How to Look Like It's Golden Hour, Every Hour

Let's talk SKINCARE.
I have had such horrible experiences with my sensitive, combination skin. Products have given me rashes, pimples, scars, allergies, more dry skin than I already had, flaky eyelids - the list goes on and on. Experimenting with products is one thing, but knowing your skin before you do is the way to go.
I never like using just any products and I would much rather invest in what works for me than what everyone else is using. We are all different. Male or Female. Oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, combination skin, eczema, sensitive skin - it's not all the same. And what I have learned (the hard way) is that just because something might work for someone else, does not mean it will work for you.
Would you believe me if I told you I was one of those girls that carried her makeup to every class in high school and do it during class? I hid behind that bag for as long as I can remember. SO much that my best friend Elizabeth took my bag away from me every morning and would meet up with me to give it back at the end of the day. It wasn't until then that I slowly became confident with my natural bare face. Fast forward to today, taking care of my skin has been a priority along with my other everyday routines. I make sure that my natural glow and a dewy finish surfaces through my makeup by maintaining a consistent skincare routine, a healthy diet, and making sure I am drinking the right amount of water every day. To build your skincare routine, it starts with thorough research on your skin type and finding the proper skincare products.

My routine consists of five steps that I have been doing for years.
Step 1: Cleanse - I use the Garnier Sulfate Free Cleanser that is available at your local CVS, Target and Walmart. I always like to start with a fresh face before getting into everything else. This product is not only THE BEST for sensitive skin and removing dirt/oils, but it doesn't have so many harsh chemicals or acids which can normally dry out the skin.
Step 2: Exfoliate!!! I use the Freeman Polishing Gel Scrub that has natural ingredients to remove all the dead skin from the surface and below. I also like to use the St. Ives Oatmeal mask with an exfoliating sponge that works the same way as a scrub with sugar.
Step 3: Detoxifying the skin gets rid of all the impurities and allows your pores to open and most importantly, BREATHE. I like to use a turmeric and coconut oil mask either store-bought or with homemade ingredients to help reduce redness while penetrating the pores. Charcoal clay masks are also a favorite of mine.
Step 4: Rejuvenate and Renewing. After all the cleansing your skin went through with steps 1-3, it's time to bring some life back into it. Cucumbers have the Vitamin C the skin needs to soothe irritation and reduce swelling. On a daily basis, I use the Freeman cucumber peel off gel mask or the Freeman cucumber and pink salt clay mask.
Step 5: Let's bring the moisture back in! I have been loving this retinol serum from Advanced Clinicals! Retinol clears up skin blemishes and helps prevent future skin damage by keeping dead skin cells from clogging up pores. This also helps stimulate collagen production in the skin, which works to fade acne scars. It is a new love of mine and I massage this into my skin before applying my daily Aveeno moisturizer. On days when I don't do the retinol serum, I love using collagen infused face masks to bring back the moisture for a dewy glow followed by massaging the collagen aftermath with a cold jade roller - THE BEST FEELING AFTER A LONG DAY OMG.
I don't always have time and money to pamper myself by going to get spa treatments or a professional facial, so these are the small ways I like to reward myself after a long day. Pampering yourself is always a must and time should be made for this. 30 minutes of self-care every night will bring a lifetime of happiness!
Love your skin and it will love you back!


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