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...

My Skin Care Routine — November 2011

Hey every­one! I did two oth­er posts on my skin care rou­tine back in Jan­u­ary and April, and I fig­ured it was about time to do anoth­er one since some things have changed. Since stick­ing to a 100% paleo/primal foods for about 4 months now (instead of half-ass­ing it for the 2+ years), my skin has become even eas­ier to man­age. As a result, I don’t do as much to my skin, and my rou­tine is more casu­al. Good times! (By the way, are you on the Epic Beau­ty Guide Face­book page yet? I post exclu­sive tips and info on there…just so you know…nudge nudge.) {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. Fil­tered water, $ for the fil­tra­tion sys­tem** A must-have. Peo­ple with sen­si­tive skin may find that water irri­tates their skin or makes their face red – how­ev­er, it is not the water itself, it is the chlo­rine and all the bits of allow­able chem­i­cals (VOCs, THMs, pes­ti­cides, etc.) in city tap water. Chlo­rine dries out the skin, makes hair brit­tle, and can exac­er­bate asth­ma and eczema. So I show­er in fil­tered water, I drink fil­tered water, and I use fil­tered water to wash my face.** I soak a soft face cloth in warm water (def­i­nite­ly warm, almost hot) and press it on my face for a min­ute or so, then gen­tly wipe my face with the same wet tow­el. I don’t scrub. Not only does it feel good and is super relax­ing, it also gen­tly removes any dirt and any excess oil. I have found that water is all I need (note that I don’t wear make­up — if you wear make­up,...

Secrets to Buttery Soft Skin

Hey every­one! Today I want­ed to share with you some of my per­son­al secrets to get­ting super soft skin. You should see results in as lit­tle as 1 or 2 weeks (it may be 4–6 weeks for some). Med­ical Note: As with any­thing involv­ing a change in diet, sup­ple­men­ta­tion, or exer­cise, please con­sult with your doc­tor pri­or to mak­ing any changes to your rou­tine, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you have any pre-exist­ing med­ical con­di­tions or allergies. 1. Go easy on the wash. Most body wash­es strip the ben­e­fi­cial oils from your skin and result in dry, flaky skin and some­times con­tribute to body acne. Try a nat­u­ral body wash (I have two dif­fer­ent ones from 100% Pure that smell fan­tas­tic — one is the Vanil­la Bean Hydrat­ing and anoth­er is the Foam­ing Gel in Peach) that does not con­tain any sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate (SLS) or any harsh clean­ing sur­fac­tants. You may also be some­one who ben­e­fits from not using a body wash at all, except on your armpits and down-below-bits, or when you’re filthy from rolling in the mud. 2. Ban­ish chlo­rine. This is key to hav­ing nat­u­ral­ly soft, mois­tur­ized skin. Chlo­rine binds with the pro­teins in our hair and skin and cause dry­ness, break­age, and rough tex­ture. This is a known fact, and it’s impor­tant to fil­ter chlo­rine out of your drink­ing, show­er­ing, and bathing water. Your best bet is a USA-made, qual­i­ty whole home water fil­tra­tion sys­tem from a brand like Envi­ron­men­tal Water Sys­tems (if you can afford it, the EWS Spec­trum mod­el is the best, high­ly-rat­ed one on the mar­ket – I put mine on a cred­it card and pay...

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}...

WIN My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream — Plus, Vapour Giveaway Winner

Hey every­one! I have two items of “busi­ness” today. The first is… Win My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream Unlike past give­aways, this is more of a con­test instead of a ran­dom draw. One win­ner will receive all of the­se incred­i­ble hand­made Ayurvedic skin­care prod­ucts from Ria at Skin Apothke**: Ubtan Face Scrub (see my review here) Flow­er Pow­er Lotus Firm­ing Serum Vit­a­m­in C Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Balm (see my review here) Amla Hair Oil Gor­geous Hair Revi­tal­iz­ing Mask **Vis­it the Skin Apothke shop and get 10% off your pur­chase! Enter code WITHLOVE10 at check­out. {HOW TO ENTER} Leave a com­ment here with one beau­ty tip or recipe that you love and swear by for your skin or hair. My favorite will be cho­sen as the win­ner. For this con­test, the win­ner must have a Unit­ed States ship­ping address. The con­test clos­es Decem­ber 30th, 2010. .….….….….…. And the winner of the Vapour Elixir Lip Glosses is… Janey­pot­ter, who was ran­dom­ly select­ed out of all the YouTube and blog com­ments, and also was the first to com­ment (and leave a pret­ty epic poem). Con­grat­u­la­tions Janey! Thank you to every­one who left such love­ly com­ments, I read every one of them and appre­ci­ate you guys so much. ~Steph ...