facial cleansing

The Golden Rule

Never go to sleep without washing your face.

I know this may seem obvious to most people, but never have I believed in this rule more since moving to a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. Let me give you the low down:

  1. I’m here for medical school. That means that I am stressed, spend a lot of nights awake and don’t necessarily eat three square meals a day. Problems.
  2. There are only two seasons here: Hot/Wet and Hot/Dry.
  3. The humidity here is unreal. It feels like it literally slaps you in the face. On a GOOD day, it’s 90% humidity. On a regular day, it’s 96% humidity. That, coupled with the actual temperature, means it’s hot and constantly feels like you’re in the triple-degrees Fahrenheit range.
  4. I spend a lot of time outside. I walk to school, I use public transportation – everything here is open air and that means the dust and smoke are real. You don’t want those bad boys in your pores.
  5. Heat means oil and sweat are magnified times 100.

NOT washing your face means that you break out – without fail – the next day. It’s instantaneous. And so, I’ve discovered that a few tweaks to my previous skincare regimen have helped a lot! Here’s my newest take on the nighttime routine:

  1. Pull my hair up into a small ponytail and out of my face with a wide elastic headband.
  2. CeraVe hydrating cleanser with some cool water (because warm sink water is not a thing in my apartment, sadly)
  3. Pat dry with a towel, and allow to air dry further.
  4. Apply acne treatment (AcZone gel is my current medication of choice)
  5. SLEEP as much as possible!

The only thing stopping me from bright, beautiful skin is…well, me! Happy adventuring, friends!

Love, PB

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The Morning Multitasker

I know this sounds crazy but bear with me: ever get so tired of your expensive morning routine that you want to just skip all the steps and go right to the part where you’re ready?

I do.

Morning routines can be difficult to keep, especially when they’re complexed and let’s face it, we have morning routines because we want our skin to remain as fresh, youthful and invigorated as possible so, most of our our routines require a level of commitment. I’ll share with you mine:

After jumping into the shower…
Step 1: Exfoliate (Sun+Thurs)/Facial cleansing (all other days)
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Allow to air dry
Step 4: Moisturizer face, neck and chest area
Step 5: Depending on the day this could include make-up, putting in contacts, etc.

That may not seem like a lot for just my face, but consider the fact that I still have to shampoo and condition, brush my teeth, dry and style my hair and all that good stuff, time can be an important factor, especially when I’m running late! Enter the multitasking. I’ve found that combining a few of these steps helps alleviate some of that added mental stress, especially when on a time crunch

For example, I keep my exfoliating product (St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub) and my facial cleanser (Aveeno Daily Cleanser) in the shower so that I can wash my face and cleanse during the 2-3 minutes that my conditioner is sitting. Following that, immediately after I step out of the tub, I brush my teeth and apply my toner (Dickinson’s Witch Hazel) after which I moisturizer my body while waiting for the toner to air dry. Then, I apply my SPF facial moisturizer (currently Trader Joe’s enrich, SPF 15) and get dressed.

When all’s said and done, I’ve found that incorporating my routine into things I already do cuts my getting ready time in half! If you really pressure me, I can be ready to go, hair done, dressed and walking out the door all in about 15-20 minutes.

What’s your morning routine look like? How do you make it efficient and effective? Leave me a comment to tell me more!

Happy Adventuring!

Love, PB