Skincare Update

skincare

Almost feels like there should be more, right?

Two week update from the last skincare routine post:  I’ve added an acid toner to my ritual (Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Acid Toner). I use this at night and Nars Skin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner in the morning. My skin feels like it’s kind of improving, but I’m hoping that by paying more attention and developing better habits, I’ll see the results down the road. If anything, I feel a little less overwhelmed by all the options.

Although the Rashida Jones post was the first time I saw Garance’s beauty minute, I hadn’t noticed that it was part of a series. Even better, the ladies that she showcases have all different skin types. Skincare tips for half Maori/half Japanese skin don’t exactly run rampant online. Even so, I’m pleased that I can get inspiration from ladies of all shades.

My next big skin focus will be improving what I eat. Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why was an inspiring/frustrating book about natural foods. I hope that, like the skincare routine, by just going for it I’ll be less intimidated.

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Skins

I have always been ambivalent about skincare. With that being said, awhile back I read an interesting article about Rashida Jones’s beauty routine. And Sunday, I had a great conversation with the little sis about skincare and she told me about Caroline Hirons.

Since I will be trying to improve my habits, I thought I would share my current skincare routine or lack thereof:

First, my skin and I are like courteous roommates. I don’t use too many products on my face, and I don’t usually breakout beyond the monthly visit. We don’t have a glowing relationship, but I’m not talking bad about her behind her back to my friends.

Hot yoga forces me to actively hydrate throughout the week, although I’ve slacked a bit in that regard. I also try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep and am more or less successful.

With the Caroline Hirons plug, I wash my face in the morning with Cetaphil Cleanser (before I would just wash my face in the shower with Cetaphil and the Mia). Then I use Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer which has an SPF 47. When washing my face, I use the Clarisonic Mia at least once a day. A couple times a week, I’ll use NARS Multi Action Hydrating Toner after I moisturize. At night, I wash my face with the Cetaphil Cleanser and apply Cetaphil’s Daily Advance lotion. I use Vaseline (I know, I know) under my eyes and on my lips. I use Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 Tube if I need it throughout the day and Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment for breakouts.

I don’t wear makeup often, but I admit that I would like my skin to be a little brighter, a little more glowy especially as I’m aging. I know I still need to find that right balance of maintenance and care. I will be experimenting more in the next few months.