Another Skincare Secret and a Personal Life Update

(Also here is a wedding picture because it is one of my favorites.)

Personal Update

So my anxiety has been in a super weird place lately so I have been trying to focus on my mental health so my beauty website has had to simmer on the back burner lately. After a near-hospital experience, several panic attacks, and a lot of anxious pacing I feel like things are starting to balance out again. It took a lot of natural oils and encouragement from my parents and Chris to get me to this point because I could not have done this without them. 

My anxiety isn’t something that I talk about a lot publicly. There are few people that I talk about it with so I like having an outlet that I can talk about it. Now, onto my skincare post! 

My Little Skincare Secret

So I only call this a secret because it is something that I didn’t know about until I was probably 19.

WASH YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES.

This is probably is no surprise to a lot of people but to me I only washed my brushes and sponges when I felt like they were dirty. It wasn’t about my skin so it was hurting my skin. 

How often should you wash them?

So I read somewhere that brushes used for powder should be washed every 3-4 uses and brushes used for liquids should be washed every other use. I have no idea where this came from but it is about how often I wash mine.

How do I wash my brushes?

I use a Johnson & Johnson baby wash to wash my brushes. I have found that it is really easy on my skin and it smells so good. I also use a brush washing mat that I got on Amazon. I wash them and towel dry them and let them finish air drying over night. Usually by the next morning everything is dry and ready to use. 

If you aren’t in a place to spend money on a brush washing mat and brush wash then there are options! For the longest time I washed them with just my hands and unscented hand soap. This worked for me and I really only tried other things out of curiosity. I have yet to try bruh cleaner so stay tuned for that one. 

Why should I wash my brushes?

So this one is really the big question. The biggest reason is that makeup brushes can build up bacteria that can cause acne and infections. Between the moisturizer and the primer and foundation there is a lot of places for something to worm its way in and cause problems with your skin. 

When I was still suffering from bad acne I was using so many products to try to cover it up. The more that I kept my brushes clean the more that I noticed less surface level acne coming up. 

Let me know what you guys think and what your brush cleaning routine is like! 

What It’s Like to Have Dry Skin In Winter… In Idaho

I can’t speak for the experience of every dry skinned person in every dry region but I feel like there are probably definitely some people who share my struggles. In my last post I talked about some things that I do to help with winter skincare but in this post I also want to recognize the things that happen that suck. So, here is a list of the things I experience as a person with dry skin in a dry region during winter. 

1. A lot of redness, irritation, and pain

For me, whenever I use a moisturizer or lip balm it BURNS. No matter what I do things burn a lot. It makes my skin red and irritated and look like I just tried a failed face mask. When its windy it makes my skin chapped and basically everything hurts. 

2. I have extra lip balm and lotion EVERYWHERE

I am pretty sure that during the cold winter months I could single handedly keep the lip balm and hand lotion industry in business. I have some in my car, my purse, the pocket of every pair of jeans I own, my makeup bag, on the coffee table, and also literally in my hand right now. When it gets cold my hands and my lips crack and bleed. I also have to recognize that I use a lot of hand sanitizer as well. I work in retail and I am constantly handling money and people basically sneezing on things before they hand them to me so I use it a lot which means I also use a lot of hand lotion. 

3. I get to try lots of new products

Since I go through moisturizer, hand lotion, and lip balm pretty quickly I also get to try more of them. I don’t like repurchasing a lot of products so I really like to try different products for my hands and skin. Right now I am using some Zoella products that I am loving but by next week I could be trying something totally new. (This isn’t necessarily something that sucks it kinds just happens.) 

4. Snow makes my skin even worse

Usually you would think that with snow comes the extra humidity and I get a little break with the dryness. I honestly wish that were the case. The snow makes it super weird and for my skin its not snow its more like sNOw. I know that this isn’t super helpful but for me I know that my kin gets more irritated and more red. 

5. Indoor heating is my enemy

Going from the cold outdoors to a warm heated building makes my skin more, you guessed it, dry. It makes it really tight and irritated. For example at work when I go inside the skin around my mouth and eyes gets really tight and even starts peeling and flaking. Not like right away but throughout the course of my shift it gets this way and by the time I take my lunch break it really effects my skin when I go back outside. 

6. Wearing makeup is really hard

Any moisture that is in my primer/foundation gets sucked up by my skin within a few hours of application. My skin around my mouth and eyes are yet again my biggest problem area. They start to peel and flake under my makeup and then I end up with red patchy spots. My makeup also oxidizes very quickly. My lip color also really struggles because my lips are cracked and peeling as well. 

