Thank you to the delightful Cindy at Hello Dollface for tagging me to write this fun post.
I’m not sure how many Green Bloggers have already been tagged. I’ve read a number of them that are listed in Related Articles below. Each of their posts is uniquely entertaining and offers up some organically lust-worthy products and advice. I’ve really enjoyed getting a glimpse into their skin care regimes. So here goes mine…
Describe your skin care routine in 5 words
Skin care is my playground.
No really, let me explain. Remember trying on mom’s lipstick as a little girl and feeling pretty and all grown up? I also used to sit in restaurants mixing spices and condiments into my water cup. I’m still doing all those things today, only it has switched to skin care and cosmetics. I’m still totally playing and having fun.
What’s your skin type?
—Hair showing some signs of gray but I’m embracing the occasional white strands at age 43. Why not? I’ve earned them. I do think using gentle, organic shampoos like Josh Rosebrook Hair Care without detergents and sulfates, leaves my hair healthier, doesn’t strip away the natural color, and in fact enhances natural highlights. But I do recognize that I’ve got exceptionally good genes. (More on my movie star mom later.)
—Some fine lines around eyes (mainly laugh lines, some sad lines—those are the ones going down), strong “fa lin” lines, also known as the lines that go from the sides of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth.
According to Chinese face reading expert Jean Haner in her book The Wisdom of Your Face:
In Chinese, fa lin is literally translated as “orders of law.” Living according to your own inner “laws” is…a strong need to live an authentic and meaningful life. …Fa lin lines will appear when you’re following your purpose. They show your true inner authority is emerging, and are a positive marking.
After reading that description, I am totally on board with these lines and may flaunt them some day!
What’s your favorite skin care product?
This is like trying to choose my favorite child! Seriously?! But I know that several of you are itching to know what I’m using now, so I’ll say that raw honey is my favorite of the moment. It has inherent healing abilities.
It never spoils—even after thousands of years! That should say a lot about what those self-preserving properties can do for the skin! It is extraordinarily versatile: from cleanser to DIY mask to scar treatment.
I choose either raw manuka honey from Wedderspoon or The Synergy Company, or Really Raw Honey which contains bits and pieces of the pollen, propolis, and honeycomb, giving some nice exfoliation too. Propolis is said to be even more therapeutic and healing than honey, if that’s possible!
You can mix honey with any powder masks like Chemically Naked masks, Osmia Organics, or Dr. Alkaitis. Or you can wing it by mixing it with anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and turmeric; create an exfoliating mask with plain, organic full-fat yogurt, ground oatmeal, coconut oil, and avocado…. As you can see, I’ve got way too much time to explore the possibilities! Hungry for more info on honey? Two great articles on the benefits of honey are here and here.
Top blemish zapper?
At first, I was going to say “my fingers.” I know. I know! It is a HUGE no no. And I do it anyway. My mom couldn’t make me stop. No esthetician could threaten me enough. I really don’t care. There is something deeply satisfying about squeezing, picking, and razing those insidious bumps. There. I’ve confessed!
However, after having a MAJOR pick-a-thon the other day, I badly messed up my skin (I hear you all saying tsk, tsk. Again: I know!) So now, I’m scrambling to pull together my arsenal of skin tamers.
Honestly, nothing I’ve ever used zaps a zit overnight. It generally takes its course, unless I intervene. Which I always do. [Sinister laughter here!] This time, I am not laughing though. Walking around with bumps and scars on my face makes for a pretty pathetic green beauty blogger! I have way more compassion now for people suffering with acne and acne scars. This isn’t like my usual blemish or two. This time I needed major damage control.
After the fact? I have to clean up the mess. First, an anti-bacterial toner that won’t dry me out. Right now, I’ve been reaching for Om Aroma’s Organic Lemongrass toner or Brittanie’s Thyme Facial Freedom Gentle Toner. In my car, I store Cecilia Wong Rejuvenating Toner Mist to spritz throughout the day. Then calm the skin with pure aloe vera gel from Shea Terra Organics, my aloe plant, used green tea bags (cooled), or cucumber juice that I’ve blended for the occasion.
