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Five Ways to Improve Your Skin this Winter

I’ve been making mistake after mistake early on this winter, severely drying out my face and leaving it dully, flaky and just sad looking. Mistakes like blasting my heat in my car on my face, taking scalding how showers and using the wrong skincare products this time of year. I just hosted a skincare event at Fresh Thyme last week where I could share a few of my favorite products and how to best care for my skin this winter, and wanted to share them here too (and a few photos from the event!) Read More Β»

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Winter Skin Routine


My Skin at 30

If I rewind one year, I can vividly recall how terrible my skin was cooperating. Constant hormonal breakouts, uneven skin tone, scarring..My skin caused a few insecurities to creep into my everyday life and it took last winter for me to solve some of its ongoing problems. Fast forward to this year, I’ve changed birth control, realized the benefits of the occasional chemical peel and eating better/drinking Β more water. Once I was able to get past acne and scarring, I could focus on maintaining my skin and keeping it healthy and as youthful as it can appear. Read More Β»


My Winter Skincare

Winter takes a toll on my skin and I partnered with Meijer to share a few of my go-to products to help with moisturizing, whether it’s all over body, lips or face.
The ever-nosy James was curious what I use for my dry, chapped lips. Combining the dry, winter air with my dry-prone lips (thanks to Accutane), I need something more intense to keep my lips moisturized. Cerave’s healing ointment works well on my dry elbows and lips. I top it off with Maybelline’s color sensational buff lipstick line in sin-a-mon. I love a matte lip, but this lipstick glides on and doesn’t dry out my lips.
Dove deep moisture body wash is by far my number one body wash choice. While my face is pretty oily, the rest of me in the winter is so damn dry. Because of eczema and just being dry, Jergen’s ultra healing body lotion is a great choice for all over moisture after a shower.
I keep Gold Bond’s eczema relief hand lotion on my nightstand since it’s when I’m in my underwear and notice all the eczema patches and dab this on. My thighs, upper arms and neck have been hit hard with eczema this winter, instead between my fingers as usual. This hand cream works great still.
I tested out Eucerin’s face moisturizer and I haven’t been using it long enough to make a strong statement either way, but I think it’s a little too heavy for my face even though it’s labeled as lightweight. I use Glossier’s moisturizer currently and it’s super light, but doesn’t have any SPF. I’m thinking I would actually prefer this product in the summer, when I’m likely to wear no foundation and a light tinted moisturizer.
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Acne-Prone Skincare Routine


Since the teenage years, I’ve been cursed with acne. T-zone breakouts through high school and college and more intense in my early 20’s. I even went on Accutane when I was 24. It seemed worth  the reclusive months of me staying at home, staying single with my dry, flaky and blemished skin. But the acne returned a few months later and it was back downhill from there. I’m days away from 30 and I FINALLY figured out a system that works for me. Here are some tips for how I solved some skin issues and how I care for my skin now.


Birth control. My acne was definitely hormonal in my cheek and jaw line areas, areas I never once experienced acne before. I spoke with my gynecologist about it and she put me on a new birth control with a lower dose of progesterone. It took a couple months, but my skin has significantly improved. It’s something to talk to your your gyno about if you notice hormonal acne.

Topical medication. I’ve tried probably close to 10 or more of topicals and pills and find that Clindamycin has actually been working with consistent use. I apply this to problem areas of my skin each night and let dry, and then apply moisturizer.


De-stress. I get stressed out easily and am pretty anxious. The only way to combat this is for me to schedule time EACH night for me to unwind. I don’t care how hermit-like it seems, I don’t stay out longer than an hour or two out after work and I try really hard to not make plans after work so I can go home and unwind because I usually have grad school work or a blog post to work on and I have to find a balance that works for me and reduces stress.
Spend more time actually washing my face. I realized I never quite washed my face long enough. I would rub it all over my face quick and rinse. My make up was never completed washed off so I spend more time washing my face using Beauty Counter’s charcoal cleansing bar or Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Boosters cleanser. The charcoal cleansing bar is a new addition to cleansers I like, but I’ve been trying to keep it simple and find something that truly washes away EVERYTHING, but doesn’t dry me out. Breakouts AND dry patches of skin? Been there, done that. No thanks.
Exfoliate and tone. I also exfoliate 2-3 times a week using Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion. It loosens up all the dead skin and gross shit hanging out on my face and I feel like I have a fresh new face after. I use Simple’s cleansing water as a toner daily. It’s gentle and removes everything (if anything was missed from my face wash)!


Moisturize. I’ve always skipped this part in the past because my skin is naturally on the oily side. Big. Mistake. Some I’ve tried were too heavy or simply didn’t jive with my skin, but Glossier’s priming moisturizer has been amazing. My face can be normally more red and this helps calm my skin. I use this in the morning and at night.

Mask it! I have a couple masks that I really love that address different skin issues on different parts of my face. I use Peter Thomas Roth’s sulfer mask on my t-zone while using Mario Badescu’s super collagen mask on my cheeks. I’ve also started addressing aging skin issues now that I’m not dealing with constant acne break-outs. I have wrinkles forming around my mouth and I’ve been using Dr. Brandt’s 3D filler mask. I can notice it working almost immediately and the few subtle lines I had around my mouth  and between my brows were significantly less noticeable.

What’s your skincare routine like and what products do you use?


Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Somehow in the last year I became a beauty and skincare junkie, testing out new products for my skin and scouring the internet for more beauty bloggers to follow for their recommendations. Since I have problem skin and I prefer a more natural look with make up, I’m sharing my favorites that enhance natural features, are easy to use and aren’t crazy expensive. I’m still on the hunt for a great cleanser that fights acne, so always open for suggestions!

1. Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold, $11.99. Since I’m no expert in applying blush, I usually reach for this one since it’s easy to blend and builds easily.
2. Buxom Lash Mascara, $19. I recently tried a sample size of this and it became an instant favorite. My lashes appear thicker and longer. It also strikes the balance of being buildable, but one coat looks great too.
3. NYX Eyebrow Marker, $9.69. Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth had this at her apartment last time I visited and it’s revolutionized my make up application. I hate when eyebrows look too drawn on and this one looks so natural and easy to apply.
4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4.39. I’ve had an issue with over-drying my skin, which I didn’t think was possibly with my oily skin. I shower sometimes twice a day because of my workouts and I was over washing my face. I’ve found that using this between workouts works well for me.
5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, $43. Since my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, I prefer a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and this product has worked the best. Nothing too heavy, but provides decent coverage without that caked on look. There are so many shades it’s easy to match up too.
6. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light, $48. I always thought I didn’t need a moisturizer because my skin is oily, but I need it especially during the winter and between my chemical peel visits.
7. Maybelline Baby Lips Medicated, $2.99. My lips are so dry this time of the year, I’m constantly applying this in the non-tinted version and I’d like to scoop a couple tinted versions up now.
8. Buxom Full On Lip Cream, $19. I also got this sample a month ago and I love a lip plumper in this soft hue.
9. elf Studio Tone Correcting Powder, $3.00. My skin looks anything but dull after this powder. I’ve bought pricy powders in the past, but this one works better than those and $3 isn’t a bad price either.

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