Luminescent angels! Hello! Happy Friday! I don’t know about you but I had an absolutely hellish week and I am thrilled it is over! Not only do I get to celebrate that, but as of this afternoon, I am officially on spring break, and I’m flying back to my beloved Portland to spend two weeks with pals, attend AWP, and, most importantly, meet Cee’s new puppy!
But before I fly away to my jam packed spring break adventure, I’d like to spend the day here with you gorgeous humans, talking about a topic near and dear to many of your hearts: skin care routines! Now, I have to be very honest with you – I am not a Skin Care Gay…yet. You’d think being extremely close with Rachel Kincaid, Noted Skin Care Bisexual, would insure I was on top of my shit when it comes to what I do with my face, but the truth paints a much bleaker picture. I am…lazy. And intimidated. And also, to be honest, until recently, pretty happy with my skin. But then I moved back to the East Coast from the PNW, turned 30, and suddenly turned into a scaly monster and a greasy oil vat all at once, which seems wildly unfair. I think the harsh winter dried out my skin, forcing it to produce more oil, but I have no idea if that’s real or if I just made it up. More importantly, I have no idea what to do about any of this.
Right now, my skincare routine looks like this. Most days, I do absolutely nothing. A few days a week, maybe 2-3, I wash my face with Cetaphil in the shower. On those days I also moisturize with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I use any brand of drugstore chapstick. I often wear makeup and when I do I remove it with Burt’s Bees face wipes (the ones for sensitive skin). My skin has felt really dry but I also notice my face getting way more oily than ever before (including my scalp which is very annoying because in Portland I washed my hair once a week, max, and here in New York it feels like I need to be washing it like once every other day which is a hard no, sorry, did I mention I am LAZY!!!), I’m breaking out more on my chin and my forehead, my eczema is flaring up, and my face just looks like…tired. Which I mean, I am tired, but it would be nice if I looked moderately awake every now and then. Just moderately.
Aside from actually wanting suggestions to help my face look superficially nicer, I admit I am straight up fascinated (and wildly intimidated – cannot overstate HOW intimidated I am) by skin care! I love hearing my friends talk about their masks and their peels and their professional facials. I’ll read anything you tell me to about Dermarollers and jade rollers and rose quartz rollers. I live for the debate surrounding St. Ives Apricot Scrub facial cleanser (I extra love this Very Pure Reddit thread about St. Ives Apricot Scrub from a drunk lesbian looking out for her girlfriend). I just have no idea how to apply any of this to myself.
So help a girl out? I’ve got at least one and a half more years living on the East Coast. Please help me look like the nicest version of my self for the duration of that time! Tell me about your skin care routine if you have one, tell me what you love and what’s a scam, tell me what to avoid at all costs, tell me what to put on my face! Feel free to gently yell at me about not wearing sunscreen, I’m ready to change my ways!!! Also if you just want to tell me about your week or your life or your feelings or your Mercury Retrograde experience thus far, I’m available to chat about that too.
Grab a beverage, grab your favorite skin care product, and let’s start talking. I can’t wait to be a brand new person at the end of this discussion! XOXO, V
PS: While looking for a feature image for this post I consulted our TV Team, and Valerie Anne gifted me the knowledge that our very own Cheryl Blossom does Bioré commercials! I’m not endorsing Bioré (nor am I not endorsing Bioré – as mentioned above, I know nothing about skin care!) but I do want to share the gift of this commercial with you on this fine Friday in March, because who doesn’t want to watch Cheryl Blossom lightly tease an audience with a foam beard? You’re welcome.
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