Shopping by Ingredient, Learning about Botanicals and Finding Balance
Turning 30 was a big awakening for me. Some people see that age as negative but for me it was a great moment of clarity. It was like all of the sudden I didn't have to worry about what anyone thought anymore. I could listen to myself because after 30 years I know my mind, body, and strength better than anyone else. My skin has been something that really started speaking to me in the past few years and I've been trying to listen to it and figure out what it likes and dislikes. I started seeing changes around mid to late twenties but hadn't really done a lot to pamper and protect it. I was drinking a ton of diet soda, living in a city that a ton of environmental factors that were damaging, was eating poorly and spending a fortune on expensive designer brand name beauty products. It was all quick fixes, instant gratification and clever marketing. The tipping point came when my skin started to get even more dry after I used the expensive products. I got a little fed up with it and when I was walking through Whole Foods and I stopped in their beauty section. I spent 30 minutes reading the back of skin products looking for brands that had no filler and a very short list of more organic ingredients. I came home with a few things and saw an instant change in my skin within weeks. Now I'm obsessed with learning about botanics and what different natural ingredients can do my skin type. Here are some of my favorites below. With all of this said, I can't fully preach that I now have a perfect routine inside and out. Most of my makeup for shoots and haircare products are still mass market brands and I love them. In fact, I've been working on a killer project with a haircare brand launching monday that talks more about the science side. But what I am trying to do is at least make strides where I can and maybe it's the vanity of skincare that makes me care a little more about the face. It's all about balance, not perfection. It's also helped me figure out what natural ingredients work for my skin and it gives me a good starting point when looking at new products
Here are my favorites at the moment:
My routine goes something like this: Cleanse, exfoliate, use both serums together first, then one of the moisturizers depending on my mood and skin that day, then oil to finish. It's important to understand that you can have the best products in the world but if you don't exfoliate the ingredients can't penetrate and work. They also won't penetrate well if you put oil first because of the difference in molecule size (science!). I would recommend spending some time on the Phyt's and Eminence site to figure out what works for your specific skin type. Both brands are gorgeous. I also really love the Tammy Fender line. I got the sample pack for anti-aging to try some products. It's very holistic but so far I'm loving the moisturizers, eli-peel and rosewater tonic. Mad Hippie and Aura Cacia can be found at Whole Foods which is fun. Joanna Vargas has a great range of products and a serum that works really well. If you get a chance to get a facial with them they will use a lot of Eminence products.
Hope this is helpful. I can go on and on about ingredients but maybe Ill keep that for a separate post. I always love discovering new products. It's so fun to see what works for other people and discover new brands and need some love too. Would love to hear any that you've found that work well!
Tammy Fender Anti-Aging Kit (includes epi-peel, moisturizer and rosewater spray that I mentioned)
Phyt's Cleansing Milk
Joanna Vargas mask
Eminence Citrus & Kale serum
Aura Cacia Rose Hip oil
Any BeautyCounter products you can order through my sister-in-law here