Skin care

Posted on | Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 8 Comments


Sweet Yumi asked in a previous post about my skin care secrets. Here they are!
In my teens, I had horrible skin. I was so embarrassed by my acne and it was pretty bad. I tried so many topical products to no avail. Turned out it was my hormones and after I fixed that, my skin cleared up. When I hit my twenties, I really made it my goal to take care of my skin so I started a good skin care regimen and stuck with it. My mom and grandmother have always taken care of their skin and everyone thinks they are way younger than they are so, hey - might as well follow their lead! I also don't wear a lot of color on my face/eyes. I'm not that into it. Instead, I prefer to make my skin look the best and healthiest it can and I think that goes a long way as opposed to loading on color.

To cleanse my face, I'm not super loyal to any particular soap. I just look for something mostly or all natural that is simple and cheap. I figure that it gets washed off and goes down the sink so why invest a ton in soap. I usually use a vegetable based glycerine soap (1). I also like to exfoliate my skin. I LOVE Biore SkinPreservation Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator(2). It's really gritty and I feel like it polishes off all the roughness and dead skin cells very thoroughly. I use this once a week. I tend to be super lazy and impatient with most masks, but Bliss' Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
is awesome as it only takes 5 minutes. It leaves my skin glowy and refreshed and I even got my sister hooked on it who then got it for our mom. I use this every other week or so.

To moisturize, I love La Mer products. I start out with a base of their Radiant Infusion(4) to prep my skin. I then slather on their Creme De La Mer (5). I finish at night with a dab of their Eye Concentrate(6) under my eyes. I also use their Lip Balm, which is the best.

Most days, I'm too lazy or busy to put on makeup. It's such a luxury! On the rare occasion that I do put on makeup, I like to prime my face with a foundation primer like Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer Radiance. I usually skip this step though. The foundation I've used for the past couple years is Tarte's ReCreate™ Anti-Aging Foundation With Wrinkle Rewind™ Technology SPF 15 (7). It's lightweight, mostly natural and has SPF. I have very oily skin that I used to hate but now really appreciate. I don't care how greasy my skin looks anymore (used to be hyper paranoid about it) as oily skin helps prevent wrinkles. I just think that if my skin looks like an oil slick, at least it's keeping wrinkles at bay. After applying foundation, I do like a little deliberate glowiness, so I dab on some of Stila's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 (8). When I want some added dazzle, I tap a little Benefit High Beam onto the cheeks. After that, I apply Tarte's Cheek Stain in Dollface onto my cheeks. This is hands down, my FAVORITE cheek color & product of all time. I've been using for a few years and anytime I deviate away from it to try something new, I go right back to it. It is moisturizing, adds the perfect amount of blendable color and it smells nice too! For all the face makeup (foundation, cheek stain, etc.), I apply using my fingers. I don't own a foundation sponge or brush.

Whew! That was a lot, yes? BUT, most days, I just wash my face with soap and moisturize.... like 19 out of 20 days. :)
I try to steer clear from harsh chemicals and try to use as much "natural" as possible, with the exception of a few awesome products that work well for me.

I hope this was a fun read!!!


8 Responses to “Skin care”

  1. Yumi
    January 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Hi Myra - Thank you for the post!!! :) :)

  2. Jessica :: Delicatessen
    January 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    OMG, you use La Mer?! I have always wanted to try that cream cause, you know, the reputation for being a miracle in a jar. I'm slightly obsessed with my eyes.

    I too have oily skin which I used to be paranoid about but my late Grandmother said the same you mentioned about it keeping the wrinkles at bay. :)

  3. Myra - twigs and honey
    January 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Thank you for asking, Yumi! :)

    Jessica: It's really great!! La Mer, that is. I love everything they have in their line. I always try samples first before committing to buy since it's spendy.

    Your grandmother knew what she was talking about. :) Your skin looks LOVELY!

  4. christine
    January 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Do you use any SPF Myra? I'm using Clinque SPF 40 right now. A bit too oily.

  5. Myra - twigs and honey
    January 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Christine: I do! I really like
    DDF's matte finish SPF 30. It's the only one I'll use because I don't like that greasy feeling. I don't always use it though as my foundation has SPF. Only in the summer time. :)

  6. christine
    February 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    thanks regarding the DDF item. I'll check it out. :)

  7. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza)
    February 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Why do I feel like this post was written for ME??? Thanks a zillion!

  8. Thundergirl
    February 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Hi guys, I hope you will take me seriously, because I have only one skincare tip that 100% works: The seaweed.
    I have an oily skin but which is also sensitive to many products. I add to a Nori seaweed some water, and wait until the water soaks in. I apply it for about 10 minutes and then wash.
    Although when I apply the mask it scares the hell out of my boyfriend, but my skin is sooooo soft after this!

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