August Skin Care Routine — 2010

August Skin Care Routine — 2010

Okee­doke! So here is my offi­cial August skin care rou­tine that I’ve been doing con­sis­tent­ly for at least 3 months now (some of the prod­ucts are recent addi­tions though). I thought I would share because it’s good to know what oth­er peo­ple use, what works, and also because I get a lot of requests to spill the beans. ;D

Oh! I almost for­got about the FTC dis­claimer: I nev­er accept pay­ment for reviews, nor am I affil­i­at­ed with any of the brands men­tioned. Some­times I am sent prod­ucts to review, but actu­al­ly doing a review on them is up to me and whether I think it’s good enough to rec­om­mend to you guys.

I embed­ded the video below, and I includ­ed all the links to the prod­ucts in this arti­cle.

{CLEANSER}

100% Pure Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18, 6 oz.
In the sum­mer, I use this night­ly and I usu­al­ly wash twice — a real quick once-over and rin­se, and then a sec­ond time where I spend about 30–60 sec­onds gen­tly mas­sag­ing the cleanser on my skin. You get a bet­ter, more thor­ough, but non-irri­tat­ing wash­ing that way. In win­ter, I wash night­ly or every oth­er night.

{EXFOLIATOR}

Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $9, 2 oz. (lasts forever­rrrr)
Great for all skin types, works real­ly well on sen­si­tive and dry skin. Safe to use just once a week, or every oth­er night. Imparts an amaz­ing glow on your skin, and your skin will feel so incred­i­bly smooth and nour­ished, not dry or irri­tat­ed. I love this scrub.

{TONER}

Neem Man Neem Leaf Extract, $36, 8.4 oz.
I’m thor­ough­ly addict­ed to this pro­duct. It comes straight from Aus­tralia, and it’s seri­ous­ly worth the price. It lasts for a very long time, and it works real­ly well to pre­vent blem­ish­es and tone the skin. It’s a great pro­duct to have around for every­thing — blem­ish­es, bug bites, sun­burn, eczema, what­ev­er you need it for, neem is there for you! 😉 I get the 250 ml bot­tle (8.4 oz.) every 2 or 3 months. I believe it’s an extra $10 or $11 to ship to the Unit­ed States. (P.S. This is espe­cial­ly good for sen­si­tive and dry skin that can­not tol­er­ate tea tree oil.)

{MOISTURIZER}

100% Pure Cof­fee Cher­ry Caf­feine Face Cream, $31.50, 1.6 oz. (lasts forever)
100% Pure Nour­ish­ing Facial Oil, $25, 1 oz.
Organ­ic Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil, $12-$16 for 12–16 oz. at gro­cery stores
I like to rotate between the­se three mois­tur­iz­ers, and some­times I include Trop­i­cal Tra­di­tions vir­gin coconut oil ($19.95 for 16 oz.) in the mix too. I like switch­ing it up and I don’t use a mois­tur­iz­er every night in the sum­mer. In the win­ter, I use a mois­tur­iz­er once or twice per day, and I’ll lay­er the oils with the face cream. I like to use the Nour­ish­ing Facial Oil around my eyes as well, as it is hydrat­ing, anti-aging, and doesn’t clog pores.

{BLEMISH TREATMENT}

Best Bath Store Acne Treat­ment Gel, $16.95, 4 oz.
Just shake it up real­ly well and apply a lit­tle amount to what­ev­er spots need treat­ing. Total­ly non-dry­ing and also works great as a pre­ven­ta­tive for spots, which is great if you’re prone to hor­mon­al pim­ples and black­heads in larg­er areas. Over­all it’s the best blem­ish fight­ing stuff I’ve ever used.

Mar­io Bade­s­cu Sil­ver Pow­der, $12, 1 oz.
This stuff has got­ten over 100 stel­lar reviews on Make­up Alley — I’ve used it twice since I got it a week ago and love it. It works great for unclog­ging pores and pre­vent­ing and remov­ing black­heads. This will be a sta­ple of mine, and I rec­om­mend it to any­one who gets black­heads or large pores or very oily skin that tends to get con­gest­ed. Plus, you don’t use much, so this jar would prob­a­bly last you a year if you used it 1–3 times per week.

{OTHER FUN STUFF}

Home Health Cold Pressed Cas­tor Oil, $8.29, 16 oz.
I’ve used cas­tor oil on my lash­es for years and I swear by it. It tru­ly nour­ish­es your lash­es, keep­ing them thick and healthy. Some­times I wear my nat­u­ral mas­cara and when I take it off at the end of the day, I apply a lit­tle bit of cas­tor oil to re-nour­ish and re-hydrate my lash­es.

Muji Cut Cut­ton Pads in Large, $4.95, 120 pads
The­se are great all-nat­u­ral unbleached cot­ton pads, excel­lent for use with ton­ers and lotion masks (a skin­care tech­nique rec­om­mend­ed in Chizu Saeki’s Japan­ese Skin­care Rev­o­lu­tion book). I bought 4 bags of them back in Decem­ber ’09 and I’m just now going through my sec­ond one. Well worth it.

Aloe Vera Gel — Fresh, ~$6.99 for a plant at nurs­eries
Aloe is a mois­tur­iz­ing, calm­ing, heal­ing, blem­ish fight­ing, won­der­ous plant. I high­ly rec­om­mend get­ting a plant or two (or three), tak­ing good care of them (keep them in full sun­light, don’t over­wa­ter), and using their amaz­ing gel when you need it. I’ve been using it night­ly for about a week and tried it as a primer before putting on tint­ed mois­tur­iz­er for an event — it worked great!

I always love know­ing what you guys use in your skin care rou­ti­nes that work for you, so feel free to post a com­ment!
~Steph x

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