Hey, welcome to my first Blog! I will be doing monthly blogs highlighting all things Ciara (beauty, skincare, wisdom, books, personal things, tv shows and movies, fashion, tips, you name it) Keeping the first one simple with my everyday skincare routine this winter...
Simplicity is key
When it comes to skincare and makeup, I've always believed in less is more. Personally I have sensitive skin/combination skin, meaning my pores are larger in my T-zone and I have dry + oily skin that also can be set off quite easily...so I keep it simple. Trust me, I've spent years experimenting and thinking it had to be complicated...it doesn't. But remember it is all about customization and finding what works best for you, best way i learned that was through experimenting. That being said, here are my current favorite products for this winter:
1. Tatcha The Rice Wash - this is a super gentle cleanser - due to the rice it is actually in my opinion a very very gentle exfoliator. Leaves my skin feeling soft, unstripped and ready to go. You can find this at Sephora and it is $36. I purchased it months ago and i still have plenty left. A little goes a long way so don't load up your palms with it
2. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser - Honestly this cleanser kind of gets some hate for not having clean ingredients and i strayed away from it for a bit but found myself using it when I just wanted something gentle to rinse away makeup oil and dirt. I go back and forth between this cleanser and the Tatcha. I just bought a travel size of this because again, a little goes a long way. You can find this at any drug store in the travel isle.
I am obsessed with serums because I love the feeling of extra hydration / protection.
1. Naturium Retinal Complex Serum- this guy also contains Bakuchiol (a vegan skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant/ an antioxidant) and Vitamin E which is great for inflammation. All together this product is for anti-aging, plump firm skin. I use it once a day, switching off between applying it either at night or morning- just kind of depends on how i am feeling that day. Don't use retinal with vitamin C or any drying component like peroxide. Retinal is also used for treating acne so it can be a little drying (always follow up with moisturizer) and like I said earlier, less is more, you don't always have to layer up with all your skin care. I bought mine at Target for $20
2. Acure Brightening Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid Serum- I basically use this whenever I don't use my retinal. It has vitamin c, ferulic (an antioxidant), pineapple and matcha tea in it. This is all targeted toward aging skin. I got mine at a local organic market (Rory's) for I want to say about $18. You can find it at Ulta, Drug stores, Amazon and I'm sure target also. I also follow up with moisturizer after using this, pretty much with any serum you want to do this.
3. Drunk Elephant B-Hyrda Intensive Hydration Serum- this stuff has been sitting in my cabinet and I just recently rediscovered my love for it. I love hydrating products and this just adds a boost to my glow for the day. I don't mind using this one with other serums. Since it is hydrating, I put it on after my retinol or my vitamin c to make up for the dryness. Vitamin B actually pairs quite well with vitamin C. On the bottle it says to exfoliate before using to ensure maximum absorption so I like to use this after my Tatcha cleanser. I honestly don't like to exfoliate a lot, that's just my preference but the Tatcha cleanser is just enough for me. I got mine at Sephora for $48 ( I know expensive but I wanted to experiment and I have probably had it for a year) It comes in pump form so it really allows you to save product
1. Tula 24-7 Moisture- this moisturizer is made up of superfoods and probiotics, both assisting with inflammation. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy- just hydrated. I am always trying new moisturizers but this one is working for me this winter. I purchased mine at Ulta for about $24 and it looks like they're currently offering a Free Brightening Triple Vitamin C Serum With $28 Tula Order
I'll admit, I could be a lot better when it comes to using SPF. But one thing I do know is that it has to be mineral based...I'll break out to anything else. My go to brand is Josie Maran which can also be found at Sephora
I will not go a day without hydrating my lips. I find it to be so important year round and have honestly noticed my lips being more plump when they are hydrated.
1. CCG Lip Balm- Now I know what you're thinking, I am being biased. I swear to you I am not. Our capecodglam lip balm is beyond my favorite I have ever used and if you know me, I went through hell in highschool with chapped lips. I am laughing as I type this because it is an on-going joke with my friends. I was legit addicted to the medicated Blistex that came out white and I was so obsessed I'd apply it literally every minute then proceed to ask my friends "Is it white?" being concerned that there was just a layer of white on my lips...ya good times. Anyway, that sh*t is poison! Capecodglam lip balms are 100% clean made from beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and I have them in two flavors currently: Wedding Cake ( i want to eat it) and Lavender. They are $4.25 and are available in the Glam Room or DM me on instagram if you'd like it delivered.
Acne Treatment Products
Whenever I feel like my skin needs some help due to blemishes I will put on
1. UFO by Sunday Riley at night and wake up feeling clarified. This Oil has Salicylic Acid which is also my go- to for treating blemished prone skin. I bought this at Ulta a while ago and I am almost down to my last drop. It comes in a glass square bottle with a dropped which helps save product. It was $40 for the smaller size and I believe $80 for the larger one. You'll be just fine with the smaller size.
2. Organic Tea Tree Beauty Spot Stick I honestly have no idea where i got this holy grail of a stick thing but it is amazing. I think I got it at Marshals. It is Tea Tree oil in a roll on stick (amazing for spot treatment). I apply this at night and only over blemishes (hence spot treatment). I just googled it and you can get it on Amazon for about $15- 100% worth it
I have been using self tanner on just my face and neck once a week this winter. It's just keeping me sane
I use Isle of Paradise tanning drops in medium. I put about a nickel size of my moisturizer in my palm and then two little drops of this stuff over it and mix it together with my finger and evenly apply it all over my face and neck then wash my hands after. The natural tan lasts me about 5-7 days. I bought the 1.01 fl oz at Sephora for $30 and It has last me quite some time
again I just love the feeling of my face feeling hydrated and refreshed so I use
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray - I usually will spray it at the end of my skin care and before makeup/ throughout the day. It just soothes my skin and makes it nice and soft and hydrated. I got the 1.6 fl oz size off Amazon for $9 and I usually have these for sale in the Glam Room. Take a look in the retail section next time you come for an appointment!
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