Gina wrote a super sweet e-mail! She typed, “I would really like to see a post about your skin care regimen and makeup routine.”
” Your skin is always glowing and makeup is always flawless. I would love to know what products and techniques you use.”
Well, thank you very much! I’ll be honest: I don’t know a ton about makeup, though I’ve learned a thing or two from Shalea Walker, who does my makeup for big events. Perhaps she’ll write in with a few tips in a separate post, but for now, I can tell you what I do for my skin!
1. Use a Clarisonic Brush
The rechargeable skin cleansing system gets deep into pores and removes all the gunk of the day. I invested in a Mia 2 over a year ago, and replace my brushes every three months (replacement brushes cost $25 each or $40 for two). Most times, I use my Clarisonic once in the morning and once at night, though I think you can get away with just using it once a day. Get a Clarisonic brush at Sephora and cop the replacement brushes here.
2. Get Familiar With Deep Cleaning Cleansers
I like my face washes to foam, and alternate between two cleansers with my Clarisonic: Bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam and Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash.
BareMinerals is great to use with your Clarisonic. Neutrogena works well with Clarisonic, or alone, if you just want to give your skin a good rinse.
3. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
The benefits of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar are highly documented, and while I have no scientific proof of its effectiveness, I can tell you, it works for me! I try to drink a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a glass of water every day (the taste is a bit much, but you get used to it!). I also dab a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball and wipe it on my skin as an astringent after cleansing. It burns a bit, but has proven to keep pimples and blemishes at bay.
4. Use Makeup Removers
Any makeup artist or dermatologist will tell you–wash off your makeup before going to bed! Leaving makeup on will clog up your pores and inevitably lead to skin irritation. If I’m not too tired, I’ll of course cleanse my skin, and remove any heavy makeup with L’Oreal Clean Artiste Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. I’ll admit, sometimes the urge to fall asleep with makeup on is too tempting, so I keep Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes in my nightstand so I can just swipe it all off before I pass out.
As you can see, I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena;) I currently use their Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF15. The SPF protects against sun rays, and the alphy hydroxy acid gives your skin a little tingle after application.
Get a few of my faves here:
Of course these work for me, but you should consult with a dermatologist to see what might work for you!
What lotions, cleansers, and skin care products are on your top five list?
Main Photo by Johnatan Pictured