11 January 2013


Things have really changed for my face since I lived on Long Island because when I moved to the city my skin almost immediately started spazzing out. Since I last posted about my daily routine, its changed quite a lot.
I'm typically prone to having very dry skin, but since moving I've been breakout prone, oily and dry all at once. Lemme tell you, that's a winning combination--for my dermatologist. He suggested that although I was working in the city, being here full time didn't do me any favors.
So now I'm a bit obsessed with taking very gentle, loving care of my skin. I make a real effort to avoid chemicals and use fewer products than I used to on most days. (despite my very full looking medicine cabinet).
Right now I'm using Mop Glisten Shampoo that smells like a summer garden and is all organic. Someone gave me this bottle but its a little pricey, normally I stick with drugstore stuff like Klorane.
Then, Brilliant Brunette conditioner to keep my colored hair from getting brassy.
Of course, Dr. Bronner's has been my go-to for years. I'll probably never use anything else. Right now I'm using lavender which is my favorite scent, though rose comes in a close second.
After reading a few articles about the chemicals in Cetaphil* I started scanning the drugstore for something else and settled on Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. I really hope nothing awful turns up about it because its the most amazing wash I've ever used. My skin is so clean and soft after I use it and the ingredient list is much shorter than Cetaphil's.
Moisturizer is probably my most important step but I wouldn't use all of these at once, and this is where I have no qualms about splurging.
I use Korres 24 Hour Brightening Cream everyday after a recommendation from a friend. It does exactly what the description says it does by balancing moisture and making my skin look less dull. The best part is that I only need to use the tiniest amount and its enough.
Clinique Turnaround has been in my makeup bag since high school and I will likely never stop using it because it heals up any dry patches or spots overnight which makes it magic in my book. Plus, one tub can last me almost an entire year!
I also have a nice strong, non-comedogenic sunscreen from La Roche-Posay that only comes out in the summer or days that I'll be in the sun for a long time. Thank goodness I don't need a lot of this because it is crazy expensive here but I picked this up the last time I was in Paris and it happened to be on sale.
So technically BB Cream is makeup, but I don't consider it "makeup" at all. Sure it evens everything out and provides coverage, but it also protects my face from all the crap that was making it freak out. A few months ago I picked up a whole bunch of samples from Sephora of all the different varieties from Dr. Jarts and I'm still working my way through them. It's crazy how long a teeny little pot of this stuff lasts, probably more than 2 weeks! I've almost finished this one and then I just have one more to try before I finally go and buy a real bottle of it.
And that's pretty much it; I just keep my face clean and moisturized and always wear something that protects my skin. Every week I try to use the Bliss Instant Energizing Oxygen Mask, and Its working for now and I hope it keeps working. The only thing worse than being stressed about your skin, is having stressed skin.

*Edited to add about Cetaphil: I couldn't figure out why my skin was SO dry even though I hadn't changed anything, but no matter what I did by the end of the day I had a full face of grease. Then I read this article and took a guess that it was that Cetaphil was actually drying my face out with all those suds. Read more here.


  1. Emily_RubySlippersJanuary 11, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    I love your skincare posts. I'm still pretty clueless about my skin, (though I have your previous post and email bookmarked), but I have to say that products aside, drinking way more water and eating less sugar have been the way to go for me (I've stopped having pastries for breakfast every day after I saw you being good and eating real food). :)

  2. Wow that's interesting what different
    places and cities can do to your skin!
    But I guess season change can be

    the reason for that as well!

    So nice that Sephora gives you

    samples c;


  3. For me, just exfoliating, toning and moisturising regularly made all the difference to my skin, I can definitely tell when my routine has slipped!

    Maria xxx

  4. I love these kinds of posts! Also I adore your New York bathroom.... brings back all the memories.

  5. Thanks for your info on Cetaphil! Really interesting article you linked to!

  6. I did a post like this on my blog recentally here a link if you would like to check it out http://clotheskays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/new-year-new-routine.html

  7. I drink a ton of water! And I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables but only because that's all I like. I'm glad my oddball eating habits have helped!


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