Skincare TAG

Skin care TAGSome of my current favorite skincare products

Many thanks to Ana for tagging me. Such a great, fun TAG!

Describe your skin care routine in 5 words:

Mist, cleanse, tone, nourish, treat.

I always mist my face before cleansing and whenever my skin needs a quick pick me up. Cleansing is my favorite part of my skin care routine because I am a bit of a clean-freak and that applies to my face as well. It is also very relaxing to me. I like to tone after cleansing to prepare my face for a nourishing moisturizer/facial oil. I treat my skin with different masks and serums.

What’s your skin type?

I think that the most appropriate way to define it would be combination/sensitive. Oily on my forehead (prone to breakouts) and sensitive, but not oily on my cheeks and chin. My cheeks and chin tend to get irritated very easily and are prone to redness. My eyelids, like my forehead, are very oily.

What’s your favourite skin care product?

Cleansers and facial oils. Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Cleanser are my current favorite cleansers and Marie Veronique Organics, Pai Skincare, and MUN make my current favorite facial oils.

Top blemish zapper:

Honestly, the less I stress about blemishes, the quicker they go away. I try not to look at them in the mirror every hour and follow the whole evolution process of each pimple. However, I recently noticed that the Marie Veronique Organics Facial Oil helps my blemishes go away. Not sure which one of the ingredients is so healing (there are many great oils in the blend like borage, tamanu, marula, evening primrose, sea buckthorn, etc), but it works miracles for my skin. And no, I am not exaggerating.

Face wipes yay or nay?

NAY. Capital letters on purpose, of course. They are drying and  require too much rubbing of the skin. They do not deeply cleanse the skin. I recommend reading this article written by Sarah Brown, Pai Skincare founder.

Toner, yay or nay?

Yay, but lately I have been enjoying hydrating facial mists more than toners.

High-end skin care or high-end make-up?

Both! However, if I had to pick one, skincare would be the one I am willing to spend more money on. If the skin is not right, makeup is not going to look good anyway.

What’s the most unusual skin care product you’ve tried?

One unusual product, that turned out to be a complete failure, is Hydrogen Peroxide. I watched a Youtube video (from a popular beauty “guru”) that recommended trying Hydrogen Peroxide on the face to keep it blemish-free. It was a disaster, my blemishes were bubbling, literally. Not sure why I tried it in the first place. As for the most unusual product, that instead turned out to be a success, I used some capsules from Marie Veronique Organics called Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment, whose powdery content has to be mixed with any serum/oil.

You’re in a  pharmacy and can only pick up one item – what is it? 

Coconut oil. So many uses from that one jar.

Tell us your top skin care tips:

The most important tips to have beautiful skin are a healthy diet, avoiding sugar, drinking a lot of water, exercising, and sleeping. Your diet should include fresh produce (local and organic is best) and a ton of good fats. Sugars are the worst enemy of clear skin, (and of your health in general), stay away from  them as much as possible! Drink purified water if possible and make sure to drink about 2 liters a day. Exercise, because when you exercise you release hormones, such as estrogens, that can increase collagen production in the skin¹. Sleep, get in bed before 11 pm, because between 11 pm and 1 am our skin recovers from the stress and environmental damage of the day. The best skincare products are not going to be enough if you fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As for the skincare routine, I highly recommend cleansing twice a day. Once in the morning, once in the evening. In the evening I highly recommend double cleansing to ensure that makeup/SPF are completely removed from the skin.

If you have oily skin, do not use harsh, drying cleansers. Repeat: do not use harsh, drying cleansers. You may feel like your skin is less oily right after cleansing, but your skin will produce more oil in the following hours. I have oily skin in certain areas of my face and rich, creamy cleansers have worked so much better for my skin.

Do not touch your face, unless your hands are clean. Do not use dirty, filthy makeup products on your face. Make sure to keep your makeup brushes clean.

Use an eye cream. It’s never too early for that. Be extra gentle when touching your eye area, as it is more fragile than the rest of your skin.

Do not smoke. It is a crime against your beauty, just like thinning brows. However, smoking is also extremely aging and dangerous to your health.

Try facial oils. Do not be afraid of using facial oils, especially if your skin is oily. I do not always use facial oils in the morning, because I find that makeup may not hold up as well with oils as it will with a lightweight moisturizer, but at night I always use facial oils and have noticed a drastic improvement in my skin since I started to use them. In fact, my skin has become less oily.

I TAG Kim, Britanie and Pemberly Jones. Have fun girls!

(¹) Aguirre Claudia Ph.D., “Hormones and Your Skin”, The International Dermal Institute, n.d., Web. 10 Aug, 2013.

