One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is getting to spend quality time with my family and loved ones.  Everyone can get a little exhausted of working all the time and then bam! The holidays hit you just in time before you have a mental breakdown of work overload.  This year I planned a little “surprise getaway” for my boyfriend and I after Christmas so I am very much looking forward to that.  Ok, so I can’t keep surprises a secret for very long and now it isn’t even a surprise for him but I am still very excited for a quiet long weekend to one of our favorite places.

One of my least favorite parts about the winter time used to be my dry and itchy skin that would come out about this time. That was until I found some wonderful skincare products that have honestly changed my skin.  I’ve always been that friend who took 45 minutes to get ready for bed at a sleepover.  I mean, there are contact lenses to be taken out, facial cleansing to be done, moisturizing, and don’t get me started on the teeth.  You gotta do what you gotta do and some people aren’t blessed with naturally perfect skin.  Anyways, I’ve gotten multiple compliments lately on how clear and smooth my skin looks thanks to my new skincare regimen. 

 There are three important and basic steps that I make sure I do each and every night. 

Step 1: Cleanse
I’ve always grown up using drug store facial cleansers that would end up being too harsh and dry out my skin very quickly.  A couple years ago, I graduated from college, started working full time, and thought I’d treat myself to some fancy natural facial cleanser… and it actually made a huge difference.  It wasn’t too expensive and worked great!  This cleanser was Suki Purifying Foaming Cleanser. I have used that for the past two years thinking I had found my cleanser from the heavens above.  Then my friend Amber introduced me to Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser (normal/dry).  It is cheaper than Suki and I’ve fallen IN LOVE with how great it works.  I really don’t see me using anything else in the future.  If you’re interested in ordering any products, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Step 2: Tone
This step was a total game changer.  I noticed my skin was getting less smooth over time and wondered if it could be because I’m not getting all the makeup removed before bed.  Surely enough, that is what the issue was.  I’m all for a more natural product that also gets the job done.  You always hear about organic products not working well but I figured I give this a shot once I stumbled upon it at Wholefoods.  It’s called Earth Science Aloe Vera Complexion Freshener and Toner.  This complexion toner has made the most difference in my skin and I am so much more confident now that my face is soft and smooth.  I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone.  The best part is that it doesn’t dry out your skin because it has aloe vera in it!

Step 3:  Moisturize.  

I’ve also always had problems with drug store moisturizers eventually drying out my skin.  I never understood how something that is supposed to keep your skin from drying could literally cause cracks in your face.  I found out a lot of moisturizers are made with ingredients known as “humectants” which can actually dehydrate your skin.  I recently came across two moisturizers that have worked wonders on my face: Dior ‘Hydra Life’ Pro-Youth Protective Creme and Mary Kay TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer (normal/dry).  I’ve used these for a while now and have only seen improvements with my skin.  No drying.  No irritating.  No breakouts.  (…I just realized I sound like a infomercial for Pro-Active.)

*Extra Important Step*
4. Moisturize your lips! I use ‘Sugar Advanced Therapy’ Lip Treatment or Aquaphor Healing Ointment. I highly recommend both!

I am very thankful to have finally found a skincare regimen that works for me.  It truly makes a difference in one’s confidence and overall daily routine.  Let me know if you have any questions about your skincare and maybe I can offer a few pointers. 



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