My sweet husband is often entertained by my passion for hair and skin care, or as he jokingly calls it “lady stuff.” The joke being the absurdity of gender binary concepts. Anyways, his question to my last post about Oribe was what products does he need if he indeed rocks his face off with Oribe (which it does btw, and with Bumble & Bumble too). So I’ve got answers because I’m sure he’s not the only one wondering what products to use after an all-nighter, spring break partying, too much sun, not enough water type situation.
First thing first, identify the primary issue resulting from rocking your face off. Is it dry skin, dull skin, oily/breaking out skin, or irritated redness thats putting damper on your face’s aesthetic swag? Start things off by washing your face. I know this sounds like no-brainer but really, many people don’t do this regularly and wonder why their skin is aging prematurely or looking dull. An amazing everyday face wash that has won tons of awards and is not even very expensive ($22 dollars and comes with the cloths). This is Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser. Its the bee’s knees, also has an exfoliating component, and great for every type of skin. That leads me to the next step. For each of skin concern other than irritated skin, using a gentle exfoliant is alway a good idea. If you already use something like The Hot Cloth Cleanser and your skin is experiencing red and irritation from rocking it off too much, skip exfoliating for now and go straight to the next steps.
Exfol-ee- what?? Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells; enabling skin turnover for new, healthy skin growth. Its important step to maintain healthy skin and should be incorporated in a regular skin care regiment.
Some people exfoliate hard core with a strong product 1-2 times a week. I prefer daily gently exfoliation, especially for sensitive skin. My go-to product for that is hands down Dermalogica’s Microfoliant. Its made of crushed up rice and it feels powdery and bit grainy- not the sand-like texture you will often find in harsher exfoliants. This product is neat because you pour a little bit in your hand and add a touch of water to it making it kinda pasty and gently (GENTLY) rub in small circles all around your face and then rinse. I’ve heard obsession over the Clairsonic tool (that contraption with the giant spinning brush) but it costs a zillion dollars and I think it can be too much for sensitive skin. Another nice exfoliant is Avanti’s ” Brighten-up”. It has enzymes in it that promotes cell regrowth. Its not a daily product, more like every other day depending on how dry or dull your skin is feeling. One tip- when exfoliating or washing your face, always do so very gently. Envision your skin as a piece of silk as your washing and exfoliating.
After this step, put back in your skin what has been taken out- namely moisture and suppleness. For significant dryness and skin irritation issues, go with a moisturizing mask. Most masks you’ll find on the market will do the trick so there’s no need to spend a billion dollars on a La Mer product or something similar. Pick one that doesn’t have parabens (industrial preservatives added to skin products) and is non comedogenic (meaning no oily compounds that ultimately make skin thirstier, creating acne), and products that are hypo-allergenic. When picking a mask or other skin care product look for natural ingredients like macadamia, grape seed oil and avocado. You can increase their potent power when you combine them with Cynergy TK, Phytessence Wakame or Coenzyme Q10.
I could write an entire post on face masks but for now I’ll give you some product recommendations that restore moisture. There are many others that do great things like detoxing the skin, pore cleansing, firming, brightening, etc. Moisturizing masks will be most helpful for dehydrated and dull skin.
The first mask I recommend is Caudalie’s Moisturizing Cream Mask. Given my entire post written about the Caudalie line, I’m sure you’re surprised this is my first recommendation. The natural ingredients and antioxidants in it plus the lack of all those nasty substances listed above creates an amazing product. Another great moisturzing mask is made by a company called Fresh and the product is called the Rose Face Mask. It contains natural ingredients like rose water, aloe, protecting green tea, soothing cucumber extract. Rose petals actually create a natural moisturizing component that is perfect for skin reparation. Think about that fact the next time your significant other comes home with a dozen roses!! Each jar of The Rose Face Mask is infused with 50 percent pure rosewater and an average of two-and-a-half roses per jar. Wow, honey, only a dozen…my mask does way better than that 🙂
One more is Peter Thomas Roths Cucumber Gel Mask which is super gentle, hydrating, and soothing irritated skin. A good pick for after sun repair. It has a plethora of natural ingredients and botanical extracts of cucumber, papaya, chamomile, pineapple, sugar maple, sugarcane, orange, lemon, bilberry, and aloe. Party hard and eat your fruits and veggies through your face.
Naturally following the mask, do your every day skincare steps- toning, moisturizer. Add a serum in between toning and moisturizing if you are so inclined and feel the need for the extra hydration. My favorites are Dermalogica’s Hydrating Booster, and Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum and their Vinexpert Radiance Serum.
Top it off with a toner and great moisturizer and your skin will forgive you for last night’s shenanigans. I’ve seen eyes rolled over the toning step but it helps my sensitive skin. As odd as it sounds, Bumble & Bumble (hair care line) has a product called Tonic Lotion that is used for your hair post shower. It has Tea Tree Oil in it and can double as a Face Toner. Easy. If you don’t already moisturize on a regular basis, smack yourself in the face (because you are anyways), then pick out one that meets your skin care needs and budget. There are quite a few amazing drug store moisturizers that are really inexpensive. Some of the best drug store brands are CeraVe, Cetaphil, Aveeno, and Neutrogena. Choose one that has an SPF in it of at least 20 for daily use. I happen to love Dermalogica’s Smoothing Cream but it doesn’t have SPF so usually I Dr. Jart’s BB cream with 20 SPF and skip foundation. Better skin care equals less makeup!
Rock your face off and then put it back on before the next day’s board meeting (or whatever it is you wanna look awake for). Your skin and wallet will thank you now in 20 years when you really don’t care about raging all night and aren’t considering dropping crazy money on botox or zillion dollar anti-aging creams.