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 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...

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...

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)....

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 ...