  • The MVO Face oil has the same effect on me, too. It helps my blemishes heal faster and leave less scars. Until now, I’m still on the edge whether to switch/try another facial oil or stick to it. There are so many that I wish to try and because all of them are sold overseas, I need to choose wisely due to the shipping fees involved.

    • I am glad to know I am not the only one that is completely crazy about that oil! I have no idea how it works so great, but it does! Now I am using the Pacific oil from MVO (I want to review a vegan alternative for vegan readers!) and I have used it only for a few days, but it seems to be just as great. Do you have any idea of which oil in the blend is so amazing and healing? Can’t figure it out. I think that I will use it forever and ever, lol.
      Totally understand your concern in choosing products. Shipping fees must be really high for you :(

  • Ila

    Lilly such a nice routine! Sounds very methodical and done how it should be ah ah :) I want to start to use more facial oils and serum in the evening, I think the would be very beneficial for my type of skin.

    Ila x

    • Ciao Ila! Glad you liked it. I am now convinced that facial oils are beneficial to all skin types, and that you just need to sample a few different ones to find out which one works the best for you. Thank you for your comment, baci baci baci :)

  • Little Mokuyoubi

    Hi Lilly,
    nice tag!
    I told you you were a danger, I’ve bought the Pai Rosehip oil! Next on the list: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and MVO later on!
    Have a great day,

    • Hi Melanie, thank you for your comment :) How are you liking the Rosehip Oil? I would love to know how that is working for your skin! And yes, I believe you will love Aurelia and MVO too ;) Have a wonderful day as well, xx

  • Ana Green

    Great answers, I really want to try some of the brands you featured! I love Aurelia skincare and that Pai cleanser and eye cream! :) Xx

    • Thank you Ana! You would love MVO too. I know Danni tried some of their products and liked them too ;)

  • Loved reading this, Lilly! I’m a coconut oil fan, too. I’m using it to replace a lot of products, though I’ll always be a product junkie who loves trying new things :) Can’t wait to get my tag done!!! xoxo

    • Thank you, I can’t wait to read yours! :)

  • freudianslippers

    Hey Lilly! I’ve been looking for a good cleanser (I’ve been using the May Lindstrom clean dirt but it’s a bit too exfoliating for such frequent use). I’m considering the Pai cleanser since I’ve heard such great things (and I love the rosehip oil), but do you think it’s appropriate for acne-prone skin?

  • Thanks for the tag, love! Working on my routine! I just got a sample of a few Pai products and I am a little in love. The cleanser is SO NICE. I also love the moisturizers. I want to try their Rosehip oil too. Great picks and amazing tips as always! xx

    • Awesome, can’t wait to read it! The cleanser is definitely one of their best products! So gentle, yet so effective! Thank you for your comment :)

  • Nicole

    love that you did this tag. All of your products sound wonderful and totally agree on the cleansing twice a day. If it’s gentle, it’s fine. xo

    • Hi Nicole, thank you for your comment! I agree with you, cleansers need to be gentle, especially for people like me who have sensitive skin! xx

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  • Flo

    I just stumbled across your blog and absolutely like it. Can you tell me if you don’t use oil what then do you use in the morning before you put on make up or if you ever put on make up. thank you so much!

    • Hi Flo, thank you for your comment. I have combination skin that gets very oily in certain areas of my face so in the morning I usually put a lightweight facial cream like the Pai Skincare Geranium and Thistle Cream . It works very well to prep my face for makeup! Please let me know if you have anymore questions and thank you for your kind words.

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  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt Blog

    These are such wonderful tips, and I am so glad that you did the tag. Your skin is incredible, and you are definitely inspiring!
    The Grass Skirt

    • Awww thank you. I don’t know how I missed your comment, I am so sorry! Thank you so much!

  • Loved this post! Your skincare tips are excellent. I’m definitely going to try a facial oil. I’ve heard so many great things, but I was a little nervous. And there are so many to choose from!

    • Hi Jerrell, I am glad you liked the post. Learning how to take proper care of my skin is an ongoing process, but face oils have been helping so much lately! I hope you find the perfect oil for your skin! :)

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  • charlotte

    I just found your blog and started reading every post you wrote for the past months.
    I LOVE IT! The last months I started to use more natural skincare because I found that the big brands ful of chemicals didn’t do anything for my skin. I read a lot of blogs but I find that almost none of the other bloggers really care about natural skincare. I am so happy I found your blog. I am addicted already! Unfortunality I am also addicted to sugar.. :)

    • Hi Charlotte, thank you so much for your kind words! I am very glad that you are finding my suggestions helpful. Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions if you are searching for specific products ;)

  • Rachel

    I guess I always knew the facewipes were a nay, but not happy about it :( They are sooooo easy and convenient. Any recommendations on any that are a cut above the rest? I feel like if I don’t use the wipes, I might not use anything!