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My Evening Skincare Routine

Welcome to the #betterforyoucrew series! I’ve teamed up with my girls LisaSuziKateKristina, and Caroline to highlight green, yet effective food, beauty and lifestyle products that are rocking our natural mama worlds. This series will publish the last week of every month so check back for the latest. You can also search #betterforyoucrew on our blogs and Instagram to access the entire series. (See My Natural Hair Care Routine and My Favorite Kitchen Tools and Gadgets to check out previous month’s topics.) Wanna join in? Tag #betterforyoucrew on social with your picks. We want to see your faves, too!

Hello! Welcome to today’s installation of what a 44-year-old woman does to her face at night. I mean, really, I’m in slight disbelief that I’m writing posts with “mature skin” in mind. Where did the time go? It seems just yesterday I was 25 years old at some random party, suddenly hitting my introversion tipping point and disappearing without a trace. (One of my spiritual gifts is disappearing from social gatherings like an incognito burrito without telling a soul. It’s a true talent, I’m telling you. Well, a rude talent, if you ask any of my friends.)

Wait…what was I saying? Ohhhhh yeah. Evening skincare routine. Let’s do this thing. Oh, discount codes for many of these products will be listed at the end of the post. #fistbump

CLEANSING

Once in a blue moon, I like to do a good ol’ double cleanse with a little face massage. MUN Akwi Cleanser is my favorite oil-based cleanser because it leaves my skin cleansed, soft, and moisturized. Plus, it actually does rinse off completely, unlike some other oil-based cleansers.

However, the oil-cleansing bit happens only if I’m feeling sprightly and vigorous in the evening which is basically never BECAUSE I AM 44 YEARS OLD. 9 pm rolls around and I’m already laser-focused on my head hitting my pillow. All to say that 92% of evenings, I go straight to my cleansing MVP. No matter what the circumstances, without fail, I cleanse with the One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser.

Yes, I have sung the praises of this cleanser for years. Yes, I am a broken record. Made with Chilean soap bark, cold-pressed apple oil, and vegetable glycerin, it lathers like a dream and is uber gentle on the skin. In fact, you can use it on your body and hair too. The kicker, though, is that it gets every last trace of my eye makeup off on the first pass. I literally rub some of the sudsy goodness around my eye area and poof, all gone. I should also point out that I wear contacts and can open my eyes while washing and it doesn’t sting a bit. If One Love Organics stops making this cleanser, I will take it to the streets. #onewomanrevolution

TONING

After cleansing and patting my face dry, I liberally spritz my face with a toner. MUN Anarose Toner has been my go-to for years (details here), but I do have to say that I have been loving the Amly Silver Rich Radiance Boost Facial Mist the past few months.

MUN Anarose is a great all-around staple, but Amly feels next-level to me. This stuff is amazing at adding radiance to your face. So illuminating, so revitalizing…this mist has really impressed me. I don’t know if it’s the silver-rich spring water or the organic flowers or the hyaluronic acid or the probiotics OR that it smells like a gorgeous blend of neroli, jasmine, and rose otto, this stuff makes my skin look and feel great.

I obviously use the mist as a toner, but I also really love it as a makeup setting spray or as a skin refresher. If you are wanting to up your toner game, this is a fantastic addition to your arsenal.

my evening lineup

TREATMENT RETINOL

After toning, while my skin is still damp with toner, I treat my skin with a serum. This is the most important step when it comes to keeping my skin looking youthful, in my opinion. I simply cannot express how much I love African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. It is the best clean retinol I’ve ever used, end of story.

I wrote a detailed post on clean retinol and why I can’t live without the African Botanics serum here. Give it a go if you are wanting a treatment serum that keeps skin looking healthy, clear, and youthful. It delivers!

MISCELLANEOUS TREATMENTS

Other products I use in the treatment realm are some of the Odacité Pure Elements. These are what I use for specific skin issues/problems I might be having from time-to-time, and you can read about my favorites here.

MOISTURIZING

After treating my skin and while still slightly damp, I apply the last step, moisturizer. My moisturizer of choice year-round is Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil. (The term “supercritical” comes from a patented process used by Maya Chia to extract the oil called supercritical extraction. This gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant.) Again, another product that has been in my rotation for years, this oil keeps my skin super hydrated without any sort of congestion at all. Gah, I love this oil so much.

