I’m getting married on June 7 (boy, how many times can I start off a post like this? hehe) and I, like most brides out there, want my skin to look radiant when I say my “I do’s” to my fiance. I’ve been practicing a skin routine that is pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself, for a while now that I wanted to share with you.
For the record: my skin is normal, with an oily t-zone and acne issues.
First things first, you gotta take that makeup off. As I mentioned in my April Favourites post, I have been loving the Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Oil. It not only smells amazing, but it takes off every scrap of makeup with two to three pumps – even waterproof mascara! AND it’s totally affordable at $16.00 CAD. (If you go check out the website right now, they have a 40% off sale, so you can get it for cheap! Go go go!) If this is a morning routine obviously I would skip this step completely and go onto cleansing.
Next, I cleanse my face with one of three cleansers depending on the time of day, my mood and what my skin has been doing. If it’s the morning or I’m taking a shower I use The Body Shop’s Creamy Tea Tree Cleanser (which I’ve reviewed here); if it’s the evening I will use either the Origins A Perfect World or the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser. I’ve noticed that the St. Ives cleanser does leave my skin feeling quite tight after I use it, which is definitely something that tea tree does to my skin, but with lots of moisture after it quickly feels gorgeous after. The Origins cleanser is just lovely – it’s creamy and again, smells divine, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight, which is just nice.
If you’re a follower of Caroline Hirons‘ blog, you’ll know that toner is the next step, and a very important one at that. I use two toners – one acid toner and one rose toner. I start with the acid toner – if it’s morning I will use the Andalou Naturals Aloe + Willow Bark Pore Minimizer toner and if it’s the evening I use First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads. I have to say I’m not really in love with either of these products, but the Andalou toner does leave my skin feeling tingly and fresh, which is nice. I allow that a bit of drying time (usually by flossing my teeth) and then spritz on Lush’s Eau Roma Water, which adds some moisture back into my skin and smells like roses. I’m not sure it does a lot, I’ll be honest, but it just feels refreshing to spritz my face.
For eye cream I’m using Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream, which has SPF in it and helps treat fine lines, which I have started developing in the outer corners of my eyes. Booooooo. Anyway, I’ve been using this, which is good, I think. I’ve only just started using eye cream so I can’t be sure that it’s any better than anything else. I use it both day and night.
Now, moisture. My favourite part of my skin care routine. In the mornings I use two products: Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture. The Tarte oil is simply luxurious, and I’ve noticed such a huge difference in my skin since I’ve started using it. The face cream is pretty good – there’s nothing outstanding about it, but there’s nothing bad either. It doesn’t break me out and it keeps my face moisturized, so I’m happy.
In the evenings I skip both the Tarte Maracuja Oil and the Neutrogena moisturizer and opt for the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. And oh my goodness. This serum is a miracle worker, you guys. I have noticed such a dramatic difference in my skin since I started using it. My skin is plump and soft when I wake up in the mornings, the oil production has decreased dramatically so my skin is much more balanced and I’ve been breaking out less. Yes. Yes. I can’t sing it’s praises enough, and it’s converted me to a Kiehl’s skin care user. I am going to be replacing any used up product with Kiehl’s, that’s for sure. AND it (along with a few samples) has converted my fiance to a skin care user too! MIRACLE WORKER.
On days when I need to exfoliate – usually every other day – I alternate between two exfoliants after I cleanse. The first is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub: Blemish & Blackhead Clearing exfoliant, which I use in the shower, and the second is the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX exfoliant, which is used on a dry face. The St. Ives exfoliant is an abrasive exfoliant which I love – I’ve been using this product for years. It makes my face as smooth as a baby’s bottom. 😉 The Peter Thomas Roth Peeling Gel is a new discovery for me and oh my I do like it a lot. It’s a bit pricey ($55), but it’s worth it, in my opinion. It’s an enzyme exfoliant, which I had never used before. It’s kind of gross as it visibly lifts and rolls dead skin cells, but in a satisfying way.
Every once in a while I will use a clay mask, especially if my skin is really grumpy that day. I alternate between three – the Arbonne Seasource Detoxifying Clay Mask, the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, and the Andalou Naturals Blue Geranium Creamy Clay Mask. I honestly love all of these masks, but I think the Arbonne one is my favourite – it brings out any nastiness that’s brewing under the surface of my face, and even once the blemishes have popped out they go away super fast with continued use of the mask.
And there you have it! My bridal skin care routine! It seems lengthy when I write it out like this, but it doesn’t take me any more than 7 minutes to do all in all. I like to think of it as “me time” which makes it feel super relaxing. (Unless my fiance is making faces at me in the bathroom mirror, ha!)