I am often asked about my skincare routine. To be quite honest, my skin wasn't always clear and bright. I spent years believing the media hype that harsh chemicals and exfoliants would help clean and balance my skin, when in reality I needed to restore my skin's protective barrier and balance my skin microbiome from the inside out.
I've spent the past few years perfecting my skincare routine and wanted to share a few of my favorite products and tips!
Tip 1. Scrub less. The biggest thing that helped me was chilling out with the @clarisonic, allowing my skin's incredible protective barrier to regain strength. With that barrier intact, my skin is much more able to naturally protect against bacteria and inflammation leading to redness and breakouts.
Tip 2. Probiotics! Your skin health reflects your gut health. I was dealing with poor digestion due to a weak gut microbiome, so I began eating fermented and easy to digest foods and taking a probiotic. Bam - my skin cleared up within a few weeks. You can also spray probiotics directly on your skin for an added microbiome boost. I use Marie Veronique's Probiotic Mist.
Tip 3. Use high-quality products that truly have the skin-nourishing vitamins and compounds they claim to have ... in their active form. Marie Veronique has always been a long time favorite line of mine. Marie has worked closely with biochemist-turned-skincare guru Kristina Holey to ensure the highest quality oils and serums. Also noteworthy, a facial from Kristina will change your life.
After such a nourishing skin cleansing and moisturizing regimen, I don't want to undo all of my hard work with some chemical-laden or drying makeup product, so I choose cosmetics that have gentle and high-quality, ethically-sourced ingredients. My favorite brand is RMS beauty.
I especially love their "Un-cover Up", "Contour Bronze", and "Magic Luminizer". Typically one of these little pots lasts me around 3-4 months, which should be right around the amount of time you should throw out your makeup anyways, to prevent bacteria from making its way to wreak havoc on your now glowy skin.
Enjoy nourishing that skin of yours and let me know if you have any questions about products or my skincare routine. Happy glowing!