Skincare Routine: Morning Edition

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an obsession with skincare and makeup. I have refrained from talking about it here, because I don’t believe that most of you care about these things. But I find that recommendations from regular people are much more informative than recommendations from beauty gurus. With regular people recommendations, I feel like they actually use the product for a while whereas beauty gurus only use it for a few weeks. And since I’ve been using some of these products for years, I figure I’d tell you what I’ve been using and how I use them.

Green Apple Cleansing Gel

I was first introduced to Juice Beauty by a Sephora sales associate some years ago. Since then, Sephora has stopped carrying them, but Ulta has (though they aren’t carried by my local store). They are a Northern California company that uses organic products, is locally sourced, uses solar energy, and practices sustainable and best of all, doesn’t use parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or fragrances. So it’s a relatively natural product, though natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I mean, arsenic is a natural product. It comes naturally in minerals and rocks and comes out when volcanoes explode. And so are parabens for that matter. They are naturally in blueberries, that food that’s supposed to be super healthy for us. I’m actually getting sidetracked here.

I’ve been using the Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing gel for years and years now. I must have picked them up when the company first began because I was using it when I moved to FL and that was nearly 7 years ago. Looking on the internet, they’ve only been around since 2005. So I suppose I’ve been a loyal customer! I really didn’t think I was such a fanatic until I looked at the things in my bathroom.

The first thing I ever used from them is the Green Apple Cleansing Gel. Washing my face is the last thing that I do when I shower in the morning. I figure at that point, the heat and steam of the shower has opened up my pores a little bit. I use half a pump of the cleansing gel, spread it all over my face and my neck, and then use my Clarisonic Mia all over my face and neck. Hubby doesn’t like the Clarisonic. He doesn’t understand why I have to buff my face, but I love it. I feel like it’s keeping my face nice and smooth. If you touch my face, it’s like baby soft. Hubs thinks that’s too creepy.

I will have to admit that if you run the clarisonic too long in one section, you will over-exfoliate. You know you’ve done that when your skin feels raw, it’s red, and worst of all, it’s peeling. You also know that you’ve over-exfoliated if your skin stings when you put on your moisturizer. More exfoliation will only make the problem worse. So if you actually do that, leave the clarisonic alone for a few days. Use your fingers to rub gently at the area so that the dry skin is removed, but don’t do anything more than that. I will admit to over-exfoliating portions of my face when I first got the clarisonic thinking that running it over my problem areas was going to make it better, but it doesn’t. The Clarisonic won’t clear out your pores entirely, but it will help make them smaller. I use the acne brush head, which is surprisingly softer than the sensitive skin brush head. I think the combination of the two makes my face feel clean and yet not stripped of natural oils and has really helped out my complexion.

Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser

If I feel like my skin is particularly dry instead of the cleansing gel, I use the exfoliating cleanser, which I think is a seriously misleading name for it. It’s actually very moisturizing and the exfoliating part is little jojoba beads that get dissolved as you wash your face. It doesn’t actually feel exfoliating at all, but has a really creamy, milky texture and is soap free. I use half a pump of this as well and smooth it over my face and neck using circular motions with my fingertips to wash my face.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer

I don’t actually use that many products in the morning. I use the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer. I originally started using this line because of their African Red Tea cleanser and back in the day when Sephora had their “Natural” classification, this company was part of that label. However, I think since then, they have become more of a traditional company.

This moisturizer is supposed to help with hyper-pigmentation and scars and whatnot, but I’m not really sure that it works. It is a very light moisturizer, which is great for putting underneath sun block, but it’s not something that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anything else that I like that is as light and not greasy and fragrance free. Not yet, anyway, but I’m still on the search for something.

After that, I put on one of several sun blocks depending on whether or not I’ll be wearing makeup. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll wear the Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer sun block with SPF 30. I got this also on Hautelook for $21 ( usually $26) and since I was buying the drying lotion (which I love), I thought I’d try this sun block. It’s a little bit greasy like all sun blocks and it isn’t something I love either, but it doesn’t clog my pores, make me break out and doesn’t give a white-cast in photos.  I don’t believe that I’ll be repurchasing this product once I finish. I’d rather use something cheaper that I don’t love like the Eucerin Daily protection moisturizing sun block with SPF 30.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

I use this one when I’m not wearing makeup though before I got the Mario Badescu one, I used to put it under makeup. It’s actually not that much different from the more expensive moisturizer, but I don’t love this one either though I’ve been using this one for about 6 years. It’s dermatologist recommended and has won the Allure Beauty award, is fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin, so it has a lot of things going for it. But again, it’s a bit greasy. I’d prefer to find something else, but everything else seems to be even greasier. I’ll continue to look though.

