Skincare Update: The Last Days of My Twenties

Hey everyone! How is the year flying by for you so far? March just suddenly crept up on us and I realized that I haven’t posted a skincare update in a while! Be prepared for a super long post!

My birthday is in March and I’m turning 30 this year. I thought I should document my routine and my skin now and hope it doesn’t start to go all downhill from this point!

Happily, I like where I’m at with my skin right now. I feel that I’m beginning to reap the benefits of starting a skincare regimen at a super young age. I started a basic three-step routine of cleanser, toner and moisturizer when I was all but 11 years old! I remember my mom telling me off for being ‘vain’ at such a young age, haha! Anyway, I learned about cold cream then following up with face wash from a fellow model when I did a bit of modelling in high school and college, so let it be said that I’ve been double cleansing for 15 years now! But the real game changer has been sunscreen in my late twenties. No amount of anti-aging products, makeup or healthy food is going to slow down skin aging but sunscreen. I am a firm believer now. I wish I believed and started sooner. Then again, a good high SPF and weightless non-comedogenic sunscreen was unavailable to me before so…

Like I said, I’m very happy with where I am with my skin now and would like to keep it up. I try not to put too much on my face at one given time but I do like to put what my skin feels like it needs for any specific day. Like I won’t put on a hydrating sheet mask just because I do it once a week if my skin feels like it needs a mud pack that day. So, my entire ritual will appear very fluid and spontaneous I guess; but it has the foundations of a solid routine as well.

 

My P.M. Routine

Micellar Water – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for first cleanse/makeup removal

Foam Wash – Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam as second cleanse

Alcohol Free Toner – Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal all over the face

AHA/BHA Toner – Pond’s Acne Clear Pore Conditioning Toner on T-Zone only

Hydrating Essence – DIY Rosewater, Glycerin and Lavender Oil on forehead and cheeks

Clearing Serum – Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel all over

Face Cream – Nivea Crème on forehead and cheeks

Eye Cream – Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid around the eyes up to the browbone

Lip Mask – Nuxe Reve De Miel with Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm coated on top

 

A.M. Routine

Lip Exfoliator – DIY Brown Sugar, Coconut oil and a drop of Peppermint Oil

Micellar Water – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Alcohol Free Toner – Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal all over the face

Clearing Serum – Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel all over the face

Eye Cream – Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid around the eyes up to the browbone

Sunscreen – I’m loving Biore UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ right now. I put it all over the face, neck and chest; sometimes even on my arms! The formula is so lightweight and so lovely to use in sticky weather. With this product, I actually look forward to applying sunscreen!

 

Others

Clay Mask – Aztec Indian Healing Clay mixed with Rosewater, Apple Cider Vinegar and Lavender Oil. I apply every 2 days but only to the oily/congested parts and not my whole face.

Sheet Mask – Any hydrating sheet mask used about every 2 weeks

Rosewater Mist – Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner and I use it ALL the time: before/after makeup, before/after workout, before/after cooking etc.

ACV Toner – Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar combined with rosewater and lavender oil so it’s not so harsh and so it smells better. I only use on blackheads and sebaceous filaments on my nose and chin.

Spot Treatment – Benzac AC Spots Treatment directly on spots

BB Cream – Maybelline Super BB SPF50+PA++++ around the nose and chin just to even things out and extra protection.

 

If you’re observant, you’ll see that I use a mix of products that are either drugstore, vegan, all-natural, DIY and pharmacy. I have sensitive combination skin so I literally need to balance everything out. I’ve observed that my skin can’t tolerate straight up organic products and it also can’t take all-synthetic products either. I learned the hard way, at the expense of my appearance, that I needed to find the right balance in buying and applying skincare. I also learned how much the state of our skin changes in response to our environment; the weather, the pollution, the screen time, the sleep, the food; all have an effect on our skin and need to be addressed accordingly.

 

So, this means that my skincare routine not only involves skincare products. It is involved in my whole lifestyle.

 

Food

I avoid dairy, soy, sugar, caffeine, processed foods and try to eat less junk overall. I try to eat more foods that are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. But life is hard and I’ll allow myself to have some junk occasionally but in controlled amounts hehe! And you know what? What we eat really shows up in our skin.

 

Sleep

I looooove to sleep! I enjoy sleeping! But it’s not very productive so I try to stick to a normal person’s 8 hours of sleep. I’m not a morning person by nature too so I like my mornings to be quiet for it to be less brutal. That’s nearly impossible with a morning-person-husband and school age kids though, but I try my best to manage.

 

Exercise

Exercise doesn’t need to be a workout. When I was having my months- long rest from working out, my daily exercise was my chores, rough and tumble with the kids, dog-walking, walks to the park, walks in the mall...the whole point is to keep moving. Although I’m very happy now to add in some yoga again. Moving our bodies gets blood circulation going which makes our skin glow.

 

Stress Management

As someone who gets stressed out easily, I had to learn to figure out my triggers and avoid those triggers. I removed caffeine from my diet because it increases my anxiety levels and heightens my reactions to the triggers. Of course, life hurls all sorts of unexpected things at us. I’m teaching myself to just take it in stride and not push myself too much when I feel like I want to find a solution from everything.

 

My, my, this post is loooong AF but then, so was the road to get here. I hope this was helpful or even entertaining in some way for any of you out there. I’m just too happy to share what I’ve been going through and I like celebrating these little milestones! I would really love it if you can share some of yours. Feel free to share in the comments!

 

 

Phoebe