In an effort to follow up Alexa Campbell's wonderful post about how to perform the ultimate at-home blowout, I want to (again) raise the topic of (a) having great beauty products and, consequently, feeling beautiful while also (b) being fiscally responsible and not over-paying.
Even when I used to shell out hundreds of dollars on complete skincare regimens, I felt dissatisfied with what I saw in the mirror. I was convinced that if I threw more money at my skin, it would improve. Maybe regular facials! I reasoned, thinking the answer was more expensive treatments, toners, and... you know the drill.
But spending $50 on a face wash is no longer ~on-brand~ for Katie Gatti, the Money, Honey millennial finance blogger.
I've found a happy little routine that my skin really loves.
As some background, I have post-Accutane skin. There's some scarring as well as redness, so while I get the occasional breakout or blemish, I can't use anything too harsh because my face reacts and my skin gets angry.
The other thing I should note about my skin is that it's extremely, extremely oily. Much less so post-Accutane, but I'm definitely a little greasy...
Which is why this routine came out of left field for me, because it's completely and entirely oil-based.
First, at-home dermaplaning
One of the most game-changing elements of my new routine is at-home dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is this expensive spa treatment where they take this super sharp razor and essentially scrape it over your face to remove all the dead skin cells. Like exfoliating, but on steroids. (It's not painful, but it sounds extreme.)
It also removes all the peach fuzz from your face, and the lack of hair can also improve the appearance of clarity on the skin's surface. Here's a video I love of Jaclyn Hill explaining how she "shaves" her face. I do exactly what she describes in the video.
I use (don't laugh) something called the Tinkle Razor—it's a single stainless steel blade attached to a fun, pastel-colored handle. They come in packs of three and are extremely cheap--here's a pack of 12 for $6.
Before you use it, make sure you wash your face thoroughly so you have a totally clean surface and you don't expose your freshly shaved skin to any bacteria.
I switch between two different cleansers and I'm obsessed with both. Ever since I started this new oil-cleansing routine, I've stopped wearing makeup during the week.
Because of how gentle and natural it is, my skin tone doesn't get as red. I notice that, by the end of the day, my skin still looks balanced—it doesn't look greasy anymore like it used to.
I've heard it's because putting oil on your skin tricks your OWN oil glands into calming down, but who knows if that's true. All I know is... it works for me.
I use the Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil, made of Argan Oil. It costs between $11-$15, depending on where you purchase. You slather it on your dry face with dry hands—it feels a little... wrong? We're not used to putting oil on our face. Most beauty products are promoted proudly as oil-free, after all. It feels a little naughty.
Then, you add water and massage it in, rinsing it off and patting dry. It's a little shocking the first time, because you expect some residue or oiliness to be left behind—but your skin is completely clean and satisfyingly dry.
I know some people have broken out from using coconut oil on their faces—this might be because coconut oil is a little thicker and the molecules are larger (i.e., coconut oil is solid at room temperature). The oil products in this post are liquid at room temperature and have a much thinner consistency.
My other favorite cleanser is the Acure Argan Oil and Mint Cleanser. It's a cream consistency, and I discovered it in the shower at Class Studios one day. I loved how it made my skin feel, but it's a little more drying than the Burt's Bees product.
It's literally $8 on Amazon and is a nice starter oil-infused product if you're too freaked out by washing your face with straight-up oil.
Ironically, after my Cycle45 audition I left my bottle... in the shower at Class Studios. Full circle, huh? I hope it's still there tomorrow, but if not, I know I'll repurchase it.
But... if you're freaked out by oil cleansing...
Then man, you're really going to HATE the moisturizer I'm about to throw at you.
Jojoba oil. Yes, straight jojoba oil. (The product pictured in the main photo for this post.)
Please trust me. This sh*t is skin-changing. I've been using a few drops of pure jojoba oil as my moisturizer for a little over a month now and I'm shocked by how hydrated and clean my skin has been. I haven't gotten any blemishes or dry patches, something I struggled with when I used more traditional skincare products.
I've even got Thomas using it on his beard. He thinks it smells like honey-baked ham.
This is the kind I use: it's $10 for a giant bottle that'll last awhile if you only use a little bit each time.
And my friends, that's all there is to it.
I do my at-home dermaplaning routine once a week, and I wash and moisturizer twice per day.
It feels really satisfying because you know you're applying all-natural, semi-single ingredient products, vs. things that rely on branding and marketing to ratchet up the price and over-promise.
Since I don't really wear much makeup anymore, but when I do, I use coconut oil straight out of the jar to remove the makeup first.
And as far as makeup goes...
I don't wear makeup during the week because it's too much hassle with being in and out of workout classes, but on the weekends I wear all Glossier products. Their stuff isn't expressly cheap, but it's not overpriced (in my opinion) based on how long it lasts. You can snag their skin tint, cloud paint, and highlighter for around $50 total. The cloud paint and highlighter last forever.
Let me know if you want a separate post about how I save a little money on Glossier.
Now go cover yourself in oil!
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