My Skin Care Routine
Here we are again Boston, at the tail end of another Blizzard. I have been successfully snowed in for the 4th time this winter. (This time with company THANK GOODNESS) During these blizzards it has been so tempting to let all routines go out the window. Skin care routines, healthy habits, exercise routines and sleep routines. To be 100% honest, some of the snow days I have been better than others. I personally run best on routines and I think it is really important to keep routines day to day in order to make them stick. With all that said, I have taken the snow days to sleep in and I have had to be a little creative with my exercise routine. One routine I try to stick with no matter what is my skin care routine. I have really sensitive skin and when I don't take care of my skin I get random spots of acne and dry skin. I always feel better when I take care of my skin. Recently, I have switched up my skin care routine. I didn't decide one day to just change everything (I'd be red-faced and all wonky if I did that) but I gradually switched out products and added new ones in. As a teenager and college student I relied on proactiv gentle formula to keep my skin under control. It definitely worked but after graduating I figured it was time to graduate to a wider range of products. I also started leaning more towards natural products made with less chemicals.
My favorite skin care line for fresh handmade products is Lush. My absolute favorite face wash/scrub is Lush Ocean Salt. It is refreshing and has a great scent. I even got my boyfriend hooked on it (he always steals some when he sees it on my sink although he might not admit it) It is a great face scrub but it isn't too harsh, even in the winter. It's hydrating while it scrubs away dead skin cells. Depending on how my skin is feeling, I use it at least once a day, maybe twice. A new (for me) lush product that I have started using is Angels on Bare Skin. It is a little bit gentler when my skin is irritated and has a calming, relaxing lavender scent. It is still a scrub but it is a lot gentler than the Ocean Salt. I highly recommend it if your skin is easily irritated with normal scrubs.
My newest addition to my skin care routine has been various oils. I learned about the use of oils through learning about Ayurveda during teacher training (more on that in the future). I have just started using Coconut Oil mixed with Rosehip Oil on my face. It is very light and refreshing as well as moisturizing. I have only been using this mixture for a week or two but I thoroughly enjoy it so far. It is a little messy so have a towel on hand so your bathroom floor doesn't get slippery. I have found it easiest to scoop the coconut oil of with a spoon and warm it up in my hands and then add some Rosehip Oil and rub together in my hands before applying it to my face. After applying it generously to my face, I rinse it off with warm water and pat my face dry(don't rub, it will take all the oil off). I also use Sesame Oil on my body to hydrate my skin and this is my absolute new favorite thing to do. It is known as Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic oil massage, and it is fantastic. It is a great way to show not only your skin but your mind and body some care and kindness. I added this into my daily routine back in November or December and I have been hooked ever since. My skin feels soft and silky and it's a great way to gently massage your muscles especially after a kick ass workout. Since my showers are usually after a workout, I go through my whole normal shower routine and then get out,dry off and rub the sesame oil all over my body. I then jump back in the shower and rinse off any excess oil. When I get back out of the shower, I pat dry so I do not rub the oil completely off my skin. It does add a few extra minutes to your shower but I think it is totally worth it.
Another really important part of skin care for me is makeup removal. Even if I don't wash my face or moisturize, I always always always take off my makeup at the end of the day. Since I started wearing makeup (or trying to) as a teenager I have used Pond's Cold Cream. My mother uses pond's cold cream, my sister uses pond's cold cream... It has always been a part of all of our routines. It clears away makeup, especially eye makeup, so quickly it's amazing. I have tried various wipes to remove makeup and they are never as thorough as cold cream. It's gentle and easy to use.
I will admit I do have medication from a dermatologist for when my skin is really cranky but I rarely use it anymore. I went to the dermatologist for this topical medication when I was highly stressed and I didn't have these skin care routines in place. I haven't needed it half as much as I used to before my current skin care routine.
These are just a few of my favorite things to take care of my skin. I have found what works best for me with a little of trial and error and I plan on sticking with it for a while. With that said, I know my skin will change throughout the years so I am always open to trying new things. Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to my routine!
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