Sculpting a beauty routine is as personal and as particular as sculpting your buns. Seriously, one day we’re talking perky, the next it’s hello gravity. Skin works the same way–oily Monday, dry on Tuesday– and it can be a ‘Hunt for the Holy Grail’ long road to dewy perfection. So chances are once you find a beauty product that works for you, it’s hard to turn to the other cheek (not proverbially, we mean literally) and try something new.
Still, every product I currently use was at the recommendation of someone else (thank you internet) and women willing to share.
Take it or leave it lasses…my beauty routine:
1. Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. Anything that costs under ten bucks, and keeps my skin looking healthy and soft gets to keep its place in my shower. This face wash is sulphate free and a total no-brainer for my sensitive skin.
2. Clairsonic. I don’t use an exfoliant, probably to the chagrin of some facialists, so once or twice a week I bust out the Clairsonic to help remove dead-skin cells and built up dirt. I don’t use the product that comes with the kit, but stick to my Burt’s.
3. California Baby® Calendula Cream. Though my skin is nowhere near the plump perfection of a little grommet, California Baby makes a Calendula moisturizer so soft and fluffy, I can’t resist. Why would I? Age is but a number. Calendula officinalis is the common pot marigold and is well known for its soothing properties (CA Baby calls it Nature’s First Aid).
4. Aveda’s Enbrightenment™ Brightening Correcting Lotion. If you can’t already tell, my skin does not dig harsh chemicals. Just one misstep and I’m suffering. About three times a week, I use Aveda’s correcting lotion, which diminishes appearance of dark spots and gives me a soft all over glow.
5. StriVectin-SD™ Eye Concentrate. I don’t differentiate between day and night moisturizers quite yet. So, if I am feeling a little wrinkled or worn, I will use this Eye Concentrate for about two weeks. It is a multidimensional eye cream targeting crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, and there is a real difference at the end of 14 days.
Oh and I avoid the sun like the plague, which means I will never look like Rihanna. For shame.
Go ahead and share your beauty gems in the comments. We all just want beautiful skin. —Arianna Schioldager