Self care can be a bit of an unnatural practice for some of us type A’s, no?
Working hard at the sacrifice of our own needs is an expectation set for us in our early years. When we’re told to take care of ourselves it seems a little too indulgent. It seems selfish to recognize the importance of our needs and wants but the truth is that burn out is a very real thing and when you burn out, everyone you’re taking care of suffers.
Last week I wrote a post on self care and how it goes beyond the obvious diet and exercise. Self care looks different to all of us.
Some of us nap.
Some of us read.
Some of us read then nap.
Some of us walk, run, hike.
Some of us have glorious afternoon cuddles in bed with their little babes.
Few of us do these things often enough.
These things that we love. These things that make us feel like ourselves, like we’re taking care of ourselves.
I like routine.
Sticking to a general routine is not an easy task for me, mostly because, well, burn out. When I do happen to ground myself a little and stick to it, it puts me in that good kind of head space.
Skincare has been an infatuation of mine since the days of that first bottle of Dove facial cleanser I thought was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Along with that tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara, 14 year old Marisa could conquer junior high.
Skincare to me is that morning cup of coffee and that evening cup of tea.
My first big foray into the investment of skincare was born in my 20’s and friends, I’ve tried a lot of product. A lot.
Not everyone enjoys washing their face as much as I do. So if you don’t, stop reading cause things are about to get real detailed.
Morning Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
Cetaphil: After trying out more than my fair share of cleansers, Cetaphil is my one and only. Sensitive skin folks, I know you get it. Cetaphil won’t dry you out or break you out. It’s gentle enough to use on baby’s skin and if you’re dry and prone to break outs, you need to be gentle with yourself. I’ve been using this for years and have yet to stray.
Step 2: Serum
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum: If you’re dry, prone to redness and sensitive this is your friend. This serum will keep away the dullness. Serums aren’t exactly for moisture alone, in fact, its not great for the task of moisturizing. Serums are made up of smaller molecules than those in a moisturizer and are normally full of high quality ingredients that can sink into the skin quickly and deeply. It’s just a little more potent and a little better at targeting specific concerns than a moisturizer. Caudalie is hypoallergenic, non comedogenic and oil free. If you don’t know what that means, you don’t need it. Those of us with sensitive skin, we know.
Step 3 Moisturize:
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Cream: I mean, I don’t know how else to tell you this but Fresh is just the chillest. Literally anything you buy from them is great. It smells incredible and for my sensitive skin, I never get any irritation. I started with their rose mask (more on that), and quickly realized I’d been missing out on the rose scent trend which I promptly overcorrected to Matt’s dismay. So. much. rose.
You’ve got rosewater to soothe skin, rose flower oil to moisturize, vitamin E for God know’s what but it works, and hyaluronic acid for extra elasticity. All I really know is that I’d been stuck on Origins GinZing for a while because it wouldn’t break me out but it wasn’t quite moisturizing enough so I switched to Ren Evercalm which was a little greasy, and on the third try I got it right with Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream.
Step 1 Cleanse:
Cetaphil: (see above)
Step 2 Serum/Oil:
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: I’ve written an entire post on this beast before. I really can’t flatter this any further but honestly friends, try it. I’ve had it for almost 6 months and I’ve only used half the bottle.
My nighttime skincare routine is only these two products because, well, they’re just that good.
But if I’m going all out, I add a nice hot bath and a mask or two.
Step 3 Masks:
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: It doesn’t matter how much you invest in skincare, if you get hormonal breakouts, you just live with them. The week before my period my skin just does its own thing and I’ve learned to love on her anyway. I just give her a little extra care during this time to help the healing along. This mask is perfect for those times. My skin tends to get flaky when I’m not breaking out so I use this once or twice a week at night and follow it up with Luna. My skin is never better than when I use this in my nighttime routine. On the breakout weeks, it quickens the process to healing and clearing. The Charcoal hardens in that super satisfying way and just eats away the deadness and you end up with the softest skin and that nice tingly clean feeling after you rinse. The good tingle, not that painful burning tingle.
Fresh Rose Face Mask: It’s the moisturizer in mask form. So if you’re looking for that extra oomph of moisture in your skincare routine, try the mask.
Something I’ve been meaning to try are the Sleep Clean Pillowcases. These pillowcases are supposed to inhibit bacteria growth so you don’t have to worry about breakouts coming from those dirty pillowcases we all forget to wash as often as we should. I’ve heard good things so I’ll keep you posted if I give them a try.
Am I the only one who enjoys washing their face this much?
How do you practice self care?