Now, let me just issue a disclaimer here – this routine is mine and mine only. It’s worked for me – not to the point where I face the world sans cover up but to the point where I’m able to look in the mirror and not punch the glass. It may or may not rid your acne, may or may not brighten your complexion and may or may not transform the texture of your skin into something comparable to a gummy bear.*
*I love the feel of a gummy bear, taut and smooth. The typical baby’s bottom is shaky because a baby’s bottom may not always appear smooth especially when they have the unfortunate and ever inevitable bum rash. Gummy bears are always smooth, even when they’re missing limbs or have been sitting in your mouth of over 5 minutes.
My obsession with Philosophy products started with the shower gels in pretty much every whimsical scent you can sniff – escalated to the Pure Grace/Amazing Grace lust (which is still going HAM) and then with the simplistic yet truly effective skincare line. Big up to Purity. You my ride and die.
Each product is clean, easy to use and bottom line – works. Sure I would be slathering La Mer all over my extremities if I wanted forgo my wardrobe and add the collections companies to my Fav 5 list of callers but that’s not a luxury I really care too much to indulge in. I’d rather have Valentino Rockstuds every color of the rainbow and a simple skincare routine that I don’t have to spend all my minutes allocated for Netflix on.
Here’s what I use:
purity made simple
This here is the holy grail of cleansers (at least for me). You better recognize that when it comes to removing your Sephora shield, 24/7 liner, Retro Matte lipstick and all – this is what’s going to get it done. It’s award winning (Allure magazine), cleanses down to the pores, and hydrates all at the same time. A lazy girl’s dream come true. The 3-1 boasts cleansing, toning and hydrating – which I can attest to – I’ve been using it for almost 10 years and I have never had an urge to try something new. I sleep with white sheets and a duvet I’ve yet to find a cover for – I’m taking risks all over the dame place and I have yet to find my NARS sheer glow foundation on my pillow. No build up, no oily residue, and no clogged pores. YES.
This peel is new to me, I’ve only been using it for a few weeks – not because I felt that I needed it but because it was part of a exclusive set that was too good to pass up. Pretty much anything that claims to resurface and rejuvenate skin is something I can at least try. If you have problem skin or acne, this will smooth out the roughness, minimize fine lines, and brighten and even out the skin tone. I haven’t used it every single day but a few times a week and I can already feel a difference in some once dry areas. Step 1 – The vitamin C peptide crystals are easy to apply, massage into skin for about a minute. Step 2 – The lactic/salicylic acid activating gel is applied on top of the crystals and it’ll give you a bit of a warming sensation as it starts foaming (which indicates activation). A few minutes max is all you need to let it do it’s thing and then cleanse it off for a brand new face. Kidding, it’ll just feel brand new.
hope in a jar
This is one of my favourite moisturizers. It’s light, hydrating, and smells so nice and fresh. No oily residue, no rubbing into your skin for 37098 minutes, and no fuss. I like leaving the fuss for my daily contouring – so. It’s designed to be light and airy like a soufflé, or liquid cotton candy as I like to call it. If you’re looking for something easy, capable and catered to all skin types – this bad boy is it.
And there you have it. A skincare routine that’s easier than typing out this blog post, easier than answering the phone while you’re scrolling through Instagram and easier than accepting that you can’t wear Uggs to the office.
the miracle worker
(anti aging moisturizer)
Skin firming, moisturizing, and retains natural rejuvenation. I use this every night in addition to hope in a jar. It has a more gelatinous texture and I love it because a little goes a long way. I’ve been blessed with them good genes so I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles (praise Jesus) but prevention is huge so I use it anyway. Whether you have them or not this is a nice addition to your daily skin routine. The only wrinkles I welcome is when I scrunch my face up at unsavory characters.