Oh my, can it be that it's already time to put away my winter jacket and start daydreaming about long, lazy days in the sun? Living in the Pacific Northwest means that I often forget that there is such a thing as warm, dry weather as the rainy winter drags interminably on. But I think we've finally made it to the other side! Which means that it's time for me to update my skincare routine for the warmer months ahead. Here's what's been working for me lately.
As a reward for rolling out of my warm bed, I like to step immediately into a hot shower. I know there are lots of people who say that we should avoid hot water because it dries out our skin. They are probably right. But I love my hot showers too much! To make up for it, I use a wonderfully moisturizing and glorious smelling body wash from Thistle Farms (I use the lemon sage). I wash my face with Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser from One Love Organics. It's simple and effective, perfect for prepping for moisturizers and make-up. I only wash my hair a few times a week, but when I do, I use the Kelp and Mint Shampoo from 100 Percent Pure. I've been a fan of their products from way back and I love the smell of this shampoo. It seems to leave my hair clean without drying it out. For conditioner, I have a bottle of Gloss Boss from Alba Botanica that I've been working on for a while.
After my shower I moisturize with Desert Essence Shea Butter Body Cream. It's pretty thick and takes some massaging to get completely soaked into my skin, so I'll probably switch to something lighter as the weather gets hotter.
Now on to my favorite part, face products!! I recently started using Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum. I'll be honest, the company's name and branding really didn't really make me lust after their products, but I do like this serum. The price was reasonable (I actually got it for sale) at the grocery store, the ingredients are clean, and it's a simple way for me to infuse some skin-protecting Vitamin C and hydrating hyaluronic acid into my routine. After the serum, I spritz my face with Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I feel like this helps the hyaluronic acid from the Mad Hippie serum draw more water into my skin. For my eyes, I use AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum followed by Sciote Vitamin C Eye Treatment. I started using both of these products at the same time so I can't really say if one is more effective than another. I can say that I've experienced a noticeable decrease in the fine lines under my eyes. A word about the packaging, though. The packaging on both of these product is the worst! The pump dispenser squirts out way too much product at once and no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to press gently enough to get it to dispense less. Very frustrating when you are dealing with a $100 eye product. Ok, enough ranting. I follow up with a homemade lotion that I put together when I ran out of a sample of Tata Harper's Rejuvenating Serum. I loved that serum but didn't feel I could afford to replace it at the time so I busted out my mad scientist lotion-making supplies and made my own with many of the same active ingredients. I actually don't think mine was a good as hers, but I ended up with a pretty decent, light lotion. If I feel I need some extra moisture, I'll put on a teeny amount of Ildi Pekar Moisturizer, which is gorgeously thick but somehow not greasy. Then, finally, I'll protect my skin with PCA Weightless SPF 45. I've gone through a few bottles of the stuff and feel that it's the best SPF I've come across so far.
I'm not going to talk so much about make-up today, mainly because I don't wear much and I'm currently not as green in this area as I would like. I use a very small amount of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua to even out my skin tone. I reeeeeeaaaaallllly like it but I think I'll have to set it aside soon in my quest for more green beauty options. I also use Le Volume Mascara from Chanel because I got a free sample! I don't really wear much else in the way of makeup. I just hope that I can find some cleaner products that I like as much as these! Anyone out there with some suggestions for me?