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I was a sun-worshiper as a teen and into my early-twenties. Maybe even in to my mid-twenties, too... cringe. Baking in the sun has lost a lot of it's appeal in the last several years. I slather on the sunscreen, wear a hat, and so on. I now go for sun-kissed instead of bronzed. When I turned thirty last September I felt it was time to really get serious about my skin care routine. My skin is what I would like to call un-cooperative. And that's really putting it nicely. It's pretty sensitive. I still get breakouts. I have some lovely scarring on my cheeks to show for it. A little anecdote for you... when I was pregnant with Josephine I waited and waited for that lovely pregnancy glow to take hold. I dreamed of clear, dewey skin. Instead, I broke-out horribly. It was so sad and there was nothing I could really do about it. One thing I have learned is that the more I put on my skin to try to fix it or calm it down, the more it fights back. Because of this, I am a minimalist when it comes to my skin care routine. Less really is more in my experience. 

At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil. I have been using this for years and years. It is the only face wash I have found that doesn't dry out my skin or break me out. Then, I apply some natural shea butter to my under eyes. Coconut oil would work, too! I have had this tub for going on three years now. I used it as a belly cream when I was pregnant, and have found that it is a great moisturizing treatment for the skin around your eyes at night. Next, I rub a few drops of the Kiehl's oil all over my face. You guys, this stuff is ah-mazing! I wake up with glowing, healthy-looking, hydrated skin. And, it smells heavenly. I am a lip balm and lip gloss addict, so I finish up with a night-time lip balm.

A little secret... I rarely wash my face in the morning. Gasp! Usually, I just splash it with some cool water and pat it dry. Then, I apply an eye cream and moisturizer. If you haven't noticed, I am a huge fan of Kiehl's products! The avocado eye cream is super hydrating. A little goes a long way with this one. The oil-free moisturizer is great for my acne-prone, kind of dry, sensitive skin. It provides the perfect amount of moisture. I stumbled upon Jane Iredale products when I was pregnant and looking for makeup that didn't contain parabens and a lot of the other chemicals that mamas-to-be (and everyone, really) should try to avoid. This beauty balm was a big favorite then and something I still use. It is full-coverage, so I only use a pea-sized amount of it for my entire face. It covers my acne scarring wonderfully and gives your skin a subtle glow. Bonus: it contains an SPF! And then, of course, I finish up with a lip-gloss. I'll apply makeup if I have somewhere to be where I need to look a bit more polished and presentable, but most days I stop there. I might apply a little under eye concealer and blush if I am looking extra tired. Which is pretty much all the time these days... 

So that's about it. I would love to hear what skin care products you love. I am on the hunt for a good exfoliating treatment to use every now and then. Any good ones? Do any of you use a Clarisonic? I am intrigued by them, but just can't justify spending all that money... are they really as great as everyone says??   


1 comment:

  1. Hi Erin! To think of all of the tanning we did at Hamilton! Yikes...

    I use a Clarisonic, and I like it. I bought it before there were all of these cheaper alternatives though (I have the one that's about $100, not the upgraded ones), so I'm not sure how it compares. I use prescription Retin-A most nights, so I really like the exfoliation and I notice a difference on days that I don't use the Clarisonic. I would go somewhere with a great return policy and try one of the new drugstore branded brushes first to see if you like a cheaper version enough. The replacement brushes for those might be less than the Clarisonic brush heads too.

    For products, I'm obsessed with Retin-A Micro for anti-aging and anti-acne, but it's a tough initial three months while your skin adjusts/peels. It's much less expensive than the OTC anti-aging if your insurance covers it.


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