I have had a new obsession with skincare within these last six months and I cannot get enough. I'm literally so obsessed with talking about skin to whoever will listen to me- it's the largest organ and has so much purpose! Very simple things like drinking water everyday and getting enough sleep will do SO MUCH for your skin already. Our skin has the ability to give off a natural luminous glow so if your skin isn't doing that, it may be time to reflect on diet, exercise, and things you may be lacking internally.
To be completely 100% transparent with you, I didn't care too much for skincare until I turned 25. Before then, my skin was never really a problem. Granted, I was always a big water drinker and I still am so I know that definitely made its contribution. I got the occasional period pimples near my chin and maybe a random one or two by my jawline but I always had clear skin. The most I ever did to my skin was moisturize before makeup application. Removing my makeup was the worst- I literally took two makeup wipes and splashed some water on my face.... Yeah, I know.
Growing up on the east coast, my skin used to be super dry. I moisturized a lot because my skin soaked up whatever I put on it! Although my skin complied to what I did to it during my early twenties, we've definitely hit a turning point recently. I moved to California at the end of 2015 and my skin reacted all types of crazy! Turns out I actually have oiler/combo skin now- if you knew me during my MAC days, you're probably like WTF. Just recently I started breaking out on my cheeks (which has never happened, EVER!) so I freaked out and got down to figuring out what my skin needed from me. It took about six months total of trial and error and figuring out what products truly work for my skin type but I finally got it down to some good stuff. Here's my IGTV of my new updated skincare routine.
What I realized during my search for the perfect skincare routine is that there are SO many ingredients in these expensive products and some of these ingredients are just fillers to help justify their $30-$70 price point. Sometimes a good ol' DIY skin mask, cleanser, or moisturizer works just as well.
So here I've compiled my personal list of high end products vs DIY recipes you can do with household items you may already have at home. This list is solely based on what I've personally already tried and what has worked for me, so by all means if you have other suggestions or recipes or another skincare product you absolutely love, please leave it in the comments! I am obsessed with trying new things for my skin.
High end: OLEHENRIKSON Wonderful Double Cleanser; $32; helps to remove makeup while deeply cleansing the skin and is good for all skin types. It's silky, lightweight, and feels like a cold cream almost. It doesn't lather so a soft massage into the skin for 60 seconds is really all you need. I would personally give it 4 stars only because I like the lathering part of a cleanser- in my head, It really feels like its scrubbing away makeup and dirt. Sue me.
DIY: Toning/Clarifying face wash: Add all ingredients in an empty soap dispenser and voila!
High end: OLE HENRIKSON Vitamin C Truth Serum; $49; good for all skin types; helps to brighten and firm skin; all day hydration; contains orange and green tea extracts. I usually do my serum right after I cleanse and tone my skin. I add my eye cream and press the serum into my skin at night. For the morning routine, I skin serum and go into my favorite moisturizer (below).
DIY: Trader Joe's 100% organic Argan oil ($7-$10); your choice of essential oils (I would recommend lemon oil, geranium oil, lavender oil. Mix all ingredients in a glass bottle that has a dropper. Use a few drops at night after cleansing/toning.
FUN FACT: Don't skip on a moisturizer because your skin produces a lot of oil. On the contrary, your skin produces MORE oil by not moisturizing! Moisturizer helps to reduce sebum production and give skin a better texture :)
High end: IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream; $48; super hydrating; anti-aging properties; helps to restore dullness in the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles; works for all skin types and literally MY FAVORITE MOISTURIZER RIGHT NOW.
DIY: Green Tea/Coconut Oil Moisturizer for face & body
DIY #2: Aloe Vera! Literally, that's it. Get you an aloe vera plant and watch your skin flourish!
High end: Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask; $34; works for all skin types; helps to clear out pores and oil that sits on the skin; detoxifies and enhances radiance; post peel glow is real! I leave this mask on for about thirty minutes until its dry and peel it off. It's gross and satisfying to see what sits in your pores! (see image two above!)
DIY: Honey & Coffee Mask; coffee helps as a natural exfoliant on the skin and the caffeine in it helps to reduce puffiness. I like to go a little heavier under the eyes if I'm jet-lagged or lacking some sleep. Honey is an antibacterial and helps to naturally moisturize the skin. Literally mix these two ingredients and apply with fingers or a flat brush. (see image one above!)
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any DIY recipes that you love!
Photographer: Shan Benson @shanbensonstudio /
HMUA: Mercedes Gramajo @inthecurls /
Model: Clarie Hart @claireghart from Scout Model
Agency / @Scoutmodelagency
Retouching by Yasamine Samiei @yasaminsamiei /
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