My Skincare Picks! (All 100% cruelty free!)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I have always been very conscious of my skin, and have cared for it since I was old enough to think about such things.  I have never had especially problematic skin, but no one's face is perfect and we all have our imperfections.  I didn't have acne as a teenager, but my skin is pretty sensitive and dry, but also can become really oily depending on what I put on it.  I learned early that less is more, and always wear sunscreen.  I'm naturally very light blonde and fair complected, but tan easily when in the sun. This may sound desirable to some, and this was actually a trendy look in the early 2000s when everyone and their mom (or mine) was going to tanning salons to get bronze. I, on the other hand, have always kept out of the sun and made sure to purchase skincare products with sunscreen built in, and you will NEVER see me at the beach or pool sans sunscreen.

Aside from protecting your skin from tanning and aging, sunscreen is IMPERATIVE because it will protect you from life threatening cancers.  Seriously, SPH15 at least, please.  Recently, I've gone WAY back to basics and have adopted some skin care tips from the past (my grandmother had and still has amazing skin, so they must have been doing something right), and have also made sure that everything I use is cruelty free. This is sometimes a challenge when searching for classic skincare products like cold cream, but you can find a list HERE of cruelty free brands to cut down on the leg work. This recently happened to me actually, as I was an avid fan of La Roche Posay, but discovered that their parent company is L'Oreal, who ABSOLUTELY tests on animals. I've also thrown out my Cetaphil, which I had used since I was 16 for the same reasons.  I now refuse to use MAC cosmetics or NARS cosmetics due to their animal testing policies.

Now, no one is perfect, and I am certainly no exception.  I have frequently googled a product already in my arsenal and discovered that they indeed test on animals. And, while it pains me to toss it in the trash, with its beautiful packaging that I so deliberately selected from the shelf, in the bin it goes immediately and I look for another brand.  There are also some fuzzy and gray areas to some company's cruelty free policies. And keep in mind, "cruelty free" does not automatically mean "vegan" so if you are keeping things vegan, read all labels carefully (I have marked which products I use that are cruelty free, but not vegan).

Another MUST is taking your goddamn makeup off before you get your tired ass to bed.  Seriously, if you go to bed with your makeup on I will personally come to your house and slap you whilst removing your makeup. My makeup removal process is pretty involved (and I don't wear a whole lot of makeup to begin with), but you don't have to go that deep. Honestly, just use a wipe or better yet, a cotton pad with some micellar water and take off those perfect eyeliner wings and concealer before you snooze.  Bedtime is when your skin regenerates, and when you fall asleep with your makeup on you prevent a lot of that regeneration.  Seriously, you'll thank me and you'll look 10 years younger.

My evaluation for "cruelty free" status is taken from the company's own statements as well as and PETA.  


My morning routine is super simple. We'll get to my nightly routine shortly, but in the morning I use Humphrey's Witch Hazel Facial Toner on a cotton pad all over my face to remove the moisturizer from the night before.

Then I use YES to Grapefruit Even Skin Moisturizer mixed with my foundation of choice (Frankie Rose Cosmetics in Angel, if you're curious).  The YES to Grapefruit moisturizer has SPF 15 already in it, so I don't need to add anything extra unless I'm going out in direct sunlight for a prolonged period.


My nightly routine is admittedly way more involved.  You have to keep in mind that your whole day is on your face at the end of it.  The pollution, the makeup, the oils from your fingers, whatever the hell is on your phone, that gunk you put in your all ends up on your face to some degree. You absolutely HAVE to get that stuff off your face before you get in bed.

It depends on what day it is, but on a normal day I remove all of my makeup with Queen Helene's Triple Whipped Cleansing Cream and cotton pads (this is not a vegan product, it contains beeswax). Then, I use the Humphrey's toner again with a cotton pad to pick up anything left over and remove a bit of the film left from the cleansing cream.

After the makeup is all off, I use Fig + Yarrow's Night Serum (which contains hyaluronic acid).

Next, I use Honest Beauty's Younger Face Deep Hydration cream.

Once a week I use my Vanity Planet Spin Brush with just water, and no cleanser.  It's important to exfoliate, and my skin is so sensitive that I can't do it more than once a week.

If you'll notice, I never actually use a cleanser on my skin in the vain of soap and water.  Using water on your skin, or at least my skin, is actually drying believe it or not.  I follow a very Parisienne rule of never cleansing with water (except during my weekly exfoliation).

Et Viola!  That's how I keep my skin even, clear, and healthy....and honestly wrinkle free.  It takes effort and no one is born with perfect skin.  But if you take care of it, it will show.
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