Fall In Love With Your Skin

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I’ve written in the past about my love/hate relationship with my skin. I’m 27 years old, but sometimes my skin still acts like it’s 13. That’s not entirely true, because when my skin was 13, I never had issues! It wasn’t until I hit my 20s that my skin started being moody. Months-long breakouts, oil, and all sorts of other issues began plaguing me and keeping my skin looking red, blotchy, and pimply. I’ve tried so many different things before, from salicylic acid acne treatments to benzoyl peroxide (ProActiv) ones. I’ve tried natural, I’ve tried cheap, and I’ve tried expensive. It always seemed like nothing was going to work and that I was doomed to live with awful skin.

Until autumn of last year, when I decided to give Mary Kay a second try.

When I was first married (2005… whoa. That was a while ago.) I was a Mary Kay consultant for about two seconds. I wasn’t crazy about their Timewise line, as even the oily/combo line seemed too “heavy” for my 21-year-old skin (21…… whoa. I’m old.). This time last year I was desperate, and began thinking that perhaps scrubbing and treating my skin as if it were an oil spill (mattifying cleansers, lotions, powders) was actually hurting my skin. I was older now, and having a baby made my skin change a lot.. So I decided to try a different approach. I purchased a Mary Kay Timewise cleaning system for dry skin. Within weeks, my skin cleared up and looked better than ever. The face wash works as a cleanser & a toner and the moisturizer.. Well, moisturizes. I’ve finally found what works for me! Here is a look into my daily beauty routine nowadays:

  • Wash my face 2x a day with Mary Kay Timewise.
  • Put on Timewise night serum (at night only).
  • Apply Mary Kay Timewise moisturizer (day and night).

Now, since it’s autumn and the weather is getting colder I will be switching my moisturizer out. All summer I use the oily/combo moisturizer, but in the autumn and winter I use the normal/dry to give my skin the extra moisture it needs from the cold, dry autumn air. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but when I do, my routine generally looks like this:

  • Concealer for the Samsonite baggage under my eyes.
  • Mineral foundation (usually L’Oreal) and blush.
  • Mascara.

Sometimes in the fall, I like to play with earthy tones on my eyes. Greens, browns, golds. Something about the changing leaves, crisp air, and addition of snuggly attire makes me want to look more.. I don’t know. Nature-y? Summer is for bright and fun, and autumn is more for muted and subtle I guess. Maybe I’m nuts. Who knows?

Photo: gettyimages

If you’re struggling with your skin like I have for so many years, don’t lose hope. It took me a long time to fall in love with my skin and there are still times when it doesn’t look as good as it could…. But keep trying, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Your skin is always changing, just like you are always changing!

What does your beauty routine look like? Do you change it with the seasons, or does it stay the same all year?

Thank you to Walgreens for sponsoring this blog post. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Hello there, mommyboots! I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned and linked up your extended rear-facing post in my blog post today. We are on the same page there for sure. :)
    Thanks for the inspiration –
    ~C~
    ~C~ @ mommy in the midwest recently posted..we’re rear-facing until 24 months (at least)

  2. Walgreens sponsored this post! That’s pretty impressive. I logged on to invite you to my blog party tomorrow for my 2nd anniversary of blogging. Hope you can make it.
    -From a long time follower.

  3. Please email me! I have a question about your blog! :)

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