I’ve always loved the way my mom’s skin felt silky smooth, year after year – like she was not even getting older! Seeing her apply face serums, moisturizers and body butters was my daily ritual, and I knew that one day, I would do the same thing because all I wanted was to achieve her level of immortality 🙂 Fast forward to today, I am 27 and definitely do have my routines (morning & evening), and as for the products, there are soooo many of them coming out on the daily, I am intrigued in testing them and seeing what wonders they’ll do for my skin. My only rule of thumb is – go as organic and natural as possible. I don’t want any chemicals, artificial fillers, dyes or toxins. Read on to discover my current skincare must-haves I cannot live without!
When it comes to my face, I have a morning & night routine which actually differ a lot from one another, and so do the products I use. As for makeup, I don’t use foundation, nor liquid, nor powder – I simply don’t use it. A tinted moisturizer, a bit of bronzer and highlighter is all I let my pores take in.
After waking up, before washing my face, I apply some dōTERRA Immortelle essential oil blend and let it sink in while I drink my morning lemon water and coffee. This blend is absolutely amazing as it renews, supports and nourishes the skin by combining rare essential oils that have been used throughout history for their beautifying benefits. I wash my face with Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser and then apply their Renewal Serum with Willowherb. This combination leaves my skin feeling clean & refreshed, and at the same time reduces oils, minimizes pores and de-stresses every part of my face! The next product I lather all over my face is the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme from Herbivore I am absolutely obsessed about! I wrote about it in my May Favorites blog on my website, and I still consider it one of my favs! The combination of rosewater, kukui oil, aloe vera and white tea creates this perfect, silky smooth texture that’s incredibly lightweight and breathable. I don’t think I want to use any other moisturizer ever again.
And I am done 🙂
When I do apply makeup, I do the same procedure and then let it all sink in for 5-10 min before applying Mega Illuminating Moisturizer by Glam Glow and Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. As you can see, I like to keep my skin as hydrated as possible! These products make my skin smooth and cover any redness or skin imperfections, without any excess shine or grease. . I’ve never had problems with acne or extreme redness, so I don’t really need lots of coverage, which is why I never use foundation. I like to apply some bronzer and highlighter, to give me that extra glow, and I am currently obsessing over anything Rihanna made, so Fenty Beauty is my jam 🙂
I am one of those people who NEVER go to sleep without taking their makeup off and cleaning their face from all the dirt & residue. I strongly believe that’s one of the reasons why I’ve never had problematic skin or severe breakouts, so if you take anything away from this blog, please, make this a part of your nightly routine 🙂
To take off my makeup, I love Origins Well Off Fast and Gentle Eye MakeUp Remover, which I follow up with the Mega Mushroom Micellar water I already mentioned. Next comes my new love from Herbivore, Coco Rose Body Polish. I kid you not, this stuff is magic!! A super gentle exfoliator combined with moisturizing benefits, Prism plumps up my face and leaves it sooo glowy and rejuvenated! No wonder they’ve been working on this thing for a looong time! After exfoliating with Prism, I apply a generous amount of SIBU’s Rejuvenating Night Cream made with sea buckthorn oil (known for its amazing benefits for over 13 centuries!!), and finish it off with my custom made essential oil roller blend. This routine sends me off to enjoy my beauty sleep 🙂
When it comes to body care, I’ve been loyal to The Body Shop since I was practically 10 years old 🙂 Seeing my mom use their body butters religiously, I started stealing some of hers, and pretty soon, they became my holy grail as well. The company has been around for a while, and they’ve always been proud of their “Cruelty free” policy, which is something I truly admire. The body butters are obviously, my fav, but they have so many amazing products, from shampoos & body washes, to deodorants and new body yogurts! The yogurts are super fluffy and absorbent – perfect for hot summer days! Another company I truly enjoy is Shankara Naturals, and I use their oils whenever I need some extra moisture. Beware, they are suuuuper oily, so I always use it an hour before bedtime (and never in the morning!). Their whole line is Ayurvedic, completely organic and natural 🙂
So, there you have it! These products are my absolute skincare must-haves! I enjoy trying out new & organic products, especially because nowadays, everyone is trying to find something great and innovative which will keep your skin healthier and younger without all the toxins and chemicals.
XOX, Karla Tafra
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