Oh heeeeeey, guys! Remember me? I'm the broad who just up and left ya for over a month with no new posts and nothing to do but peruse through old material! First of all, I am so sorry for my absence. For those of you who don't know me personally, I've been busy dealing with the first glorious month of pregnancy (read: insane nausea, fatigue and general slug-likeness). Basically that means I've been too lazy to come up with anything to write about because, well, I've been unable to muster the motivation to get myself ready like a functioning member of society. Whelp! Luckily I'm through the woods and into my second trimester and finally feeling like a human female again! That means showering on a regular basis, slapping some makeup on and (kind of) doing my hair! CanIgetahellllllyeah?!
When I was pregnant with my now 2-year old son, I was super sick through my first trimester, however, I had beautifully clear skin. This go-round was a totally different story. My hormonal breakouts were E-P-I-C. It was like my chin was a breeding ground for pesky zits. All sizes were welcome! Tiny pimples, medium pimples, large painful pimples, I wasn't discriminating! Once I would get rid of one, three more would come to it's funeral! The truly annoying thing was, for the first time in my life, I also had sensitive skin! It wasn't like I could treat the whole area and be done with it, I had to treat each and every spot, being careful not to disrupt the surrounding skin which would get incredibly dry, red and irritated. ARGH! I needed a new approach. I decided to take 3 gazillion steps back and pare my routine down to the bare essentials for the first time in my life and guess what?? It worked! I'm not saying this is going to be the magical answer for everyone, but this is what worked for me. Maybe it'll do the trick for someone else out there as well.
Firstly, let me just say that I STOPPED using my Clarisonic brush during this little "outbreak". Although my love for that thing is stronger than platinum, when you're experiencing flare ups, it's best to just gently rest it on the counter, explain how you just need a little space, and when things have calmed down in the epidermal arena, you'll be back, ready to slough off some dead skin and eager to pick up your love affair hotter than ever! Trust me, it's for the best.
Step 1 | Before using any cleanser, I've been removing all of my eye makeup and most of my face makeup with facial cleansing wipes. I've been using the Kirkland ones from Costco which I really dig, but any brand will do. Try to find some formulated for sensitive skin. Get as MUCH makeup off your face as possible and then move on to cleansing.
Step 2 | I picked up Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cleansing Gel from Target on a whim because I liked the gentle ingredients, and for whatever reason, the citrus scent really helped with my queasies. Any other scent made me want to hurl. If you're particularly sensitive to fragrances, just grab one that is fragrance free. A tiny bit of this cleanser goes a long way (love that!) Just make sure you remove all of it as it can leave a slight residue if you're not careful to rinse completely clean with luke warm water. Then PAT (not rub) your skin dry with a clean towel.
Step 3 | This "step" is optional. Or rather an "as needed" step. I'm not big on slapping copious amounts of zit cream on my face when it's being super touchy (and when I'm preggo) so I am a huge lover of organic tea tree oil for those painful, underground zits. I put a little bit on a Q-tip and just "dab" it onto the offending spot. Let it sit for a few minutes, then move on to moisturizer. Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It's basically the bomb.
Step 4 | I grabbed this moisturizer by Neutrogena for sensitive skin and HOLY MOLY I'm in love. I wish I would have discovered this earlier in life. It is incredible. No scent. Oil free but incredibly moisturizing. Doesn't leave a film on the skin and it has SPF. It's like finding the perfect mate. This is my new all time favorite basic facial moisturizer and I am going to make sure it is always on my bathroom counter.
Step 5 | Have you seen these mini Vaseline tubs?? They are so damn cute! I am loving the rosy lips one for daytime because it leaves the slightest rosey hue without looking like you're wearing gloss. I also have the "creme brulee" flavor which I use at night. I find them at Target but I've seen them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and online as well. Ahhh! So cute!
Step 6 | I'll be real honest with y'all. I've been LAZY when it comes to my makeup lately. Unless I have actual plans like dinner with friends, or a get together or something, I just can't find the motivation to put on a full face. I've been a looooong time fan of Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (I use color "Light") I'm sure you know if you read my blog regularly, so I decided to grab the foundation, which is the same "format" (sponge tip applicator) as well. It has great medium to full coverage but is very light on the skin, similar to a BB cream in weight. I literally just twist the top, rub the product all over my face, blend it in a bit with my Beauty Blender and then pop my concealer under my eyes, around my nose then BOOM I'm done. A bit of cream blush, my eyebrows, some black mascara, and I'm out the door.
Step 7 | This really isn't a "step" but it is just a no-brainer. Water. Drink it. Then drink more. Then follow that up with more water. I adore my LifeFactory glass water bottle. I have the orange one pictured, but it comes in a ton of different colors. Also you should know, they make wine glasses and they are pretty much the cutest things on the planet. As are their baby bottles. See? A product for every stage of your life!
Okay, that about sums it up! Please note that now that my skin is back to it's regular self, my routine is about to change yet again as I'm receiving my entire line of Rodan + Fields Redefine Regimen tomorrow and can't WAIT to start documenting my results for you guys! They're sending me over $400 worth of product so I'm like a giddy kid on Christmas Eve! Stay tuned for some mind-blowing before and after shots!