Five items for 30-something skin

My skin care regime has never been overly involved. I’m the type of person who hates washing their face or removing their makeup. Once I’m ready for bed, I’m ready for bed and not too much is gonna get in the way of my head hitting the pillow.

But over the years my skin care routine has evolved. Partially because I’m more vain and partially because I’m buying more and more expensive sheets and it’s hard to get the mascara out of my pillowcases.

So here’s a list of my five essential things for my skin care routine that I do now in my 30s that I didn’t do in my 20s.

1. Drink lots of water

Sadly this is only something I’ve started doing in the last five-ish years. And it took me forever to train myself to like water and then to notice the signals my body was giving me when I was thirsty. So many people either mix that signal up with hunger or they drown it in soda or coffee, neither which gives your body and your skin what it really needs. So buy a Nalgene or a S’well and start sipping.

 

2. Moisturize

Now that you’re working on hydrating your skin from the inside,  it’s time to start hydrating it from the outside. There’s lots of talk about anti-aging products and whether or not they work or if they are just all hype. I feel that they are mostly just extremely dense moisturizers to apply morning and night. If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, hydration is key to younger-looking skin. 🙂 Currently I am loving Biotherm AquaSource Deep Serum but I’ve been trying Julep Restorative Facial Milk and I’m liking it too.

3. Face oil

The latest skin care rage is Korean beauty and I have fallen in love with face oil. I was a huge skeptic that oil could make my skin lovely and break-out free. Rebekah from Lipstick and Lullabies sold me on the Julep Bare Face oil. You gotta try it, she told me, it melts makeup off your face. Well, for someone who hates removing their makeup, that sounds amazing. Julep recommends using their Bare Face Oil with their Konjac sponge and I agree, I never, never enjoyed washing my face so much before.

4. Exfoliate

Perhaps the only downside to washing my face with oil is that I feel a build up after about a week. I searched around until I found Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub at Sephora. Read all about my experience here. (Spoiler alert: I love it!)

 

5. Sunscreen

I have been using sunscreen for several years now but I felt it was important to add to this list. I would say a minimum of SPF 30 for your face is important, even in the winter. Shiseido did a promotion this summer at Sephora and gave away these UV bracelets that turned blue when you were outside in UV rays and you’d be surprised that it turns blue fairly quickly even when it’s cloudy in November. If you are only looking to do one thing on this list, I would say sunscreen should be it.

 

What are your tips for keeping your skin healthy? Happy Shopping!

S’well Water Bottles

Hey folks, I’m back. Sorry about the long absence. I took a class this spring and between that and work and mom/wife/daughter duties, May and June flew by with no blogging. I did get an A+ in the class, so I hope that’s some consolation for you, knowing I was still working hard even though I was not blogging. Anyways, I’m glad to be back and I have some great ideas for posts and looking forward to blogging on a more regular schedule.

Without further ado, I would like to talk about S’well bottles today.

S’well is an American company that makes high grade stainless-steel, vacuum-sealed bottles for water, coffee, tea or whatever. According to their website:

S’well bottles are beautifully crafted composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel, that keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. S’well is a charitable community member and proud partner of charitable organizations. As the premier fashionable and reusable water bottle, we have found that our customers love these bottles worldwide. S’well is currently sold in 35 countries worldwide in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Middle East, and throughout Asia.

I got introduced to S’well bottles by The Style Bar in Osborne Village. Regan, the owner, gushed about the bottles when they came in and convinced me I needed to have one.

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Of course I have a bright pink one, what other colour would I have chosen??

I do think the bottle is as good as they say. I have been on the search for the perfect water bottle for most of my adult life and I feel this one is the closest. I have the 9oz size and I like the physical size as it fits easily in my purse or gym bag and is light when I am running around with it at bootcamp. That being said, I drink more than 9oz of water in any one sitting so I feel a larger one would be more useful.

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And so far, when I have put the lid on properly, I have not had any leaks. It’s been upside down in my car, in my gym bag, it’s fallen out of my stroller… still leak-proof. I’ve had it a couple of months now (maybe four, I can’t remember exactly) and haven’t had any problems.

Now, the only downside I can find is the price. $30+ for a water bottle is pretty pricey in my opinion. Now that I’ve seen the excellent quality, this is definitely is a case of you get what you pay for.

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Verdict: I really love mine. I’m glad I bought it but would really think hard before purchasing a second in another size just to have around.

Another option: buy it as a gift. Your friend/SO/parent/family member will be thrilled at the amazing bottle they got and you can break out of the rut of buying them a bottle of wine, again.