Something I got a few times on my reader survey (take it here, it’s anonymous) were requests to share my skincare routine. I currently have a lineup of products that I really love and I’m excited to share!
When we were on our trip to Thailand I read The Green Beauty Rules by Paige Padgett and absolutely loved it (it’s an ebook, so start reading)! My favorite thing about the book is that she makes it super easy to learn how to read ingredient labels and identify harmful ingredients on your own—making it way easier to be aware of what you are putting on your skin (also check out The Green Beauty Academy from my friend Laura, another great resource if you’re trying to clean up your products).
The other thing I love about Paige’s approach to green beauty is that she isn’t a “purist” and doesn’t promote that mentality (which can be overwhelming to anyone who is trying to switch to safer products). Instead, Paige has an “80% approach”. She says you should try to have 80% of your products be clean, safe and nontoxic, and if you just can’t toss that MAC lipstick or NARS Blush, don’t beat yourself up about it! Sometimes we fall in love with products for a reason. This approach has made my transition to clean skincare and makeup a lot easier, since I know I can keep some of my favorite things!
Shortly after we got back from our trip I discovered Flora Botanical Skincare at a holiday market and fell in love. The first product I purchased was their Waterless Body Balm and I was totally hooked on it! I have since ordered TWO more jars of it and have dove face-first into their skincare products. I love their Coconut Cream Cleanser, which has a coconut oil base infused with essential oils, and then has baking soda mixed in to provide a gritty texture perfect for exfoliating away dead skin. The combination is amazing and I love that it washes away my eye makeup with little effort and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated that I almost don’t need a moisturizer.
But don’t worry, I don’t skip the moisturizer because their Vitamin E Repair Serum is too good to miss. I’ve long been a fan of face oils and serums and this has to be the best one I’ve found. While I think a lot of oils/serums are beautiful, smell good, and hydrate your skin, I really love that this oil has a great body to it, and that the oil really “sticks” to your skin, absorbing slowly throughout the night. It has a combination of rosehip, vitamin e oil, raspberry seed oil, carrot oil, meadowfoam seed oil, Bulgarian rose oil, and sandalwood essential oil. The combination must be magical because this leaves my skin glowing and smooth.
Another Flora product that I’ve been loving is the Black Tea Eye Serum! I’ve tried loads (and loads and loads) of eye creams but this was my first time trying an eye serum. I love the way an eye serum layers on top of a facial serum and how they work together to infuse my skin with goodness while I sleep. Flora never uses any artificial preservatives, non-active or filler ingredients, synthetic fragrance, parabens, sulfates, or chemicals in any products
Here’s a peak at all of the products that are currently in my skincare rotation. The Flora Coconut Oil Creme Cleanser is amazing, but I don’t need to exfoliate every night, so I rotate it with Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular 2-in-1 Cleanser. Sometimes I layer my face serum under my makeup if I want a really dewy look, but during the day I typically layer Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum underneath my mineral foundation. This isn’t an oily serum, I’d compare it more to a gel, so it makes a really great base for your makeup. Juice Beauty products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.
Two additional products that are in my arsenal are S.W. Basics Makeup Remover. This is a sample-size bottle and it’s almost empty, but thankfully you can pick it up at Target (praise!). Another product I can’t live without is the Exfolilating Peel from ItWorks. It’s something I’ve been using for a couple years and can’t say enough about it. It’s a spa experience in a little glass bottle and I couldn’t give it up. This product uses glycolic and lactic acid to really clear off your skin and help with skin turn over. I only use it about once every 4-6 weeks when I feel like my skin is getting dull and I need to start fresh. I love that it is gentle and just removes dead skin and debris on the skins surface. You just smooth a layer over your face, leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off. I usually experience a slight tingling/warm feeling after having it on for about 5 minutes. The results are skin that looks fresh and rejuvenated! I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t look that different right after the peel, but one full day after applying it is when I notice that my skin looks really clear and shiny! (and yes, this is one of those products from those Crazy Wrap People. I love the wraps, too. You know someone on your Facebook list sells it so don’t feel obligated to buy through my link, just reach out to them 😉 )
I am always trying new products and typically my routine tends to change a lot….but this is my current routine and one I’ve been using since December (might be a record)! Hope you enjoy seeing some of the new products I’ve discovered and a few of my long-time favorites!