It was on a recent lady date to The Royce that I was admiring the radiant glow of my friend Courtney’s skin. I had to ask how she made this happen.
Her response was “Well what do you do?”
To which I replied, “Nothing.”
“No, but I mean you wash your face right?”
“In the morning I use Clean and Clear in the shower.”
“Oh dear God. What about at night?!?!?!” Courtney was clearly upset about my lack of skincare.
“Nope. I usually just go to bed.”
I deeply appreciate humor and honesty so Courtney’s response only solidified our friendship.
“YOU ARE A FUCKING 33 YEAR OLD WOMAN! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?” followed by, “For someone who seems to have her act together that’s pretty disgusting.”
She then told me that she would write it all out and fix me. Below is the exact email she sent me the next week, links and all.
“Sorry it’s taken me so long friend, been a busy week!
I’m actually super excited to write to you about all this stuff because I’m freakishly obsessed with this kind of stuff. By the end, you may be sorry you asked…
First things first- WASH YOUR FACE AT NIGHT! For Christ’s sake woman. You’re in your 30’s!!! 😉
Overall: I try to use as many “clean” products as I can. IE- not a lot of crap in them. Some stuff you can’t deny has some chemicals in it (and frankly we kind of need them from time to time) so I just try to limit it where I can.
Cleansing: I wash my face every morning and every night and exfoliate about 2-3 times a week in the shower. Get some washcloths from Target that are just for your face and when you need an extra scrub, use those with either your cleanser or exfoliater. The key with exfoliating is that you don’t need to scrub super hard (that breaks your skin) you want to just gently rub and then use the wash cloth to take it all off.
You really want to wash your face at night because all day we touch our skin and all the grime of the city sits on it. At night, you have (god willing) 8 hours for your skin to breathe so you want it clean so it can replenish and replump so we don’t look dead in the morning.
Products: I use the Suki line for my face cleanser. It’s been great and it’s safe for when you’re pregnant as well.
For morning and evening cleansing I use this
They have tons of other lovely products but these are the two that I really like. Some of the other ones didn’t work so well for me.
This line is more expensive but I’ve wanted to try it. If you’re feeling saucy, maybe give this a go:
Face Masks: About once a week I like to do a face mask to suck all the crap out. In the summer I use a clay mask because it takes out more oil. In the Fall / Winter/ Spring I do a peel.
Use your washcloth to take the peel or mask off for an extra scrub. I always like to do these at night after a shower so I go to sleep with extra clean skin.
Eye Cream: Lady, these are a must!!! I find that this is a very sensitive area and you need to find one that is best for you. The key is hydration. The more you keep this area hydrated, the less apt it is to wrinkle.
In the morning, I use this one (you just need to let it soak in for about 5 minutes before you put makeup on)
Serums: So I’m just getting into these because I look old and have sun damage. Serums are like a concentrated moisturizing shot to your skin. I am using this one every morning. Once it’s dry I put my face lotion over it
Toner: I think toning your face is a good thing but it should be a simple one with no alcohol. I like how it makes me feel extra fresh after I wash my face and takes off a lot of makeup that might be left behind. This is your most simple option. There are plenty of fancy expensive options but as you don’t really have problem skin, I think this is fine!
Moisturizing: The key to youth and glow!! I have been through SO MANY MOISTURIZERS trying to find the best one. The problem is, if it’s too organic then it doesn’t dry well. If it’s too chemically, you feel oily all day. You want something thick but something that doesn’t take forever to dry. It’s tough! Also, you go through it so quickly that I just can’t afford to buy a $100.00 face moisturizer every month. So the two below are my current choices, always subject to change 😉
Evening (you want something nice and thick at night to replenish your skin. Try to wash your face about 15-30 minutes before you actually fall asleep so it can set in a bit before you hit the pillow)
Make-Up: I think this line of make-up is awesome and it’s pretty chemical free. Again, I have a ton of chemical shit but this stuff makes me feel glowy and put together in a jiff.
GODDAMNIT I am high maintenance!! This is about 20+ years of research so I mean, I guess it’s not that bad…
Here is a quick breakdown of the routine:
Toner (apply with cotton swab)
Peel / Mask
God speed my friend. You’ll be glowing in no time. Get rid of that Clean and Clear shit.
With all this newfound knowledge I began my personal journey towards youthful and glowing skin. You know what? I like this grown up face washing business. I find I use a lot less makeup because I’m happy with my skin. It seems more plump and awake (is that a thing?).
I should add that neither Courtney or I are doctors, so I spoke to a real dermatologist, my sister in law. She said that there are really only three things your skin must have
- Vitamin C Serum
Three items sound a lot less intimidating, so I may try and pair down what I have been using. Or maybe not, the products on this list feel pretty awesome and my skin has never looked better. By this time next year, I will look no older than 14.
With love from Detroit,