Oct 12, 2011

Beauty Secrets from Victoria of vmacandcheese

Skincare products are definitely one of my obsessions and I always love hearing what other ladies have to say about the products they use and their unique routines. Today I have invited Victoria from the San Francisco based vmacandcheese to share with us what her routine consists of and the secrets behind her beautiful complexion. Take it away, Victoria...
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While I can think of a couple of things about my looks that I wish were slightly different (my crazy, high maintenance hair comes to mind), if I had to pick, one of my favorite external features is definitely my skin. I've tried a bagillion different skincare products, from (too) expensive to virtually free, and while I'm constantly still experimenting, I've recently come up with a routine that works well enough that I've stopped wearing foundation of any kind. That's right... no powder, no tinted moisturizer. Just a smidge of concealer where needed! And the best part? The routine is based around natural products that don't rely on lots of chemicals and preservatives to make you pretty! So, you're wondering...

First some basics. One, never, ever go to sleep with makeup of any kind on your face. It's just asking for a breakout. Plus, you're transferring all that gunk onto your pillowcase, which will rub all over your skin for nights to come. (And on that note, change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wash your makeup brushes as often as possible!). Second, and this is a big one, listen to your skin. Flare-ups, redness, sensitivity, breakouts -- your skin is trying to tell you something! While it may seem simpler to just add more concealer or smear zit cream all over your face, in the long run, determining the causes for any ails will lead to better skin and a happier you.
Ok, so here's my routine for normal to combination skin:

In the morning, I try not to use any soap on my face. I had a facialist tell me that if you keep stripping your skin of all its own oils, it'll automatically start producing too much, which can cause breakouts. Yup, dry skin can be acne prone too! So I simply splash my face with warm water, then steam open my pores using a washcloth soaked in hot water -- it's like a daily mini facial! I exfoliate every other day using the washcloth. Once I pat my face dry, I spray on Boscia's Balancing Facial Tonic (available at Ulta or Sephora). Day moisturizer is Derma E's hyaluronic acid day creme. This entire line has been a godsend for me. It sounds weird to use a lotion with the word 'acid' in the name, but hyaluronic acid is actually something your skin produces naturally. It's capable of holding insane amounts of moisture, and your skin sort of "recognizes it" so it soaks in very quickly. You can find this brand at most Whole Foods stores and tons of places online.
After this, my skin is basically ready to go. I dot on some RMS un-cover up as necessary, some RMS Living Luminizer (simply THE best highlighter you can buy), and a little bit of mineral blush (I like Jane Iredale's sunbeam bronzer) and presto, great skin!
At night time, I wash my face with a mild soap. Right now I'm rotating between Dr. Bronner's liquid soap in lavender, and REN's mayblossom gel cleanser, available at Sephora and online. Depending on the time of year, I might use something more astringent to finish cleansing. I like Desert Essence tea tree oil cleansing pads. Tea tree oil is a known to really help with blemishes, without being super harsh on your skin (I find that zit products that use benzoyl peroxide make my skin look HORRIBLE). Some people like using salicylic acid based blemish products -- look for ones that use naturally derived salicyclic acid, from willow bark. Burt's Bees makes a good line. If I have a zit I can't shake with the tea tree oil pads, I'll mix up a tiny bit of French green clay mask, and dot it on the zit at night. I sleep with that overnight, and it really helps bring everything to the surface (I learned about this method here).
I finish with another mist of the Boscia toner, then will moisturize. Since autumn's here, I've been using a little bit of Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum. Just a drop or two, mostly rubbed into my cheeks. Then, I follow with Derma E's hyaluronic acid night cream.
Finally, I can always tell when I haven't been paying attention to the internal factors that make for great skin. Eating right, drinking plenty of water, and limiting caffeine are all important. Some supplements you can take to promote healthy skin include fish oil for omega-3 (this naturally reduces inflammation), zinc, and vitamin E.
So that's what works for me! Of course, I'm not a dermatologist, and I'm sure I have different skin than you, so my best advice is to listen to your skin! We all can have glowing, gorgeous skin...it's all about how you take care of it!
Thanks, Viv, for letting me share my skincare secrets here today!
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Thanks for stopping by, Victoria! You definitely shared some really great tips with us that I will have to put to use. And if you don't know Victoria then you should definitely run over to vmacandcheese and check out all the amazingness she shares every day. I swear you will love it!

18 comments:

  1. This is really interesting for a newbie to the "face care" world, thanks for sharing

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  2. I need to try out some of these products. They all sound really great. I'm off to visit Victoria's blog now :)

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  3. Wow these are some great skin care tips!! I need to start listening to my skin more!!

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  4. Great tips!! fish oil does wonders and so does water!! I'll have to try out those new products too. x

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  5. Love learning new beauty tricks! Great post Victoria. I posted about beauty on my blog today too!

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  6. Thanks for having me today, Viv! This was so fun to put together. Love sharing my secrets. :) If anyone's interested in learning more about good skincare supplements, I found this article today too! http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-nutrition

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  7. Great post! The idea of wearing no powder excites me beyond words! Jealous of her great skin!

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  8. Really great skincare tips!

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  9. Great skincare tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. OMG I have to follow your blog! It's nice to meet another PR fashionista in blogland! Now I'll go back and read this post! Have a great week!

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  11. this is an amazing post/series, Love it! So much awesome information!

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  12. Amazing tips! I love Victoria and her blog! What a fun feature!

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  13. Such awesome tips. The steaming is key. I worked in a spa for a year and can vouch for that. Always snuck into the steam room when I could. ;)

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  14. Im a devoted user of dr. bronner, great tips, must remember to get fish oil.

    xx
    Liz Lizo
    VOGUED-OUT

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  15. Love these tips and new-to-me products! Victoria every photo I see you in, you are glowing so you are definitely inspiring me to experiment with these products. I have sensitive skin unfortunately and only use my Dermatologist-prescribed products which is working for me at the moment!

    Funny thing, pregnancy was great for my skin! Not sure if it was the hormones, but could be the fact I wasn't drinking caffeine, alcohol, and I was taking lots of vitamins....hmmm....duh!

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  16. I think I need to print this out and do a little shopping. Love the idea of a mini facial every morning. Actually, I've never had a facial, but I imagine they are nice.

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  17. Skin is outer covering of our body and taking its care is one of the most important part and natural products are the most important way to keep it safe and healthy.

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