lush. If you wear lipsticks frequently and don’t exfoliate your lips then you will go through a lipstick twice as fast. I made that up, but it is really important to exfoliate your lips so they will retain the colors and it won’t get weird and flaky when your lips are dry. I use a lip scrub from Lush called Mint Julips, $9.95. It is a little minty so it tingles and tastes a little sugary if you accidentally get it in your mouth.
I also love the Ocean Salt scrub for my face when I’m in the shower. I don’t use it everyday, but it makes my skin nice and smooth when I do. I tried this combined with the Ultra Repair Cream and together they worked like a dream. Warning: this does taste very bad if you get it in your mouth, like literally being in the ocean. It costs $21.95 for a 4.2 oz tub, and also lasts quite a long time if you don’t use it everyday.
I hope I have given you a partial wealth of skincare knowledge and encourage you to take the best possible care of your skin because after all, it’s the only skin you’ll ever have. Remember, no matter what time you come home, how much you’ve had to drink, or how little make up you have on, wash your face every single night. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
Send me some of your skincare routines or products you swear by, I’d love to try them out and share with the world!