Yes I realize that this post sounds a bit complain-y but I just want everyone else who struggles with dry skin to know that you are not alone. The little things that frustrate you frustrate at least one other person! 

Winter Skincare

So as it starts to get more dry and cold here my skin starts to dry up like a raisin. However, I kind of like that it gets kind of dry because then I get the chance to try out new products and tell you guys all about them. 

There are affiliate links in here. That basically means that if you click the link and make a purchase, I will get a portion of the profits. 

Face Wash

So I am still using my Soap & Glory Face wash and I am loving it however, I am lonly using it at night now. In the mornings I am using the Garnier Skin Active Clean + Pore Purifying 2 -in- 1 Clay Cleanser/Mask. This really helps my skin to feel really good all day without stripping it of any of its natural moisture. I feel like my body in general really likes charcoal so when I saw this I thought it might be a really good buy for me. I haven’t had a trouble spot or acne since I started this face washing routine and I am really loving it.

I feel like the constant change from the cold dry weather outside to being inside where everyone has the heat turned up can take a tole on my skin and this is part of what helps it to stay balances as far as moisturizer goes. I think it also smells clean and makes my face really glow! 

The other face wash I use is the

Makeup Remover

I know that there are a lot of people that just take off their makeup with their face wash but I am not one of those people. I feel like that doesn’t get all of my makeup and is just a recipe for getting clogged pores. On days when I wear lighter makeup I like to use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I tried a small travel size of this first and really liked it so I decided to get the full size. I was a little skeptical about cleansing water at first but once I tried it I really liked it. I found that it didn’t dry out my skin, which makes it perfect for winter. I don’t have to rub my eyes too much to get off anything including waterproof mascara. 

When I wear a full face of makeup I like to use a makeup remover towelette. For this I like using the Botanicals Collection Green Tea Makeup Cleansing Wipes. For me this doesn’t make my skin as dry as a lot of other makeup remover wipes. What I really love is that the wipe itself is really thick and I feel like that helps me get all the makeup off my face. In the winter I feel like its really important to keep my skin as clean as possible because when my pores get clogged my skin just gets more dry and irritated. 

I know that this brand makes a lot of varieties of this and this is the only one that I have tried and I am really excited to try more.

Moisturizers

So I do some face masks and other treatments for my skin but my two biggest moisturizers are the Loreal Active Daily Moisturizer and the Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse

I use the Loreal moisturizer in the morning and I feel like it really makes a difference for my skin. I never really understood the term baby smooth until I tried this moisturizer. It makes my skin soooo soft. It has the perfect amount of moisture where my skin doesn’t get red or dry but it doesn’t leave my skin oily either. I can apply makeup over it and it stays really well. I love this for winter because I feel like with wind and rain and snow its hard to keep my skin happy but this seems to be really helping. 

At night I love to use the Soap & Glory moisturizer. I was a little confused and hesitant with this when I first bought it but I have really fallen in love with it. When I picked it up it felt almost empty but when I opened it up when I got home I realized that it was because it is a lightweight mousse moisturizer. I love this stuff because it doesn’t take much to really feel like my skin is well moisturized overnight. During the winter I still keep the window open a bit in our bedroom overnight so I love that this helps my skin not dry out. It feels like it creates this moisturizing barrier between my skin and the outside world that is really beneficial. 

Another reason I really like this is because I really struggle finding a good overnight moisturizer that goes on well over my prescriptions and doesn’t irritate my skin around my mouth and eyes. This one does a great job at fixing both of those problems and it smells great. Honestly, I have no idea why it is called speed plump and what that had to do with overnight moisturizer but whatever. 

Lip Care

Pretty much everyone I know has a car chapstick, purse chapstick, pocket chapstick, makeup bag chapstick, and home chapstick for during the winter. Since the skin on the lis is so sensitive this area has a lot more work to do to stay moisturized. I have approximately 400,000 chapsticks but the one that I get in the winter is the Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips. I bought this at first because I love the smell of anything rose and I know that everyone tells you to put vaseline on dry skin so I figured it was a match made in heaven. Little did I know that I would really fall in love with this. It smells AMAZING and seriously keeps my lips feeling soft all day long. Even when I am eating and drinking and talking to customers all day. 

I never used to like anything that I had to put on my finger and then on my lips because it left my finger greasy but this one doesn’t. 

Side Note:

I also drink A TON more water in the winter. I have no idea if this has anything to do with my skincare routine but it seems to make a difference for me.