June 03, 2021
Isn't it so overwhelming trying to figure out the best skincare routine for your skin type? I totally understand! Your skin changes as you age and can even shift as you go through different seasons of your life...ie hormones fluctuations, child birth, perimenopause, menopause, and...stress. I'll be here throughout your skin journey, don't worry.
But for now, I'm here to break through the noise and help you create the perfect skincare routine for your skin type so that you can finally rock that glowing skin, have boosted confidence, and feel and look even better than you imagined. Plus you actually look forward to your skincare routine every single day!
Here are some tips for building the perfect skincare routine for YOU!
While every skin type is different, there are some things that ALL skin types can benefit from in their skincare routine!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Believe it or not, any skin type can experience dehydration. Yes, even oily skin! Have you ever noticed crepey or lackluster skin along with more fine lines and oiliness than usual? That's your skin telling you it needs more hydration! After cleansing, ALWAYS reach for toners and tonics with humectants (ingredients that draw water into the skin) to hydrate your skin.
Always incorporate a hydrating brightening facial mist. Long gone are those stripping, skin tingling toners! You want to nourish, strengthen, and feed your skin.
PRO TIP: Immediately after cleansing, reach for Phyto Tonic deeply hydrate your skin, leave facial mists damp on your skin then follow up with your serum and moisturizer. This helps lock in all that hydration.
Antioxidants, like vitamin C, help to fight free radical damage caused by UV rays. Antioxidants can also increase the benefits of sunscreen!
PRO TIP: Incorporate a plant based alternative to retinol, like Moth Bean! Don't get me wrong retinol is a gold standard in skincare to stimulate collage production and increase cellular turnover. HOWEVER, they are also very drying causing flaky, irritated skin. Glow Getter has moth bean, which has all the benefits of retinol without the irritation. Plus you can use Glow Getter AM and PM.
Sunscreen isn't just for the beach! It's a MUST for everyone! It protects us from UV rays which break down collagen and elastin in our skin, cause hyperpigmentation, sunburn, and skin cancer. Slather on the sunscreen every day, and don't forget to reapply!
Dry skin doesn't produce much oil, you have very small pores, rarely break out, and can feel tight and look dull. A skincare routine for dry skin should include a gentle, nourishing cleanser, along with products that reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and support the moisture barrier.
Adding oils back into your skin is exactly the focus here. For a product to be really effective, you want to restore your skin barrier so you want oil and butter rich products that have fatty acids and ceramides to deliver that much needed moisture.
Products like Clean Slate are a multi-tasking DREAM for dry skin! Use it as a cleanser to gently remove makeup and sunscreen without stripping your skin of any essential moisture. Then, after using your toners and serums, apply a thin layer of Clean Slate as an overnight moisturizer to lock in moisture and reduce TEWL.
At least weekly, add in a nourishing creamy yet exfoliating face mask that will truly nourish, feed, exfoliate your skin so that your skincare can work even better.
Now, those hot steamy showers might feel ah-mazing but they also can damage your skin barrier which ends up stripping the natural oils in your skin. So, try NOT to take long hot showers too often in order to maintain healthy skin.
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One of my biggest pieces of advice for both oily and blemish-prone skin types is don't be afraid of oils!
It may sound counter-intuitive to use oils on oily and acne-prone skin, but hear me out: using the RIGHT oils can actually benefit these skin types! Oils high in linoleic acid are especially beneficial for oily skin and acne. Oily and acne prone skin types actually lack linoleic acid so the right oils (grapeseed, rosehip seed) help balance sebum production which teaches your skin to not produce as much oil. I call that a WIN!
Which brings us to… oil cleansing! Cleansing with an oil cleanser keeps pores clear of sunscreen, dirt, and makeup, and removes excess oil - all while giving your skin much-needed nutrients!
And if you're ready to level up your skincare routine, try double cleansing! Cleanse your face once with an oil cleanser, like Clean Slate, to thoroughly remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess oil, then follow up with a second cleanser, like Clay Play, for a more thorough cleanse.
Bonus: Clay Play doubles as a mask and a gentle cleanser with ingredients like oats, ginger, and rosehip to soothe and reduce blemishes.
And don't forget - oily and acne-prone skin needs hydration and moisturization too! Use a toner and lightweight moisturizer to balance excess oil production caused by dehydration, thus reducing breakouts as well!
If breakouts are a major concern for you, a serum that calms inflammation, soothes skin, and unclog pores will make all the difference. And exfoliating 2-3x a week reduces breakouts by unclogging pores and speeding up skin turnover.
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As you age, you might notice more defined wrinkles, duller, or drier skin. I'm here to encourage you to embrace aging with confidence! Because you're gorgeous, fine lines be damned! But..don't throw in the towel just yet because every successful skin care routine to age with confidence should include a little extra love.
If you're over 50, your skin doesn't shed dead skin cells has quickly as it used too, so it's crucial is exfoliate. But you want to stick with gentle exfoliants like Berry Bright which gently exfoliates and pulls double duty to brighten and stimulate collagen production with honey, berries, and hibiscus. Just remember, you're skin is more delicate, so skip the harsh exfoliants.
Removing dead cells also makes your skin-care products more effective by allowing them to penetrate your skin more deeply.
Avoid over washing your skin. As long as you're cleansing well at night, you really don't need to cleanse in the morning. Just take a cool wet cloth to rinse away the night. Then follow up with your skincare routine.
Look for brightening serums to bring on the glow, speed up skin turnover, and reduce dark spots common in mature skin. And feed your skin antioxidants to stimulate collagen production, increase skin turnover, and fight free radicals. This is the best way to brighten up your skin, eliminate dull skin and give you back your glow.
Always reach for a more nourishing moisturizer and night time routine to repair skin. You'll want something to cushion, plump, and rejuvenate so reach for Clean Slate. Since your skin is probably producing less oils, replenishing them with restorative fatty acids in mango butter, pomegranate and rosehip.
PRO TIP: Bring your skincare down your neck and chest. And use any excess on your hands.
And now that you're skin is glowing and you're feeling more confident, you can ditch foundation that ends up settling in fine lines.
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Creating a skincare routine that is perfect for your skin through any stage of life is much easier than you think. It's all about playing with your skincare products, finding what works best for YOU. The best part about Me Time Botanicals multi-tasking rituals, they play well with all skin types and concerns so you can keep it simple!
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December 06, 2021
The holidays can be the most magical time of the year.. But all of that can also create more chaos, pressure, and additional obligations. It’s no surprise anxiety and holiday blues increases this time of year, especially if you’re missing someone incredibly important to you or you’re spending a little too much time with your family (God knows we love them, even though they drive us crazy).
To create more joy and special memories this season, I’ve gathered up my favorite ways to reduce stress during the holiday so you can add to your mental health toolkit.
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Finally, it’s the Holidays. We need a little extra sparkle and cheer, especially these last 2 years. It's been a challenge to say the least. Shopping small is more important than ever (no supply chain issues here) so I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite makers and small brands to treat the ladies in your life (aaahhemmm even you). The entire guide is on budget with gifts made by women for you from under $30 and under $100.