Hopefully you didn't notice that there has been a serious lack of skincare-related posts at the moment on Parisian To Be, which is rather surprising, if I may say so myself, as the French are the masters when it comes to skincare (and I'm not just relying on a stereotype here; more than plenty of my facial potions are inscribed with "Made in France") and this niche is normally pretty skincare heavy. But, I have an excuse. "Excuses, excuses," you may be saying in your head. No, but really. In fact, my skin has been so fantastic as of late, I haven't been changing anything around. So consider this the grand finale of the skincare posts--for the previous months, at least. As always, I've got combination, oily, dehydrated, acne prone skin.
Although cleansing may seem like a chore, my skin is always transformed from its former red, shiny self with the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap. After massaging that onto dry skin (I do wet my hands to apply it, though), I rinse it off with lukewarm water. After towel drying, I head to my vanity and slap in a pea-sized amount--although sometimes I can go a bit overboard and the size more so resembles an almond--of Indeed Labs PeptaBright. Although it's a radiance builder, it's also done a swell job at cleaning up a few acne scars I have left over. Then, I slather on The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream. Because it comes in a pot, I use a small wooden spatula to dish it out of it's container; it comes with such a device, but mine fell on the floor and, apparently, I'm too lazy to clean it. Formulated for oily skin, it does a good job at hydrating, but not leaving the skin too shiny. I do find it's not moisturizing enough, though for morning and night use. Last, I dollop the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 onto my skin. I know, I'm being such a good girl putting on my sunscreen. But when you have a product as good as this, such a task becomes rather favorable. This is by far the best SPF I've found; it doesn't have the typical sunscreen scent (that connotation always makes me feel a bit gross), dries matte on the skin, and is never heavy. After my skin is tended to, it's time to tend to my body, by throwing on clothes, of course.
By the time I wash my face at night, I think I'd die if I didn't do it at that moment. Again, I'm rather lazy and, although I don't procrastinate on many things, I always push washing my face as far into the future as possible. To start the cleansing ritual, I begin by massaging castor oil all over my face and eyes, removing all my makeup--even the waterproof stuff. I steam a muslin cloth (I really like the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cloths) and place it on my face until it cools off, then I run it all over my face to rid of the oil. I follow up with the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap; this stuff again. At this point, I either exfoliate with the Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, which I perform three times a week, or throw on my favorite face mask, the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask, which is a ritual I perform twice weekly--although I have to apprehend myself from doing it more. Either finish--soap, exfoliation, or mask--I throw on Indeed Labs PeptaBright, again, and a helping of the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer. I pop some vitamin D, brush my teeth, slather on the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip and head to bed.
Although having nice skin is always a plus , I'm quite proud of myself for not becoming too freaked out when my skin turns from cheese pizza to pepperoni. In other words, this is what works for me and should should serve as inspiration or a nosey peek for you; I know how the journey to nice skin can turn obsessive. Heck, just forget about your skin and enjoy the sunshine. Only if you slather on SPF.