Ever since I was in high school, I have struggled with my skin. During either my junior or senior year, I was diagnosed with hormonal acne – but was never placed on any kind of hormonal support prescription. I was prescribed topical creams and gels, antibiotics, and I tried just about every skin care line I could get my hands on. Hint: Proactive didn’t do jack for me, aside from stripping and drying out my skin. I also was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was in middle school – only at the base of my scalp.
Fast forward to 2015, where I first started really investing in my skin care. It was also in 2015 that I was first introduced to the most life-changing skin care line I have ever tried, “Skin Food” by Aubrey Brockert. I wanted to take a moment to share with my blog some of my favorite tips and products for skin care that have really helped clear up my skin the past year and a half or so. I have a YouTube channel (I will link it below as I did a correlational video with this blog post), and even my viewers began to notice when my skin was clearing up. Hallelujah.
Let’s get into it!
My Skin Type
First and foremost, my skin “type” – I would say I have combination skin (not particularly oily, not particularly dry). I do have very small pores, which is a blessing and a curse – I say “curse” because the first time I got a hydrofacial, when the technician was doing the extractions, small pores made for a very painful experience. But there are much larger problems in the world than a 21 year old girl with small pores… I digress. I do swing towards the dry side of things in the winter when the humidity leaves the air and it gets colder, so if anything, I would describe myself as more dry than oily.
Favorite Skin Tips & Products
Water. It’s literally the elixir of life. When I first started getting into health and fitness, I started getting more consistent with my water intake. The average, every day person isn’t getting enough water, and that will show in your skin. I promise. When I began drinking more water (a gallon a day), my skin definitely became more luminous. Hydration is essential to all body processes and organs, and your skin is a massive living organ. Start drinking more water and start glowing, girlfrann (or boyfrann). If you have an issue with it being bland, try adding some cucumber, lime, and/or lemon slices to jazz it up!
Another thing that changed when I started pursuing fitness seriously was my diet. I began eating a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some cheesecake every now and again, but my daily diet is primarily whole foods based. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc in fresh produce is literally gold for your complexion (and the rest of your body). Make sure you’re getting your 5 a day. “5 a day for complexion that slays.” QUOTE ME ON DAT.
Skin Food by Aubrey “Heal” cleansing bar
I use this as my daily facial soap, both am and pm. I had been using her Charcoal Detox Bar (also amazing), but she came out with this last summer/fall and I decided to give it a go. It’s gentle but very cleansing. I love how it still helps keep me acne and breakouts in check. This stuff is great for more sensitive skin. Some of the ingredients include Himalayan salt for healthy minerals; Calendula, Elderberry, and Camomile for soothing; honey for antibacterial purposes as well as moisture; and Bulgarian Rose for calming and radiance. The bar also features Sandalwood, Lavender, May Chang, and Cedarwood for healing, soothing, and astringent properties.
Skin Food by Aubrey “Balance” serum
I know people get freaked out by beauty oils, and believe me, so did I when I first decided to be bold and try one. Typical, “If I put oil on my face, won’t my skin get oily?” line of thought. Nope. Wrong. Very wrong. I started using beauty oil last winter out of need for a new moisturizer. This is the current one that I use, also am and pm. I find that oils (as opposed to cream or gel moisturizers) have left my skin better hydrated, more glowy, and less “weighed down.” This one in particular is nice and light. This one boosts hydration and regeneration. One of the key oils used is Argan oil, which is really rich in good fatty acids. Another is Frankincense, which assists with lifting and tightening the skin (I don’t need much of that at 21, but hey, I’d rather be precautionary than not). Benzoin helps prevent bacterial growth. Vetiver, Palmarosa, and Petitgran are all really powerful when it comes to healing and fading scars and wrinkles.
Skin Food by Aubrey lemon lip balm
Nothing too crazy or fancy here… I’m a lip balm junky. Especially during the cold winter months when chapped lips are more prevalent. This stuff has a fresh, lemon flavor and is extremely soothing. I have one in my bathroom, by my bed, in my gym bag, etc.
Fresh Cosmetics Sugar lip balm, shade “Honey”
I have been dying to find something that is a quick, go-to, ride-or-die wash of color when I’m running errands or don’t want to go full crazy with a lip color. MOMMA I MADE ITTTTTT. But in all seriousness. This stuff is the perfect wash of color for my skin tone. I keep one of these in my wallet and went through a full tube in like two weeks. I owe @ssssamanthaa my entire life for recommending this product in one of her more recent videos. She could basically tell me to put lighter fluid on my face and stand next to a bonfire and I would do it… So thankfully, her recommendations have yet to lead me astray.
