Aubrey’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!
We love this routine for the range of gorgeous clean products and the reminder that our green beauty retailers are super generous with helpful advice, which is all too precious when your skin is acting up.
Skin: Fair, acne prone, sensitive, and a bit oily. Pregnancy and breastfeeding make my skin quite temperamental.
Hair: Long, straight, and fine – but lots of it.
Favorite Star From the Past: Not from the past, but Catriona Balfe. She plays my favorite literary character in the TV series adaption and just brings her to life.
Becoming mama to two children (ages 2.5 and 9 months) has helped me to streamline my morning routine and to realize the importance of self-care. In order to be the best I can for them, I need to make sure I take care of myself, too. I used to rotate through products rather frequently, but after a couple of years of trying new things I think I’ve finally found a routine that consistently works for me.
In the shower…
Clean hair care took me a long time to embrace. My hair is stick straight, super fine, and there’s a lot of it. Unfortunately, it gets oily rather quickly and the only way I knew to remedy that was to wash every day. I almost gave up on clean hair care until I tried Rahua’s Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner. They were game changers for me. I can go three days without washing my hair, and it stays as clean and shiny as the day I wash it. I can extend it a little further by using some Captain Blankenship Dry Shampoo. I let my hair air dry 99% of the time and Captain Blankenship’s Sea Salt Spray smells amazing and gives my hair just a little bit of texture.
Twice a week I will do a mask. Leahlani Skincare masks are wonderful. I alternate between the Mermaid Mask and the Meli Glow Mask. All of Leah’s products smell good enough to eat.
To wash, I like to use bar soap from Nourish Savannah. They have beautiful scents and the glycerin soaps are so much fun to look at. Meow Meow Tweet soaps are a close second. We use and love all of the Meow Meow Tweet baby products on our little ones—the baby powder is a big favorite at our house. I use a Preserve razor to shave, and every once in a while I will use SW Basics Scrub to exfoliate, though when I finish this jar I may start making my own version. Anyone have any favorite DIY scrub recipes? I brush my teeth with Earth Paste and hop of out of the shower.
Out of the Shower…
When I’m finished showering, I wrap my hair up and slather on some body oil. My favorite oil, and one that I will not go without is Leahlani Skincare’s Mahana Coco Infusion. It is happiness in a bottle. I’ve used both the regular version and the Kula version (with a hint of gold shimmer) and they both are wonderful. I also like to use Lina Hanson’s body oil—the fragrance is beautiful but subtle. We also keep a bottle of Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum around for our little ones. No scent and it sinks in quickly after their baths. Deodorant was another product that caused a bit of a struggle in the switch to clean—baking soda was incredibly irritating but was also the only thing that kept me stink free. I recently found In Love with Body Care’s deodorant at Integrity Botanicals and I’m happy to say that it’s doing the trick!
Pregnancy and breastfeeding have made my skin extremely temperamental. Some days it is dry, some days it’s oily, and most recently it’s been acting very sensitive and acne prone. When these changes first started happening, I tried throwing everything I had on my face to help. Then I read Skin Cleanse and decided to give my skin a break for a few days. This helped tremendously, and once things had calmed down a bit I started to add products back in slowly. I contacted Pam from Pemberley Jones (she is one of the kindest and most generous people I have had the pleasure of talking to!) and she recommended that I try Kahina’s products. They have been amazing for my skin and I have repurchased every thing I’ve used from their line.
Most days I wash with Kahina’s cleanser, but if I’m having a day with a lot of sensitivity I will use Leahlani Skincare’s Honey Love. It’s gentle, soothing, and helps heal breakouts quickly! I follow with my favorite product, Kahina’s toner. There is always a back up bottle on my shelf. Depending on the weather, I will either use Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil or Kahina’s Facial Lotion to moisturize. I just finished up a sample of the Kahina Night Cream and placed an order for the full size to use when I finish up my Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops. They smell amazing, but my skin seems to prefer creams over oils at the moment.
I’ve never been that into makeup, and having kids finally helped me embrace just going without it most of the time. On days that I go in to work, I do wear a small amount. Gressa’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is my go to—it blends in seamlessly and looks like I’m wearing nothing at all. I also use Gressa’s Lumiere in both Elise and Amelia. To finish, I use a quick swipe of Alima Pure’s mascara. If I’m not working I typically don’t wear anything, but there are days that I will use Moonrise Creek’s foundation powder, blush, and clear mascara to feel a little more put together. I found the company through Instagram and placed an order—everything she makes is great quality and just beautiful. To finish, I like to use a bit of Leahlani Skincare’s Mahana Perfume Oil.
As I typed this out, I realized it sounds like it takes up quite a bit of time. In reality, it takes me about 20 minutes. Even though it’s only 20 minutes, I make it a priority as this little bit of self care helps me to relax and be ready to tackle whatever the day throws my way!
Do you have a favorite DIY scrub recipe? Share with Aubrey and the rest of us in the comments!