I’ve also used the DiorSnow White Reveal UV Shield SPF 50. That is supposed to help with hyper-pigmentation and acne scars as well, however, I found it no different than using a regular sunblock.

And that’s all I really do in the morning.

If you can wait for sales to try these, Juice Beauty usually has their 20% off friends and family sale in May and Sephora usually has theirs in November.

And now, the ingredients!

Green Apple Cleansing Gel Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, decyl glucoside, sclerotium gum, lysolecithin, pullulan, vegetable glycerin, botanical extracts of saccharum officinarum (organic sugar cane extract)*, salvia officinalis (organic sage leaf extract)*, melissa officinalis (lemon balm leaf extract), taraxacum officinale (dandelion leaf extract), algae extract, camellia sinensis (black tea leaf extract), citrus medica limonum (lemon extract), tocopherol (Vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), capryl hydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, sodium hydroxide, xanthan gum, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane),tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citrus reticulata (mandarin), citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet neroli), litsea cubeba (organic may chang)* and cinnamomum camphora(ho wood) pure essential oils

Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser Ingredients: Organic juices of vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, ananas sativus (organic pineapple juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, vegeatable glycerin, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), cetearyl alcohol & glucoside, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba wax seed), organic plant oils of butyrospermum parkii(organic shea butter)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, xanthan gum, capryl hydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, persea gratissima (avocado oil), simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, botanical extracts of calendula officinalis (marigold flower extract), chamomilla recutita (chamomile leaf extract), tilia cordata (linden leaf extract), algae extract, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle flower extract), lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle extract), tocopherol (Vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate(Vitamin C), tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, sodium hydroxide, cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) and citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet neroli) pure essential oils

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Steareth-20, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Sucrose Dilaureate, Polysorbate 20, Cyclomethicone, Octyldodercanol, Xanthan Gum, Pisum Sativum (Pea Extract), Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Seed Extract, Sorbitol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Fruit, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtilus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limomum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Calcium Ascorbate, Dimethyl Sulfone, Superoxide Dismutase

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua),Octocrylene,Benzophenone (Oxybenzone),Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate,Ethylhexyl Salicylate,Isononyl Isononanoate,Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Gel,Green Tea (Camellia Oleifera Seed) Extract,St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) Extract,Stearic Acid,Triethanolamine,Cetyl Alcohol.

Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer SPF 30 Active Ingredients (sunscreens): Ensulizole 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.5%, Titanium Dioxide 2.38%,  Zinc Oxide 4.85%.

Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Alumina, Simethicone, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin.

DiorSnow White Reveal ACTIVE INGREDIENTS :

ZINC OXIDE       19.00 %
OCTINOXATE (ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE)    7.50 %

OTHER INGREDIENTS : CYCLOPENTASILOXANE – AQUA (WATER) – BUTYLENE GLYCOL – GLYCERIN – DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE – PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE – POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE – CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) – MICA – ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE – ISOTRIDECYL ISONONANOATE – DIMETHICONE/METHICONE COPOLYMER – PENTYLENE GLYCOL – TROMETHAMINE – DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE – MAGNESIUM SULFATE – PHENOXYETHANOL – SORBITAN SESQUIISOSTEARATE – BETULA ALBA JUICE – MALTOOLIGOSYL GLUCOSIDE – HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSATE – SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE – SODIUM CITRATE – DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER – PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) – DIMETHICONE – ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN – TETRASODIUM EDTA – TOCOPHEROL – CITRIC ACID – BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL – ALUMINA – MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) EXTRACT – CITRONELLOL – ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE – POTASSIUM SORBATE – HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS FRUIT EXTRACT – SODIUM CHLORIDE – PLANKTON EXTRACT – SPIRAEA ULMARIA EXTRACT – SODIUM DNA – BHT – DISODIUM PHOSPHATE – BIOTIN – ERGOTHIONEINE – POTASSIUM CHLORIDE – POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE – TOCOPHEROL

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