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Sunday, Spa Day

December 14, 2014

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My daily skincare regimen can be described as strict at best, but definitely OCD at its finest. It can be rather time consuming, maybe a little spendy here and there but most of all it’s comprehensve, effective yet pretty simple. From a young age I was taught that how you take care of your skin now will show later on in life, and for these broads it has definitely paid off. I mean, who doesn’t want to be 70-something and maybe only have a few fine lines here and there? While I’m already a skincare junkie and my existing daily routine is very thorough, once a week I like to sit down and have my very own Sunday Spa Day, not only to nourish my skin, but also to have some alone time to myself and to recharge my battery. Before I go to bed I will perform a 9-10-step process where I very much focus on every aspect from deep cleaning to hydration in order to keep my complexion looking clear, supple, glowing and youthful. 

It may be a tad overboard, but if you ask me it never hurts to put in the extra work to have a flawless visage in the end.

Step 1 – Cleanse
First – I take the day off using the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. These are the only removing wipes that have never irritated my skin not even once. They’re moist, soft and uber-gentle, so gentle in fact that they can remove eye makeup as well – so if you’re all about convenience and double-duty products, these are it. However, for my eyes I like to use the Maybelline Clean Express Eye Makeup Remover because it’s so much quicker than using a towelette in that instant. Plus, I’m a little iffy about using removal wipes on my eyes. Next, for cleansing I will take the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser since it emulsifies into this milky substance that feels like it really pulls out all of the makeup residue from my face, leaving it soft and smooth afterwards. It nourishes and cleans without that overly clean feeling;

Step 2 – Tone
The Glycolic acid and grapefruit extract in the Mario Badescu Glycolid Acid Toner conditions the skin while unclogging any traces of pore congestion potentially caused by makeup residue or the general elements. What I really like about this toner is that it is alcohol-free so it feels much more hydrating as opposed to drying which is something I have experienced with a few toners I tried in the past;

Step 3 – Exfoliate
I refuse to let any store-bought exfoliators touch my skin, I prefer to make my own using 3 ingredients from the kitchen. This is how I know for sure no added chemicals or dyes are included that have no business being there is by making my own concoction. E.V.O.O., honey + brown sugar = condition, brighten, exfoliate – the best exfoliator you’ll ever use, and you can use it on your body plus your lips;

Step 4 – Mud Mask
At the end of a long week, I like to completely purge my pores and balance out the moisture in my skin with a nutrient-rich mud mask. In this case, I really love the Freeman Anti-Stress Mask with Dead Sea Minerals to calm my skin and brighten it up a bit. I wash this off with lukewarm water and a paper towel;

Step 5 – Paper Mask
It’s probably not the politically correct term, I just like to use it. If you’re not on the Sephora Paper Mask craze yet, I suggest you start today. I use these twice a week for optimal hydration and revealing a healthier complexion as a result from actively nourishing facial ingredients. It’s gentle, revitalizing, I am utterly in love with these things and keep the 5-Pack set on me at all times – it makes your skin feel amazing. Just sit in bed and watch TV for 15 minutes, take it off and massage excess product into the skin. No rinsing needed;

Step 6 – Serum
Another Mario Badescu product I adore is the Cellufirm Drops serum. This bottle is filled with anti-aging proprieties that not reduce the visible signs of aging, but also repairs cell damage that occurs over time. I use a few drops twice a day and massage it all over my face and neck, the best part is that it is delicate enough to use on the eyes. Win!

Step 7 – Eye Cream
Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Eye Cream has the perfect density that easily absorbs into the skin. Containing both Glycolic acid and antioxidant rich emollients to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also works great around the mouth area;

Step 8 – Night Cream
I have been on a oceanic ingredient kick lately. The Seaweed Night Cream by Mario Badescu has been my recent go-to for the nighttime. The elastin, collagen and Hyaluronic acid found in the cream go to work over night deep hydrating the skin with minerals found in Bladderwrack Extract for dewy looking skin when you wake up;

Step 9 – Oil
Still in love with the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argain Oil, I apply this as the final step and lightly use massaging motions borrowed from my face massage routine to lock all of the moisture in.

Do you have a at-home spa day? What are your go-to products?

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