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My Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

April 8, 2013

If you’re curious as to what my current skincare routine looks like…

This Is It:

My Current Skincare Routine

It’s pretty basic, actually.

Ok, you might not believe me from just looking at the photo. But allow me explain.

These products can be broken up into 4 basic categories:

1) Cleansers
2) Moisturizers
3) Toner
4) Exfoliation

My Current Skincare Routine: Cleansers

The MIA 2 Clarisonic Brush: A sonic cleansing system that oscillates back and forth at over 300 movements per second. Also doubles as my exfoliation product. I wrote a review about it here.

Melvita Apicosma Cleansing Cream: This is a rich and gentle cleansing cream that has served me well throughout the winter. This cleansing cream works really well with the Clarisonic. I’m really happy with this one and I also carry this in the Ziba Shop.

Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant: This is an excellent makeup remover that you can find in many french pharmacies. I use this for the delicate area around my eyes and for the days when I don’t use the Clarisonic. It’s great for removing stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

My Current Skincare Routine: Moisturizers

Thémis Eye Contour Smoothing Gel: I can’t believe how long this eye gel has lasted me! I’ve had this since last August. I don’t use this one often because it does not work well under makeup during the day. But it’s excellent at moisturizing the delicate skin around my eyes during the night.

Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion with SPF 18: This has been my absolute favorite daily moisturizer for almost 2 years now!! To find out why this daily protective moisturizer rocks so much, you can read my review of it here.

Eau Thermale Jonzac Light Moisturizing Cream: From the sorry state of the tube, you can tell I’ve been trying to squeeze out every last drop of this cream. This is a really nice light cream that I use mainly at night. It keeps my skin hydrated and matte at the same time.

My Current Skincare Routine: Toner

Sanoflore True Rose Floral Water: If you’ve never tried spritzing some rose floral water on your face, you must! It is absolutely delightful.

Rose has purifying properties. And as a toner, it is non-alcohol based so it does not dry out the skin. I love how rose floral water leaves my skin feeling refreshed, dewy and comfortable.

 My Current Skincare Routine: Exfoliation with the Clarisonic Brush

The Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush: I love my Clarisonic more for its exfoliating abilities than as a cleanser. I’ll explain more in another post where I follow up my first impressions of the Clarisonic with a second look.

MY ROUTINE

In the morning... I wash my face with water. Nothing else. Then I follow this with my sun protective moisturizer, Andalou Naturals Daily Facial Lotion with SPF 18.

In the afternoon, to freshen up my skin, I spritz some Sanoflore Rose Floral Water.

At night, I dedicate the most time caring for my skin. I cleanse by first removing my makeup with Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant. Then I wash my face with Melvita’s Apicosma Cleansing cream. I follow cleansing with moisturizing my eyes with the Themis Eye Cream. Then I moisturize my face and neck with Jonziac Light Moisturizing Cream.

Every third night… my routine changes slightly. I still use my makeup remover, but then I follow this with cleansing and exfoliating with the Clarisonic brush.

The Clarisonic primes the skin to be ready to receive skincare products. So this is actually when I like to follow up with a more potent product, like a serum or retinol. Then I follow up with my usual Jonzac light moisturizing cream.

So you see… my skincare routine really is quite simple after all.

Most of the times, my skincare routine involves only the most basic essentials: a cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliation and a toner.

I wait every third night to bring out the big guns: mainly the Clarisonic, my serums and my retinols. Even then, I make sure to use only one of the more potent creams. I don’t like combining them together.

When I run out of a product, I may switch to a different brand. But the product I choose will still serve the same basic purpose.

In this way, my skincare routine has stayed pretty consistent for the past four months.

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What about you? What is your skincare routine like? How is it similar or how does it differ from the one I just described? 

Anti-Stress Exfoliating Cream by Les Fleurs De Bach

September 4, 2012

Fleurs De Bach Anti-Stress Exfoliating Cream

I am incredibly pleased with this exfoliating cream by Les Fleurs De Bach! So much so that I am considering adding it to the Ziba Boutique. As you know, I am always on the lookout for unique, under the radar beauty products. So when I came upon a small organic skincare shop in a tiny French village, of course I couldn’t leave without trying some of the products by Les Fleurs de Bach.

