Lina’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!
Meet young Lina, a Cali girl who loves her products, relishes in pampering, and knows her way around a good face mask.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Weather: Sunny
Skin: Fair-Medium, prone to pimplies!
Hair: Almost at mid-back
Favorite celeb from the past: Isabella Rossellini
I’ve always loved having a “skin regime.” I think it’s fun and it gives me great joy to have a routine that is unique to me, and to try out new products with my sister. When I was 10, I had my first encounter with pimples, my skin calmed down after, but ever since then I have really taken an interest in taking care of my skin. Following a very emotional period in my life a few years ago, my acne came back very badly, and I was prescribed an oral contraceptive. It worked like magic, but wreaked havoc on my body. I found myself barfing, being sensitive to smells and even occasionally seeing stars. I decided this wasn’t what I signed up for, and got off it. It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve gotten off, and my skin still isn’t back to normal. It was hard, seeing my clear skin once again ridden with acne and scars I’d worked so hard to fade. In retrospect, I almost see it as a blessing in disguise because it brought me to the world of clean products. I know in the long run, (the long long run), when my skin is clear, it will be my own bodies immunity and not some quick fix. That makes me rest easy, along with the results I see with the products I am using. When I first got off the oral contraceptive, I started using the Tata Harper line and that really opened up a new realm of skin care to me. I love her products but they get pricey after a while. With much trial and error, I finally think I’ve found a routine that I can see myself using for awhile.
Now, before I divulge my routine, I must warn you, I love the process of pampering my skin so it appears like I have a lot of products, but somehow it works for my skin.
Before the shower…
I like to do a quick swish swash with my Konjac Sponge Company Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. This is my sole “face wash” when I am not wearing make up. Then I put on a layer of Really Raw’s Raw Honey and step in the shower.
Inside the shower…
I like feeling the shower steam really intensify the power of the honey. I wash my hair with John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair and condition with John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner. Once a week I like to use Theraneem Organix Scalp Therape Shampoo to condition my scalp. I use this great soap with turmeric and honey I got from Whole Foods for my body with a scrubby towel. I forget the brand name since I’ve long since ripped the label off. It lathers quite well so I use it as a shaving cream for my legs as well.
Outside the shower…
Once out of the shower, I’ll wash away any remaining honey from my face and spray on Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Toner. I love facial mists, and this smells divine. Then I’ll apply Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate, followed by Dr. Alkaitis eye cream. Once the BioRegenerate soaks in, I’ll apply Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum. Then depending on my how my skin feels I’ll apply Pai Chamomile and Rosehip moisturizer if my face feels dry, if not, I’ll just follow the serum with Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut Oil. I put the coconut oil on the front and back of my neck too, it makes my skin super soft! If I’m going to bed, I’ll apply some castor oil to my brows and eyelashes to condition them. Right before I sleep I like to put on Badger Balm Sleep Balm, moisturize my hands with Simply Divine Botanicals How Now Brown Cacao, and slather some Hurraw Night Treatment Moon Balm on my lips. It’s always quite a symphony of smells before bedtime.
For my body, I alternate between Weleda Baby Calendula Oil and Acure Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 unscented lotion. The Weleda really makes your skin incredibly soft if you pat it on when your skin is a little damp, right out of the shower. Then I’ll finish it off with a spray of Maya Water Organic Goji Facial Mist on my face. I adore this spray and the smell always cheers me up.
If I’m wearing make up, I’ll use Pai Camellia and Rose cleanser with their muslin cloth, followed with their Kukui and Jojoba Brightening Exfoliator. I sometimes like to use Ancient Harvest’s Quinoa Flakes as a gentle facial cleanser and exfoliator all in one. I put a handful in my hand, put warm water on it and squeeze out the milky water and apply to my face. Then I repeat that a few times then rub the soft flakes around. It’s super cheap and works really well for my skin. I bought it to eat but didn’t like the taste, who knew it would make a nice face wash! It took me a while to find a great make up cleanser. I used to be devoted to Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil, but its base is mineral oil. I tried RMS coconut oil but somehow coconut oil doesn’t work for me as a cleanser. It only works when it’s layered on top of other products. I used to mix 1 part Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with 3 parts Heritage Products Rosewater as a DIY make up remover, and use Waxelene for my eye make up remover. The ACV was a little too stripping for daily use. The Pai cleanser is so effortless because I can use it on my eyes too, and it’s so gentle but removes everything. Every Wednesday Hump Day, I like to use Acure Brightening Scrub, it’s just a little mid-week treat for myself I can look forward to.
Then on Sundays, if time permits, I’ll treat my skin to a Dr. Alkaitis Univeral Mask whilst taking a bubble bath. I mix it with Wedderspoon Manuka Honey. I’ll spritz my skin with the Maya Water Goji Mist prior to applying the mask, and during, and after it’s removal. I love using California Baby I Love You Bubble Bath. It smells amazing and comes with two bubble wands in it! However, the bottle I have is one I bought a while ago, before they changed management and their formula, I don’t like their new formula, (the main ingredients have been moved to the end, so there is more filler, less real substance), so I really cherish the one I have right now.
I also have two other facial masks I squeeze in whenever I feel the need. The first one is Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Mask, as it’s supposed to brighten the skin. I am forever on the search for a clean product that brightens well… and the second is Just Be Weekly Glow and Go Mask. You mix it with some apple cider vinegar and let it work its magic. I also do enjoy mixing some lemon juice with manuka honey every so often as a mask too. In the summer, I like to freeze ice cubes of rice water and glide one on right after I wake up or after a face mask. I find it really helps the overall condition of my skin.
I have so many facial products but not as many makeup products. I do very minimal makeup, or so I think. I use Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector when I’m feeling fancy, otherwise I’ll just start off with Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. If needed, I’ll apply some Vapour Illustionist Concealer on spots and under eyes. I use a bit of Alima Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven to add some subtle oomph to my brows. Then I’ll put some RMS Living Luminizer on my cupid’s bow, nose, chin and inner corner of eyes. If I feel like it I’ll put some Vapour Aura Multi Use Blush in Spark. As for the eyes, I love using D.J.V. Beautenizer Fiberwig LX. It’s by no means clean, but it comes off with just a bit of warm water, and that gives it major kudos in my book. Since it’s a fiberwig mascara, it doesn’t feel as clumpy and heavy as other mascaras too. If I’m not using mascara, I might put on a small cat eye extension just on the outer corners of my eye, 1/16th of an inch on each side with Tarte Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. It is the only eyeliner that won’t fade away right away for my lids. Then I’ll top it all off with a spritz of the Maya Water Goji spray. For lips, I love Ilia Lip Conditioner in Dizzy, it gives a nice brightness to my lips. If I want more impact, I’ll use Ilia Lip Conditioner in Crimson and Clover. But most days, I’ll just put on Dr. Alkaitis lip balm in the lime flavor, or Hurraw Lip Balm in Black Cherry, which imparts a barely there red tint. And finally, if I’m feeling up for perfume, I’ll put Tsi-La Organics Fiori D’Arancio if I’m feeling playful, Tallulah Jane Eau de Parfum Tallulah if I’m feeling more serene, and if I’m going out I put Givenchy Dahlia Noir. I’m always on the search for a new scent though.
After writing all this, I do realize I am quite the product junkie, but clean products have such amazing scents and ingredients that I always want to try everything out! And most of all, I enjoy the process of pampering my skin and knowing that everything I’m putting on is clean. I also look forward to my nineties because I know my skin will still look great thanks to all the amazing clean products out there! I’m excited to continue down this path and glad that I have NMDL to do it with. :)