Skincare Routine Snapshot: What works for my skin. ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

3/10/10

Skincare Routine Snapshot: What works for my skin.

I’m going to start documenting my skincare routine on my blog. Not only is it going to give me an overall view of what I’m currently doing for my skin care and how it progresses, I can also share with you all about what’s working for my skin- think of these products as my most current Farmgirl Beauty Secrets.

Skin Description: hypersensitive, mild to moderate rosacea, oily, breakout-prone, dehydrated.

Top Skincare Concerns: My biggest concerns are hydration and anti-aging. Although I rarely get breakouts now, I find that I’m still highly susceptible to breakouts. I’m always searching for products that’ll give me hydration with zero residue and anti-aging benefits without breakouts.

Daytime Routine:

  1. Cleanse with Acne.org Cleanser: A no-frills cleanser that is sulfate-free. I’m looking to find something better and cheaper though.
  2. Treat with Garden of Wisdom Concord Grape Anti-Oxidant Serum: Amazing antioxidant serum to help aid sun and environmental protection.
  3. Moisturize eyes with Bioelements Multi-Task Eye Oil: I prefer to use oil-based moisturizers in the morning, including around the eyes. This oil-based eye cream has the best ingredients and silkiest texture. I love using this under my mineral powder, the 2 products blends together to make the perfect glowy veil around the eyes.
  4. Moisturize with Garden of Wisdom Emu Oil: You can buy quality Emu oils from many brands, I just settled on this one because it’s cheaper than most and I order other must-haves from them. I’m sickly addicted to this brand and I keep back-ups of everything I use in the fridge. I’ll be doing a post about why I love using oils as a moisturizer for my acne-prone skin, stay tuned!
  5. Protect with Mineral Basics Complete Cover Concealer: This 4-ingredients powder works AMAZINGLY as a foundation while providing sun protection. It's so difficult for me to find SPFs that won't break me out so I rely on this as my daily sunscreen product. I'll be doing a more detailed product-analysis on this in the near future.


Nighttime Routine:

  1. Oil-cleanse with Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser: I am a cleansing oil addict. Of the many I’ve tried, this is THE BEST cleansing oil. It melts off all grime and residue of the day and loosens hardened impurities in the pores. This is also the only cleansing oil that leaves me super clean. The intoxicating aroma makes me feel like I just had a facial- it’s a real treat. Contrary to box directions, I massage this onto DRY skin, tissue some off and rinse.
  2. Cleanse with Acne.org Cleanser+cotton balls: Cotton balls are the only type of exfoliation my skin can take. Read about it here.
  3. Treat and hydrate with Garden of Wisdom PhytoStemCell Serum: Amazing! I can’t really describe it, all I can say is if I can only use 1 skincare product, this would be it. I have back-ups of this in my fridge.
  4. Treat eyes with Pevonia Timeless Eye Contour: Packed to the brim with potent anti-agers, this is of La Mer/Cle De Peau caliber. When I use this at night, I wake up with my fine lines plumped and diffused. Their eye serums are so worth checking out; they’re at least double the size of other eye treatments.

17 comments:

Catherine said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! Sounds like I need to look into GoW more! I was interested in purchasing their Mandelic acid serum earlier but the site froze before I made my order... so then I kinda gave up, lol.

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Catherine,

GoW is amazing. I haven't tried the mandelic Acid although I've heard lots of raves for it.

Farmgirl

Tanveer Parmar said...

hey! Thks for sharing this..

Of this seems like such hi-tech stuff. We don't get any of these prdts in India tho :P

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Tanveer,

Is that a new picture? You look beautiful! I'm sure you have access too lots of ayurvedic products that we can only dream about there in the U.S. :D

Farmgirl

Lisa A. said...

ooh, i love cleansing oils too. i need to check that out. how do find all these brands? i love it!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Lisa,

The first night I used the Bioelements Sensitive Cleanser/Cleansing Oil, I had "congestions" literally fall out of my pores- explains why this is my favorite cleansing oil right now!

It's my hobby to scour for amazing brands. Each product is linked to their website for your convenience.

Farmgirl

deliciousinpink said...

thanks so much for sharing...i really love how detailed you go in tips and tricks..please keep up the good work!!! You are doing a fab job

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi there!

Thank you for the compliment! You were reading when I was doing some uh.."midnight renovation" to my blog, moving the pictures and such. I hope it wasn't too difficult to read XD

Farmgirl

Emilie said...

Thanks for the tip, your blog is really nice :)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Thanks Emilie!

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

cant wait for the mineral basics review! "_"

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Lady Rosenred,

Are you looking for a mineral powder? Let me know what I can answer for you about the Mineral Basics Complete Cover, it's my SPF/foundation/powder in 1 :)

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

Yes, I am looking for a mineral powder! I have this large pore problem and I also don't want to use anything with chemical ingredients. I love my Physician's formula organic foundation, but summer is approaching and I really want to try a lighter wear. I am a big nervous about wearing nothing but powder on my face though (coverage wise).
One question: do the Gow products need to be kept in the fridge? Some of my serums started to smell like pickles ..

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Lady Rosenred,

I'm in love with the Mineral Basics, mainly because it's mica-free. Most people itch from bismuth oxychloride, but i itch from both. It's so difficult to find mica-free mineral and this one totally qualifies. The coverage is medium and looks extremely natural. I'm quite pale and opt for the lightest shade.

As for GoW, I'm so addicted to this brand that I buy back-ups and keep them in the fridge. Their finished products all contain gentle preservatives (which is so responsible of them, it's so important for products to be properly preserved). With that said, I would keep them out of high heat and humidity (no bathrooms). Keeping them in the fridge helps extend the shelf life and use them up by the recommended time period. I'm going to be doing a post on this soon!

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

tx so much, i found a cozy spot for them in the dairy section of my fridge :)

Elmira said...

Thanks for sharing. Have you ever tried Argon oil as a face moisturizer?

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Elmira!

Yes, I have used argan oil, it stung profusely on my skin so I couldn't continue with it :( I have heard of this type of sensitivity with argan oil. However if it works for you, by all means keep using it because it's got great nutrients in it.

Farmgirl