My New & Improved Skincare Routine
If you know anything about me, you know that skincare is my favorite thing to focus on, mainly because I like to solve problems in the beauty space. This may sound weird, but I love to get rid of a pimple and bring my skin back to a healthy place. I’m not saying I love pimples, but it’s so fascinating for me to figure out what I’m missing from my skin to get it back to a perfect complexion. At the moment, my skin is the most acne ridden it has been in years, but I know this is because of the marathon training. I’ve been trying to balance a bit of salicylic acid to get rid of the bacteria and to dry those suckers out, so I can have that balance restored.
When I went to Skin Appeal here in Tucson, I had the pleasure of meeting Christy Hall who has been working with skincare and skincare clients for over 15 years. She is a genuine expert in the space. Not to mention when I saw her skin, I knew I was going to listen to every single word she said. The biggest takeaway was that her goal is to wane the skin OFF all skincare products, because your skin is able to get back to a state where it can take care of itself (i.e. baby skin). For the past few weeks, I have incorporated a brand new skincare line into my every day. This is likely a line you haven’t heard of before, unless you’re local to Tucson, Arizona. Mikel Kristi. The packaging is beautiful, but the most important element to this skincare line is that it has a purpose.
Step 1: Cleanse
When it comes to balancing the skin, soothing it and ensuring it is in an anti-bacterial state, the purifying botanical wash is just so incredible. It’s extremely refreshing and really just brings my skin to life, after I have removed all the makeup at night or am starting my morning. One of my favorite things about any specific cleanser is the idea of foam. A foamy cleanser is just so much more satisfying than a non-foaming cleanser. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but the foam just creates a more soothing experience. The lemony herbal blend within the cleanser helps to target bacteria that causes breakouts, especially for someone like me. I keep saying it over and over on Instagram but ever since I started training for a marathon, my skin has broken out significantly. When you are sweating for over 2 hours straight, and then it's another hour before you can get into the shower, that bacteria is just festering on your face.
Step 2: Toners & Swipes
Morning and night, I have begun using a toner. This is something I never believed in before (if I’m being 100% honest) and I’ve learned that there is significant benefit to utilizing a toner twice a day while your skin is as unstable as mine is at the moment. Toner can help balance the pH within the skin, not to mention a toner will help the next few products sink into your skin much deeper and better overall. This is something that blew me away, because while I may have been using several products on my skin, that doesn’t necessarily mean the product was absorbing into my skin. This includes serums, oils, moisturizers and the works. If I wasn’t using that toner, my skin may not have been able to absorb all that product so essentially, it is a waste of product and a false pretense that your skin is able to absorb and utilize the product. The regular use of toner also helps to calm redness and sooth the skin, which is something I have noticed significantly. I used to think my skin was red from roseacea, but Christy herself (one of the co-founders of Mikel Kristi) did an analysis and showed me that the redness on my skin is actually due to significant sun damage.
An additional evening step which I like to take nowadays is incorporating the infamous rejuvenating swipes. These swipes can be used (on average) three to four times a week. They help promote cell turnover and provide a little bit of exfoliation. After cleansing the skin and using these swipes, the skin is ready to absorb the serums and moisturizers. Not to mention these swipes help significantly with acne. After using them just a few evenings, my acne is so much more tame and diminishing. I am getting to the point where I use them every evening (start slow if you’ve never used these because they can be intense daily if you are just beginning the use of swipes!)
Step 3: Serums
This is one of my favorite steps when it comes to skincare. I love finding a good serum that has specific benefits.
Over the past few weeks, I have been using two specific serums. The radiance brightening serum is my go-to in the morning to give me an extra boost. This helps bring more luminosity to the skin, and make it look more youthful. Not to mention this serum has helped my skin’s overall texture. Since I do have some sun damage, this is super helpful for me given the redness and amount of texture I have.
The bio peptide revitalizing serum is essential to your skin, especially if you’re my age (aka 27!) In our late 20s (also I am SO not OK with saying late 20s because I still think I’m only 21!!) the collagen in our skin is starting to diminish. When you’re a child, your skin is beautiful because your body is producing ample amounts of collagen. However the older you get, the less collagen your body produces, and therefore you need to help your skin with this. With consistent use, this serum helps to minimize those pores and make fine lines less apparent.
Step 4: Moisturize
When it comes to hydration, I usually need hydration on top of hydration because I live in Arizona. We have a dry heat here, so it feels like a blowdryer is blowing hot air on you all day every day. While we have a little humidity during monsoon season (aka right now), my skin is plenty hydrated. However the rest of the year, I need serious moisture. The bio peptide hydrating lotion is incredible for age-management and helps to firm, brighten and rejuvenate my skin. A lot of people still believe that if your skin is oily, you don’t need moisturizer which is the furthest thing from the truth. You actually need MORE moisture because your skin is trying to moisture your skin, and unfortunately the oil it creates is likely not good for your skin and may clog your pores. Moisturizer is something I do not skimp out on every morning and night. It’s the one product I always need after cleansing the skin.