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Hello all! I’m Alana and I’m going to share with you my simple, simple, simple skin care routine, along with some thoughts and knowledge from over the years.
To start, I have super dry skin. It's DRY, SAHARA DESERT dry, especially during the winter months. I’m from Tennessee, so I have seen my fair share of humidity which helped a little but, now that I’m living Alaska... giirrrrlllll I’m flaky.
My morning routine is a little sparse because I’m lazy and I barely wake up in time to put on my makeup. So in the mornings, I usually just put on a moisturizer/primer combo. Currently, I’m using First Aid Beauty’s Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and my secret weapon, petroleum jelly, a.k.a. Vaseline for my lips. I know what your thinking... you don't wash your face!? I do wash my face, but not like you see in those Neutrogena commercials. I hate washing my face in the sink. Hate it. Water gets everywhere and I usually don’t have a towel ready, so, yeah, I hate that. I wash my face in the shower. It’s the last step in my shower routine. I’ve been using Fresh: Soy Face and Eye Wash (Sephora, $30) and it’s magical. It smells like cucumber, it’s so gentle on your skin and it doesn’t burn your eyes. I mean, don’t wash your eyeballs... but I feel comfortable washing my mascara away with this face wash. Ok, so:
- Wash face in the shower
- Petroleum jelly on the lips
My nighttime routine is a little bit better because I have more energy before bed to wash my face and such.
If I don’t shower at night, I use a micellar water to remove my make up. The micellar water I’m using currently is Argan+ Moroccan Rose Rejuvenating Micellar Water. If my face is feeling particularly gross, I will wash it in the sink (a dreadful task that I loathe). If not, my micellar water does the trick, and it tones my face pretty well for the next step. (During the summer, I use astringent to tone my face because, with all the sweat that clogs my pores, I need a little extra toning). After getting all my makeup off, there are a few different things I like to do. A staple thing that I do is use my homemade moisturizer, which is Ponds Night Cream mixed with a few different oils, such as: vitamin E, Rosehip oil, Hydrating oil (hyaluronic acid + vitamin B5), and firming oil (vitamin E + ferulic acid) . I mix a few drops of each of these oils with ponds until it is a good moisturizer consistency. You don’t want it to be watery, but rather loosely creamy. I use this moisturizer and I target dry areas with petroleum jelly. For me, these areas are the nose, above the eyebrow and my lips. Now... this is where it’s going to sound weird. At night, when I apply my petroleum jelly to my lips, it’s a little different. I don’t just put it on my actual lips. I put it all around my mouth. You want to lock in the moisture from all around that area, so I just smear it across my lips and lip area. I promise it’s not cute, but I also promise it will keep in that moisture and give you healthy lips.
- Petroleum jelly on dry areas
Now, I’m going to warn you... you look so greasy. You look horrible, but when you wake up, GIRRRRLLL YOU LOOK REFRESHED.
Some days after the cold wind has hit my face all day, I get home and my skin is so tender and dry. You can use petroleum jelly to take off your makeup. You just get a glob of it and rub it all around your face. Not your eyes. It takes off your face makeup and you just remove it with a warm wash cloth. It feels so good when your finished.
This is how I obtain/contain some moisture in my skin during this d-r-y winter weather.
Thank you for reading! I hope this helps you!