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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Reader Question: Daily Skin Regimen

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I have been getting some requests as to what my daily skin regimen is, it has since changed since I last posted it a few months back, since I am now a little more ingredients cautious and am currently concentrating on more holistic, natural, or even just mild remedies rather than the ones you find in the drugstore. As crazy as it sounds, my skin regimen is actually REALLY simple and doesn't take a lot of time out of the day or materials either.

I naturally have a baby face in which it's soft and delicate like a baby's skin (sensitive) and my pores are invisible. My skin can be somewhat dry overall, but with seasons I can have an oily t-zone. I rarely break out, but I do get a pimple every now and then if I get careless with taking care of my skin. I notice the less products you use, the better. Also DO NOT overwash your face as that just cleanses your pores stripping your skin of it's natural oils and hence allowing more bacteria to harbor in your pores. In between washings I like Neutrogena's Makeup/Face Wipes (the blue box), or lately, Everyday Minerals Face Wipes.

Again, this is just MY skin regimen, it works great for me because I don't have a lot of blemishes so I don't really need or use a lot of products, just good 'ol face washing to maintain it. So if you do decide to follow any skin regimen, not just mine, be cautious as some products may not work for you.

Castile Oil and Sample of Calamine Bar Soap



Here are some of my favorites (not in any particular order), but just some products I have used in the past as well as recently:



Cleansers:
- Philosophy "Purity" Cleanser, so far so good, only used it 3 times, but it doesn't dry out my face like other cleansers do, also it didn't break me out as of yet like some people have observed when using this product.



- Calamine Soap Bar (www.pureluxecosmetics.com)
I LOOVVVEEE this stuff! Smells great, very mild and gentle on the skin, and it really has cleared my skin up as well as prevent breakouts and keep existing pimples at bay without causing them to reach cystic acne stage.

Pure Luxe describes this wonder soap as: "This soap is excellent for troubled skin. Full of beneficial ingredients all designed to aid and soothe. Made with premium oils such Shea Butter and Emu Oil. Calamine powder (zinc oxide & iron oxide) for its soothing effect, chamomile and hibiscus for soothing anti-inflammatory properties and mild astringency, rose geranium essential oil to help balance sebum and to keep skin supple. Tea tree essential oil for its anti-bacterial and anti-acneic effects, and chamomile essential oil to help soothe irritated skin."

Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, water, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, calamine powder, ricinus communis (castor) oil, bytospermum parkii (shea) butter, sodium hydroxide, emu oil, matricaria recutita (chamomile), hibiscus sabdariffa (hisiscus flower), anthemis nobilis oil (chamomile essential oil), melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree essential oil), pelargonium roseum asperum oil (rose geranium essential oil), sodium lactate, silk fiber

- Oil Cleansing Method (more in depth detail of this method can be found on Lynne's Blog or Christiana's Blog), in which this method is effective as it cleans off your makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils and leaving it soft and supple. I like this Peppermint Castile Oil I bought from CVS, smells so minty fresh!

Toners:
- I use toners probably twice or three times a week, I like Sea Breeze Toners or Witch Hazel.



Exfoliators:
- I use several scrubs, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Jason Natural Face Scrub, etc. I exfoliate twice a week. This is nice to do since it gets rid of dead skin cells and leaves you feeling like you have brand new skin!



Eye Cream:
- I wanna try MAC's Moisturelush, I am currently using Neutrogena's Eye Revitalizer, it's okay, not my favorite....

Scar Removal:
- Mederma works!

Moisturizers:
- St. Ives Collagen Elastin, very light-weight moisturizer, not greasy.

Energy Waters:
- Aquafina Facial Hydrating Spray is lovely, contains Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. Great as a refresher throughout the day as well as a leave in moisturizer. Wal-Mart, $4



REGIMEN:

MORNING (AM):
- Spray Aquafina Face Spray, let it sit. If my face is feeling too dry, then I dab 4 dots of the Collagen Elastin Moisturizer on my face (forehead, cheeks, and chin), then I apply my PRIMER and of course apply my makeup from there.

EVENING (AFTER WORK sometimes):

- I refresh my face with Neutrogena Face Wipes for a quick pick me up by just gently dabbing it on.

NIGHTTIME (PM) BEFORE BED:
- Apply Peppermint Castile Oil all over my face, concentrating on dry areas, then using a face cloth I soak it with tolerable hot water and wring it out, then apply it on my face as in Lynne's demonstration, the steam from the cloth on your face is such a nice treat after a hard day at work!

- I then wash my face with the Calamine Soap Bar which I love! I really believe this bar of soap has made such a difference in the texture and look of my skin.

- Use wipes to wipe off any excess makeup.

- Apply eye cream or on super dry days, Vaseline on my lids and undereye (It doesn't cause pimples or anything for me).

