My Beauty Routine for February, 2015

Regular A.M./P.M. Routine:

-Cleansing:  Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil.

-Eau Thermale:  I spray thermale water (either Vichy or La Roche-Posay) on my face and take it off with a lint-free cotton facial pad.

-Toner:  Just ran out of Primavera toner and am now using Origins, A Perfect World, Age Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea, also used with cotton face pad.

-Serum:  Just ran out of – and replenished last week – Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil.

-Moisturizer:  Will be replacing Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream with Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream this week.

-Eye Cream:  Cle de Peau Intensive Eye Contour Cream.

-Lip Balm:  Either EOS Lip Balm throughout the day or Peter Thomas Roth Pink Bombshell Lip Balm.

-Sunscreen:  Either Supergoop! or Cle de Peau SPF 50 for face, neck and chest.  La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 for arms and hands (made for face).

On some days, these products replace step in routine or add to it:

-Simple Cleansing Micellar Water.

-Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser, Sensitive Skin.

-Beauskin Snail Mucus Brightening Essence (I promise it’s not gross) pressed into skin.

-Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol Facial Toner spray to refresh skin between A.M. and P.M.

-Post-serum: Pure Vitamin E Oil pressed into skin.

-Post-Serum: Pure Grapeseed Oil pressed into skin.

-Blemish: Kate Somerville Eradikate Acne Treatment (spot treatment).

-Cel-Derma Multi-Perfection 100 Hydrogel Mask.

-Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Scrub (twice a week, very gently used on face).

-Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.

-Tried Aquafor as a moisturizer (Derm prescribed), but need to do more research on the ingredients before using it again.

-After bad experience years ago with prescription-strength Retinol, Derm told me to get Skinceuticals Retinol .5%, which I did.   Need to research how to use it with my skin care routine before I use it.

Hair:

-Shampoo:  L’Oreal Everstrong Sulfate-Free Anti-Breakage Shampoo.

-Conditioner:  Aussie 3-Minute Miracle – Moist.

-Leave-in Conditioners:  Kerastase Chroma Riche Essence and Kerastase Nectar Thermique (even these nice products aren’t enough for my super-dry hair!).

Occasionally use:

-Bumble + Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil.

-Bumble + Bumble Prep.

-Oribe Gold Pomade.

-Fekkai Dry Shampoo.

-L’Oreal Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse.

-Hate hairspray, so on the rare occasions I need it, I use what my husband has.

Whew – that’s a lot of products!

I’ll be updating this list every month.  Also, I will forego some products if I am testing a new one I’ll be writing about.  I am presently testing a line of skin care created for astronauts called 111 Skin.

If you have any questions about what I use or how I use it, please ask.  Thanks.

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My Skin and Hair Stats

SKIN:

– Dry, somewhat sensitive, fair skin with blue undertone.

– I burn pretty quickly in the sun.  Anything over 20 minutes and I’m ruddy-looking, risking sunspots.

– I used to bake in the sun until I hit 30.  Some small, light spots on my jawline.

– My face, neck and chest turn red at times when, for example, it’s being cleansed.

– I’m seeing horizontal lines on my neck, which displeases me.  Probably from typing on my laptop too much and aging.

– When I’m exposed to formaldehyde and a few other allergens, my eyes swell up and look like red avocados.

– Dark circles plague my existence.  Always had them and my daily lack of sleep makes them worse.

– My lower eyelids have quite a few lines.

– I have some fine lines on my face, but nothing trench-like at this point.

– Occasionally, I’ll have a pimple, but used to have wicked acne when I was younger for quite some time.  Luckily, no scarring.

– My lips are ridiculously dry.

 

HAIR:

– Blonde highlights since I was in my teens.

– Strands are dry as the Mojave Desert.

– Fine hair, but a lot of it.

– Length: 1/3rd of the way down my back with layers for shaping.  No bangs.

– I almost never blow dry my hair, but love it when I get it professionally blown out.

 

I tell you all of this so you have an idea what my parameters are when I test products.  Hope this helps.