The Complete Guide To My Skincare Routine

I get compliments and questions on what I do to maintain clear skin all of the time. I’m usually a modest person, attributing it to drinking more water and staying indoors, but I must be honest. I do have a skincare routine. Every 3-4 weeks, I follow a simple three-step process, and I will sometimes add more products based on acne breakouts or hyperpigmentation. The steps that I am going to share with you are instrumental in cleansing, correcting, and moisturizing your skin. They are easy to follow, should also be easy to stick with, and are results-driven, no matter what your skin type may be!

There are products for all skin types, so before you begin taking notes of the products that I use, please remember that my skin type is considered to be normal. The products that I use are universal and can be absorbed into most skincare routines. I encourage you to look at all products that are going to address your concerns and will be something that you can use regularly. Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks!

Start With The Cleanse

I always begin washing my face with a cleanser. I know that if I want to see results, the first step is to start at the beginning; with a fresh face. I use CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser to hydrate and clean my face. The hyaluronic acid in CeraVe’s facial cleanser is essential for helping to retain my skin’s natural moisture. I feel like my skin is hydrated all day long whenever I use this.

To remove any last traces of dirt build-up, I then use Obagi’s Nu-Derm Toner. I use this to continue prepping my skin for treatment and to restore my natural pH. Most toners can feel drying, but I love that Nu-Derm has done the complete opposite for me.

Addressing the Problem

In this step, I begin to correct my concerns by using a treatment mask. I use two different masks, typically a hydrating or vitamin C mask. For my current routine, I use Murad’s Hydrating Gel Mask. I apply to face, neck, and decollete and rinse off after 5 mins. I love the scent and it has cucumber, chamomile, and sunflower oil to lock in moisture for maximum hydration. 

Normally, I move on to eye repair cream, but I added a step to help with scarring from a blemish. I experienced a break out a few weeks ago that left a dark spot. I have been using Lumixyl Brightening Cream to help to lighten, and then Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream for dark circles. Another plus is that it’s firming and tightening. Can we say YES to a youthful glow? 

Retain the Moisture and Use SPF

After cleaning and treating my skin, the only thing left to do is retain my moisture. I’ve been using CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream, but I recommend using a moisturizer that has SPF. Estheticians and dermatologists would also encourage this! I love CeraVe and Murad’s products, so I would recommend:

  1. CeraVe’s AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion w/ SPF 30
  2. CeraVe’s Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion w/ SPF 30

My only reason for not using them was because I was out. Get you some protection against the sun! Lastly, I put on Murad’s Soothing Lip Care (a balm) to restore hydration in my lips. 

If you would like to see these steps in action, you should watch my skincare video below. I like to listen to music while I do things because well who doesn’t? The Brandy vs Monica playlist made this demonstrative video so fun to make and share. Let me know what steps make up your skincare routine while you’re here. I’m a product junkie so if you have things you’d like to recommend, leave them in the comments below! Also, follow me on Instagram and YouTube to see more Skincare Routine videos. 

Everything You Need To Know About Veet’s 3-in-1 Wax Strips

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On Instagram last week, I talked in my stories about wanting to try body waxing at home. I am still uncomfortable and apprehensive about going out. COVID-19 is like that guest that can’t seem to take a hint when they are on the verge of overstaying their welcome. Even though Mississippi (which is the state that I live in) has deemed it “safe” for residents to get back to some sort of normalcy, I will still be hosting Self Spa Nights at my home until further notice. I mean, I waxed my eyebrows in March, gave me and my husband pedicures in April, what’s a little body waxing? It should make for a fun activity!

My followers on Instagram agreed that I should try body waxing and recommended that I try Veet’s 3-in-1 Legs & Body Wax Strip Kit or Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler (which is an electric trimmer for facial hair). I decided to conduct a poll because I didn’t know which one I wanted to try out first. Both products seemed like a great fit for what I was trying to accomplish. The people voted and decided that the 3-in-1 Wax Kit was what they were so eager for me to try. A lot of you had positive feedback about what you liked about it and what it was able to do for you. “I can wax pretty much everything with this!”, “This stuff works!”, and “It smells so good. It does such a great job removing hair.” was all that I needed to hear. 

I purchased my wax kit from Amazon since I don’t plan on going inside stores to shop. You can easily get yours from Wal-Mart or Target while you’re out, but if you’re like me and shop online for the convenience, I got you. Grab yours here: https://amzn.to/3dIHMO5 

One kit includes:

  1. 40 count wax strips
  2. 4 Perfect Finish Wipes

I did not realize that I ordered a two-pack until it arrived at the house, so I have (80) wax strips total. I knew that since it’s been six weeks since the last shave that I needed to make sure I had enough. FYI: one box is enough. Take a look at the box contents below.

The use of these gel wax strips was simple and easy. I decided to wax my underarms and legs and you can watch as I review my experience in the video below. There are just four easy steps. Gently peel the double-sided wax strips apart using the grip tabs. Next, apply the strip to the skin, grip tab side facing downwards. Rub several times in the hair growth direction your hair grows.

Pro Tip: Always pull back the strip against the direction of hair growth, keeping the strip close to the skin as you pull. 

Hold your skin tightly stretched, grasp the tab, and pull the strip back on itself as quickly as you can! The faster you pull, the more hair you remove! After waxing, clean away any wax left on your skin with the Perfect Finish Wipe.

Very easy! I was so pleased and happy with the end result. My underarms and legs felt upon completion. I did have to clean up mid waxing because I waxed the same area more than once. It became TOO much gel TOO fast. LOL! The instructions for use do recommend to wax in a consistent pattern to make sure you don’t miss hairs. However, DO NOT wax over the same area more than once. My leg hairs did not show well in pics or on film due to lack of hair. Veet has made waxing at home super fun, quick, and easy. I was able to wax in under 25 mins! That was super convenient for me because my Landon (my son) was ready for me to spend some time with him. Saturdays at my home have been deemed “Party Saturdays” by him and I wasn’t following the rules. 

Let me know your experience with using Veet’s 3-in-1 Wax Strip Kit in the comments below. If you are looking to do more self-care things like this when you’re at home, give this a try. I have decided that I just might not ever return to a spa for waxing services ever again! Oh and if you’re not already, make sure you’re following me on Instagram and YouTube so that you can catch my posts and videos.