Skin care regime: Winter

We had a great trip up to Salt Lake City over Thanksgiving enjoying the company of family and friends. I forget whenever we go up to Utah, my skin gets super dry! Since we’ve been back, I’ve been using my favorite avocado cuticle oil to help repair the dry nail beds. I found this article interesting about skin types and what regiment works best. My skin has been a weird combination of like every skin type for as long as I can remember. It still likes to think I’m a teenager by breaking out every now and then (eye roll). I actually just stopped my subscription to Proactiv after a year of using their system because I felt my skin showed zero improvement. I’m going to try some of the items mentioned below and I’m definitely open to any skin care recommendations!

Your Ideal Skincare Regime Based on Skin Type

By Aurora McCausland

Everyone is going to have an opinion on skincare. Chances are, you know someone who spends thousands of dollars on skincare products monthly, but you also know someone who washes their face once a week with just water and somehow still has clear skin. Every single person has unique skin, and the best way to know what your personal concoction of skincare products should be, is to go to a dermatologist. They will be able to assess your skin and let you know what is causing certain problems, and prescribe products to alleviate them. However, if your skin problems are not severe, or you’re looking for new recommendations, here are some skincare tips based on skin type.

Dry

If you have dry skin you probably experience flaking, scaly skin, and in extreme cases, pain due to how dry and cracked the skin has become. With your skincare routine, it’s important that you have an exfoliant to remove any dead skin, and an intensive moisturizer to restore the balance your skin needs.

-Gentle exfoliant. Avoid anything with microbeads, as this will just tear up your skin. Try a powder with a base of rice enzyme powder.

-Gentle and creamy cleanser.

-Hyaluronic acid. You can get this straight, or you can choose a serum that contains hyaluronic acid. This will help your skin retain a considerable amount more moisture than it ordinarily would.

-Cream based moisturizer.

Oily

Oily skin is on the opposite end of the spectrum, and needs an entirely different set of weapons to combat the overactive oil glands in your face. When you apply makeup, make sure you have a matte setting spray and a great setting powder to keep your face from resembling an oil slick throughout the day. Here are a few product recommendations to get you started.

-Weekly mud mask. Be careful what product you choose, but this will help equalize the excess oil.

-Oil-free cleanser. The last thing you want is to add more oil to your face, so make sure your cleanser isn’t contributing to your problem.

-Salicylic acid. Be on the lookout for a moisturizer that contains this power ingredient, which will help promote cell turnover and control the oil.

-Rose water toner.

Combination

When you struggle with combination skin, you have to choose relatively neutral products, and then treat specific areas of your skin accordingly.

-Non-lather cleanser. You want something that will lift makeup and sunscreen, but won’t strip natural oils.

-Exfoliant that contains glycerin. You want to get rid of excess oil as well as dry skin, but then make sure you retain necessary moisture!

-Clarifying toner. Toner is a really important step if you have combination skin! Look for something with willow bark that will help tighten the pores in your T zone.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a whole new bag, since you can break out in painful rashes and acne if you use products that aren’t gentle enough with your skin. Your best bet when it comes to sensitive skin, is to seek out a high quality skincare company that specializes in sensitive skin. This way you know that every product they put out is formulated just for skin like yours.

-Sensitive oil free cleanser.

-Rosehip oil. This will help soothe any problem areas, and is great for restoring moisture.

-Skin relief face serum. A serum should be soothing and repairing, which is just what your sensitive skin needs.

Acne Prone

Acne is something that many people deal with far into adulthood. The idea that acne is only present during hormonal teenage days is a myth, since most acne is caused by stress, and hormones. And surprise, hormones don’t leave you alone once you are finished with puberty. You need a skincare routine that targets the acne you have, and prevent more acne from sprouting up.

-Clay mask.

-Glycolic and hyaluronic acid cleansing pads.

-Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment.

Skinmapping

One of the most important things you can do for your face is to try to understand it better. One of the best ways to do this, is by face mapping. Face mapping, or skin mapping, is a way of telling what is causing skin problems by which area of the face it is appearing in. For example, acne along your jawline is often related to hormones, whereas acne on your cheeks is related to your respiratory system. Here is a great article that goes over skin mapping and which areas of your face mean what.

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Top 3 favorite beauty products under $10

I love a good beauty product but also love a good deal. I’m not and never will be the type of person that drops a lot of money on a thing, I’d much rather save it for travel! To each their own for sure and I’m excited to have found these beauty products I’ve tried and love that also happen to be pretty good deals.

top 3 beauty products under $10

  1. Avocado Cuticle Oil ($7)- This oil (mixture of avocado, almond and vitamin E) is an awesome conditioner for cuticles, nails and fingers. While it is an oil, I feel like it absorbs pretty well — I usually use it at night right before I go to bed and my cuticles and nails feel great and refreshed the next morning. I especially like this oil after painting my nails a lot of using nail polish remover. I find my nails can become more dry, thin and brittle and this oil helps replenish them.
  2. Witch Hazel ($8) – I’ve tried SO many skin toners for my face! Witch Hazel has been my favorite so far as far as keeping my skin in good condition, refining pores and maintaining relatively acne free 😉 I like that it’s a natural product, feels clean and isn’t too harsh on my skin. I use it morning and night.
  3. Rimmel Lash Accelerator($8)- I’ve written about this product before and am still pleased with how it works. It’s affordable, easy to brush on your lashes and has great results! Like most lash growth products, your lashes will go back to their regular length when you stop using the product. I use this product at night after removing all my makeup.

Spring TLC

It’s started to feel like Spring this last week (even though it’s been our most mild winter in 10 years ha!) and it’s especially nice because my skin is less dry. I received these Farmhouse Fresh masks for my birthday and they are so awesome. The green is avocado butter (a super hydrator), the white is tapioca (to improve texture) and the orange is pumpkin (to boost radiance) and smells exactly like a delicious pumpkin pie! All three of them smell so good and feel very gentle on your skin.

farmhouse fresh mask sampler

farmhouse fresh mask sampler

I also got this avocado cuticle oil from a local beauty supply store and I feel like it’s definitely helped soften and moisturize my cuticles. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how oily it would be or how well it would absorb. Luckily, it absorbs well and doesn’t leave your nails or fingers feeling oily. I was going to post the Amazon link but it was $8 — I found it locally for $1.95! So if you’re looking for it, hopefully you can find it for cheaper. While I was out, I also found this pineapple hand cream at Bath and Body Works ($3) which is my favorite flavor!

pineapple hand cream avocado cuticle oil

And…a Spring haircut! I normally prefer my hair long but every few years get in the mood to cut it shoulder length. The first cut it always scary and I feel like it’s always shorter than I imagine but luckily hair grows back 🙂 One of the challenges with moving so much is not having a regular hair stylist. You have to find the right people to get recommendations from, finding a good price, and salon aesthetic that suits you. I found this stylist off Yelp recommendations based on the fact that I wanted someone right in Chino Hills as opposed to driving downtown or to Orange County. The layers were a bit too choppy for my style, but it’s nice to have a fresh, light cut. spring haircut freebird collection dress

spring haircut freebird collection dress

dress from Freebird Collection // gold sandals from Target