Now that we have officially entered Spring (and hoping the Midwest weather gets the memo), I thought I would share some of my beauty secrets!
As you know, I love to run! I also love being outdoors as much as I can when the weather permits, whether working out or playing with the little man. All that time in the sun means I need to take extra care of my skin to avoid sunburn, possible wrinkles, or skin damage. I thought it would be easiest to just share my daily routine. I hope you enjoy!
I start my mornings by using my toner on my face. I find that it clears away anything that was missed or left over from the night before. I feel like it helps to make sure I am not starting my day with clogged pores. I use my ProActive toner(step 2) for that….I was using this $26 toner before I ran out and really liked it. I simple put it on a cotton ball or pad and wipe it all over my face. You would be surprised to see what you can miss the night before sometimes!
After my toner I am ready for my workout! When I am able to run outside with Dalton I want to use a sweat proof sunscreen that is strong enough for me, but also safe enough for him and isn’t going to clog our pores. I know I could always get two different sun screens, but honestly that is just a pain to bring along two different sunscreens, especially since I found this Think Baby sun screen that is amazing! It lasts on my long runs and keeps us both sun burn free! It also has some of the best ratings available for baby sunscreen (you can read about it in the link!). Just as a side note, Dalton and I were the only ones who didn’t get burnt in Fiji using this sun screen to where we started sharing it with over half of our group!
Depending on weather, I go to the gym to do a resistance workout or do an at home workout, or if I am just running for the day, will determine on when I wash my face. Once I am done working out I use all three steps of my ProActive. (When it is a rest day I use my ProActive three step system first thing in the morning). As a little disclaimer, when first starting proactive, as with any acne treatment, it will pull everything out before it can start preventing future break outs, but it does work! As a long distance runner, as well as my other workouts, I am a sweater! Take one look at my instagram and you can see that 😉 and ProActive has kept me down to maybe a couple of black heads once in a while verse a hairline of pimples or hormonal breakouts! Because it can be drying, once my third step in the system has dried, I like to use my Dilo Oil. This stuff is amazing! It feels like a dose of hydration on your skin (a serious winter must have too!).
When it comes to my bedtime routine, I have a couple of different cleansers that I use, but this Lush Ultrabland is definitely my favorite! I love Lush products because they are natural and either vegetarian or vegan! This cleanser is also a makeup remover so perfect for night time and super simple to use! You rub it all over your face and then use a damp cloth to wipe away..that’s it! I love that it leaves my skin feeling super clean but not dried out!
After my cleanser, twice a week I use my Exfolikate(you can get the travel size for $24!!) or Gentle Exfolikate depending on whether my skin has been dry or sensitive lately. (Thursday and Sundays are my days because I want a super fresh face going into my weekend and end my weekend taking away any of the extra pollutants or dirt that may have gotten on my face from being out and about…I know, it sounds weird, but that’s what I do). I cannot stress my love for this product enough! I have given both my mom and sister this exfoliator because it is that great! When I first read the reviews on it, I was such a skeptic. How can reviewers actually say a product works in one use?! Well.. try it once and you will see how it does! As an added tip, if I can, I like to use this in the shower so my pores are nice and open from the steam to get that deep exfoliation! To use, cover your face to look like the wicked green witch, rub it in for 30 seconds, leave on up to 2 minutes, then rinse. Your face will get a little red after, but it goes away quickly!
After either my cleanser or exfoliator, depending on the day of the week, I use my Dermal Quench Lift with Retinol. This product use is recommended based on age, if you are in your 30s use 3 times a week, 40s use 4 times a week, 50s use 5 times a week, etc. I typically use it Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday since two of those days are my exfoliating days and these also tend to be my long run days. There is also a regular dermal quench, but honestly, the retinol is the key! That is what is going to target and keep away those fine lines and wrinkles!
Depending on how my skin feels, if I need a little extra moisture boost, I will use my Dilo Oil and then once it dries use my Age Arrest wrinkle cream. I recently started using the Age Arrest Wrinkle and I do like it, but think my favorite is still the nourish moisturizer (which I just ordered this week). The age arrest is thicker so it can be nice for the winter, but the nourish moisturizer is so light and works amazingly with the dilo oil and just has that fresh feeling and smell!
Last but not least, I use my Honey Trap Lip Balm! It is a little thicker when you first put it on but melts into your lips! It will leave your lips hydrated throughout the night so you don’t have to worry about annoying chapped lips!
I hope you enjoyed my routine and let me know if you have any questions on the products! I recommend trying the Exfolikate and Dermal Quench Mini Duo because it is much cheaper than the full size and enough product to see if you will really like both products! Trust me, once you are introduced to Kate Somerville and Lush products you will see why they are over half the products I use! What’s even better?! All of these companies are against animal testing!
And finally… my biiiiiiggest beauty secret, WATER! I can always tell when I haven’t had enough water the night before by how my skin looks. I try to aim for at least a gallon of water a day, add lemon to change it up and get that metabolism revving for the day!
Have a great Friday and thank you for all the support.
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