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my current skincare routine

skincare routineA few people have asked about an updated beauty routine post, so here’s the first part of the series:  Skincare!  I have a very expressive face, my friends call it “resting nice face” (: , and I’ve got a bad (or is that good!) case of it.  So I have a lot of expression lines already – hey, the wrinkles go where the smiles have been, right?

In my twenties, I just wanted to look good.   Even if that meant too much sun.  In my thirties, I just want to feel good in my skin, even though  fine lines are definitely popping up.  I still get blemishes right around the time of the month … dang hormones, but being diligent with my skincare routine helps keep them at bay.

In the past people have asked for this post, and  I’ve been shy because some things I use aren’t as safe as I wish they were.  I try to use natural products, but I also need things to work.

I love my clarisonic.  I purchased one a couple of months before my wedding, and it was a life saver.  My skin was really struggling in grad school, but once I started using this it made a huge difference.  Thankfully before my wedding day!  I’ve used it with the cleansers my mom used to make, but for the last year I’ve been using and loving Beauty Counter’s nourishing cream cleanser with my clarisonic.  My clarisonic is over 8 years old, so definitely the hardest working beauty item I’ve ever owned!

If I was stranded and could only have one beauty product?  It would be Vasanti Brighten Up.  I use it 2-3 times a week, and it’s the most incredible exfoliator.  I’ve been using it since discovering it around 5 years ago.

For wrinkles around my eyes I use Supergoop’s anti aging eye cream every morning.  I dab a bit of coconut oil under my eyes at night, and I also use it to wipe off remaining mascara.

In the morning I use Supergoop’s anti aging serum, and that’s the only moisture I really need.  I have fairly oily skin, though as I age I notice that it’s getting more and more dry.

I have always been a sucker for facials.  Whenever I am on vacation, that’s generally what I do as a treat.   But at the start of the new year, I said I wanted to be more regular about facials.  Not just on vacation (and when they are 3 times as expensive!) … Thankfully I’ve found Elizabeth (Pure Skincare by Elizabeth), and I’ve been religious about visiting her once a month.  I can’t say enough how nice it is for someone to actually know my skin, not a random esthetician while on vacation.  My mom recently gave me a gift certificate to try out her dermaplaning (which takes all of the hair off of your face to exfoliate it), and I’m in love with the results.  I’m not one to get my nails done or have a massage, but a facial is my kind of indulgence.  And it’s about the same price as what getting my nails would be.

Do you have some holy grail skincare item you love and swear by?  I’d love to hear!!  Bonus points if it’s free of harmful ingredients!!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Juliet lapham

    Taking note of all of this! You are such a beauty Sarah!

    June 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Laurel

    I bought the brighten up after your insta story and I LOVE it! Thank you!

    June 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Denise lopatka

    You are such a beauty inside and out! Thanks for sharing pretty mama!! If you haven’t tried any eminence products you should! My favorite is the C+E Rose hip oil and I mix a little bit of it with my moisturizer every morning. It definitely helps even out skin tone!

    June 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      heading to check this out now!! thanks Denise (: and thanks for the blog content!

      July 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    Great info, thank you!😍

    June 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Katie

    You are so gorgeous! And your skin is always glowing! Have you tried French Girl Organics? You may love their stuff too! I’m doing a post next week with some of my current fave natural beauty products, stay tuned! 🙂

    June 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      aw thank you Katie! too sweet!! I am going to check them out right now. Can’t wait to read your upcoming post.

      July 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply brittany

    you are a beauty!! i love my clarisonic too!!!

    June 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    Love this! I’m going to have to try the Brighten Up. Can’t wait for other parts in the series.

    June 30, 2017 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Ashley

    Take a look at Mychelle products. They are a natural and effective beauty brand. I have been using their 17% vit c for over a year now, they also have nice night creams. Another brand I enjoybis Sanitas skincare. The Glycolic toner with colagen complex 5% is great for exfoliating. I also love the Vita Rich Serum which contains a cocktail of helpful skin ingredients. Nice post! I’m always interested in all thing beauty!

    June 30, 2017 at 9:57 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for the recs ashley! I want to try their glycolic toner. and thanks for the rec of Mychelle too!!

      July 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Victoria B

    I am a huge fan of SW Basics skincare! Every product has 5 ingredients or less!

    Not as clean, but I have heard good things about Glossier. I really want to try their Milky Jelly Cleanser.

    I also have a lot of Leahlani skincare products on my wishlist.

    June 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      oooo I love that they have five ingredients or less. that makes everything so easy! thanks Victoria.xo

      July 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Amanda Marshall

    oooh Im going to try your eye cream! Thank you! Yes- I’ve been using (and LOVING) the Bee Friendly Night Cream – its on amazon and I believe it has an awesome rating for ingredients, smells great and feels really really nice especially as I have dry skin 🙂

    July 3, 2017 at 6:52 am
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