my skincare journey
Psoriasis and eczema run in my family so it was no surprise when I started noticing painful patches on my elbows, chin, and scalp. It would take over 2 decades to really find an answer, and a LOT of doctors, research, and trial and error. I became a totally engrossed with skincare, desperate to find a cure. In my early 20’s, I studied perfumery which may seem like a diversion, but actually has a lot of overlap with skincare chemistry. By sharpening my olfactory skills, I also started tuning in to my other senses – visual, auditory, gustory, tactile, etc. I started really taking care of my body from the inside out. Big surprise, it had a huge effect on my skin, too.
My current skin situation is much better than it was a decade or two ago, but I still have dry and dehydrated skin (which means I’m lacking in both oil and water). In the past, I discovered facial oils and thought I had found my holy grail. It was only 10 years later that I realized I needed a good serum, face oil, AND a moisturizer to really achieve my best skin.
These days my routine is quite long, about 9+ steps most days. It looks something like the following:
3. PH specific acids\exfoliants
4. Serums and Essences
5. eye cream
6. Facial Oils
8. SPF (daytime only) or sleeping mask (night)
9.lip balm and lip mask
*** i also use sheet masks and wash off masks at least 3-5 times a week. I fit them in between steps 2 and 3.
The above steps are my daily routine, but I realize that it looks like a lot. sometimes i use a more minimal approach, especially when my skin is acting up. you do NOT have to spend 2 hours a day or use 9 step routines to see a difference. I truly believe in quality over quantity and I so enjoy finding products that are as effective as they are beautiful.
I love helping people find their best skin, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! One thing I want to emphasize is that skincare issues are NOT your fault, and even skincare bloggers can deal with ongoing cystic acne, psoriasis, eczema, closed comedones etc. The whole point of skincare should be loving your skin exactly where it’s at, and treating it with kindness. It's not about attaining perfection.
My skin has certainly improved by leaps and bounds since starting my current routine, but I still have “off” days (or months) where old issues flare up. You are not alone! Finding a way to be comfortable in your skin is really hard, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor to take. I’m with you on this journey, babe.