My Current Skincare Routine

I have a lifetime of experience with difficult skin. I had cystic acne from the age of 8 until I was 24, and now in my 40s I have melasma and occasional breakouts. But in the last couple of months, my skin has never looked better! People actually tell me that I have a nice complexion and are surprised to hear my age. I don’t think they’re blowing smoke up my you-know-what, so my current skincare routine is working a treat. Here’s what I’m using:

1. An old-fashioned Dove Beauty Cream Bar. I use this in the morning to wash my face and at night to wash off my makeup. Dove Beauty Cream Bar

2. Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Cleanser – I use this at night after I’ve washed my makeup off. I reviewed it here.
Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Cleanser

3. Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Scrub – I use this every morning in the shower. It’s not so abrasive that I can’t use it everyday, yet grainy enough to be effective.

Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Scrub

4. Makeup Artist’s Choice Mandelic Acid Toner – This has made a huge difference with my skin tone. The melasma on my cheeks has faded quite a bit. I reviewed it here.
Makeup Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid Toner

5. Lucy Minerals Ambrosia Serum – I still think it’s strange that I put oil on my face when I’m already oily, but heck, it works at keeping the wrinkles at bay.
Lucy Minerals Ambrosia Serum
6. Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Cream – I didn’t love it when I first got it, but then I started using it daily. I put this on my face right out of the shower, no moisturizer, no primer, just this. It’s not enough coverage for me on its own, but it’s fantastic as a base for my mineral makeup.
Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Cream

7. Shakeology – I have always resisted the idea that what you eat has an effect on your skin (because nothing I ate or didn’t eat made a difference with my cystic acne), but a daily dose of superfoods sure does make my skin look nice. The vegan Tropical Strawberry is my favorite flavor. Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry

What’s your current skincare routine?


Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Cleanser and Scrub

Awhile ago I purchased and reviewed the Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Cleanser. It worked so well that when I saw it on the shelf at TJ Maxx, I had to buy another. I picked up the Purifying Scrub, too. TJ Maxx has these items at knock-down prices so the cheapo in me was pretty happy.

Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Cleanser Step 1, D:tox System Purifying Facial Scrub Step 2

Like with the cleanser, I know the scrub works because I received the entire set from Meg’s Makeup a while ago. Generally, I think that chemical exfoliation is better for my skin, so I have a stash of mandelic acid products ready to use. But you shouldn’t be exposed to sun after doing a chemical peel so I’ve been holding off on using them until winter. (Yes, I know it’s December, but it was 75 degrees last weekend with bright sunshine.) While waiting to use the chemical peels, I still need some sort of exfoliant, so Givoanni D:tox was a perfect choice. The granules are very small, so I don’t have to worry about damaging my skin by scrubbing too hard. And boy do I scrub. My face is left smooth and soft from this scrub, and I know it’s gentle because my face is not red afterward. I use it every other day, but I’m pretty sure I could use it daily without problems.

I’m still loving the cleanser, too. I use it at night when I wash off my makeup. I am verrrry oily but I never use cleansers formulated for oily skin because it just makes me feel dry. I love that the Giovanni cleanser does not strip my skin and make it tight.

I am really happy with these products – my skin is looking better already.

What skincare are you using?


Facial Friday – Makeup Artist’s Choice haul

A couple of years ago I got a chemical peel at a salon and I was happy with the result! But peels need to be done on a regular basis and at ~$150 a pop, I can’t justify it even though my skin is pretty bad.  I’d read about at-home cosmetic peels so I had to give it a try. A little bit of internet research revealed that Makeup Artist’s Choice was probably the best place to buy these items.

Here’s my order!

20130718-220819.jpgPacked in this cute bag! I thought it was a nice touch.


20130718-220859.jpgHere’s what I ordered:

  • Mandelic Acid (5%) toner – I’ve never been much for toners; I didn’t see what was the point? But I tried Mandelic Acid toner earlier this year and I am now a toner convert. I stocked up with two bottles.
  • Mandelic Acid (25%) Peel – MUAC customer service suggested I start with this based on my particular skin concerns (hyperpigmentation, breakouts, uneven tone). I really like this. I don’t actually peel with this so there’s no downtime. I really noticed the results after about a month using it once a week – my skin cleared up, my brown patches faded, and I just looked smoother.
  • 5-Acid Body Peel – I’ll review this once I’ve used it a few times. I’m hoping this evens out my decolletage a bit, and I’d be thrilled if it fades bacne scars. I’ll wait until autumn to try it out when I won’t be in the sun as much.
  • Transforming Anti-Aging Eye Repair cream – I was in desperate need of a good eye cream. I will review this after I’ve used it a while longer.
  • MUAC threw in a sample of French Green Clay Mask. Cute! I’ll report back on this once I’ve tried it.

Truthfully, I was a little intimidated by the idea of at-home chemical peels and had no idea where to start – MUAC’s website has so, so many options. I sent a few emails to MUAC before and after I made my purchases and customer service is incredible (and I’m not just saying that because the customer service rep’s name is Wendy). The peels also come with a handy instruction guide.
If you’re considering trying chemical peels on your own, definitely email customer service for recommendations. I’m really happy that I did.

Have you had chemical peels? What’s up for the weekend?