Green beauty and vegetarian eating are areas I began to explore simultaneously, which made my recent discovery of a brand like Edible Beauty feel extra serendipitous. A little over a year ago, my husband and I made a switch to a mostly vegetarian diet. Ryan had just had a physical, and his cholesterol and blood pressure were both high. Along with a change in our diet, I also began to be more conscious about what I was putting on my skin. It made sense, especially when I noticed how eating more veggies and fruits and fewer processed foods made my skin look brighter and my eyes more awake.
I'm happy to report that these changes are not in my head! Ryan just had his yearly physical, and, after a year of making an effort to eat healthier, his blood pressure is now perfect! And his cholesterol is actually too low! We're now eating more eggs as a way to raise his "good" cholesterol levels. (See our last post in our foodie section for an easy, delicious dinnertime egg dish). I'm also happy to share that I like my skin for the first time in my entire life! Yes, fine lines are on the horizon, but, in the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy this period of my life in which acne is no longer an issue. Of course, I also know prevention is key. While I wear sunblock every day (or...er... pretty much every day!), I have actually grown to love pampering my skin every night. At first I found a nightly routine overwhelming, but I noticed my skin looked so much better when I managed to dash on even one treatment. And so, like so many things in my life, I broke a routine down into a few easy steps, and now I enjoy it! I thought my simple approach might be appealing to others who feel overwhelmed by all the options out there or who are too tired come night to get into more complicated beauty treatments.
I'm currently really enjoying Goop's Luminous Melting Cleanser, which you can purchase here . It's made of all natural ingredients like almond and coconut oil and leaves your skin feeling moisturized after cleansing. It's pretty pricey, but I also actually really like good old Pond's in the winter when my skin is very dry. I find Pond's too greasy the rest of the year, though. While the Goop cleanser is a bit pricier, I don't use it year round, so I'm hoping it balances out. If my makeup is really being stubborn, I'll also wash my face again with Bliss's Melting Jelly Cleanser. I love Bliss as they're not only cruelty-free but all the products are high quality and super affordable. The cleanser is only $12 and so far it's lasted a really long time, even though I use it nightly!
2. Serum Time
You should apply your thinnest products first. I read that somewhere at any rate, so that's what I do! I am madly in love with Edible Beauty's cruelty free line and particularly their Ageless Godless Beauty serum. But so is the whole world! It was actually sold out at Sephora yesterday, but it's back in stock today. There's only one bottle left on Amazon... at double the price! So check it out at Sephora here. For the price point, I think it's magic. Similarly effective serums cost double. I also love Edible Beauty for their choice of using glass bottles instead of plastic, which would have probably helped them drive down costs but filled our oceans with more garbage, and, then of course, there's also their cruelty-free and edible ingredients! Not to mention, this stuff is MAGIC, you guys. One of my mommy friends I talked into trying it said she thought she must be imagining things, it was that effective that quickly. I told her I had the same thought. I cannot wait for you guys to try it. Let me know if you do, please!
3. Nighttime Cream
I also like Edible Beauty's Coco Intensive Repair night cream if my skin is looking really dry. (I still dab on petroleum jelly as well, so I am by no means a perfect green beauty or a perfect anything, haha). Edible Beauty's cream smells amazing to me, and I've learned that making my nighttime routine not only simplified but also pleasurable helps me stick to it, and I really look forward to the scent of this cream. If my skin looks really tired and dull, though, I'll also use Bliss's honey mask and sleep with a mask on. I always wake up looking much more refreshed! If you like eye cream, I think adding it after a serum is better. It sometimes gets into my eyes, so I'm not a huge fan of employing this step every night. If my eyes do look very tired, I love both Edible Beauty's gold rush eye balm available here or the Honest Company's Younger Eye cream available at Target or Amazon.
4. Turn on Your Humidifier!!
I use mine year round. I think it makes a big difference, and it's so easy to use. I'm in love with this humidifier by InnoGear. It looks pretty on my night table, and it's easy to use and clean!
5. Dab on Any Extras
I keep extra creams and serums in my nighttable drawer. If I'm feeling really yucky and tired, I'll add them before I go to sleep. For example, sometimes I'll dab on lip plumper right before bed. I don't know if it actually plumps my lips, but when I wake up they're nice and soft and hydrated.
Overall, I've learned that keeping my nigthtime routine simple and centered on a few favorite products with scents that I really love, means I'm more likely to keep up with it! What's essential to your nighttime routine?
P.S. Here are a few of my coin necklaces from my collection. Mine are from Edge of Ember, Shashi, and Bluefly, but there are SO MANY options on Etsy now. Here are a few faves...