Skin Food by Aubrey Coffee Scrub
Oh my lanta. Okay. So. We all love the feeling of freshly exfoliated, soft skin. Or at least I do. Whether I need fresh skin for a competition spray tan, if I want to self-tan, or if I simply want to feel like a soft, smooth, slippery dolphin (yeah I said that), exfoliation just feels good. Especially when you follow that up with some good body butter afterwards (more on that later). This scrub in particular is amazing because it’s effective enough to slough off the dead stuff, but also gentle enough to not leave my skin feeling stripped raw. Plus, this is a coffee scrub, and the smell rings true to the name. I step out of the shower smelling like a frickin’ latte. A vanilla hazelnut latte on a cold day with a warm blanket. AKA everything I want in life. Get some and thank me later.
Skin Food by Aubrey Shower Treatment
I mentioned my struggle with hormonal acne – welp, I also struggle with psoriasis. I was diagnosed when I was in middle school. The only place where the condition actually shows up is the base of my neck. I noticed it when I was younger because I found myself itching my neck incessantly. Big flakes of skin would fall off and there would sometimes be blood under my nails from scratching my scalp raw. The topical treatment helped, but as I grew up, I grew somewhat rebellious in that I despise taking medication of any kind. I also noticed the severity decrease over time, and now the only time I really notice the condition flare up is right when we start transitioning from fall to winter – the air dries out, as does my skin. Cue psoriasis here. I reached out to Aubrey earlier this year and asked her if she had any advice or had any products that may help. I tried out this shower treatment and bam. No more flare ups. I also started using it on really dry patches of skin in general, and it’s also helped people who deal with other skin conditions like eczema and KP (Keratosis pilosis, or “chicken skin”). This shower treatment is stocked full of essential oils, raw shea butter, and raw unrefined coconut oil. All the moisture, all in one. If you deal with psoriasis, notably dry skin, eczema, etc, give this a whirl.
Skin Food by Aubrey Coffee Body Butter | Vanilla Hazelnut
Like I briefly mentioned with the coffee scrub, one of the best feelings is well exfoliated, and well moisturized skin. When I’m settling in for a solid day of self care, you’d best believe I’m exfoliating, doing a face mask, and slathering myself head to toe in some boujee body butter. Followed by putting on sweatpants and house slippers, making oatmeal, and watching “That Awkward Moment” for the 73rd time (74th… 75th… ahem). This body butter fits perfectly into that equation. What I love about this particular one is not just the amazing blend of raw shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils… not just the amazing vanilla hazelnut coffee smell… but the texture. Some body butters are way too light and I barely feel like I put anything on. On the contrary, others are far too dense and I feel like my skin is trapped. This is the Goldilocks of body butter – it’s just right. It’s the perfect blend of luxurious and rich combined with light and slightly “whipped” feeling. 10/10. Don’t believe me? Join me on a Self Care Sunday. I’ll even make you some oatmeal, then tell you “I told you so” as we sit and cry over Zac Efron even though we’re in our 20s. It’s fine. Age is a number and Zac Efron is eternally beautiful.
Lush Cosmetics “BB Seaweed” face mask
I like to consider myself a face mask aficionado. My housemate (whose name also happens to be Emily) pokes fun at me for how often I do them. In all fairness, it’s probably only 2 times per week on average, but regardless, I am a fiend for a good face mask. This one from Lush (another cruelty free brand) is great when I want something light and exfoliating. I don’t get that tight, “pulled” feeling, but rather just feel fresh-faced and soft skinned.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
I stumbled upon this particular mask a few years ago at a local hole-in-the-wall health food store. Long story short: if you’re looking to go full Tomb Raider on your pores, this is your Lara Croft. When I use this mask, sure, I lose feeling in my face for a bit as the clay hardens, but afterwards? I HAVE A NEW FACE. I have been reborn. I grew an all new layer of skin in 20 minutes. I might be Beyonce now (ps – SHE IS HAVING TWINS. 2017 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR). But yeah. If you’re down for some deep cleansing, this guy. If the Aztecs have any other secrets they’d like to share, speak now or forever hold your peace. (You can find this in my Amazon store here: http://astore.amazon.com/emd05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=4
And there you have it, folks! My skin care go-tos. I do wash my face both morning and evening, and I wash my makeup brushes regularly. For makeup wipes, I love the Simple brand micellar wipes (can be found at Target). Clean and clear skin is such a liberating feeling, and while it’s taken me a bit of trial and error to find my “routine,” I think I’m getting there.
And just like I mentioned in my video, remember: great skin, a “blind the haters” highlight, the world’s best brows, etc, none of that means a lick if your heart isn’t beautiful first. I fully believe that beauty radiates from our souls first and foremost – Grace gives us the kind of glow that no product ever will.
Until next time.