Oh, how I’ve missed you!! I wish I could say I kept up on my posts on my maternity leave, but clearly I was overly optimistic as to how much free time I’d have. And 10 weeks later..
I decided to do an updated skin care post for my welcome back because my skin has changed so much post partum.
Also, good news is a lot of my products are drugstore so my recommendations are super affordable! Feel free to comment with any questions, and as always thanks for following! <3
The long and short of skin care, in my opinion, can be categorized below:
1. Clean your face!!
I know it seems ridiculous when looking at it, but it really is that simple.
Cleaning your face is task number one. It is important you are cleaning your face right when you wake up in the morning, at the end of the day, and before and after work outs. If you want to keep your face blemish free, this is oh so important. I use my up and up facial cleanser at every cleaning. I know it may seem harsh, because it has an exfoliant, but it works for me. I do wear makeup every single day unless I’m at home, so it helps to cleanse my pores and remove any lingering particles I miss with my nuetrogena eye makeup remover. I am guilty of using this all over my face depending on what I’m wearing. My newest addition though, is the Peter Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. It helps sooth and cleanse the skin and I’m super impressed. I’m not one for expensive skin products but I received this in a VIB Rouge package from sephora and thought, what the heck? Now I’m stalking the website to purchase the full size refill. If you’re not sure – and you’re a VIB rouge member – trying the Peter Roth Package first is definitely a must. I think its 500 points? But don’t quote me.
Also – you’ll peep a Clinique brush cleanser, that I’m in love with! A huge mistake women make is applying makeup with their hands, and/or not wasting their brushes. In between full washes, I use this cleanser to keep my applicators fresh! Nothing makes less sense than completing your skin care routine and rubbing dirty brushes all over your face. Yuck!
The next thing I’m obsessed with is exfoliation. Just like every other part of your body dead skin ends up on your face, along with clogged pores. Its extremely important to get old makeup product, clogged pores, and dead skin cells removed to maintain an even complexion. Like I said, I use the exfoliating cleanser on the daily, but I also use the Biore pore strips 2 times a week. If you are an avid wearer of makeup, or you work out a lot, you work outside…etc. etc., these are a must. Also, they are dirt cheap! Worth every penny. These steeps may irritate your skin so I’d recommend my next obsession – Boots No 7 soothing toner. After I rinse my face from the cleanser products, I let my skin dry and than apply this liberally – and my skin feels amazing!
Possibly the most important ingredient in skin care is SPF. I myself am pale, pale, pale, which makes it even more so important for me to protect myself from the sun. Not only will this protect you from cancer, but it will help combat age spots, wrinkles, and dry skin. Find a moisturizer with an SPF in it for daily use. I keep mine at 15/20, but preferably at 15 when I’m wearing it under my foundation. I was going to put a good sunscreen in here, but I really don’t have a favorite. I’m struggling to fine a daily one that doesn’t bother my skin or smell horrific. I’ll keep you posted.
This brings me to the last piece of the puzzle which is moisturizer. I’ve been extremely dry post baby, so this has been extra important this winter.. Besides my makeup setting sprays, these next two products are my favorite lower end facial mists. Before I apply my day cream, night cream, and eye cream, I always always mist my face with the Bootz No7 Facial Mist. It just adds an extra layer of moisture, that the lotion can trap in. The Mario Badesco one smells amazing and has Aloe, and rose water. I usually apply that liberally when I have no makeup on.
Now the night cream and eye cream I’m using is relatively pricey; it’s the new black pine collection by Korres. I’d recommend purchasing the gift package from sephora that has the day/night/eye cream in one. I don’t particularly care for the day cream, but its a major steal for the eye cream and the night cream. I included it in the link above!
What I REALLY want to rave about is this Boots No7 Lift and Luminate day cream. I have tried, no exaggeration at least 50 day creams. From Aveeno, to Olay, to Kiehls…I just was never impressed. I bought this on a whim in target because I saw the word luminate – which is what I need with this dry skin. I’m telling you guy, I’ve bought two more as backups in fear if I run out I won’t be able to find it!! This day cream has SPF. It smells just the right about of delicious. The hook line and sinker, is that it makes you CRAZY luminous. Now I wouldn’t put this on and go out with it alone, right away, because you will look super shiny. Once your skin absorbs it, it leaves you with the most beautiful glow. But if you are ever in need of a dewey makeup look, throw this on under your foundation and you won’t even need a highlighter. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that is oily, but if you are dry skin or normal skin you will not regret it. Plus, its half the price of the name brand stuff you’re going to find in the department stores and/or Sephora.
So ladies thats what I got going on for my skin care routine. I know everyone is different, but I hope my recommendations can make an impression for anyone struggling with dry skin – especially any new momma’s out there like me, that have noticed a change post baby and are on a budget.
I promise I won’t stay away as long next time!