Since I get questions from time to time about beauty products or makeup, I thought it would be fun to share with you a little about my skin care routine. I guess I should say that having a general skincare routine has been somewhat new for me in the last few years. I was blessed to have relatively good skin during my teenage years, so although I certainly had to coverup pimples and blemishes when they happened (usually on the worst timed days of course), I was a little spoiled to not have to think about my skin that much compared to others. As I’ve gotten older I’ve been much more militant about taking off my makeup at night no matter what (no excuses!) and now I have to fully clean my skin as well before I can give myself the all clear to go to bed. I have a little 1-2-3 system that I do now that only takes a few minutes, but really makes a big difference in how my skin feels.Step One: I wet my face and neck with warm water and use this Dudu-Osun African black soap to work up a small lather all over my skin. I have relatively sensitive skin and was trying to get away from beauty soaps and lotions with harmful additives, so I love that this is made from all natural ingredients and herbs.
Step Two: I use a battery powered skin brush to totally clear my skin of all makeup residue and exfoliate any dead skin cells as well. I first was directed to use a skin brush by AnnaRose Kern (a Hollywood makeup artist) when she came to do some beauty posts with us at A Beautiful Mess last summer. She noticed the white bumps all over my forehead, told me it looked like Milia and that my pores were probably clogged. She quickly guessed correctly that I wasn’t cleaning my skin very well at night and suggested a skin brush to remedy the issue. I thought those white bumps were just a normal part of my skin, but it only took a few days of using a brush to notice the bumps decrease and then disappear. YES! I was using the cleanser my brush came with at first, but AnnaRose steered me towards the African soap instead and I was hooked.
Since I used it so much, I eventually upgraded my skin brush to this Ultimate Skin Care Spa System, and I love it! The first night after using this brush I couldn’t stop touching my face. Even the next day I kept running mu fingers across my cheeks and chin, they were so soft! Lucky for you, you can get the system for 70% off (so only $37.50!) if you use the code GUMMERGAL at checkout (you can also use the code on this skin care system as well). This was a total game changer for my skin and now I’m so addicted. I even took it to Paris with me since I couldn’t go a whole week without it. The best!
Step Three: Once my skin is totally clean, I use a tiny amount of this organic non-GMO coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer. I’ve always had the worst dry skin on my face and this is actually the best moisturizer I’ve found over the years. It’s also really helpful because the African soap tends to leave my skin a little tight feeling, so this remedies the feeling instantly. One jar lasts forever since you use so little, but mine goes a bit quicker since we also feed some to our cats every night. It’s their favorite thing in the world and it’s supposedly really good for them too. I can’t even go into our bathroom now without Charlie jumping on the counter because she thinks she’s going to get a taste—she loves it!
By the way, I also use this to take all my eye makeup off before I wash and use the skin brush on my face. It’s great for mascara and stubborn lipstick colors!
Overall, I’m really happy that my skincare routine is so easy but yet leaves my skin feeling so soft (especially since I was prone to such dry and rough skin before).
Obviously everyone’s skin is different and there are lots of opinions on what is “good” or “bad” for your skin, but if you don’t already have a routine that you love I would highly recommend giving some of my favorite things a try to see if they work for you. I’ve been pretty happy with how they’ve worked for me!