Quick Morning Routine (Post-workout skincare)

A fast, effective routine

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I usually stop at the gym after work or head to a dance class at night, so I have the time to do my full skincare routine afterward. Recently, I’ve been sneaking in a few morning sessions and then have to quickly get ready. So here’s my shorter, simple routine that refreshes my skin after a workout and preps my face for makeup.

First, I use the Bliss Oh My Gommage Cleaning Stick*. I especially love using an exfoliating cleanser after a workout to get rid of excess oil and sweat. This gentle stick makes me feel like I’m getting a thorough cleanse without stripping my skin. Full review here!

Then I squeeze in a quick two minute mask from Clinique. The Pep-start Double Bubble Purifying Mask starts out as a pink gel and then bubbles up as it pulls dirt from your pores. I love the pump packaging and it’s affordable! The mask rinses away really easily too, so you can quickly move to the next step.

Now I start the hydrating part of my routine. I use about one to two pumps of the new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly to lock in moisture and protect my clean, happy skin from pollution. This sinks in SO quickly without any residue. I then layer First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer on top. I love the extra bit of hydration this adds while smoothing my pores and adding the subtlest glow. Full review here!

I finish my skincare routine off with the Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask* from Memebox. This is seriously one of my favorite lip products; it’s hydrating without being sticky at all. It leaves a pretty sheen that lasts quite a while too. To finish off my look, I add a bit of my current favorite concealer, mascara, and bronzer. Then I’m running off to work!

What’s your favorite post-workout product? Are you loving a short and sweet routine or all-out ten steps?

New Skincare Favorites: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and Avarelle Acne Cover Patches

Two new skincare loves

I’ve recently been breaking out around my chin for some reason. Maybe because it’s the middle of summer and I’m experiencing more oil in my t-zone by the end of the day. Or that I’ve been taking more classes versus going to the gym where I can wash my face right after a workout. Either way, I’m super happy to have these convenient Acne Cover Patches Avarelle so nicely sent over.

My blemishes usually turn into whiteheads within a few days, but these Avarelle patches have been speeding up the process overnight! They seem to bring the pimple to a head and draw out the bacteria by the morning with Tea Tree Oil. I also love the inclusion of Calendula, which helps with redness and is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare.

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There are several different sizes from small and medium dots to large square patches. The dots are perfect for one off spots and the squares are great work well on areas of congestion. Reed has been using and loving these too! They’re really gentle yet effective, and I would highly recommend them!

Next, I won this cute First Aid Beauty Priming Moisturizer in a giveaway on Instagram and have been using it for about two weeks. It’s pretty lightweight and, true to its name, does feel like a mix between a hydrating moisturizer and skin smoothing primer. I love that it combines the two steps as I don’t normally use makeup primer. I hadn’t ever found one that I liked enough to use daily, but this changes that!

I’m not normally someone who likes “luminous” or “light-reflecting” additions to my skincare because they tend to be too shimmery/glittery and look unnatural. This one has micro-pearls which are surprisingly subtle and add a dewy glow to the skin that I actually enjoy.

FAB has been really impressive lately! I loved their Tinted Moisturizer as well and would have repurchased except it has Octinoxate as an SPF ingredient, so it’s not reef-safe. Their new concealer looks wonderful as well! I think that’s topping my wishlist right now actually.

Have you tried any new skincare lately? What’s on your wishlist?

My Hydration Routine

How I keep my skin moisturized

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Next up in my routine series (see brightening here!) are the products I use when my skin is feeling tight, thirsty, or flaky. My skin tends to lean more dry in the winter and more combination in the summer. However, with traveling so often, my skin can experience dehydration more than usual. These products leave my skin feeling comfortable – not heavy or greasy – no matter what time of year.

Recently, I’ve been starting with the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm*. Everyone raves about this, so I just had to try it. I’ve been wearing tinted moisturizer (Raw Elements reviewed here or First Aid Beauty here) or even Physician’s Formula the Healthy Foundation lately, so I feel the need to properly remove my makeup before starting my skincare routine. This is a soft, lovely balm that breaks down makeup quickly. I love that it rinses off easily as some other balm or oily cleansers I’ve tried left a gross residue on my skin.

Next, I use my Tula Purifying Cleanser which is great for gently cleansing without stripping. It’s a gel formula that doesn’t create too many suds. I love that it comes in this giant 6.7 ounce tube – it has lasted quite a while! The scent wasn’t my favorite at first, but now that I like the product because it’s so effective, it has really grown on me.

This is where I will do a hydrating mask about once a week. I haven’t found one I’m obsessed with yet, so I’d love some recommendations! In the meantime, I’m using the Bliss In the Honey Mask for a little boost of moisture. It smells like lavender, which I personally love, but the fragrance is a bit strong if you’re sensitive. It’s also a bit thick and sticky, so it’s not super easy to remove.

I follow either the cleanser or mask with my Clinique Clarifying Lotion in 2 for dry combination skin. It’s a fast and easy exfoliating step that keeps my skin soft and helps other products absorb better. I can definitely feel a difference since I’ve added this into my routine! This isn’t really specific to my hydration routine, but it helps with flakes and lets my moisturizer and hydrating serums sink in deeper.

Next, I spray my Best Friend Beauty Calendula + Coconut Facial Mist* all over. My skin seems to love products with calendula in them, which is great because this ingredient helps with inflammation (i.e. redness). The coconut is extra hydrating too. I love that this is a women-owned, small business that donates 15% of every sale to fight animal cruelty and testing. This mist specifically is organic, vegan, and all-natural as well!

Also, from Best Friend Beauty is their Anti-Aging Facial Serum*.  This is a game changer in my hydration routine as it’s packed with beautiful oils that add tons of moisture while targeting fine lines and dark spots. A tiny bit goes such a long way since it’s an oil and has the rollerball applicator. This is such an affordable multitasking product with high-quality, all natural ingredients! I’d highly recommend it.

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I’ve been using that with my new Jade Roller* from Gracious Om. This helps the oil quickly sink in better and spreads it around my face as well. It also has been an amazing tool for relieving tension in my jaw and massaging out any puffiness. I can’t believe it took me so long to try one of these! If you’re looking for a great roller that’s not expensive, I definitely suggest checking out Gracious Om. It rolls beautifully and has a nice weight to it. The box is really cute too, so this would make a great gift!

Lastly, this Juice Beauty Moisturizer is my new favorite night cream! It’s lighter than my original HG, the Sunday Riley C.E.O., but still very hydrating. My skin feels so smooth and moisturized every time I use this. I’ve also noticed my skin is less red and softer the next morning. I’m really impressed by this and want to look into some more Juice Beauty products now!

This is a more involved routine because I have more time at night and really enjoy taking care of my skin. What’s your current routine like? And what is your favorite moisturizing mask at the moment?

*So kindly gifted by the brand, work perk via ELC.