Sorry for all the selfies, but I wanted you to get a good look at my face without make-up. It’s no secret that I hate wearing make-up. I really don’t think that I need it, to be completely honest. “So you think you’re really pretty?” Yeah, yeah I do. I don’t know if me not wearing make-up borders on laziness, self-acceptance or the fact that I truly don’t need it, but the only thing it does for me is makes me look older (so I won’t get carded, duh). I’m high-maintance when it comes to life (eating, running, etc.) but pretty low maintenance when it comes to actually getting ready for the day.
90-95% of the photos you see on my Instagram and blog are sans-make-up. I wear it maybe once or twice a month – if that. I can say that since the middle of June, I have worn make-up once, and that was the Friday before last because I had Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes (designer bags, get it?) and had a blowout and figured I would try to look attractive since my outfit was cute.
A few people (aka Davida) have asked me to do a post on my skincare routine. So here it is.
My Make-Up Free Skin Routine
First, a few caveats: I see a dermatologist every few months. I used to have terrible skin and was on prescription antibiotics (Doxcycline, which is super intense – think photo-sensitivity for one – and is used to treat malaria) for it twice. The first was when I moved back from Hong Kong in 2009. The second was last year. Both times were due to hormonal reasons. I haven’t taken the Doxcycline since March when I left for Nicaragua.
I currently use three prescription products: a face wash morning and night (Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur), Aczone in the morning (for adult onset acne, how cute) and Retin-A Micro at night (which I have been on since I was 16 because my mother asked my dermatologist for a prescription for me since it allegedly prevents wrinkles).
When I do wear make-up, I use a few mineral based products by Napoleon Perdis, an Australian make-up artist who started his own line as well as mascara from Dior and under-eye concealer from Benefit.
If you want to try to stop wearing make-up every day, I suggest going make-up free for ten days. By that time, your skin has started to repair itself from wearing make-up and you’ll naturally have more color and more of a glow in your face. It’s summer – don’t wear make-up on vacation, none of those people will ever see you again, and a tan always helps the no make-up look!
- Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil – Yes, I’m on the Argan Oil train. I was completely terrified when I started using it last year at the height of my acne. I use this before I wash my face with actual cleanser. You just put a light layer on dry skin then add water to make it milky and rinse it off.
- Josie Maran Argan Oil – When I get out of the shower, I use Aczone or Retin-A, depending on the time of day. If it’s morning, I follow-up with a few drops of Argan Oil.
- Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash – I use this with my Clarisonic. Before I had a prescription face wash, this was the only face wash I used.
- Clarisonic Mia 2 – I use my Clarisonic 3-4 times a week, depending on how dry my skin is/how gross it feels. I like to get all the gunk out after a long run and when I’ve been traveling, or every two or three days, whichever comes first. Seriously, the best skin care investment you can make.
- StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment – I’m paranoid of wrinkles and aging, so I use this morning and night before anything else hits my face.
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Chat with me:
What is your skin care routine like? Do you wear make-up every day? Do you like posts like this (aka should I do more beauty-ish posts)? Am I totally obnoxious?