Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Lazy Girl's Skincare Routine

It should come as no shock to you that I half-ass my skincare just as much as I half-ass everything else. You can know you need to do something but doing it and sticking with it are two different things, as with anything in life.

So here's a nice tongue in cheek infographic for you.

Seriously though, there are a few brands that I really like, and I'll share those with you.  I have gone all natural with my skincare for about 5 years now, and these are the brands I've stuck with because they work.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam

I bought this because it's for sensitive skin but also because the light rose scent reminds me of my great grandma.  I use this mostly for the showers after workouts.  It's a gentle cleanser that gets all of the sweat and hate from my pores after my butt has been thoroughly handed to me.  If you like a beachy scent, their Quench line is also really gentle but kind of coconutty smelling without smelling fake.  I've only found that at Andalou Naturals online.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Toner

While I joked about toner, it is nice to use when I remember to do so.  I have to say the best use I've found for this is to stick it in the fridge.   When you come in from outside, and it's a sweatbox of humidity and flop sweat, a spritz of this will make you feel instantly cooled down and fresh.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

I LOVE this stuff.  It's not too harsh, and you shouldn't dig it in there when you're exfoliating but the smell is really nice (to me), and my skin always feels super soft after using it.  When I'm done rubbing it around on my face, I use the excess on my arms and elbows.  If you use self-tanners, this is perfect to use to exfoliate before applying.

Aztec Clay Facial and Body Mask

When I do use a facial mask, it's this powder.  You mix it with either water or 100% Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother (like Bragg's or Trader Joe's) according to the directions.  Slather it on your face, and you wait for it to dry completely.  It will pulsate toward the end and get really tight.  Don't freak out, it's normal.  When you wash it off, your face will actually be red for about 10-15 minutes, but it goes away.  I wouldn't do it right before you need to go anywhere.  This is like all natural ProActive.  Amazon's customer images are pretty impressive.

Organic Rosehip Oil

If you are over 30, get in the habit of using this stuff ASAP!  It helps with sun damage (it faded a sunspot I got on vacation by about 70%!), is nature's version of retinol (but not actual retinol.)  Rosehip oil is less aggravating to most people's skin than prescribed retinol but know that you may go through a "transition period" around the hairline with a few zits.  It scares the younger ones away but if you hang in there for a week or so, it balances out should you have one.  It helps with the healing of your skin and is especially good to use for wound healing. It's the first thing I reach for after a burn.  It's helped reduce years of 80's/90's baby oil benders at the beach.

Andalou Naturals CC Cream Nude

This serves as a sheer foundation as well as an SPF 30 to protect your skin.  I always put too much on so just go in knowing you won't need a ton of it.  They have nude and tan and don't forget to get your neck too.  No one wants to look like a harlequin clown.

Andalou Natural Daily Defense SPF 18

If you aren't feeling the color portion of the CC cream, the Daily Defense is a nice, light SPF 18 lotion with no color.  Just a good moisturizer that protects insanely well.  I wore it to an event in New York, forgot to reapply and was in the sun for 8 hours and got sunburned everywhere except my face.  While I don't suggest you do that, it's what sold me on staying Andalou loyal.

(And happy birthday Grandma.  😇)

What are your skincare routine and favorite products?

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  1. Happy Birthday to your Grams!
    I am really no frills. Cetaphil cleanser, oil of olay with sunscreen and a charcoal mask.

  2. I'm low (no?) frills too. I'm another "if it doesn't happen in the shower it isn't going to happen" club member. I keep a facial cleanser and a mild exfoliater in the shower and use them pretty regularly, and then an SPF moisturizer. When I'm going to be in the sun I wear another layer of sunscreen.

  3. I'm very, very basic as well. I use Kanapa facial scrub as well as a gentle cleanser from New Zealand where I get my supplements, and really like how they work on my skin. And, thanks to you, I use the Andalou Natural Daily Defense SPF 18 when I remember. During the summer when my skin starts to burn a bit, I'll use Clinique's Moisture Surge, which my mom got me hooked on, to cool my skin and it keeps me from peeling badly (I burn no matter how much SPF I use with this ridiculously pale skin). If my skin feels tight in general, I'll use the Moisture Surge and it makes a world of difference.

  4. I think another layer and I must be twins. I do the exact same thing. I've been using the Body Shop Vitamin E cream cleanser and seaweed exfoliator for years. And I'll use Oil of Olay daily moisturizer with SPF for sensitive skin after I get out of the shower. I have a few face masks that I use, but I usually forget all about them.

    If I remember at night I will just wash my face with cold water and a face cloth before bed, as I don't have any makeup that I need to remove, since I don't wear it. The face cloth provides a slight and gentle exfoliation too.


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