Here’s something we all can enjoy! I’ve been using different potions on my face since I was about 14 years old. I remember having a consultation at a small skincare boutique in the skywalk at Portage Place Mall. It was called “visage” and a beautiful woman touched my face.
My first ever cleanser was yellow and had a light, pleasant egg-ish smell. Maybe I just remember it being eggish because of the frothy yellow. In any case, I enjoyed not only the product but the experience of finding the right product.
This is where I discovered two of my greatest passions: talking about myself and having other people wash my face.
I’ve played around a lot with product. Given the fact that I now suffer from both eczema and adult acne, I have to effectively hydrate my skin without smothering it. Here are some things that have been helping me out:
- Going Naked
Going foundation free, my skin started clearing up almost immediately. Sorry, makeup industry. I love your products but I’m just not buying the hype. Even if a cover-up is full of great and nourishing and gluten free and blah blah blah ingredients, it’s stressful for your skin to keep getting pulled at and tugged at and fussed with. Let it breathe!
2. The DIY option
Being a thrifty girl in need of a great exfoliant, I grabbed my blender to see what I could come up with. Inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt, I wanted something that could scruff away my dry flakes without leaving me parched.
I got some course sea salt from the dollar store and blended it up with coconut oil (never without the stuff), an avocado and some lemon. I added a little local honey to make it last longer, and I’ve been enjoying it for a few weeks now!
At the end of the night, I swish this all over my face in little circles before doing anything else. It takes off mascara, eyeliner and brow pencil (a gal’s got to have some fun with her features!)
So far it has left my skin as soft as the Ocean Salt scrub, it just isn’t as flawlessly blended up and the colour is nowhere near as pretty.
-maybe heat the coconut oil before blending so that it doesn’t make little chunkies.
-go easy on the lemon. I used it in place of the vodka in Ocean Salt for its similar properties but that stuff really stings if you get it in your eye holes! who knew?
-I’ve been thinking a mortar and pestle would help evenly distribute the sea salt. I didn’t find any til halfway down the jar!
3. Find a gentle toner
I used to think that tingly sensation I got from my sea breeze astringent meant it was really working. More likely it was giving me a mild chemical burn. I recommend something you can spritz on and leave on. It helps your moisturiser go father, and the right one can really balance you out. I like Lush’s Tea Tree Water. It lasts forever and feels real nice.
Lush doesn’t pay me to talk about their products, but if they want to I’m down. I had a seasonal gig over the winter with them, and now I’m hooked.
4. Switch up your moisturisers
To every lotion turn, turn, turn. I have a few different finishing products for my face. I am pretty intuitive with what I use when, and there’s no set formula. Sometimes I like to give my mug a good scrubbing then let it be itself for a while. Sometimes I slather it in lotion or serum. As you tune in and get to know your face, you’ll have a good idea of what it wants. Here’s some stuff I like:
Lush’s full of grace
I’m almost out of the stuff and I could cry. It’s great for before bed because it’s a little stickier and shinier, but I also like it as a protective layer on extra cold days.
More of a traditional lotion, but definitely not greasy and a little goes a long way!
Polysporin‘s eczema essentials
Has that same kinda salve texture that polysporin does, but it’s a bit thinner and my skin drinks it up. I like this stuff for days when I’m flaring up real bad, or if it feels like I’m about to.
What I love about all this is I never get in the way of these products by slathering on foundation. They can do their good work all day long.
5. Honorable mention
When I’m feeling lazy, and I wasn’t wearing any make-up at all, I just use a good quality wash and call it a day. Pacifica doesn’t test on animals, plus their stuff smells fantastic. Easy peasy. This tube has lasted me ages.
So that’s my outside. Next let’s go in.