{ i heart }... skin care

{ i heart } skin care

Today's { i heart } is all about my favorite skin care products.
I was inspired to write about them after a fun chat with Emily of Amazing Grapes on the topic. 

The following products are the ones that I personally use on a daily basis. I was not paid to endorse them. I've just taken up a collection and habit with certain products and the results have been great. I do not have a before and after picture... but I never had major acne so I'm not sure the picture would do how my skin actually feels justice. Overall, by using all of these products, my skin is smoother, more supple, pores are less defined, and the color is more toned, even, and not blotchy.

My skin type: Fair, dry all over except  my T-Zone, which is oily, and very sensitive. I get blotchy all over from the slightest irritation.

As far as my skin care routine goes, I am not going to tell you what I use to wash my face or to moisturize with lotion... mainly because I just use whatever bar of soap I have and whatever bottle of lotion I have not used up yet. Nothing fancy. (But a good idea is to use lotions with Aloe or Vitamin E)

So, Step One: I wash my face with a bar of soap. (Dove is actually a great timeless product, but I use lots of organic soaps too) 

Step 2: Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Finding a great face scrub will do wonders for your skin in the summer and winter. Nothing like a fresh face. I starting using Pangea Oraganics Facial Scrub with Egyptian Geranium, Adzuki Bean & Cranberry. What I like about it most is that it has a smoothing effect and after using it my face feels very moisturized, even though I just scrubbed everything off. It's also very gentle. 

A great drugstore alternative: St. Ives Apricot Scrub
(They make a "gentle" version too)

Step 3: Pre-Moisturize Moisturizer

While I am still in the shower or bath, and I've washed everything, I take little dime size amounts of Jojaba Oil and just use it all over my body. Face, elbows, knees, shins, feet, hands... EVERYWHERE. Don't be afraid to put it on your face. Just because it's oil, that doesn't mean you'll breakout necessarily. So try a little and see if you have a reaction. Jojaba oil makes your skin incredibly smooth and has purifying abilities as well. I really love it.

Once a week, I'll also use a little mixed in with my conditioner. It really leaves the hair silky and treats your split ends. Don't use too mush though. Otherwise your head will be a total grease ball.
Tip: you can also mix this into your lotions and soaps so it's one less step in your routine.

Step 4: Tone it Up

Toning is not just a term for your body. It's also for your skin. If you want an even skin tone, with no pores showing, investing in a great toner will do the trick. I got this Clairvoyant Beauty Cucumber Toner in a monthly beauty group and I will definitely be purchasing another one when I have used up what I have. It smells like you actually just cut up a cucumber and rubbed it on your face. I just spray this all over my face when I get out of the shower. Let it dry a bit, then rub it in.

Cheaper Alternative: Rose Water
(heard about this from The Boot Blog!)

Step 5: Wrinkle Prevention

Vitamin E is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to combating wrinkles. Recently, I found a bottle of high concentration Vitamin E oil. Gone are the days of piercing vitamin E capsules! (Thanks Emily, I did this too!). After you've scrubbed and toned, take a dime size amount of the Vitamin E and massage it under your eyes, the corners where crows feet hide, the lids, and even between the brows. Be careful not to get any in your eyes. Moisturize with whatever other lotion you like all over your face. This will help distribute the product lightly too.  I only do this at night, as the product is very thick and needs the nighttime to absorb into the skin.

Step 6: Zit Zap Miracle!

I don't have acne, but I do get zits! Random little pimples at random little times. And since I was in high school, Burt's Bees Tea Tree Leaf Oil Blemish Stick has worked miracles every time. I swear that when I put this on a pimple at night, the next morning it's either gone or 80% done. It's a no fail product in my book. It's just a little roll on stick that you roll onto the area. I do this after all of my other skin products, otherwise I'm just covering the spot with moisture and that's what a pimple needs to survive. The fiancé uses it too!


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  1. ooohhh this is so great! ive been looking to invest in some skin care products... at the ripe ole age of 23 im already worried about wrinkles! thanks for the tips:)

  2. Wow that is great skin care! Never knew you could buy any of those things. Thanks :)

  3. Awesome products!
    Must try that scrub!


  4. They all sound like great products, I have to try the scrub.


  5. i do oil too when i am still in the shower...really helps moisturize!

  6. @Allie... we are never too young to think about wrinkles... but we do get to a point where we are too old to turn back the clock!

    @Daisy... Amazon and Drugstore.com are the best for finding these products!

    Thanks for all of the other feedback ladies. I appreciate it.


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