Where do I even begin? Calm, happy, and glowing would best describe my skin after using Supercritical. My love affair with this Chia Seed Oil began a few years ago and I simply haven’t looked back since. Why? Well, first off, this oil deeply moisturizes my skin. Immediately after applying, my skin feels plump and hydrated, yet the oil absorbs almost instantaneously. It’s lightweight, incredibly soothing, and doesn’t ever leave my sensitive (and sometimes reactive) skin feeling congested or stressed. Plus, formulated with botanical extracts of Mandarin orange, lemon, and grapefruit, the scent is fresh and incredibly uplifting.

In the drier months, if another layer of moisture is needed, I always use the True Botanicals Overnight Moisture Mask. I’m not sure why this product is called a “mask,” as it feels like a cream and immediately soaks into my skin, but whatever its name, I adore it.

With plant-derived hyaluronic acid, squalane, and AC collagen pre-peptide, this product is so incredibly hydrating without being greasy. Free of the pore-clogging waxes found in traditional night creams, this potent problem solver dramatically boosts skin’s hydration. It’s rich yet lightweight and layers like a dream, sinking in quickly to seal in moisture and leave skin glowing.

In the warmer months when the Supercritical Chia Oil is enough moisture for my face, I still use the True Botanicals Moisture Mask on my chest and neck nightly year-round. It is the only product that keeps my chest hydrated and soft without any reaction. (My chest is hella reactive and breaks out in rashes if you so much as look at it the wrong way. With this product, my chest stays happy and reaction-free.)

EYE CREAM

I wasn’t much of an eye cream enthusiast until Fitglow Beauty Eye-C Firm came into my life. I can actually feel this product firming the skin around my eye area. It naturally reduces the look of lines, dark circles, and puffiness and is loaded with synergistic antioxidants, peptides, and active extracts. It quickly absorbs and works deeply in the skin to stimulate collagen while combating future damage and keeping eyes bright and firm. I love to keep it in the refrigerator in the summer.

For the record, the eye cream I use as a primer under my concealer in the mornings is the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. If you are looking for a great eye cream that absorbs quickly and smells divine, this one is great. It makes my eye area feel smooth and plump before makeup application.

DEVICES

The biggest gamechanger for my maturing face? My NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device. After watching my favorite makeup artist rave about this device, I ponied up and bought one for myself last year.

This device is legit, friends. It’s an FDA-cleared, handheld facial toning device that uses microcurrent technology to improve facial contour, tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The difference in the contours of my cheekbones when I use this frequently is totally visible. Not to mention the lift on my hooded eyelids.

Here’s the rub, though. You need to use it 5 times a week. You have to commit – using it once or twice a month is not going to do much of anything. Just like toning your body, you have to work at it. (But really, how hard is it to glide this thing around your face for 5-10 minutes while you watch Netflix? I am planning a full post on this for you all soon, but felt like I had to mention it this evening skincare routine post because it is a big part of it.)

By the way, I use this device after I cleanse my face. I apply a conductive gel primer and do the little routine, then remove the gel primer with a warm, damp washcloth, then apply my serums and moisturizer.

Also, the gel primer that comes with the unit is decent toxicity-wise, but not the best. I prefer to use the Badger Aloe Vera Gel as my primer because it’s super clean.

I feel like you might have some questions about this and feel free to ask, but know that a full post is coming soon! Hooray for Nuface!

Thinking about pulling the trigger on an aforementioned product? Here are some codes for ya.

PRODUCT DISCOUNTS

MUN: New customers can get 15% off MUN products with the code WHOORL

True Botanicals: $20 off your first order of $40 or more with code WHOORLTRUE20 or 15% off your order with code ENJOY15 through June 1st

Fitglow Beauty: 15% off your order with code WHOORL15

Maya Chia: 15% off the Supercritical Chia Oil with code whoorl15

As always, let me know if you have any questions about my routine and I’ll try my best to answer in the comments!

