Skincare Loves

I haven’t done a skincare post in awhile and while this post is still mostly true, I’ve been using some new products that I love and since it’s a question I get a lot, I wanted to post an update of how I take care of my skin.  I am kind of obsessive about skincare.  I get regular facials, I have a very thorough skincare routine that I do daily and I’m ALL about anti-aging products.  I recently received the Personal Microderm and I admit, I was slightly scared to use it.  I like skincare gadgets but I usually let my licensed esthetician have at it.  Other than the Clarisonic and the Tanda, I don’t tend to use any other device on my face myself.  BUT I have to say that once I used this little thing, I LOVED it!  It took some getting used to and there is a handy little video that they advise you to watch before you use it but it really is an awesome mini microdermabrasion that you can use at home.  After using it, my skin has become super soft!  I love it.

So as I mentioned previously I’m still all about the Clarisonic and use it daily.  I’ve been using it every day for the past 2+ years and it finally died a few months ago.  I had to go a few days without one while I was waiting for my new one to arrive and I hated not having it!  I take this baby everywhere with me.  I thought about getting the Clarisonic Mia (the travel one) but really, the regular size one is just as easy to pack and take with me so I didn’t get it (yet).

 CLARISONIC Skin Care Brush 
I am curious about the Clarisonic Opal though, has anyone used it?  Would love to hear reviews!

In terms of products, I’ve been using this Anti-Aging Self-Tan Lotion because it’s winter and I’ve lost most of my summer tan.  Although I don’t mind being a little pale, I still like a little bit of color on my face and love that this not only gives me a slight glow but has anti-aging benefits in it as well.  Double duty!

For the past few months I have been getting the occasional breakouts and it’s so infuriating waking up to gigantic size zits on my face when I’m well past the teenage hormonal years.  So I did a little research online and this acne mask seemed to have gotten great reviews although I did read about how harsh it was, I still went ahead and got it.  When my skin starts acting up, I put this on and voila, instant clear skin.  It’s been a lifesaver!  I love it but I don’t recommend this for everyone since it is very strong and drying so just make sure to read the reviews and research online and/or ask your dermatologist before using it.

Now, let’s talk about vitamins.  I’ve been taking a women’s multi-vitamin, Calcium (+Magnesium) Supplement and Vitamin C supplement ever day for the past few years.  My parents have always been big on vitamins but I never really cared until I got old enough to care and then after talking to my doctor who recommended taking them, I’ve been very consistent about taking them.  I recently added Biotin to my daily vitamins which is suppossed to help with hair, nail and skin health and although I’ve always had fairly healthy hair and nails, I figure it can’t hurt to get some additional help in that department.  I know a lot of people ask me how my hair grows so fast and so thick.  It mainly has to do with genetics but I think taking these vitamins can really help too!

One last thing… I’m always interested in reading about skincare because I like to be informed of the products and processes out there and I was recently sent Simple Skin Beauty which I’ve read bits and pieces of it, mainly because I only read the parts that I’m interested in but she covers stuff like UV protection, what kinds of ingredients to look for in products based on your skin type and a great section about acne. I do go visit my dermatologist occasionally but I feel silly peppering them with the gazillion questions that I have (because I already ask a ton of questions) so I love finding books like these to be able to answer some of my questions and I learn a lot that I didn’t know before so that I can try to take care of my skin the proper way.  I’m all about prevention so whatever I can do to prevent the aging process, I’m all over, even if that is reading about it!

Anyway, I know skincare is such a personal matter because everyone reacts differently to different products but I hope what I’ve shared may inspire you to take a different look at your skincare routine and see if you need to add anything else or do something different.  I know I get stuck in a rut a lot so I love to find out the products that others use and love so please do share in the comments if you’ve come across something that has enhanced your beauty routine!

Disclosure: The Personal Microderm, Fake Bake self tan lotion and Simple Skin Beauty were provided by PR for consideration but does not affect my reviews or opinions in anyway.

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  • PetiteLittleGirl
    January 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    This is a very helpful post. What a coincident! I just did a post for Laneige skincare yesterday. I am looking into a skincate routine that works for me too. I definitely will check out the products you've mentioned

  • suzanne
    January 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    My favorite thing to do is fill the sink with hot water & a few drops of essential oil (i currently have lavender). i soak a washcloth in it then hold it to my face for a few seconds. i do that 3-4 times then switch to cold water. it feels so good and my skin always glows after!

    i also started doing a steam treatment in my kitchen. i fill a pot with filtered water and if i have fruit or essential oil, i'll add it. once the water starts steaming, i put my face over it, cover my head with a towel & sit there for about 10 min. then i'll do a scrub after that & all the yucky stuff is gone!

    these things are great for sensitive skin. sorry such a long comment! but i love skincare as well so i was really excited to see your post! i want to try the clarisonic!


  • Sara
    January 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    One of my favorite dermatologists to read is Leslie Baumann, she runs the Skin Guru site for Yahoo Health, and she also has a great website Her whole goal is to get people to use products specific for their skin type, and on her website you can find products specific to your type. She also has a book out about the whole thing. Other than that, I work at a University and used to do dermatology research, so I have full access to the research that's coming out so I read journal articles when I'm looking for specific scientific information. Quite convenient!

  • Miss Emma Kitty
    January 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I put Grape seed oil on my face every night with clinique moisturizer and that seems to work well and I do the 3 step clinique routine in the AM along with Clinique eye cream. I am interested in the tanning cream you use. I will have to give it a try.

  • Katie
    January 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Ive been dying to get a Clarisonic!

  • ReallyPetite
    January 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I am so curious about this!! Thanks for the review!

  • Carolyn
    January 12, 2011 at 3:16 am

    no wonder you have such soft youthful skin! love this review 🙂

  • iamstylish
    January 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    PetiteLittleGirl – I know it's hard to find a good skincare routine, all about trial and error!

    Suzanne – Thank you for your tips!! I love both and will have to try it!

    Sara – thank you for the recommendation, I'm totally hopping over to the website right after I write this. I can never get enough of reading about skincare and that sounds like something I would love.

  • iamstylish
    January 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Miss Emma Kitty – oh I never thought of Grape Seed Oil, I will look into that.

    Katie – yes! you have to get it! Everyone that I know that has it loves it.

    ReallyPetite – of course! thanks for reading 🙂

    Carolyn- aw thanks!

  • rachellend
    January 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I love this post! …and I love this blog. ;o) As a doctor I don't always have too much to contribute to the fashion dialogue – just soak up all the great tips! But I will offer my thoughts on maintaining incredible skin – 1) lots of essential fatty acids (read: fish oil!) 2) Burdock root… It is an awesome herb and tastes great as a tea – excellent for promoting proper liver detoxification and consequently, lovely skin!

  • iamstylish
    January 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

    rachellend – thank you for your input! I actually just started taking fish oil this week so glad to hear it is good for the skin! and will check out Burdock root, sounds amazing!

  • genieinabottle
    January 14, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I am really considering the Clarisonic. Maybe my next on my gift list? I break out at times as well, and I am over 30! If this will help me to stop breaking out, I want it!

  • Amanda @ Bits & Pieces
    January 24, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I've wanted to try the Clarisonic for awhile, but that price keeps me from making the leap. So, I just picked up the Olay one today- $32 and I just used it for the first time. The brush is pretty soft, there is a high and low speed, and we'll see how it goes!