Summer is in full hot effect! If there is one thing I invest without negotiation is in my skin. I guide my skincare needs by keeping three things in mind when choosing products: environment, genes and food. The reality is that our skin has its own individuality. It took me years and years and tons of unnecessary product testing and trials to finally bring out the best in my skin, but of course not without traces of scars, sun spots and uneven skin tone. But, I am definitely in a better place now with my skin.
I wish I had the luxury of time and knowledge to make my own products but not an option at the moment for me. So, my next options are products with the minimal preservatives and as clean as possible. When it comes to moisturizers, one brand that I feel very comfortable with is Eminence. I have been using it for pair of years--they're an all around green brand that use organic fruits, veggies and herbs. They don't contain animal by-products. By the way, I don't believe much in these categories of skin types--they are a good marketing strategy(more on this on a different post). Where I leave wiggle room in terms of high product standards is with my face wash, but they still have to meet my minimum requirements. My favorite place to find them is at street green fairs and markets because I get to talk with the maker of the product and ask questions.
This Summer I really wanted to minimize my products as much as possible. I'm also taking into consideration my age and where I want my skin to be in the next five years and reason why I'm adding Retinol to my regimen. As I expressed above, I'm not a believer of general skin categories--over time with the help of estheticians, dermatologists, nutritional advice and doctors I have learned to address my skin needs.
I have also learned to simplify my skin care regimen--there are days(those where I don't step out and am home all day) that I don't wash my face and some weekend mornings I don't, unless I wore makeup the day before or was out and about. Don't be surprised! Salma Hayek does the same. The reason behind that depending on your skin, for me it strips it--another reason why sometimes I use the oil cleaning method or cleansers with oils. I'm keeping it quite simple this Summer and focusing more on what I eat, stress and external factors like the Sun to care for my skin.
During Summer my skin and pores are wide-open to all these New York city fumes and environmental impurities, so I need something that is going to get into my skin and clean without stripping it. I have been testing a local Brooklyn brand called Alchemy Holistics--it's gentle and effective.
Taking into consideration my skin, it's open pores, t-zone oily and dry patches on my cheeks by my jaw, I didn't want to clog them nor feel that icky feeling of a moisturizing layer in this heat. I went Eminence's Bamboo Firming Fluid which gave me both a natural Retinol and moisture.
One area of my face I have always been diligent in caring is my eyes. Again, I have started implementing Retinol because I'm also working on my future skin. For this I went with Eminence's Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum. I personally am not applying an eye moisturizer on top of that because I don't need it.I use this for day and night.
NIGHT SKIN CARE
Recently, I learned that our night care is probably more important than our day because this is the stage where the skin repairs and replenishes--glad I have been doing something about it. For this I opted-out the moisturizer and use Alchemy Holistic's Pumpkin & Carrot Antioxidant Oil.
Written by Mariana Aguilera
Founder of THE DEMUREIST, an American, Latina, Small Business Consultant, a style and creative enthusiast, who enjoys diversity in cultures, eatery, religions, arts and style and whose shaping her world on her terms. A women activist fighting against machismo/male chauvinism and in her 4th year journey of clean beauty, eating and living.