Skincare with Love, or also known as "What's in my bag?" or ...bathroom cabinet really. I had so much fun with posting about my Green Tea and Rice Water Toner that I wanted to post about my full skincare lineup. So I set up a cute little photo session of all of the products I use, and I really surprised myself! I couldn't believe I use all of this on my skin! I guess I really have adapted to the SOKO beauty regimen after all. Layering upon layering. Increase the glow, decrease the wrinkles (although inevitable of course I know!); but we can age with grace right? So let me first say, if you have any questions at all I would love to talk skincare, it's just so fun, so please leave a comment below and I'll get back to you! Now, on to the lineup! I'm going to list this in order of how I use it on my face / skin daily and weekly.
#1 Honey. Pictured above it's the little glass jar with a white lid on the bottom right. I use this as a moisturizing cleanser once a day. You can also leave on your skin for a few minutes as a nice mask. I use natural, local, dark, honey. I alternate between this and the combo of oil cleanser/ foam cleanser.
#2 Rice Water Oil Cleanser, by Face Shop via SOKO Glam. Pictured above it's on the right side of the photo with a black pump and pinkish bottle. If on the alternate side of the day from honey, I use the oil cleanser on dry skin. Rub it in, add a little water until it slightly foams, rinse off.
#3 Aloe Foaming Cleanser, by Skinfood via SOKO Glam. Pictured above it's on the right side of the photo, it's the green bottle. I use this following the oil cleanser, or by itself after a workout.
#4 Black Sugar Mask, by Skinfood via SOKO Glam. Pictured above it's hard to see. In the basket, only the white rim of the lid is showing. It's great for exfoliating and doubles as a mask to increase cell turn-over. I exfoliate everyday but each day, do it differently. This Black Sugar Mask is my most intense scrub. I use it only twice a week. The other days I use a less abrasive scrub that is mostly product with a little soft grain to it. My last way of exfoliating is plain yogurt. The yogurt is great for sensitive skin types and really leaves your skin fresh. It works by using lactic acid, so it's doing the work for you rather than a physical scrub.
#5 Green Tea and Rice Water Toner. Pictured above it's in the middle with a white lid and milky transparent bottle. I use this after getting out of the shower or after cleansing my face. Spritz on for pH leveling before adding moisturizers.
#6 Jojoba Oil, by Desert Essence. Or use Rose Hip Seed Oil. Great oils for sensitive yet acne prone skin. Apply sparingly, patting into skin.
#7 Face mask or face mask serum. Pictured above is hard to see in the back of the basket. Either apply a face mask at this point, or a silky serum. I use a professional grade facial mask by Satin Smooth Ultimate, and then save the serum in the packs in a glass lidded jar. Apply to face by patting in if using the serum.
#8 1000 Roses Serum, by Andalou Naturals. Pictured above in the front left, in a cute little pink bottle with dropper. I love this stuff! Drop a little into your hand, pat into your skin.
#9 Almond-Aloe Moisturizer, by Earth Science. Pictured above in the front left in a white bottle with orange. I use as a daily moisturizer or alternate with coconut oil. Dab in to skin.
#10 Coconut oil, not pictured above. I use as a moisturizer when I want to be 100% natural, like by using the honey, jojoba oil, and the coconut oil. I do this at night sometimes when my skin has a little acne and needs to breathe. I follow up with tree tea oil on these nights.
#11 Apricot Intensive Night Cream, by Earth Science. I use this before bed only. Just dab on a little amount over face.
#12 Tea Tree Oil, by NOW Essential Oils. I use when I have any acne. At night before bed just dab on minimally to spots. Wash hands after using because it stings your eyes.
#13 Alaffia Coconut Body Lotion. Daily body moisturizer.
#14 Not pictured above, Kiss My Face, Face Factor 50 spf Sunscreen. Use daily before heading out into the world. I am at high risk for skin cancer so I'm one of those who has to wear it daily. The SOKO Glam guidelines also recommend it daily too, to prevent sun damage and wrinkles. So I'm in good company. I researched sunscreen like crazy to make sure I can still get my vitamin D even if I wear sunscreen, and yes you still do! Also, make sure to buy as natural of a sunscreen as you can so your body doesn't have to constantly be processing icky chemicals.
#15 Alba Hawaiian Sunscreen 45 spf. Apply daily to skin exposed to sun. Reinforce sun protection by using a hat, umbrella, and/or clothes that contain sun protection. If the sunscreen you've applied seems a little greasy, simply apply a baby powder (or cornstarch) with a makeup brush, around your hair line and back of neck, or wherever you feel you need it. Avoid cheeks and main part of face because it will dry you out way too much!
Other products pictured above:
Cotton balls. Dab in coconut oil and use as a make up remover. Proceed with skincare regimen by starting at top of list above.
Clean facial towels. Don't reuse facial towels. Use a clean, dry one every time. And remember to only pat not rub.
Dry Brush. I dry brush before bathing once a day. Gently use the dry brush in circular motions. Feet to legs to belly. Then fingers to hands to arms to back and chest. Then finish in a counter clockwise motion over your belly.
Hair clip. I clip up my hair after shampooing and conditioning in the shower so the products don't rest on my back and neck. This helps decrease acne in those areas. After getting out of the shower, I brush my hair and again clip it up to dry for 30 minutes rather than using a blow dryer. I live in Phoenix though, so my hair dries really quick here!
Body buff. Pictured right under the dry brush in the photo, it's white. I lather this up to exfoliate my entire skin in the shower twice or three times a week.
So hopefully that helps to have a visual representation of what I've been talking about with layering all of these products. If you want to know more about my overall health philosophies, I wrote up an informational page on Braumeister's Wife. Read it here: Health. Best wishes to you and your beautiful skin!