Good morning my Dears,
After many lovely requests and questions, I decided to write a complete and in-depth article explaining my daily beauty ritual. I always say that it’s very important to take care of your skin. You want to look good? So put in the time and effort! I’m astonished at how many people don’t wash their face in the evening. I’ve heard all the excuses from: “I’m too tied” or “But I didn’t wear any makeup that day, there is nothing to wash off” Or simply, “I don’t feel like it.” Terrible. Yes it’s true, I’m not making this up. If you belong to this group of people, then don’t feel bad about it, because you can start a healthy skin routine anytime – starting even today! I will let you in on my daily secrets and what I do to look the way I do. And no unfortunately I don’t have a magical fountain of youth in my toilet.
Re rewind selecta, back to a year ago
About a year ago, I went to a fancy opening event at a plastic surgeon’s new clinic. There were many beautiful people there and I was very fascinated by what they do to look this amazing! Yes, some honestly admitted that they had work done, while others told me that they started using a new brand for preventative measures. What was this mysterious new brand?
A very nice lady shared her secret with me. The brand was called SkinCeuticals. I was fascinated. I needed to hear more! I quickly grabbed the doctor and asked him about it. He showed me the products and gave me a small introduction package to take home and try. He told me that he uses SkinCeuticals on his clients after their beauty surgeries and also on clients that need preventive products, so that they won’t need surgery at all later.
I was shocked that I did not know about this brand before! Why was it hiding from me? I took my starter kit home – hungry to try it like Gargamel would want to eat a Smurf – opened it like a little kid on Christmas, sitting on the carpet with sparkles in my eyes.
I suffer from acne since I was a teenager. Having people call me “Salami Pizza Face” in high school didn’t help either. So far most of the products that I tried always made me break out in the nastiest way. Come on, pimples in my 30s?! Why dear Lord, why? Therefore I’m always careful what goo I slather on my face. My Russian Canadian roots never deceive me, making skepticism my best friend with devil horns. I rarely believe anything straight from the very beginning. I have to see and experience it for myself with my own eyes. I opened the first bottle, smeared a small amount on my face and went to sleep, hoping that a second nose didn’t grow there by the next morning! When I woke up, the surprising results were already visible. Clear, clean and glowing skin.
Fast forward to the future: 2017
Today, not even a day goes by that I don’t use SkinCeuticals in my beauty routine. I found my perfect set of products for day and night use. A few weeks ago, I have added the magic purple H.A. Intensifier serum to the family. This my dears, is the secret to my glowing skin:
Morning – but only after my first cup of coffee!
This serum is the first SkinCeuticals product that I ever tried. I fell in love with it right away and have been using it ever since. This is a daytime vitamin C serum that protects and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and brightens your skin’s complexion. Since I’m actually a vampire and love the pale Goth look, this brightening product is perfect for me. It neutralizes free radicals on the upper layer of the skin to help prevent the impact of ozone damage. My skin simply eats up the Vitamin C and needs it, just like I need pizza once a week.
I wont leave the house without sunscreen on my face. Basta. Even in the winter! The sun is very damaging to our face and we all want to avoid those nasty hyperpigmentation spots. (If you do suffer from sunspots, try the Advanced Pigment Corrector, because it gets rid of them). The only way out is using sunscreen lotion daily with UV 30+. I really like this product because it maintains a matte finish even in hot and humid conditions. I’m a sweat monster and need my face to stay dry and fresh, especially in the summer. This sunscreen is super cool and innovative because it’s a weightless mousse that dries to a powder finish, optimizing make-up application.
This is by far the best cream ever invented for lips. I have tried over 50 different products for my sad chapped lips and nothing helped, until this baby came along. Not only does it heal dry damaged lips, but it also helps to fight against those mean-looking wrinkles above and around the lips. I noticed that the fine lines became almost non-existent with the help of this lip repair. It’s strong and what I like a lot about it is the tingly sensation I get when I rub it on my lips. I feel right away that it’s working its magic on my lips, making them look and feel luscious, full and sexy. This lip miracle helps attract and retain water to rejuvenate, reshape and replenish lip tissue and is also ideal to use after laser and filler work. However I find that after using this product for many months, one does not need any fillers at all.
I have been using this eye cream for over a year and will not use anything else. The little ugly crow’s feet under my eyes are disappearing into themselves: see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya! Ciao and goodbye. Nobody needs these terrible annoying reminders that we are getting older. The Eye Balm is a rich, hydrating cream that helps to reduce puffiness and improves visible signs of aging around the eye area. It also restores essential lipids to help nourish dry and delicate skin. I have very thin and extremely dry skin around my eyes, therefore this product is perfect for me for anytime of the day.
Evening – after the last Bloody Mary
This is the first thing I use when I come home to get rid of all the garbage off my face. I like the Simply Clean facial cleanser because I have combination skin. This is made of five hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth out rough skin patches. This product also has botanical extracts of chamomile and aloe to help soothe and heal skin – perfect to calm down my excited nerdy pimples!
My new and loving baby addition to my SkinCeuticals family! The most astonishing thing about this serum is that it amplifies the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30% just within 12 weeks! This unique product contains a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane™, and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice to support the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. As we get older, our skin cannot hold onto the moisture so well, therefore it needs this type of acid for the anti-aging effects to stay supple, hydrated, plump and wrinkle-free. For those who know me, I am a very tough critic and usually not many skin products survive my judging eye. I was very surprised that my snobby and arrogant skin loved this product and didn’t breakout in a thousand hideous pimples. If you are a fan of dermal fillers, then this hyaluronic acid serum also works very well as part of a home skincare regimen after you get the fillers done.
* Read my last week’s article about this amazing serum! Click here
This is a powerful daily emulsion with vitamin B3 that is used to improve the appearance of early signs of aging. Being in my scary thirties, I need this product to fight against those evil lines that force themselves to live on my face without even paying rent! What this does is promotes the skin renewal by increasing cell turnover, meaning quicker and more healthy cells, which leads to younger looking skin. The Metacell strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and reduces the appearance of discoloration and blotchiness – evening out my color and complexion. It’s perfect even for pimple-geeks like me, because it’s a very lightweight product.
My conclusion – probably the same thing Grandma always said
There is absolutely no place for laziness when it comes to healthy skin. You have to imagine all the dust particles, bacteria, pollution and free radicals that land on your face during the day. Even if you’re at home sitting on the couch all day, stuff gets into your pores and manifests itself there, not allowing the skin to breathe properly at night. That’s also how pimples form. Washing the face is the first basic must. It releases all that garbage and lets your skin breathe and heal properly. Happy pores, happy face.
If my routine sounds like Wonder Woman’s daily ritual, and intimidates you, then start off with something basic. I would suggest trying the Eye Balm against wrinkles and any SkinCeuticals serum of your choice that fits your skin type. This covers the face, neck and eyes. Try these two products and see how you feel. If you like it and feel daring, add the sunscreen to protect your face from the sun. Start to experiment slowly until you find your perfect ritual. The cool thing about SkinCeuticals is that they have a huge variety of products for all the various skin types. There is literally something for everyone to choose from.
Don’t forget, your face won’t take care of itself, even if you are sexy Mrs. Robot, you have to put in the time. Just like your teeth won’t clean themselves, you also brush them twice a day. Love you face and it will glow gratefully back at you after many healthy years to come! ♥
Questions, comments? Don’t hesitate to write me and I will gladly answer all questions.
Have fun experimenting with SkinCeuticals my beauties!