My Favorite Beauty Finds: Part 2
Perfect skin has always been a bit elusive for me. Well that’s not totally true. In my early teens I had flawless skin that I totally took for granted. Then I hit about 18 and was riddled with the most persistent, ugly, cystic acne imaginable. I was totally mortified by it, but unable to clear it up no matter how many facials, tonics, ointments or creams I tried. Finally, at my wits end I succumbed to my dermatologist’s pressure to try the much debated Accutane. It did clear my acne up in about a month but left me with a pretty sensitive stomach and highly sensitive skin. I still suffer from the occasional hormonal breakout even now, and on top of the indignity of zits at 38, I’m also dealing with wrinkles. So now I need products that combat both, which seems wholly unfair to me but as the saying goes, the weather may be fair, but life never is.
Along with wrinkles and zits I’m also dealing with red sensitive skin, an often blotchy complexion and hyper pigmentation (yayyy pregnancy hormones!) That’s a whole lot of issues to deal with but deal with I must. Over the last few years I’ve managed to find a handful of amazing products that address all my skin care needs with a few of them even managing to address several issues in one bottle. I love nothing more than an effective multitasking, overachieving product that really works! I mean who doesn’t right? My goal is to try to achieve the glowing, flawless complexion of my youth with as few products and in as little time as possible. Lofty goal I know, but I have to admit, these days I’m a lot closer to that clear skinned 14 year old of my past, just with a few added wrinkles thrown in for character!
I discovered Eminence Organic Skin Care about five years ago and totally irrevocably fell in love with the line. I went a little crazy and started buying far more than I really needed just so I could try out all the amazing products. I even put together skin care packages for my sister, mother and aunt. I’ve calmed down a bit since then and now, only buy what I truly need. It’s hard, but I’m really trying to practice some self control! Not to mention that the line isn’t cheap, but it is well worth it since the products really do what they advertise. Not only do the products work but they smell like heaven. Everything is organic and made from…well I’ll let them speak for themselves! Due to my overly complicated visage I use a few different products to address all my needs and no, not everything is from the Eminence line, but if I had to live on Eminence alone, I happily could! So without further ado here is a list of my favorites and how I use them.
Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. I start using this about five days before my period to ward off any major hormonal breakouts. I’ll also use it every other day in the shower if my skin is looking a bit congested and clogged. With wet hands I rub it onto my dry face and leave it on for the length of my shower. It smells so delicious and has this wonderful tingly cooling effect. Plus it actually works!
Firm Skin Acai Cleanser. This ones for the ol’ wrinkles and I use it every morning if I’m not dealing with any zits. This one smells like you could eat it and I’ve noticed that the bit of crepey skin on my cheeks has greatly diminished.
Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster. This ones for the hyper pigmentation, that lovely discoloring of your skin that happens during pregnancy and never goes away. Unless you find a kick ass product that actually helps to diminish it! It doesn’t just work on the hyper pigmentation it also helps to reduce my blotchy uneven skin tone. It’s one of those amazing over achieving products I was talking about! I put a few drops on my palm and rub it into my skin while it’s still damp from the rosewater spray.
Bamboo Firming Fluid. Another one for the sagging, wrinkling skin. This all sounds so sexy doesn’t it! I also add a few drops of Monk Oil to the fluid. I started using it because I love the way it smells, surprise surprise, and I would dab a bit on my neck before meditation or prayers. For some reason I thought to add a couple drops to the firming fluid and it added just enough moisture to give my skin a gorgeous dewy glow without being too oily.
Another dew enhancing oil I love is Go Be You Skin Serum. If I’m running crazy behind and don’t have time for the whole regime I’ll just wash my face and throw this on while my skin is still damp. It’s also amazing when you’re traveling on planes and feeling like all the moisture has been sucked out of your skin.
Bearberry Eye Repair cream. I love this light yet effective eye cream. It’s not too greasy so I don’t have to deal with smudged glasses or blurry vision all day like I’ve had to with other denser eye creams in the past. It also happens to be the perfect foundation for under eye concealer. Helping it to glide on effortlessly and stay hydrated and smooth all day. I use this morning and night.
Bright Skin Moisturizer. This is the last thing I put on my face in the morning. It has the one two punch of diminishing my uneven skin tone and protecting my skin from the sun. It’s green color also really helps tone down the redness in my skin and is a great base for makeup.
If I haven’t put any makeup on during the day I’ll often skip this routine and just let the morning products keep on doing their thing. I find them that effective and hard working which is wonderful when you’re dying to just lay your head on your pillow and hit the lights vs delaying sleepy time even 10 more minutes to wash your face. However, if I did put makeup on I force myself, no matter how tired I am, to wash it off. When I was 16 or so a beautiful woman from my church talked to a group of us young girls about how to properly care for our skin. She warned us to never, ever go to sleep with makeup on, promising that for every time we did we’d be aging our skin three whole years. I’m not sure I really believe that, but it’s stuck in my head and I’ve never failed to clean it off before hitting the hay. I guess I’m not really willing to test her theory!
Bye Bye Makeup. This is the absolute best makeup remover I have found. Before I discovered it I’d wash my face at least twice and still end up with residual makeup on the cotton pad I used to apply toner. It drove me completely crazy that I couldn’t manage to get it all off. This incredible product has saved me precious minutes and feels amazing on my skin. I let it sit while I brush my teeth to get the added moisturizing benefits of the skin softening serum concentrate. This is another one of my favorite over achieving products!
Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel. Next I apply this lovely, sweet smelling and refreshing toner with a cotton pad. It helps to not only sooth my sensitive skin but adds moisture back in after washing.
Citrus and Kale Potent C+E Serum. This is another multi tasking product that helps plump, sooth redness, increase collagen production and protect from free radicals. I put a few drops in my palm and apply to my face while it’s still damp from the toner.
Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate. This is often the last thing I put on my face at night unless I’m feeling extra dry and tight. This concentrate not only smooths and soothes it smells like heaven and puts me right in the mood for sleep.
Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream. If, like I said I’m feeling extra dry, I will add a dollop of this amazing cream over the night concentrate. It does just what it says it will and because I’ve found it so effective I feel like I don’t have to use it every night as I did when I first got it. My discolored and blotchy complexion has become amazingly even toned and clear!
I realize this feels nothing like a streamlined paired down skin care routine, but trust me it is! It sounds like a ton of products, but if you break it down I’m only applying three products for the morning routine and two, unless I need more moisture, for the night time routine. Spritzing my face with toner takes less time then it did to write this sentence, so I don’t count it! Now, for my favorite skin care treatments, masks and peels stay tuned for a post all about them! XOXO, KT