The real deal

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This is me – the real me, most of the real me. I have a bit of blush on, some mascara to not look dead. But for the most part I have no make up on. And I’ve gotten my skin right now to the point where I am comfortable enough to do this most of the time…shockingly enough it was a long and arduous road here. And I’ll knock on wood for those of you who can relate and have had skin problems throughout your life.

And it all started with this…

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Innocent enough, a photo of me at Halloween. Dressed as Axl Rose. How did it start my problems you may ask? What you see on my head is an old wig I wore a few years ago for my Alice in Wonderland costume. The wig has just been around in my things and I wore it for this night with the bandanna tightly around my forehead. It was dirty, it made me really itchy, not to mention sweaty but I wore it. Β And ever so slowly after that night the pimples started showing up on my forehead. Like, a nightmare of pimples. More pimples that I have seen in like years (since starting college and leaving teenagehood behind). It was so embarrassing but luckily I could hide behind my bangs. Which did not help the problem really. I was at a wits end about what to do because what I had been doing to this point had not been working.

Upon a recommendation from a blog I tried a pretty harsh Retinol based face cream from Philosophy that nearly burned my skin off after a few uses. It left me with these odd whip marks on my face even though I was using sunblock like it says to. I believe it was just too strong for me and at my age and have since given the tube to my mom. Then upon another tip from another blog I tried and turned to Jojoba oil. You can find yourself some more facts HERE. And for the first time in my life I am starting to understand the huge importance of establishing a routine with your skin. At the same time on an unrelated note I was given a chance to try out this website Beautyfix, which sends you products catered to your skin type, hair type, makeup etc…and lets you compare and contrast with what other users have said. I was expecting to get sample sizes but was sent full sizes so that was pretty cool. Some of the products were okay, but one product (a cucumber based moisturizer) has now joined my regimen of nightly routine.

At night when I go to bed I wash my face, put on Β a layer of Jojoba oil (the same brand pictured in the link), and then a layer of the moisturizer. In the morning when I wake up I wash my face again, put on more Jojoba oil, my Aveeno sunscreen, and makeup depending on what is going on for the day. I had real troubled skin as a teenager, and was never really taught a routine other than just wash your face with water and maybe soap. So as a grew up it was always kind of trying things here and there but never really sticking to anything. Now I really believe that the combination of the Jojoba oil and sunscreen daily has changed my skin to its best possible natural condition. The best part is that the oil can be used in your hair, cuticles, hands, dry skin in general. This stuff is magic, and all you need are a few drops. I just walked into Whole Foods and bought the little bottle, then loved it so much I bought the big bottle. I wish I could be one of those people who puts no work into their skin, falls asleep with makeup and never worries. But I’m not, and I’m not getting younger – if I (we all) don’t start taking care of our skin now, you can’t turn back the clock without doing major work in the long run.

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Oh yeah…I finally also learned to give myself milkmaid braids πŸ™‚

I’ve also heard lots of good things about Rosehip oil…but have never seen the stuff in person. Anyone else have some secret magical skin secrets?! What works for you?

  • Ashley

    I definitely need to take your advice about establishing a skincare routine – I've always just tried whatever I bought on sale, or got sent as a sample, or my mom gave me bc she didn't want it. I'm definitely going to give this Jojoba oil a shot – it sounds interesting! And I really should figure out a good daily sunscreen – I just rely on the SPF15 that's in my makeup, but I know that isn't enough. Thanks for the tips and advice!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

  • Ashley

    Oh, and btw, you look absolutely stunning in these pictures – your skin is flawless!!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

  • Rad in BK

    So thanks for this very honest post. You are looking radiant and lovely in these make up free pictures. I also don't wear make up, but my skin is sometimes clear, sometimes less so. What works for me is doing stuff to relax, drinking water, eating right (avoiding sugar, white flour, fried foods, cheese), and exercise, but I'm human and don't do often enough.
    I will try your Jojoba oil recommendation.

  • Alex

    that Axl rose pic is so funny!! I've always had good luck with the Clinique 3 step products myself

  • La Fille D'or

    THank you for posting this! Skincare is something that has been on my mind as of late as well.
    I am clueless about it!

  • Vicci

    You have lovely skin!I use organic rosehip oil morning and night, and exfoliate a couple of times a week. I have been thinking I may try jojoba oil for the winter as I have very dry skin, and its getting hammered by the weather….

  • Eli

    I never realized how important it is to take care of your skin now unless you want major work later! Although I would probably never consider it…I believe in aging gracefully, just not prematurely.

  • Imelda

    Cute dress and I love LOVE your hair!

