Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Best Products in my Mom Streamlined Routine

Since I became a mom I've really streamlined my morning routine. I don't have the time or need for a lot of makeup. Maybe it's that I'm more confident. Maybe it's time. Maybe it's being older. Whatever it is, I'm happier with a more naked face. So what am I doing to ensure my skin is still protected, clear, and happy?

This past year, I switched to Rodan + Fields. If you're anything like me, you have at least five friends who sell R+F. I had tried a bit here and there. And then my friend Laura let me try a regimen. I use Soothe and it has made a world of difference for the redness on my skin. It's even helped with some sunspots! And it gives me a sunscreen as part of the regimen so it's one less thing to think about, which is huge for me.
I also use a sugar and coconut oil scrub to slough off some of the flaky skin on my face (or anywhere really). This is part of my homemade skincare. It works well, does the job but is easy on my skin, and doesn't taste bad if I accidentally get some on my lips.
My other homemade product is lotion. I mix shea butter (bought on Amazon) with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. I use it on my legs daily. with every store bought lotion I used, I'd still get dry patches in the winter. This mixture has saved me and made my skin so much softer. It's great especially for dry patches on the ankles or elbows.

I've cut back on washing my hair to twice a week. Second or third day hair tends to be best for me anyway. Still, day one hair was frizzy and I was unhappy with it. While randomly looking for products at CVS one day I talked to a woman who used this It's a 10 product. She said all of her friends did too. It was a little more than I'd normally spend, especially on a product I hadn't tested already. But I went out on a limb and tried it.  And it's a winner. It's a good leave in condtioner, helps detangle, and tames the frizzies better than most things I've found (except perhaps my hairdresser. She rocks!). I also fell for this Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask after getting it in an Influenster box. It makes such a difference!
All of that said, I still use a few makeup products somewhat regularly. Although my face is most often naked, I love these products when I need a little something. I keep the Pixie out and use it on my cheeks and sometimes lips for color. I also love love love Dr. Jart's BB Cream. It's got a good sheer coverage but still helps disguise some of my skin imperfections. And that chubby stick is a classic. It feels so creamy on and is just the right color to add a little something.
I do sometimes wear a fuller face but this is closer to my day to day. I'm happy with the improvements to my skin - even as I age - and feel better about the minimalism. What are your favorite products?