We have been busy busy busy designing, site-visiting, and planning lately. I thought that summer may have been a chance to ‘slow down’ a bit but no such luck–and I wouldn’t want it any other way! Excited for this Spring beauty at The Ritz-Carlton’s Urban Garden for Sandia+Beau! I know Allison Kuhn will capture it perfectly!
As promised, I am following up on my skincare routine post with my mask habit(s)! I really look forward to doing a mask each and every night. It’s ‘my’ time once the kids are both down and before I crawl in to bed and collapse. A few of these masks were recommended to me by my aesthetician and a few were recommended by my good friend Lindsey Regan Thorne (she’s an expert on all things beauty!).
I try to rotate these every day, and do the hydrating (#2) mask twice a week!
1. Collin Gommage Mask: This is what I use to exfoliate weekly. If I’m feeling like I need more exfoliation I will do this 2-3 times a week. Just depends on how my skin is feeling.
2.Collin Cream Mask: I use this 1-2 times a week for deep hydration. Feels amazing!
3. Caudile Glycolic Mask: Helps to lighten and brighten my skin from age and sun spots (LRT recommendation!)
4. Colleen Rothschild Clarifying Detox Mask: This one really helps deep clean all the dirt, sweat, makeup etc. Feels so good when it comes off! I use this when I have a break out too.
5. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: This literally makes my skin GLOW! Love love love it!
6. Revisions Blask Mask: Another nice detox mask that makes my skin feel really soothed and refreshed!
One more product I use nightly is Revison’s Nectifirm–don’t forget your neck and décolletage! These areas are one of the first to show signs of aging!
And that’s a wrap. I try to do these religiously and it is actually a really relaxing regiment for me on a daily basis. After the mask, I follow up with my daily nightly routine that can be found in this post.
I have been saying for a while now that I’m going to try to get back to blogging. Between client-work, the kids, life in general…blogging has most certainly taken a back seat. So, I will ‘try’…but it’s definitely last on the ‘list’ of life :). I’ve found that naturally, clients (brides) turn in to wives, in to homeowners, in to moms etc…so I’ll try to blog on my experiences with all of those things! First up-my skin!
I have clearly posted way too many Snaps and Instastories of myself with face masks on, because my #1 question I get from followers is about my skincare routine. So, rather than answering all of these emails and messages–I am finally doing a post.
I got really serious about my skincare after I had Row. I turned 30 that year, was done having babies and knew it was time to fight this aging thing head-on. One of my absolute best friends (and Row’s Godmother) is a Plastic Surgeon in Florida. She gave me my first dose of Botox but STRONGLY urged me to focus on my daily routine vs the ‘quick fix’. Investing in your every day, twice-a-day, skincare was the ticket to great skin in the long run. And sunscreen. Give me all the sunscreen.
So I have done 3 things since that I’ll never regret and continue to maintain:
1. Went for my routine mole-check at my dermatologist. I am a mole-y person and this is super important. Go make your appointment! I even scheduled my next appointment a year from now. Cancer does not discriminate!
2. Started to get routine and scheduled facials. I see Priti at Le Petit Spa–love her! She also does my waxing.
3. Religiously began taking care of my skin twice a day–no matter how tired I am from the babies and work.
I’ll do another post on face masks, but today I’ll focus on my every-day-skin routine. I have an AM and a PM routine.
**Let me preface this entire routine with this–If I can find the time and energy to do this, trust me, you can too!!! It takes all of 2 minutes (if that!)!!***
Step 1: Image Skincare’s Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser I absolutely love this cleanser. It takes some getting used to because it does not lather and you apply it to your face with out water. But it smells amazing and is gentle on my morning skin. I don’t use this at night because I found it wasn’t the best at removing dirt/makeup from my days. But it’s a perfect morning cleanser!
Step 2: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic This is an investment but really good for anyone fighting some aging signs and malasma (which I have from stopping birth control). It also lasts a long time as you only use a few drops per use!
Step 3: SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Hydration, hydration, hydration. Can’t get enough of it and it’s a great base to hold in the moisturizer you’ll use in step 4!
Step 4: Collin Marine Collagen Revitalizing Cream I love this light-weight moisturizer. It is HOT outside and this does not leave me feelign too sticky. Plus anti-aging. Give me all the anti-aging.
Step 5: SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel I use this both morning and night. This is great for those tired-mama-eyes and anti-aging too!
One other product I use a lot in the summer is this Image Moisturizer with sunscreen. I’d replace the Collin lotion with this instead if I know I will be outside a lot!
Night time Routine:
Step 1: Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser This cleanser is great to ‘take the day off’, yet is still gentle on my skin (and smells great!).
Step 2: this is actually when I would do a face mask at night (stay tuned for the next post on that)
Step 3: SkinMedica 2.0 Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum Again–the malasma. This is helping!
Step 4: SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Hydration, hydration, hydration. Can’t get enough of it and it’s a great base to hold in the moisturizer you’ll use in step 5!
Step 5: I go between 2 moisturizers here. Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream This lotion is a bit heavier which is why I use it at night. It smells amazing and keeps my skin SO hydrated! The other I use (not shown) is more for anti-aging- Image SkinCare The Max Stem Cell Creme.
Step 6: SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel I use this both morning and night. This is great for those tired-mama-eyes and anti-aging too!
So there it is–my daily routine. Again, I’ll do a post on masks next. Let me know what questions you have! And to reiterate-IF I CAN DO THIS, SO CAN YOU! I am lazy, especially at the end of the day. Since I’ve started this routine, I see marked differences in my skin. I do change the routine up in the Winter when the weather is more dry and I’m not in the sun as much. I’ll post that once the seasons change :).