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odds and ends

1. Um, Lenny Kravitz’s 55-year-old abs. You’re welcome.

2. Return of the perm. My natural wave looks just like a perm so I should be happy? (I’m not.)

3. Year-long road trip for those of you who want 70-degree weather every day.

4. Woohoo! Right now, spend $125 at Beautycounter and receive a free summer sun set! (Set includes 3 oz sunscreen mist and 1 oz sunscreen lotion…these are favorites of mine.)

5. “Wow.” Love this video of a young boy moved by an orchestra.

6. There are Tinder profile coaches now. I kind of want this job.

7. Lady runs just like a horse. How and why, pray tell.

8. Most popular hairstyles of all time.

9. Half-yearly sale at Nordstrom right now. These are so good.

10. Game of Thrones men ranked as sandwiches. I’m on board.

11. Fried food kills you. Didn’t we already know this?

12. OMG. This swarm of bees follows car for 2 days to rescue the queen trapped inside.

13. 12 of my all-time fave beauty picks.

14. White sands are so beautiful.

15. I don’t think a female president is electable considering the last one only got THREE MILLION more votes than her opponent. Heh.

16. Always loved Keanu Reeves. Good article.

17. 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this week. Hold me.

18. Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. Always a good reminder as we approach summer.

19. Massive study shows that the effects of social media on young adults might not be so horrible.

20. The pleasures of eating dinner early. I’m a fan. Or I’m just old.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! School’s out for us so we are just kicking it summer-style.

image credit: nicola jane creative 

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Best All-Around Green Beauty Picks

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and Aillea is jumpstarting the fun today with 15% off your total purchase with the code memorial2019! I thought it would be apropos to share my very favorite products at Aillea with you today so you can get a nice little discount. Promotion is already happening (May 23-27), so let’s get this party started.

Innersense Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer – Just started using this texturizer this year and I am in love! If you are looking for that last finishing step to create a little definition and texture, this is for you. Bonus that it smells so dang good.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush – You know I’ve talked about these blushes before in detail, but let me just remind you that Sun Touched and Blossoming are SO GOOD for spring and summer. Sunkissed is my summer go-to staple and I get compliments all the time.

RMS Blush Brush – This is the ONLY brush I will use for cream blushes. It creates the most lovely, diffused glow without any obvious stripes or heaviness. You will not be looking like a clown when you use this brush.

Olio e Osso Tinted Balms – Lit from within transparent glow. I have so many shades of these balms and they are the easiest thing to apply ever. You don’t even need a brush with these…just swipe on your cheeks and blend with your finger. I wrote about my favorite shades here.

Vapour AER Deodorant – As we are headed into the summer months, are you happy with your deodorant? The AER deodorant has no competition in my eyes. It is by far the best deodorant in green beauty and I’ve been using it for years.

Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Honolulu – Bronzers make you look like a cheeto? Not this one – it’s brown, not orange, and makes my face look like I’ve spent a weekend in Tulum. Must-have.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – Oh, how I love this exfoliating cleanser. I’ve tried to move on, but I always come back to using this in the mornings. The perfect, gentle exfoliator for all skin types.

Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil – – I’m not even going to start with this one. Just google search “whoorl maya chia oil” and get comfortable. Have been using this every day for years.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara – Sammi from Hullo Sam turned me onto this mascara and I’ve used nothing else for the past two months. Long, full lashes with absolutely no flaking or smudging.

Clove + Hallow Conceal and Correct Concealer – Love love love this concealer. As I enter my mid-forties, I’ve noticed many concealers creep into my fine lines and generally make the undereye area look dry and meh. This one does not – I wear shade 2 for brightening under my eyes and shade 3 on the rest of my face for blemishes and/or imperfections.

Kosas Lipstick – Best formula in green beauty and how they make the shades so wearable for so many skin tones, I’ll never know. I am wearing all the shades in this post.

Kjaer Weis KW Red Lipstick – Kosas is my all-time favorite lipstick brand, BUT if I had to pick one lipstick to wear for the rest of my life, it would 100% be KW Red by Kjaer Weis. It is just the most classic strawberry red I’ve ever seen. Here I am wearing it. Always feel like a million bucks when I wear this shade.

(A few more must-haves in my book but aren’t included in the 15% off promotion are Kypris Antioxidant Dew, Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator, May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.)

Happy Memorial Day weekend!