My Beauty Regimen

Several of my beloved skincare products
I love watching the YouTube videos when people share their favorite products and morning routines. I don't really like makeup that much but I am obsessed with skincare and body care products. My morning/nightly routine and weekly face masks are therapeutic, and while I tend to add products and samples regularly, below are the mainstays.

My skin tends to be quite dry, especially in the winter, so I am always looking to slough off dead skin cells and for hydrating products. I try to avoid parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate as much as I can.

I tend to shower in the morning because I'm not a morning person and it helps to wake me up. In the shower, I use Derma E Hydrating Scrub because it's a naturally-rich, creamy scrub with moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid. I have found that my face needs a form of Hyaluronic Acid, which aids in the skin's natural ability to hold water and thus plumps your skin. It helps your skin recover from sun/environmental damage and harsh skincare products. The Derma E Hydrating Scrub doesn't make my face feel tight; the dead skin is gone but my face feels soft after use. Every other day, after using the scrub, I follow up with Alba Botanica Good & Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel. This one-minute mask contains 6% Alpha Hydroxy Acids powered by fruit extracts, and gives my pores a quick detox. If my skin has been especially dry or at least twice a week, I use Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. This sulfate-free, cruelty-free cleanser contains argan stem cell and chlorella, and has a satisfyingly gritty texture. It also has chamomile and calendula to calm your skin and french green clay to reduce the size of pores.

Once or twice a week, I use Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Face. These subtle self-tanning wipes are travel-friendly and make a huge difference on my complexion. They wipe away dead skin cells while also adding a very light glow to my face. My secret weapon if I have hormonal breakouts or an extra dry patch of skin is to actually dab a tiny amount of hydrocortisone cream on my face. It calms any irritation or inflammation. My new favorite moisturizer is Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Lotion SPF 18, which I picked up at my local health food store. It is light, but not too light that I can't feel it on my skin. It's part of their age-defying line that has fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10. Unlike a lot of other face lotions I've tried with SPF, this one doesn't make your skin look white or pasty. If my skin is extra parched (so every day in January and February), I add a couple drops of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid to my skin, which is a magic potion for dehydrated skin.

I hate foundation but I like how my skin looks when it's evened out a bit. Enter BB Cream! I discovered my all-time favorite, which I see myself using my whole life, is the Canadian Marcelle Golden Glow BB Cream. If I could only travel with one cosmetic, this would be my choice. This beauty balm is a lightweight tinted moisturizer that evens skin tone while also brightening your entire face with a slightly sun-kissed glow. My skin is olive with yellowy undertones and it blends perfectly. On good skin days, one light coat is all I need but you can also add a couple coats for more coverage. I add Tata Harper Very Sweet Lip & Cheek Tint on my lips, cheeks, and along my cheekbones for additional glow and that's it. I can't wear eye makeup (including mascara) because my eyes are extremely sensitive, although I will occasionally wear some on special occasions and try not to scratch my eyes out. I find that I have to use eye drops anytime I wear eye makeup, and eyeliner is the worst. Birchbox keeps sending me great-looking mascaras that I'll try but I have yet to find one that doesn't irritate my very light green eyes. (If you have light eyes with this problem and have found a mascara that works, please let me know.)

Throughout the day, if I need added hydration or a quick wake-up, I spritz on a hydrating mist. This is the 3:00 p.m. cup of coffee equivalent for your face. One of my new favorites is Eau Thermale Avรจne (Thermal Spring Water), which works well on hypersensitive, allergic, and irritated skin. It's especially awesome in the summertime.

At night, I wash with either the Derma E Hydrating Scrub or an oil cleanser (Josie Maran and Tata Harper Skincare make great ones). A couple times a week, I will use a face mask depending on skin concern. My favorites include the Origins Activated Charcoal Mask (especially effective to scare my husband when I walk back downstairs), or a soothing Tata Harper Honey Blossom or Resurfacing Mask. For deep hydration and to wake up with a glow, I use Weleda Skin Food, which smells amazing and is deeply hydrating.

Looking to try new products?

If you're like me and love trying new products, check out and for monthly beauty boxes. They're a great way to try skincare and hair care products without the commitment of a whole bottle and I love bringing my samples with me when I travel (I never check luggage). Petit Vour only features ethically-made and vegan luxury beauty products. Birchbox blends tried-and-true brands with natural and up-and-coming brands. I like these two more than other boxes that seem to focus on makeup but if you're looking just for makeup, it's probably best to look elsewhere (Ipsy, Sephora Play, etc.).

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