Silvy’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!
Today, meet Silvy, another D.C. gal who is managing the humid and ever-changing weather there. And no, I didn’t just pick her because we have similar names (although..cool!), I picked her for her great routine and her unique style icon: Jane Jacobs.
Current Weather: Loony DC spring- mostly extra humid, with some drastic temperature fluctuations and lots of rain.
Hair: Recently chopped to chin-length (I did it myself!), straight, and prone to dandruff and the greasies.
Skin: Quite sensitive (to lack of sleep, processed foods, humidity, you name it!), breaks out easily, some enlarged pores around the nose, mostly dry.
In the shower…
I don’t shower every day and generally avoid putting water on my face, but in the shower I’ll do a good cleanse. I either massage some coconut oil on my face before getting in the shower, let it soak, and then massage off with a washcloth in the shower, or I’ll use my Pangea Facial Scrub and let it sit for a bit like a mask. For hair, I struggle with dandruff, greasy roots, and dry ends, so in the winter, I’ve actually found that it’s best to skip conditioner (in fact I’ve banished it completely!), and just use Kiss My Face Big Body Volumizing Shampoo. To condition my hair, I rub coconut oil or Dr. Hauschka hair oil
onto my scalp and hair about once a week before I shower. I do love me some Pangea, so I also use their shower gels. Body scrub is one of the easiest things to make, so I love to do that and use it about once a week or so. I use any sort of base oil, some organic cane sugar, and some essential oils or extracts (lavender/vanilla, rose/vanilla, or grapefruit).
Outside the shower…
Body oil on damp skin is just about the most amazing, luxurious thing on earth! I love to DIY my own, especially with sunflower oil as a base, and some essential oils (lots of ideas on the internet for scent combos!), but plain old coconut oil does the trick too. Whatever that oil happens to be, I’ll usually put some on my (moist) face and hair as well. For winter (or cooler spring days) face moisturizing, I layer that oil (or plain rosehip or Pangea Balancing Oil) under Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream
. For warmer days, I’ll do just the oil or Pai Geranium & Thistle moisturizer
, which makes your skin really nice and matte. Don’t forget to give your ear lobes a nice massage as you apply facial moisturizer! Now, as a grad student with genetic eye circles, I must insist on an eye cream! Pai Echium eye cream
is my favorite favorite for de-puffing, tightening, and brightening, and I use that once a day every morning.
I’m pretty low maintenance with make up, but my go-tos are RMS un-cover up
(of course!), Dr. Hauschka volume mascara
in aubergine, and Hemp Organics berry lip tint
as blush, eye shadow, whatever. I also love Queen of the Meadow lip balm
in glamour coral for a multipurpose lip/cheek sort of thing, (love all of her products, in fact! lovely ingredients, great price, and magnificent cleanser). Sometimes I line my eyes with an angled brush and some dark brown powder eyeshadow. Right now I have Benefit, which I’ve had forever. Finally, and this is as important as anything else, or more important really, I drink lots of herbal teas and water during the day, and make sure to take a great vitamin (MegaFood Women’s daily
has zinc and herbs and has really helped my skin) and omega fatty acid (Udo’s oil blend
is the best) to keep your hormones in balance. Shout out to Siobhan for her reading the Patanjali Yoga Sutras
! I am also a perpetual reader, and I think that true happiness comes from the joy and peace of being with and knowing yourself fully.
Hear, hear! One more thing: Silvy added that she thinks it would be great to see a readers’ ideas for at-home facials. We agree–please share your DIY recipes! You can read your Sutras as you mix your oils :)