Although it’s quite a new name to me, Les Fleurs de Bach has actually been specializing in flower essences and aromatherapy for over 70 years. If you are not familiar with aromatherapy, it is an ancient practice that uses aromas from the essence of flowers and plants to help soothe the mind and balance the functions of various glands. The Elixirs by Les Fleurs de Bach, are essences of flowers which can be diluted in water and then taken internally to help balance negative emotions and regain a calm state of mind. Les Fleurs de Bach also has a perfume line with fragrances that range from the earthy and humble to the celestial and powdery.

I came back home with the exfoliating cream from Les Fleurs de Bach’s Anti-Stress Skincare line, which combines a unique anti-stress blend of flower essences to bring out the skin’s natural beauty and to bring the mind to a sense of calm and quietness.

So here are my impressions:

Scent

The scent is divine! Not in the overwhelming way that synthetically perfumed products can be. It’s not a subtle scent either. The scent is definitely there, and it is there to be enjoyed. It is a wonderful medley of lavender and rosemary and an early morning traipse through the woods. The panoply of distilled plant essences include: tilia flower water, lemon balm flower water, sunflower seed oil, orange peel oil, lavender oil, camphor bark oil, bergamot fruit oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, clary oil, and the list of plants in their latin names goes on.

Texture

The texture is more milky than it is creamy. The fluid is moisturizing but does not quickly absorb into the skin. Instead, it stays on the skin’s surface to allow for gentle cleansing. The exfoliating beads consist of apricot seeds and your-not-so-everyday volcano sand. The beads do not disintegrate into the cream thus giving your skin more time for complete exfoliation.

Fleurs De Bach Anti-Stress Exfoliating Cream

The exfoliating beads consist of apricot seeds and volcano sand.

Results

I would gladly recommend Les Fleurs de Bach’s Exfoliating Cream based alone on its great exfoliating properties. My skin felt incredibly soft, smooth and supple immediately after exfoliation. And the following day, it retained its softness and a light glow. But the truly special feature of this cream is its wonderfully soothing aroma, which does achieve its aim of providing a peaceful transition from a long busy day to a quiet evening of rest.

Les Fleurs de Bach Anti-Stress Exfoliating Cream

99.03% of ingredients sourced from natural sources
14.67% of total ingredients sourced from organic farming
Certified Organic by ECOCERT and COSMETIC BIO

Where to find Les Fleurs de Bach’s Anti-Stress Exfoliating Cream: www.lesfleursdebach.com

How much?  €26.50 / $33.29

Keeping Cool Cosmetics in the Fridge

August 21, 2012

Between the yogurt and the jams, I’ve been stashing some of my creams and lotions inside the fridge.

Why, you might ask? I have two main reasons for practicing this form of “cryogenic cosmetics”:

1) The products in my fridge are natural and organic creams. Because they don’t have as many or have the same preservatives as conventional cosmetics, they have a shorter shelf life. When you want to preserve an apple a little bit longer, you put it in the fridge right? Well, the same goes for natural and organic cosmetics.

2) Cool creams applied on the skin feels amazing! Even if keeping cosmetics in the fridge does not necessarily extend their shelf life, just the sheer sensation of coolness on the skin makes it a worthwhile practice. Try it sometime 🙂

Other things to note about the preservation and maintenance of cosmetics:

  • Keep mainly just the creams and lotions in the fridge. For other cosmetics such as make-up and nail polish, keeping them in a cool dark place should be an effective enough way to store them.
  • Cosmetics deteriorate quickly under heat and humidity. The worst place to store your cosmetics is in the bathroom because of the changes in temperature and the level of moisture.
  • Bacteria and mold can grow and quickly multiply in your cosmetic products. So when applying cosmetics, be sure that your hands have been cleaned and be sure to properly close bottles, jars and tubes after each use.
  • Keep an eye out for expiration dates. Changes in color and smell may be signs that your cosmetics have been contaminated. In this case, be sure to properly dispose of them.

What you will find in my fridge these days:

1. Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion Pour Le Visage with SPF 18 
2. Andalou Naturals Luminous Brightening Eye Serum Pour Les Yeux 
3. Vichy Replenishing Nourishing Body Care 
4. Florame Tender Moisturizing Cream (From Ziba’s Boutique)
5. Florame High Protection Sun Cream For The Face with SPF 50 
6. Lavera Balancing Calendula Day Cream (From Ziba’s Boutique)
7. Thémis Eye Contour Smoothing Gel 
8. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer