Quick Tip: Face Moisturizer

In a hurry, traveling, or just feeling lazy? On those days when you don’t have time for a 10 step skin care routine, this will save you so much time.

My skin hates me. It’s super high maintenance, so if I do something that is out of the ordinary, it will freak out. Lately, I’ve been spending time away from home so I don’t have all of my skin care products. I’ve been skipping the toner and putting moisturizer straight on my face, but my skin hates it! The moisturizer is thick, so I break out, but my skin feels so dry. How does that even make sense?

Solution? Apply moisturizer to damp skin!!! Applying anything to damp skin will magnify the results, because it seeps in deeper. After washing my face, I will leave it semi-wet, grab my moisturizer, and just let it seep in. My pores will soak up everything nice and easy. Tada!! Moisturized skin that isn’t confused or out of balance.

No eye cream? No problem. I’ll grab a little more of my moisturizer and apply it right under and around my eyes. Double layer = double moisture.


Product Review: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion – SPF 50


100% Zinc Oxide
Appropriate for sensitive skin
Gentle as water

Mineral sunscreen is long lasting
Gentle but thick

Why am I using baby sunscreen you ask? Because they tend to be more gentle.

I’m in search of a good long-lasting mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave my face white, sticky, or oily. It’s been a really long journey, and I don’t see an end anytime soon. A pro is that it does rub in completely, leaving no white cast. (Many zinc and titanium based sunscreens leave a white cast.) My cheeks look nice and dewy.

However, it’s really heavy, so it’s not for those with oily skin. It makes my t-zone shiny and clogs my pores. I can see myself using this as a body sunscreen for when I’m at the beach, but it’s definitely not an everyday sunscreen.

Would I buy again? No

My Profile:
Combo/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Laser Treatment Update

I haven’t updated about this in a while, because I honestly haven’t been able to go back that often. I still have 1 more session left, but I’ll give an update on how my skin is right now.

1. My skin is pretty much clear of all freckles and sun spots, but it’s not spotless like I thought it would be. I imagined flawless, fresh, baby skin resurfacing but that is not the case. My skin is noticeably clearer though, so I would recommend it.

2. I did that whole washing each part of my face 20 times thing and it does help. It takes off more dirt and oil from your pores.

3. Lasers hurt. There’s different levels of strength, so the level of pain varies. It almost feels like your skin is being constantly pricked with a needle.

Worth it? Yes, I don’t wear makeup anymore and I don’t feel insecure. #win

Laser Treatments & My New Skincare Routine

Last week, I started seeing a Korean esthetician for my freckles. I honestly don’t know  if she’s an esthetician, doctor, or something in between. But she gives laser treatments that “erase” freckles. When I got there, she had 3 lasers for me.

1. Skin brightening
2. Freckle remover
3. Oil reducer & pore shrinker

She also noticed that I have a lot of sun spots on my neck and recommended I remove those next time.

While examining my face, she noticed I breakout on my t-zone. She said I should rub my t-zone 20 times while washing with cleanser. Afterwards, I should only apply moisturizer to my cheeks and eyes. Not the t-zone.

I told her I have combo skin so my skin gets both dry and oily. She said, it’s fine, just try this for the next few weeks. She claimed that my break outs will significantly decrease. I am highly skeptical of anything anyone claims about my skin because everyone’s skin is so different. So, we’ll see. I’m supposed to get my skin lasered a total of 4 times every other week. I’ll be journaling my experience here.

Here are the face cleansers I’ve been using. Both are very gentle, no fragrance, no sulfates, no parabens. I love love love both. I won’t be using anything else for a long time.

Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser
Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

Quick Tip: Face Moisturizer

Supercharge any lotion or moisturizer by mixing it with face serum. I’ve had a hard time finding a great moisturizer, but I’ve had lots of luck with serums such as Ava Anderson’s Night Serum.

I mix a small drop of serum with a dollop of a simple face moisturizer in the palm of my hand and apply it to my face, focusing on dry areas (cheeks and under my eyes). Serums and oils absorb so much better when mixed with lotion.

I also like to supercharge my body lotion by adding drops of any natural oil such as argan oil or jojoba oil to my lotion. Again, I mix it in my hand before applying it directly to my skin.

I don’t add it to the bottle, because I don’t know how it will change the composition of the lotion. It may not mix well, expire sooner, etc. so I like to mix it in my hands for immediate application.

Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Free of soap, fragrance, & sulfates
Removes makeup & oil
Gentle without over-drying
Amino acids & vitamins

Very gentle
Clean yet soft
No parabens
Doesn’t remove all makeup

This is basically an expensive dupe of Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser. It’s 3x more expensive, but I got it on sale and it’s amazing. I love Aveeno but it has parabens in it. Peter Thomas Roth doesn’t, and it uses a foaming nozzle to create suds, not sulfates.

It’s really gentle, so even though it can take off simple makeup, it won’t remove waterproof mascara or eyeliner.

Would I buy again? Probably not.. It’s $32. Enough said.

My Profile:
Combo/Dry, Sensitive Skin

Quick Tip: Blemishes

Flat, Dome Brush

When applying powder on your blemishes, use a fluffy dome brush (right) instead of a flat brush (left). I use a fluffy dome, eyeshadow brush.

You’ll get a flawless application with even distribution. It’s buildable with a natural look.