My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care rou­tine changes often due to all the love­ly skin care prod­ucts I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beau­ti­ful­ly for­mu­lat­ed, they are bet­ter suit­ed to oth­er skin types or con­cerns. Thus I am fierce­ly loy­al to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the prod­ucts that are most effec­tive for me and that I come back to con­sis­tent­ly. Over the years and with much tri­al and error, I have put togeth­er a skin care rou­tine that suits my skin per­fect­ly. It has given me clear and radi­ant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eat­ing food that my body hasn’t expe­ri­enced in years (choco­late-inject­ed crois­sant, any­one?). Sure I get the occa­sion­al pim­ple, but the over­all qual­i­ty of my skin is due in part to this sim­ple and stel­lar rou­tine. HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remem­ber that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Exper­i­ment, but give prod­ucts a solid chance to work. It can take about 2–4 weeks for the skin to become accli­mat­ed to a new skin care pro­duct. Light­en­ing or cor­rect­ing skin care treat­ments require about 12 weeks to prop­er­ly eval­u­ate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for pro­duct sug­ges­tions for each skin type and skin con­cern. If you don’t spot your skin type or con­cern, leave a com­ment on this post so I can add it. Most of the links below will take you to my new curat­ed col­lec­tion shop, Epic Beau­ty Bar. I was get­ting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all my...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incred­i­ble nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts this year, and I want­ed to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organ­ic Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used con­sis­tent­ly for almost a year. I love foam­ing wash­es, and foams are great for dry skin as well, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you are sen­si­tive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to con­tain wax­es that can eas­i­ly clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide vari­ety of foam­ing wash­es for all skin types, so if the laven­der hon­ey wash isn’t for you, try one of their oth­er face wash­es. A bot­tle lasts me about 2–3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfo­lia­tors over the years, and none have treat­ed my sen­si­tive skin the way it always want­ed to be treat­ed. You mix a lit­tle of the scrub with your choice of either water, organ­ic milk, or organ­ic plain yogurt and gen­tly mas­sage in cir­cu­lar motions for a min­ute or two. It effec­tive­ly pre­vents black­heads and leaves your skin soft­er, radi­ant, and pol­ished with­out feel­ing dry and irri­tat­ed. Though the price went up a few dol­lars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a sta­ple in my med­i­cine cab­i­net. 3. Arcona Tri­ad Pads, $23. I have been using the­se pads for ton­ing, remov­ing the last rem­nants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m trav­el­ing and don’t want to use chlo­ri­nat­ed water to wash my sen­si­tive skin. The­se...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fash­ion and all the the­atrics that come with it dur­ing Fash­ion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after see­ing the flaw­less, air­brushed look of the mod­els on the run­way. I believe this is the first time I’m men­tion­ing make­up, but I get a lot of requests for nat­u­ral make­up and con­ceal­ing imper­fec­tions, so I fig­ured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flaw­less skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you look­ing gor­geous in the morn­ing (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the make­up part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use con­ceal­er). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretch­ing, yoga, and short car­dio cir­cuit train­ing are an excel­lent way to keep your skin glow­ing. The rea­son why is because cir­cu­la­tion is super impor­tant to keep­ing our skin nour­ished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few min­utes stretch­ing or yoga right after wak­ing up to get the blood mov­ing in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it ener­gizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organ­ic pro­duce over con­ven­tion­al pro­duce as much as pos­si­ble to avoid ingest­ing pes­ti­cides that will bur­den your liv­er and poten­tial­ly cause hor­mone imbal­ances. Choose organ­ic and/or grass-fed meats, and organ­ic dairy (or cut out cow dairy alto­geth­er). It’s a huge top­ic, and I sug­gest read­ing my oth­er arti­cles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flaw­less skin. In the morn­ing, drink a glass or two...

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...

Top 5 Natural Scrubs & Exfoliators

Exfo­li­at­ing your skin on a reg­u­lar basis does won­ders for improv­ing its look and feel — you’ll wind up with smoother, soft­er skin, and if you’re prone to black­heads, you’ll have less of them. The trick is find­ing a qual­i­ty scrub or exfo­lia­tor that will do a great job, but doesn’t con­tain unsafe arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents and won’t irri­tate your skin in the process. The­se are my Top 5 picks for exfo­li­at­ing prod­ucts. {PICK #1} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub I am com­plete­ly hooked on this nat­u­ral, Ayurvedic herbal scrub. It is sooth­ing, anti-acne (and anti-black­heads), and imparts a gor­geous glow on the skin. Use 1–3 times per week depend­ing on your skin type. This scrub is best for all skin types, and sen­si­tive skin will espe­cial­ly appre­ci­ate it. The bot­tle may be deceiv­ing­ly small, but I’ve been using the Ubtan scrub for over 2 months, 1–3 times per week, and I still have half the bot­tle left! ($9, 2 oz., avail­able at Etsy.com) {PICK #2} Talu­lah Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser This vanil­la, rice, and sug­ar scrub is a great choice for those with oily, thick­er skin. Sen­si­tive, thin­ner skin should rub the scrub in the hands pri­or to apply­ing to the face, just to wear down the exfo­li­at­ing par­ti­cles a bit so it’s gen­tler. Smells amaz­ing, too! ($26, 4 oz., avail­able at talulahskincare.com) {PICK #3} Suki Exfo­li­ate Foam­ing Cleanser Organ­ic lemon­grass, sug­ar, and sooth­ing herbs make this lemon­ade-smelling scrub an excel­lent choice for acne-prone skin. How­ev­er, if you are aller­gic or sen­si­tive to chamomile (rag­weed fam­i­ly) or algae (sea­weeds) then you may not find the same pos­i­tive results with this scrub that...