Hi hi you beautiful person! I hope you're doing great. Here's a little story about my skin. When I was 12 years old, I got my first pimple. I was afraid other people would judge me because of that pimple, or would perceive me as less attractive - so I covered that pimple up with some concealer. Nothing wrong with that, until I got more pimples, and started to be more and more afraid of the response people would have to my imperfect skin. So I bought a bottle of foundation, and started using it on special days. Until every day began to feel 'special', and on one day I realized I was afraid to leave the house without a full-face makeup look. That was the day I decided to stop using foundation - unless the day was special, I wanted to feel extra confident or had a party or gathering.
That also was the day I realized my skin showed a somewhat allergic reaction to foundation. I have now been 'foundationless' for about 9 days I believe, and my skin looks so much better. A lot of redness has disappeared and my skin just looks healthier.
The first bare-skinned day was super tough and I still feel very, very insecure about my skin - but I think it's something psychological. My skin isn't terrible - it's just that I've been trying to conceal my face for the last 5 years and without my mask, I feel so naked. But I just couldn't do it anymore - I didn't want to be that girl who couldn't do some grocery shopping without at least 8 makeup products on her face anymore.
So - let's get back to what this article actually is about. An updated makeup routine requires an updated skincare routine, and I currently am using products I feel my face is loving.
in the morning
I try to use as few products as possible - I don't want to irritate my skin with chemical mixtures and I don't feel like my face needs a lot of cleansing in the morning. I splash my face with some water and then apply the lotion shown in the picture below: the Vitamin E Moisture Lotion SPF 15 by The Body Shop. I love the Vitamin E range by TBS and I don't recall it ever irritating my face. I like that it has SPF because I think sunscreen is very important and in this way you moisturize and protect your face with one product.
in the evening
Whenever I wear makeup - facial but eye-makeup as well, I always remove it with micellar water. I do feel like it does leave some makeup on my face, so I recently bought the Olaz Regenerist Cleansing Brush - I've always wanted a Clearasonic but it was just too pricey for me! So when I saw this one I knew it was a perfect alternative. I splash some water onto my face, put some Creamy Foam Cleanser by Rituals on the brush and massage my face with the little machine. As a moisturizer I use coconut oil - I love coconut oil but not for the day, because it leaves my face very greasy. When I don't wear makeup, I leave out the micellar water and just clean my face with the Rituals cleanser.
Here's the Olaz Regenerist Cleaning Brush - I'm not going to write a full review on it because it basically is a fancy electrical toothbrush to clean your face, but that fancy toothbrush really does a helluva good job.
My most recent post have been more life(style)- and food-related, and even though writing a 'skincare routine'-post feels a bit unnatural as I haven't written about beauty for the past few months, I wanted to post this because this skincare routine is quite the victory for me: I used to put so many creams, lotions, butters - you name it - on my face, until I realized I wasn't being good to my skin and I minimized my routine, just like my makeup. Quitting this heavy routine really feels like recovering from an addiction - I am happy I am finally able to leave the house without makeup: I still feel very insecure, especially when I talk to people - but it is possible and I'm motivated to make it better. <3
Let this post be an inspiration for those who feel so insecure without makeup, too - people won't judge you once they see that red spot on your cheek, or those dark circles. I've actually noticed people didn't look at my cheeks, or forehead, or chin at all - people are used to looking at your eyes. You see the things you're insecure about worse than other people see them - feeling very conscious about something will make it a bigger issue for you, resulting in more and sadder looks in the mirror. So leave that bottle of foundation on the shelf and try to let the beautiful, natural you be just as happy as the the adjusted and more cosmetic one. <3