In all realness, I actually lather myself in lotion that I make in my kitchen because I do not want to be a leather bag when I grow up. I also do my best to avoid to a cocktail of chemicals labeled “lotion” that you can buy at the grocery store. Now, I know that wrinkles are a part of life so I’m working on being okay with the wrinkles, but no thanks to the dry skin. I’ve done my fair share of research on the things I use and I wanted to share my goodies. Initially, this was a six-month skin care plan but I didn’t want to limit/tell you what to do with your life. Here are the products I use and why I use them:
- Tretinonin Cream (Retin-A)- When I was around 21 years old, I randomly got bad acne on my cheeks. I tried (faithfully, I might add) to make apple cider vinegar work but alas, it did not. After a few too many “vinegar face” nights, my boyfriend talked me into going to see a dermatologist. Science. He prescribed low-dose antibiotics for acne, topical anti-biotic cream and tretinoin. This shit is fucking gold. White, creamy gold. I put this on at night before I go to bed, let it chill, then put my nightly moisturizer on. Don’t sit on this one. Make an appointment with a dermatologist.
- Topical anti-biotic cream- For my face prescribed, again, by my dermatologist. I use this to keep acne at bay. I put it on before my moisturizer in the morning
- Vitamin e oil– I get dry around my eyes and my mouth. This really helps to moisten it up. I recommend this vitamin e oil for a couple of reasons. A) it is in an amber bottle. Amber bottles protect the oils inside from uv exposure. B) it is D-Alpha Tocopherol rather than Dl-Alpha Tocopherol which means it is more easily absorbed and utilized by your body and it is natural while DL-alpha is synthetic.
- Cod Liver Oil– Many moons ago, when Youtube was in it’s infancy, a youtuber recommended this oil for your skin. I struggled for so many years to use it regularly and finally, I got to that place! I got religious about it and it truly does pay off. Cod liver oil is high in omega 3s, vitamin A and Vitamin D. All of these things help with skin, hair, and nails! I take it at night, before bed because I love waking up with skin that has been nourished from the inside out.
- Cocoa Butter– I personally enjoy this cocoa butter because it is raw and unrefined as well as organic. It gives me lasting moisture, smells like chocolate heaven, and is a great mixing agent for the more concentrated Vitamin E in my skin care routine which allows me to save on the expensive stuff.
- 64 oz glass bottle– I use a glass bottle to avoid harmful plastics. It is so important to drink this in the morning while you’re doing your make-up alongside your coffee. Hydrate that body!! You are much more likely to stay hydrated throughout your day if you remember to drink all of this in the morning. You can have the BEST products out there but if you don’t drink water, you’re never going to see the results you want. I have spent so much of my life being dehydrated. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.
- 9 0z amber glass bottle– This is what you put your skin potions in! It’s important to protect the vitamin E and any essential oils you use from light as it can make the oil go rancid.
- Light, organic lotion– I use this on days that i’m being lazy and don’t want a heavy moisturizer.
- Facial moisturizer of choice- for obvious reasons, this is a personal choice. Remember to keep quality in mind. If you’re looking for suggestions, I use this lotion for lighter days and this lotion when i’m feeling a bit dry.
This is by no means comprehensive but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this routine to anyone.
-The Curvy Broke Girl