Happy Tuesday, loves! I hope everyone’s enjoying the early days of a new week. When I was younger, I hated Monday’s because I didn’t like going to school, but as an adult I really appreciate Monday’s. A new week brings new experiences, a fresh start, and new challenges to conquer. Monday’s are a reminder that beginnings are beautiful. Tuesday’s are a reminder that you’ve already conquered Monday! I’ve had a relaxing start to the week and I’m just soaking up the calming vibes.
It’s been very warm in New Jersey the past couple of days, which makes me happy. I’m wearing shorts today, for the first time this year. It’s time to get your spring wardrobe ready, because spring is just around the bend. I am already falling for spring fashion and spring must-haves. My home is ready for spring and Easter!
I was walking around Target last night with Greyson and Andrew, and I saw the cutest spring throw pillows, candles, sandals, and outdoor furniture. I bought a gorgeous glass terrarium for my coffee table and a terrarium grow kit, which I’m super excited about. I love my plants and watching them grow.
My Skincare Routine
I’ve always taken incredible care of my skin and I believe that a good skincare routine can help you feel and look youthful, healthy, and glowing. I am religious about my skincare routine and I am loyal to my favorite products. I love feeling natural and I appreciate vegan and cruelty-free products. One of my favorite companies is Pacifica and I’ve been using their merchandise for years now. Not only is Pacifica a cruelty-free brand, but they are also vegan.
Every morning I wake up and immediately wash and cleanse my face with Pacifica Acne Defense Face Wash. I have never had pimples or suffered from acne, but this face wash cleanses your skin and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, even if you’re not acne-prone. It offers a deep clean with salicylic acid, cucumber, niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B), aloe, and mint. This product leaves my skin feeling healthy and awake. After I cleanse my face, I pat my face dry with a towel, and then I apply Asterwood Naturals Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which I started using this year. It’s an anti-aging serum with nourishing and restorative properties. This product is oil free, paraben free, sulfate free, not tested on animals, and it’s also fragrance free for those who are sensitive to fragrances. It comes with a dropper and I use a few drops under/around my eyes and on the rest of my face. I gently blend the drops into my skin with my finger and I let the serum dry. It’s normal for your skin to feel a little tight and dry after using the serum, which is why you use a cream immediately after application. I use Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Cream, blending a small amount into my skin, all over my face, and even my neck. I LOVE this cream! It’s light and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. After the Dreamy Youth cream, I use my under eye cream by No7. The No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream is wonderful and I’ve been using it for years! It refreshes tired eyes and visibly minimizes any fine lines or dark circles. You simply dab a few drops under both eyes and blend it in with your finger.
I do get a Hydra Facial a couple of times a year (usually in the late fall/early winter and in the late spring) and they’re great! They leave your skin renewed and they’re equivalent to a fresh start. I also use a honey mask on my face a couple of times a week, using only raw, organic honey. You apply it to your face, allow it to sit for about fifteen minutes, and then wash it off using warm water. Honey acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial product. It cleanses, exfoliates, and brightens your skin. It also smells amazing! There are countless at-home skin care remedies that you can try, including lemon, avocado, and apple cider vinegar. I stick to my honey mask, but be sure to research other amazing at-home facial recipes. Another thing that I obsess over is WATER. I drink an abnormal amount of water, which hydrates your entire body, including your skin. Water is powerful and you should motivate yourself to drink as much water as you can. I have water with every meal and even when I go to a restaurant, I always have at least one glass of water, along with whatever else I’m drinking. I don’t smoke, which can cause serious skin issues, and I don’t drink very often. Drinking excessively can also lead to skin issues and irritation. Try to avoid anything that causes skin problems and irritation if you’re worried about your skin.
Something I am religious about and many often forget is the daily use of sunscreen. I apply Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 100+ SPF sunscreen to my face every morning. I even dab some onto my skin over my makeup if I am going to be in the sun for a long period. I also wear sunglasses, or a hat, to protect my eyes and the skin around my eyes from the sun. If I’m on the beach all day I use my normal Neutrogena sunscreen along with a spray sunscreen all over my face and the rest of my body. My tinted moisturizer, which I apply before doing my makeup, is a BB cream by Covergirl that has an SPF 21, so no matter what, my skin is always nourished and protected. I always ensure that my tattoos are protected by sunscreen if they’re exposed to the sun, as well. I love my skin and I’ll always take care of it.
We only have one body. Our body is our home and it is capable of miracles, such as overcoming illnesses and creating a life. I have had a baby, so I know how amazing and strong my body is. I know that no body is perfect or without flaws and it’s important to embrace every aspect of our skin. We all have a wrinkle, or two. We all have a scar from when we were young. We all have something that makes us feel insecure. We also all have a responsibility to take care of our skin and our bodies by being healthy, smart, and careful. Use good quality sunscreen, creams, and serums. Pay attention to what your skin needs because everyone is different. For example, I am not acne-prone, which means my skin doesn’t necessarily need an acne-prone formula, but I am very interested in anti-aging formulas as a young mom and woman. Once you reach your twenties, your needs change and that’s okay. You won’t be seventeen forever, but you can always look healthy and youthful if you make that a priority. Smile lines, wrinkles, and scars tell a story. It’s not a bad thing to have any of those, but you want to look healthy and glowing because that’s the mark of a truly successful skincare ritual and good skin. You want to feel comfortable in your skin.
Remember, although I am sharing my skincare routine and the products that I love with you, something that works for me may not necessarily work for you. Again, we are all different, our skin is different, and our needs are different. I wish you and your skin a healthy and beautiful journey.