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I am LOW maintenance when it comes to beauty. But, I do know that when my body is scrubbed clean and my skin is smooth and refreshed, I feel bright and ready to take on the day. Below I listed a few things I use and love.
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WASH + BRUSH + CLEANSE
The soap on a rope, I picked up in Sweden and it smells so delicious of almond oil and cardamom. Its very mild and creamy and oh so convenient to hang in the shower. Dry brushing is one of the best ways I have found to feel present in my body. The skin and nerve endings are perked up and aware with increased circulation. Bring on the healthy glow! I don’t wear a lot of make-up, so I can use a pretty light cleanser. I use both of these from Tata Harper. Purifying first, as a “daily detox” and then the Nourishing Oil, second, which melts dirt and replaces it with Tata’s Estate Grown Beauty Complex (a blend of arnica, calendula, meadow sweet, borage and alfalfa).
OIL + MOISTURIZE - HYDRATE + TONE
Ever since the end of winter, when I started using oil for the first time in my life, I have been hooked. Pai Roseship BioRegenerate Oil is bright orange and adds some much needed color to my cheeks beyond its other benefits. No need for gross dusty bronzer! This oil is very healing (great for my acne scarring) and is packed with Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. I put 3 drops on my fingers and press into my cheeks. My skin feels plump and soft. After the oil, I use 3-5 drops of the Antioxidant Dew from Kypris. Good for all skin types, this hydrator, made with sea algae and vitimin C & E, helps to “quench free radicals and enhance skin tone & luminosity.” I am very sensitive to heavy creams and moisturizers and this one is so light, its almost fluffy. My skin actually feels like its breathing again. To finish off my routine, I switch between (my all time favorite) Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator “moisturizing facial mist” and Heritage Store’s Rosewater. The first, “is a combination hydrator, toner and a light moisturizer all-in-one.” It’s very herbal smelling, which I’ve heard from some is a turn off, but I can’t get enough. This product delivers hydration by lowering the “skin surface tension to penetrate the stratum corneum” and by naturally “filling cells with structured aloe water”. Antioxidants and fatty acids “soften, and boost skin structure, and reinforce the protective acid mantle barrier.” The other mist is a very simple rosewater, which smells amazing and calms my nerves (especially when overheated, or overwhelmed in general). Its “astringent, regenerative properties make rosewater a popular choice for acne and aging skin.”
BRIGHT, DEWY + COLORFUL
Like I said, keep it simple. I don’t like too much make up on my face becasue I touch my face a lot. I use a couple dabs of RMS under eye concealer which really brightens up my face and some luminizer to add a dewiness. Nothing makes you look older than I dry powdery face. Its not really about age, I just think healthy, happy skin is awake ad breathing, not clogged with foundation or powder — even if you have blemishes. I like a light, luminous eye shadow (Rituel de Fille in Solaris) and whisper of cheek color by way of Kjaer Weis (in Blossoming).
I have to call out my favorite shop CREDO BEAUTY in San Francisco, and I’m dying to check out DETOX MARKET and CAP BEAUTY in Los Angeles or New York. Many of these natural products are available on Amazon as well!