When I began writing this for some reason all I could think was:
Erin: Robert California. Let’s have a conversation.
Robert: Describe your day so far.
Erin: Well, I woke up. And I hit the snooze-
Robert: And when you recount your day, never say you woke up. It’s a waste of your time. That’s how every day’s begun, for everyone, since the dawn of man.
Erin: Very smart, very smart. Suddenly, I was awake. (The Office)
And there is no reason that really relates to this other than That is how i used to begin describing my day.
Normally I wake up around 6:30am, brush my teeth, and begin my skin care.
Heres where some “routine” comes into play…If you want great skin you have to take care of it. It’s really easy to say the words but if you have sensitive skin and have moved from the East coast to the West coast in the last few years, then you know Its another things to actually maintain great skin. Finding products that don’t irritate your skin more or make your skin co-dependent on the products is a long process you have to be willing to go through. I used to use a line that sponsored me and it was great for my skin as well as building the proper habits. It was a pretty clean line but, to be fair, IT WAS A LOT. Which involved many steps and over time I have found myself to be the kind of girl who is ”low maintenance” ( when it comes to beauty;)). I tend to usually prefer the natural look and typically like quick and easy looks. So, I began the switch to an easier skin care routine.
(I have been using this for the past 3 years until I can find something more natural that WORKS)
Yay For Earth By Stevie
I try to only wash my face once per day every other night. The foaming cleanser I use has 2% Salicylic Acid within it and is super gentle on my sensitive skin plus it helps fight redness and blemishes fairly quickly compared to anything else I have ever used this is the one product I continue to stick with. I do pilates twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) so after my class I normally try to shower and wash my face immediately when I get home. I don’t scrub hard and I only wash my face with freezing cold water. I finish washing my body with Dr. Bronners Pure-Castile Soap. I never use a towel on my face and always allow it to air dry completely. Then with clean hands, I apply Yay For Earth in about a dime-nickel size all over my face. (I also apply it on scars and the rest of my body as I would a normal lotion. IT IS AMAZING!)
I have had many different people (facial estheticians, make up artists, friends, beauty bloggers, family members) tell me otherwise, saying to wash my face every morning and night, or just once and a while, or never! Some people would tell me not to eat specific foods or too much of the same thing (which can also fluctuate acne and encourage it). I am not vegan. I am not vegetarian. I am just a human living every day. I RARELY eat meat and eat many fruits and vegetables. I love french fries and eat my fair share of sugar and treats when I am craving it. I have been trying to incorporate mainly plant based products into my diet but…
I am not perfect.
I think my routine is perfect for me though, and
EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT SKIN, THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL routine or makeup. There is no right answer. You have to find what works for your skin. Over the years I have dealt with blemishes, dry skin, and sun damage from living in Florida my entire life and never wearing sun screen. I have tried everything (honestly). This is what I have found to work for me and have been doing daily. I hope it helps anyone who may have a similar life style.
Hopefully this encourages you to think “LESS IS MORE”.