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...
How to Do an At-Home Facial

How to Do an At-Home Facial

Whether you are bat­tling the last rem­nants of acne, sub­clin­i­cal acne (lit­tle bumps with­out heads), black­heads, or sim­ply want to take your skin con­di­tion to the next lev­el, a great facial will do won­ders. I high­ly rec­om­mend treat­ing your­self to at-home facials or pro­fes­sion­al facials from a licensed aes­theti­cian. I now make sure to treat myself to a pro­fes­sion­al facial at least once per mon­th and I do at-home facials every week (except for the week I receive a pro facial) to close­ly mim­ic the pro­fes­sion­al ones I receive. Reg­u­lar prop­er facials will pre­vent break­outs and black­heads, speed heal­ing, slow aging, and provide con­cen­trat­ed nutri­tion to the skin. I know sev­er­al old­er wom­en (50s, 60s, and beyond) with beau­ti­ful skin that looks far younger than their actu­al years, and they all cred­it it to excel­lent skin care, reg­u­lar skin treat­ments, and of course, stay­ing out of the sun. Like we haven’t heard that before. 😉 And just to clar­i­fy, I am def­i­nite­ly not say­ing that you have to do facials every week or even every mon­th to have beau­ti­ful skin. I went with­out facials for years and my diet and basic skin care rou­tine alone kept my skin clear and glow­ing. How­ev­er, I do reg­u­lar facials because I enjoy it (like a hob­by haha), I put aside the time, and it gives my skin that extra boost. Below is my at-home semi-pro facial. Take 30–60 min­utes and treat your­self to this lux­u­ri­ous rou­tine. Do It Yourself At-Home Facial Routine A Note on Prod­ucts: To make it easy on you, I rec­om­mend a few prod­ucts for each step and skin type. There...

I Need Your Help Picking a Winner!

Hey every­one! I’ve got so many updates and new things for you guys…I’ll be post­ing a lot of stuff soon, so look out for it. I have been going through all the tips you have post­ed and I am so impressed. I love all of them, and as a result I am hav­ing such a prob­lem pick­ing the win­ning tip. I would love to have your help in select­ing the win­ner. I have select­ed my 12 favorites and post­ed them below. I tried to pick the tips that were the sim­plest and eas­i­est to do (and I also liked the ones I nev­er heard of before). Everyone’s tips were amaz­ing, so please don’t be offend­ed if I didn’t select your tip. You can vote by read­ing the tips below and then vot­ing on the poll by select­ing the person’s name. The poll is closed. {VOTE RESULTS} I under­stand that some peo­ple were not hap­py about the vot­ing and think I should pick the win­ner. All 12 con­tes­tants could have won – that’s why I select­ed them, that’s why I had trou­ble choos­ing my favorite, and that’s why I thought I would cre­ate a poll — for fun. So I’m not going to let this become some dra­mat­ic sit­u­a­tion with cheat­ing accu­sa­tions and crap, because that doesn’t fly with me.  I have delet­ed all com­ments relat­ed to the cheat­ing bab­ble and I don’t want to see any­one mak­ing any more com­ments about this. It’s done, it’s all good, let’s wor­ry about stuff that’s more impor­tant, shall we? Below are the results. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Bryn­ne (please send me your mail­ing address). {TOP TIPS}...

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...

DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

It’s been awhile since I’ve post­ed a DIY beauty/handsomeness recipe, so I thought it would be nice to post one today. Like most of my skin care recipes, this one is easy — it’s only two ingre­di­ents and will give you a smooth and moist skin with a nice rosy glow. This will be a great mask to use in the upcom­ing fall and win­ter months, when dull, dry skin starts creep­ing back into our lives. 😛 {APPLE MASK INGREDIENTS} 1/2 any kind of organ­ic apple (leave the skin on) 1 Tbsp. raw hon­ey, or raw manuka hon­ey (UMF 16+) Option­al: Try adding 1 egg yolk (from an organ­ic egg, the dark­er orange the yolk, the more rich and healthy that yolk is) for fur­ther mois­tur­iza­tion. It will also help reduce and pre­vent acne break­outs due to the vit­a­m­in A present in the yolk, which helps bal­ance sebum pro­duc­tion for both oily and dry skin. {REASONS & RESULTS} Apples have a very cool­ing, slight­ly exfo­li­at­ing effect on our skin due to the mild acids in the fruit. When applied to the skin, apples bring cir­cu­la­tion and nour­ish­ment to the skin. And hon­ey is a no-brain­er! It is a well-known, ancient nat­u­ral beau­ty pro­duct. It is antibac­te­ri­al, a pow­er­ful humec­tant, and very sooth­ing. If you have very sen­si­tive skin or are sun­burned, try a small amount of this mask on your neck or cheek first. Depend­ing on the vari­ety of apple, you may or may not be sen­si­tive to the mild acids in the fruit. FYI, green apples con­tain less sug­ar and slight­ly more acids than vari­eties like Fuji, Pink Lady, and Brae­burn. I’ve been...