|A peek at my much loved skincare stash|
Describe your skin care routine in 5 words:
> Cleanse - I like cleansers that deep clean but don't strip your skin. If I'm wearing makeup, I'll do a first cleanse with jojoba oil also, to make sure everything comes off.
> Tone - Witch hazel is a favorite. It's great for keeping your pores squeaky clean.
> Moisturize - either with an oil, cream, or some combination of the two.
> Exfoliate - generally every two to three days.
> Treat - eye cream for dark circles/puffiness and masks about once a week.
What’s your skin type?
Basically normal, a little sensitive.
What’s your favourite skin care product?
I love scrubs and exfoliants. There's just something really satisfying about using them and I'm always up for trying new ones! I've also been getting more into facial oils recently.
Top blemish zapper:
Essential oils. At the first sign of a breakout, I'll usually hit it with a combination of frankincense and eucalyptus. Toning/spot treating with coconut water is also surprisingly effective!
Face wipes, yay or nay?
They're fine as a pre-cleanse to remove makeup, but they don't compare to actually washing your face.
Toner, yay or nay?
Definite yay! I'm especially fond of making my own toners. My DIY Witch Hazel + Glycerin Toner is what I'm currently using.
High-end skin care or high-end make-up?
Both/neither. Nothing against high-end, but I usually stick to mid-range for both.
What’s the most unusual skin care product you've tried?
Nothing terribly unusual springs to mind, but if I had to pick, I'd say cleansing grains. They're pretty common in natural skincare lines and don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, but as someone who'd previously only used liquid and bar cleansers, a powdered cleanser took a little getting used to.
You’re in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item – what is it?
Olive oil. It's fantastically multi-purpose - works to take your makeup off, as a cleanser, a moisturizer, and as an ingredient in a whole host of DIY projects.
Tell us your top skin care tips:
Pretty common sense here, but my top three tips would be:
> Be consistent
My skin really improved when I started being consistent and sticking to a slightly more involved skincare routine, and I think most people's skin responds positively to a regular routine. Also, while I'm all for trying new products (I wouldn't be much of a beauty blogger otherwise, right?), make sure you introduce them slowly (as in don't try 10 new products in the same night!)
> Keep it Simple
When something goes wrong, the tendency is often to slap another product on it, but I'm a firm believer in keeping things simple. My skin is usually pretty good, but when I have any problems, I always scale back to as simple a routine as possible. Using too many products can do more harm than good!
> You don't always have to wait it out to know a product isn't working for you
Your skin fully turns over every 30 days (or so) and popular wisdom is that you should give a new skincare product that long before assessing how it's working for you. I'm not saying you can expect drastic anti-aging results within the first three days, but I can usually tell if a product is working with my skin or not within the first week of use. Giving something more time, if I already know we don't get on, just seems like a recipe for disaster!
And that's all the questions! I'm going to tag:
Shauna from Natural Beauty Junkie
Asti from Skjonnhett
Sofie from Practically Pure
and anyone else who wants to join in! If you do the tag, feel free to leave a link to your post below.