I also love CV Skinlabs Calming Moisturizer and Rescue + Relief Spray. These absolutely essential products were artfully and sensitively created by Britta Aragon. I’ve shared her story here because of the inspiring way she has transformed her life. Aside from that, her gentle but effective products soothe my skin and take down the redness.
And then I’ve got to cover and treat the war zone with Dr. Hauschka’s Pure Care Coverstick. It contains healing ingredients that at least make me feel like I’m doing something good for my skin, even while I’m concealing it. I’ve also been avoiding liquid makeup coverage and steering towards two of my mineral foundation faves, Alima Pure in Olive 1 and Lauren Brooke Silk Veil.
(Did you really expect me to narrow this down to ONE product? Not happening!)
Face wipes, yay or nay?
A guilty yay. I’m sorry. I love them. Arcona Triad Pads…ahhhh. Shobha Rosewater Freshening Cloths….mmmm…(not totally a clean product, but smells so good!) First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads…prrrrrrr.
When do I use them?
Lazy nights when I’ve fallen asleep in one of the kids’ beds and then must transfer to my own bed in a zombie state. Grabbing a wipe to clean my face is way better than going to bed with the day’s grunge on my face.
Post-picking session, these wipes help sterilize the damaged area and start healing it.
As far as wipes not being eco-friendly, since all my kids stopped using disposable diapers (albeit biodegradable ones), I feel that my environmental load lightened a lot already.
Toner, yay or nay?
Definite YAY. I posted about that above and in Maximize Your Skin’s Hydration with this Simple Trick. Misting throughout the day feels fantastic whether to cool down in the summer or to replenish hydration due to drying heating systems in winter.
Depending on the quality of the water you’re using, a good toner balances the skin’s pH after cleansing too. (A post on this would probably be a good idea!)
High-end skin care or high-end makeup?
I love gorgeous packaging and bottles—even cool, sleek labels. But if I had to choose, it would be high end skin care, deliciously scented oils, natural facials, and full-body pampering any day.
It’s more like what’s the most unusual thing I’ve done lately. Last time I went to Fairway, I got really excited about the display of olive oils for tasting that I completely took advantage of by slathering on my arms instead! I hope no one was looking. And if they caught me, they must have looked away quickly and walked away even quicker.
You’re in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item – what is it?
Hydrogen Peroxide. At $3 for 32 ounces and so many uses, this is an outstanding product. For some great suggestions, I posted this list here.
Tell us your top skin care tips:
You know the basics already: eat healthy, drink enough, sleep, cleanse, hydrate, treat.
Beauty is meaningless without a kind spirit. It may sound cliche but it is so true. I learned this from the most beautiful woman in the world: my mom. (I can feel a blog post percolating about this very special lady). My mom is still objectively stunning–I am not exaggerating or biased. But she fills her life—not running around getting facials and beauty treatments (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)—but with doing good deeds for needy, hungry, sick, or impoverished people. She is making a difference in so many people’s lives every single day. And she does it from her heart. Now that is truly beautiful!
Natural isn’t always better, you still need to be in touch with your skin’s needs. No matter how much I wish I could, oils were not friends to my skin this summer. Michelle Czolba’s study on oils opened my eyes to the fact that certain oils, even the most pure ones, will not work for certain skin types depending on several determining factors regarding your particular skin. Read her information! It fascinated me and I included it in this post.
Natural doesn’t guarantee that a product will be non-comedogenic. Here’s some valuable information on what that means (clog your pores) plus a list of ingredients to avoid. Some may surprise you!
If you’re going to eat junk, at least drink lots of water. Dr. Gina Kim, one of the wonderful individuals on my wellness team, told her kids when they were eating sweets: “That’s ok to do, as long as you drink lots and lots of water.” I love that advice and am taking it to heart and practice! Water flushes the system of impurities and toxins. Use a good filter, a water alkalizer if you live in a place with highly acidic water, and drink lots.
No alcohol, no smoking, no drugs, no coffee. I don’t do any of these and I still have lots of fun! Kinda revolutionary, huh? I’m still working on detoxing from highly aging sugar though! (A girl’s gotta have something, right?!)
Do more of what you love. If you love meditating, reading, dancing, being with friends, exercising, climbing Mt. Everest, working, building skyscrapers, you name it—then do more of it. When you feel good inside, you look good outside.
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