I have 3 specific blog posts I need to get up, but as I’m in the middle of studying for finals, they just aren’t happening as fast as I’d like. I appreciate the patience :)
Some of you may or may not know that I am a licensed esthetician. The study of esthetics includes skincare (facials, masques, other treatments), waxing, and makeup. After high school, I attended esthetician school and passed my state boards to be certified. At the time, I really wanted to open my own spa.
I absolutely loved beauty school and all that I learned. I am still friends with people I went to school with, now 10 years ago (!!). I tried to find pictures from school, but they are in an album, and I’m just too lazy to scan them.
this is basically how we were everyday
Because I wanted to open my own spa, I wanted to learn from the “ground up” about skincare, so to speak. We practiced all kinds of treatments on each other, and then actually worked in a salon before graduating. Ahh, I miss those days.. I could go for a hot stone back treatment right about now…..
Anyways, getting off track. After I graduated, I attempted to look for a job with little avail. I also was in the process of trying to start another business (which is a whole different blog), and I ended up just utilizing my esthetician knowledge for more personal uses. I practiced on my mom, friends and other family members all the time. I really just enjoyed doing it, it was super relaxing.
Throughout the years, I have had excellent skincare habits and then not so excellent ones. It’s easy to put off certain things because you “don’t have time” or are tired/lazy/etc. But it is SO important to keep a good skincare regime, especially as we get older.
Within the past 4-6 weeks, I started testing out some vegan & organic products on my skin, to see their results compared to higher priced lines. My makeup style has drastically changed in the past several years- I went from rocking the smoky eye 24/7 to preferring a much more natural, clean look.
(This doesn’t mean I won’t rock a killer fantasy makeup look. Make up artistry was one of the coolest things to learn, and I will still do up any of my friend’s faces on random occasions).
This picture was taken about 4 weeks after using my current products. I have zero make up on, but one of my classmates asked me what kind of foundation I used. That’s what sparked this post. :)
I want to be clear- with skin care products, you really just have to research and find the best products for your skin type. We all have different issues, but there are general commonalities that I can suggest things to help. However, I think that people believe they have to spend 100’s of $ to find a great line, and that’s just not true. You can if you want to! But it is not the only way to have a great line. Since I was professionally trained, I am fortunate to have tried a wide array of products and learned about them in that setting. Also, since I try to keep what I eat and put in/on my body as clean as possible, I have found some products that are giving me a lot of success currently (and don’t break the bank)
My products I currently use:
Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap Bar
I use this every day, twice a day, to wash my face. I have sensitive skin so I try to stay away from anything with added dyes/perfumes. What I love about this bar is that it really works if you have combination skin, which most of us do (different parts of your face have different needs). For me, my cheeks are generally more dry, but my T-zone area is a little more oily. This bar is great at moisturizing both areas and I have noticed that my skin feels much smoother. I got this for around $6 at Target.
Lavender & Aloe Toner
I use 2 products as toners- this and Apple Cider Vinegar. I spray this all over my face and use it to remove any makeup. I use ACV whenever I have a blemish. It clears it up, with no scars, in like 2-3 days. I love it! I also take a shot of ACV because I just can’t get enough ;) I purchased this on Amazon for $19.
Coffee Bean Caffeine eye cream
Ohhh my goodness, I love this cream. It smells delicious! I am young, but I like to be preventative so I have started using this cream to keep my eyes looking fresh and avoid fine lines. I was skeptical about this cream (I worked as a marketing consultant for a plastic surgeon and know how big of an issue this becomes), but I have definitely noticed that my under eye area looks fresh. The only issue I have is it comes in a teeny tiny bottle. You are supposed to use it twice a day but I only use it once because I’m doing it as a preventative. It’s on Amazon for around $20.
Then I have a moisturizer I made that I also use, but don’t have a picture of (sorry).
Top Tips I learned from Esthetician School:
1. (this is in order of importance)- start taking care of your skin TODAY. even if you never have in your entire life, you can still benefit and reverse damage from previous years. of course it is easier to start young, but even if you are a little older, start NOW. your skin will thank you.
2. drink water. my teacher told us that our skin is in a constant state of dehydration because of the other beverages we drink that are not water. if you drink 1 coffee/tea/pop/etc your skin needs 6-8 additional ounces of water PER DRINK just to make up for the hydration it’s losing. So try to drink as much water as you can.
3. if your skin is feeling really dry, try an egg white masque. these are super easy and you most likely have the ingredients in your house! all you need are several egg whites (no yolks). whisk them until smooth and then apply to your face. leave it on until it becomes dry and you look kind of wrinkly (sorry, no better description), and wash & remove. Some people save the remainder and use it for a couple days in a row. It really doesn’t matter, but you will notice an immediate difference after.
4.DO NOT GO TANNING. I tanned too when younger so I’m just as guilty, don’t worry, I’m not judging. Tanning beds are becoming the #1 reason for skin cancer, which is no joke. Even tanning outside is really a no go. Use sunscreen and avoid the booths. Also, on a related note, get a full body skin check from your dermatologist at least once a year. Always better to be safe vs. sorry.
5. As I said, skincare is not a one size fits all. The products I listed above have worked great for me, but you may require something different. Don’t be afraid to do a little research or read other reviews about a product. And feel free to contact me with any questions!!
I hope to help some of you find a great product line for you, without breaking the bank. If you have a favorite product you love already, feel free to list it in the comments! I love trying new things. I’ll have to do a post about all the different face masques I’ve used/created ;)