- Apply moisturizer (Collagen Elastin)

20 comments

christianadivine said...

Hey Sis! :] Well, aren't you a sweetie? That's what us NICE girls are here for. Hehe. :] No worries doll, you're the shit. ;) LOL. Thanks for the plug on your blog. =X I feel all special now. Hahaha! :D Have a WONDERFUL day hun! :]

Grayburn said...

Aww thanks for posting on your skincare just like I asked! I'm also looking for the HG eye cream. I don't know whey eye creams are so tricky. I will definitely go check out pure luxe now, thanks for the recs!

BTW, have I tagged you yet? If not and if you haven't done anything like this already, I would love it if you could join! See my post http://grayburn.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloggers-game-of-tag.html for more details!

Grayburn

Mrs. Lynne said...

Hiya sis! Thanks for the link. I feel so honored *blush*. Now you should post your infamous towel pose too!

Happy Tuesday love :) Hope you have a fabo day!

Ethereal Prey said...

i have no idea what castile oil is. i'll go google it. i've been on the whole natural less chemicals kick too. but mostly on my hair now, i got this new organic shampoo cause now when i try to use drugstore my scalp gets crazy dry and tight. go figure.

Ethereal Prey said...

i have no idea what castile oil is. i'll go google it. i've been on the whole natural less chemicals kick too. but mostly on my hair now, i got this new organic shampoo cause now when i try to use drugstore my scalp gets crazy dry and tight. go figure.

Divine Blackness said...

Yay for the natural and holistic face products!!! I'm a huge fan of the natural-ness too! And I loooove Castile soap. That with baking soda is also good for cleaning the bathroom. It sparkles, I promise!

Anonymous said...

That's actually Peppermint Castile soap, not oil (it has oils in it, but they're saponified to make soap): http://www.drbronner.com/drb_index.html
...and it's very strong stuff. It's obviously working for you, which is great, but you might want to warn others that it could really dry their skin out.

Vanessa said...

Anonymous- I have the oil as well in addition to the soap and like I DID mention in this post, I tell the readers to be cautious when following ANY skin regimen as it's effects can vary from person to person.

Izar said...

I must check out this Oil Cleansing Method now: this isn't the first time someone told me about it and it was always good things I heard.

Isn't St Ives Apricot Scrub the best? I love it to pieces! :-) Okay, I guess there could be better ones out there but I'm just so very happy with mine.

One day I'm going to try the Everyday Minerals face wipes. They're so cheap and you get so much for your money! I'm still waiting for my first order to arrive though... :-D

Thanks for the post: I often wondered what you use on your face as it's always so lovely and fresh looking. ^_^

Anna said...

thanks for the skincare post! i see the aquafina thingy at walmart but am afraid to try it. hmmmmm you made me have second thoughts. plus, no matter what you use, i don't get any acne (lol) because you do have baby skin. its damn flawless!

Anna said...

i don't SP i meant you don't***

CuttiBeBe said...

ok, can you stop rubbing it in our faces that your pores are invisible? lol.. i wish it was the case for me..

i'm so tempted to try the peppermint oil.. sounds like a great alternative to my face cleansing oil. does it remove makeup well?

your skin is so gorgeous!

Vanessa said...

Thanks ladies! Thanks Anne! LOL sorry cuttibebe! I always get mistaken for a highschool student so having baby skin isn't so hot at times, LOL. Your skin looks gorgeous! What are you talking about!?? I love YOUR skin!

I love the peppermint oil, it smells nice and gives me a cool sensation and yes it does take off makeup very well. :)

MakeupByRenRen said...

hmmm pepperment oil...sounds fantabulous...i was going to do the oil method the other night but didn't have castor oil like lynne suggested...i think i'll try this one :)

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

hmm i'm thinking i might try the calamine soap from Pure Luxe. I've been on a hunt for a good cleanser for winter because my skin gets dry but i still get blackheads and stuff :( do you think its ok for twice a day use? i'm wondering if too much calamine use would backfire thats why.

Vanessa said...

Arashi- I totally think its perfect for use twice a day (the calamine soap) I use it sometimes in the AM and PM and it's super gentle! Of course with every soap it can be a bit drying so I just dab on some moisturizer and I am good to go!

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

thanks for the info nessa :) hmm so i'm thinking of trying some other things from them since i'm already paying for shipping. what other products have you tried from them and love besides the eyeshadows? i'm thinking of trying their cleansing oil and/or the face brush, have you tried those ? thanks again :)

Karen said...

Hello, where can we get the witch hazel at? thanks! :)

Vanessa said...

Karen, you can get it in any drugstore, usually by the First-Aid aisle or Facial Cleansers, in the future leave me your email to reply back to you! :)

christy said...

i heard that the aquafina skincare line was going to be discontinued at walmart! do you still see it there when you go? i reallllly want to try the hydrating spray!

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