We hear the expression “healthy skin” always enforced and, you guessed it, for great reason. Skin/body care should be on everyone’s radar and a major priority because as you know, it is the base of our exterior. If it’s good on the inside it reflects on the outside! With a little added effort and extra dedication, a simple homemade body butter can make all the difference.
As I mentioned in my previous Skincare Struggles post, I have been learning more on the benefits of natural ingredients and how to incorporate them into my daily skincare regimen. My skin has been battling dryness for a few months now and with winter approaching, it is only going to get worst and so I started my research on ways to hydrate my skin again.
One of the natural ways is with the use of rosewater. Not familiar with it? Well, basically rosewater can be used in many ways for various skin concerns like dryness, dull skin, acne, sensitive skin and the list continues. (Read more about rosewater here). With so many great brand/product reviews, I decided to purchase the 4 oz. Mario Badescu Facial Spray in hopes of positive results.
In the mornings after washing my face, I like to apply some Mario Badescu Facial Spray on a cotton round and apply it all over my face. I do this every other day and so far my dryness has been under control. The rosewater is helping hydrate and brighten my skin. My oiliness has decreased a bit since too. I absolutely love how gentle and refreshing the rosewater feels on my face!
Aside from battling dryness, targeting my hyper-pigmentation is definitely next up on my list. Although I LOVE makeup, I don’t always want to wear it everywhere I go. Letting my face breathe is important but I really hate the look dark spots give off. Tea tree oil is said to help with this little issue. Found in the leaves of “Melaleuca alternifolia” (tea tree), tea tree oil has been used for years to treat skin infections such as acne and nail fungus. (Get the tea tree oil 411 here). Before giving the pure essential oil a try, I opted for The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil.
In the evening after washing my face, I apply a couple of drops of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on a cotton round. Lightly pressing it against my skin (not rubbing) mainly on the dark spots around my chin and the hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks. I like letting the oil sink in for about two minutes before moving on to my next skincare step. The tea tree oil has slowly been minimizing the redness and dark areas. The oil has a strong scent but fades quickly. I am really enjoying the benefits of this tea tree oil.
So far, I can honestly say the combination and consistency of incorporating these steps/products for the past 3 weeks have been extremely helpful! My acne scars are beginning to slowly fade away and do not look so textured under makeup. If you have any other suggestions, products, or natural recipes that can help target these issues go ahead and send them my way 🙂 Yayy for positive results!
I love when my skin responds well to products because maintaining an effective beauty routine is key for me. Lately, these are the products I have been turning to. I figured why not share my thoughts and how they keep things simple on a daily basis!
- Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash: The gel formula is gentle and provides a nice lather. It contains coconut water, which is a key ingredient for cleansing, hydrating, and toning. This is my go-to face wash after a long day.
- Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm: Smells like roses and has a minty feel to it. Soothes and hydrates your lips, no need to exfoliate often. An absolute must-have, I apply it under lipstick and right before going to bed. Can’t get enough!
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: Finely milled and absolutely the best to set foundation with, leaving a natural flawless finish. Best part? NO WHITE CAST! A little goes a very long way, tap any excess from your brush before applying. Don’t blend, just tap lightly onto the face.
- Real Techniques Blush Brush: Although this brush is meant for blush, I find the shape and bristles are perfect for applying face powder. The narrow tip helps cover small areas like between brows and the sides of your nose. Soft and affordable, can’t get any better!
- Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer: I use the shade “Summertime”, a deep brown that adds a natural warmth. I use it to bronze my face and lightly contour my cheeks. Blends perfectly and does not get muddy throughout the day.
- Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lip Liner: The creamy, long-wearing formulation of this wooden lip pencil is very true to color and easy to apply (I hate patchy liners). Practically living in the color “011 Spice”, a reddish-brown (mahogany-like). Stunning for a daytime look.
Of all my current essentials, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Rosebud Minted Lip Balm are definitely my favorite. What beauty gems are you currently loving?