    Nice post! I already have beauty routine since I was 16 years old, the products have changed since than (right now I only use organic products that aren't tested on animals). I just can't live anymore without the cleaningproducts and moisturiser…
    I have a lot to thank to my mom, she always said that I had to take care of my face and she's so right!

  • Eli

    yes…I'm starting to turn to the organics for my skin. I guess my mom and I learned together, she puts on sunscreen religiously now because they never had any in Mexico where she grew up

  • Eli

    Jojoba oil is a good place to start because it is gentle and you get quick results.

    My sister used to use the Clinique too, I think she still does. I find the toner too harsh to use daily and the soap too mild for my skin.

  • Anonymous

    love your dress~

  • Jane xo

    I saw the jojoba oil reccomendation on the Gala darling website a while back…she had so many good things to say about it…but I was still kind of skeptical about it. I think I might give it a try now.

  • Krislyn

    wow. your skin is so beautiful. i love the makeup. what color lipstick are you wearing?

  • Eli

    I'm wearing carmex! yup the clear vaseline based stuff. This is pretty bare bones for me.

  • LyddieGal

    I think I'm destined for skin problems for my whole life. It's a tough deal, and even with a myriad of products, there are still issues.

    You are fortunate you finally found some skin peace, and you look gorgeous!

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Lisa Lisa Lisa

    This is such a great post because it addresses the inbetween skin issues we have in our 20's! I will have to give the oil a shot. I've been using tea tree oil and haven't had the results other blogers have had. Maybe I need to be better about my night time routine.

  • Eli

    I felt the same way too…oh my I remember in junior and high school feeling like that too. I think everyone can find the right combination of products to make their skin the best possible. Sunscreen every day can prevent bigger problems down the line – although I'm no professional to diagnose anything.

  • Eli

    Oh and I've tried tea tree oil but always found the smell too strong and it never really did anything for me. That's why I'm interested in what this rosehip oil stuff can do too. It's funny how some things work and others dont!

  • Anonymous

    Is jojoba oil only for those with dry skin?

  • E

    That Axl costume is pretty genius. I wish I had long enough hair to braid πŸ™

  • KALIN

    I love those braids, I need to spend a day practicing on my hair…

    XO, Neuter Kalin

  • Eli

    the braids are very easy, I learned how to do mine from a tutorial on youtube!

    as for the jojoba oil…I cant say what kind of skin type it's for. Mine is combination skin…it doesnt sit oily at all on my face, because of its ingredient, it absorbs into your skin like the real oil you would naturally produce. you only need like three drops

  • emily

    your skin is gorgeous, i'm so envious! i have a routine but it hasn't done much for me…unfortunately.

  • Eli

    routines are made to be broken some times

  • Vintage lady

    so many good recommendations!! cant wait to try them to find my own good mix

  • Andrea

    One of my favorite things to use on my skin is avocadoe oil, I use it at night and the next morning your skin will be ultra soft! I swear by it!

    Andrea

    The Honeyroom

  • A Stylized Hysteria

    Your skin looks absolutely perfect in these pictures. You don't need any makeup! I've tried experimenting with oils for my face but it's so oily to begin with that they never work πŸ™

  • veronika, tick tock vintage.

    i never do anything special with my skin, except wash it. jojoba oil is amazing though; i made a salt scrub with it a couple of weeks ago.

  • Eli

    my skin is far from perfect I think…but getting into this routine has definitely made it better. Soon after posting this I grew the biggest zit ever next to my nose. Mostly because every time I drive to california I get a stress pimple not to mention being in a stuffy car for three hours.

    the salt and jojoba oil concoction sounds amazing! I think Ill try it!

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  • TheStreetFashion5xpro

    you look absolutely stunning in these pictures
    your skin is flawless!!…gorgeous blog

  • i am loving all your stripes stuff recently!!!!! especially those nails in your latest post incredible! Amazing style as always miss thrifty eye πŸ™‚

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  • InnyVinny

    I'm learning a lot about regimens, too. They are essential.

    I'm having a lot of luck with hyaluronic serum at night and using a double layer of moisturizer in the morning. =D

  • Alex

    that Axl rose pic is so funny!! I've always had good luck with the Clinique 3 step products myself

  • Ashley

    I definitely need to take your advice about establishing a skincare routine – I've always just tried whatever I bought on sale, or got sent as a sample, or my mom gave me bc she didn't want it. I'm definitely going to give this Jojoba oil a shot – it sounds interesting! And I really should figure out a good daily sunscreen – I just rely on the SPF15 that's in my makeup, but I know that isn't enough. Thanks for the tips and advice!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

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