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...
Recipe: Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon

Recipe: Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon

Hey every­one! I have a dozen or so half-fin­ished arti­cles lined up, so while I am plug­ging away on them, I thought I would pub­lish my recent culi­nary adven­ture. First, a con­fes­sion: I recent­ly pur­chased 14 lbs. of wild-caught salmon from Vital­Choice (arguably one of the best wild seafood sources in the world), know­ing full well that I seri­ous­ly dis­like the taste of salmon. I do not mind them per­son­al­ly – I think they are swell sea crea­tures – but the taste of cooked salmon does not bode well with me. I will take stinky canned tuna over any sort of salmon any day. How­ev­er, I know salmon is per­haps one of the health­i­est foods in the world, and con­tains a myr­i­ad of antiox­i­dants (astax­an­thin for the win!) and omega 3 fat­ty acids. It is easy to digest, looks pret­ty, and is easy to pre­pare – but how do I get past the taste? Well, I thought, I love the taste of teriyaki or any­thing remote­ly resem­bling teriyaki, so that got my inner wheels turn­ing about using my faux soy sauce (coconut aminos) and a sweet glaze to down­play the strong fla­vor of the fish. The results prac­ti­cal­ly made me purr. For those of you with­out this salmon-aver­sion prob­lem, frig­gin cook it how­ev­er you want to, but this one will be a win­ner for any­one who thinks they can­not eat salmon. Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon You will need: 16–24 oz. wild-caught salmon filet, bone­less (do not get skin­less — keep that skin on!) 2–3 Tbsp. coconut aminos Raw, unfil­tered hon­ey Gar­lic gran­ules (gar­lic pow­der will also suf­fice) Chick­en or fish...

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...

10 More Secrets to Clear Skin & A Flawless Complexion

Ooohkay, so I have more tips for you on get­ting clear, flaw­less skin! The more I rack my brain, the more stuff comes up. 😉 Here is a list of posts I wrote before that are all about clear­ing up acne and get­ting a flaw­less com­plex­ion: 3 Secrets to Clear Skin (No More Acne!) Get Flaw­less Skin With­out Make­up — Part I Get Flaw­less Skin With­out Make­up — Part II Now on to the “10 Secrets”: Use manuka hon­ey on blem­ish­es — it’s safe and effec­tive to use it night­ly if you wish. After wash­ing your face, just put it on, let it sit for 10–20 min­utes, and rin­se off with luke­warm water. Hon­ey, espe­cial­ly manuka, is antibac­te­ri­al and con­tains enzymes and nutri­ents that are help­ful in repair­ing acne and acne scars. Sup­ple­ment with MSM (a.k.a. methyl­sul­fonyl­methane). It is a white, nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring sub­stance (sul­fur) that has been used to treat skin con­di­tions like acne and eczema. Take it in cap­sule form, or add 1 tsp. of the pow­dered vari­ety to juice twice per day (it tastes ter­ri­ble, def­i­nite­ly put it in juice). Use nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts that do not con­tain hydro­genat­ed oils, parabens, dime­thicone, or oth­er sub­stances that can trig­ger acne. You hair inevitably gets on your face dur­ing the day and while you sleep, so act like the prod­ucts you’re putting on your hair are prod­ucts you put on your face. If you need help look­ing for nat­u­ral hair care prod­ucts, feel free to read my post on my 10 favorite nat­u­ral brands of 2009. Clean your pil­low­case reg­u­lar­ly. I have 4 silk pil­low­cas­es from Dream Sacks that I rotate. About once per week...