Skincare Catchup: March 2020 Quarantine Edition

90090948_319410682350650_1004495937312807981_nHow’s everyone doing? As an introvert, this period of self-distancing hasn’t hit me particularly hard as it’s given me a chance to catch up on books, Netflix, and all the shows I’ve been meaning to watch. As an avid beauty junkie, I’ve been using this downtime to basically treat every day as though it was my Sunday self-care day. Here’s a snapshot of what I used today:

I begin each morning with my wellness drink, and given these times I’m not risking it — made by a board-certified nutritionist and dietitian, MIJA Superstar hits all the marks and immunity is a major benefit, plus, it tastes really good. I usually get anxiety/stress-induced inflammation that manifests as a stye or digestive issue but have not experienced any which I credit to this supplement.

I wash my face with lukewarm water then slather on YÜLI Pure Mask, which I’ve always loved but now have the time to really luxuriate in it. I think staying at home and not being able to get a decent sweat in at the gym has not been good for my pores and I’ve been noticing a bit more congestion, so this mask really helps to clarify while infusing with nutrients, giving me that naked baby-soft skin feel.

After rinsing off the mask, I follow with Reflekt’s Daily Exfoliating Face Wash. It’s very gentle and the exfoliation comes from jojoba beads rather than strong acids. I don’t use it as a scrub per se, but just a normal cleanse when I feel like my skin is a bit on the dull side. I also like that this is diluted in hyaluronic acid and otherwise skin moisturizing ingredients as well.

Post cleanse,  Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is such a gorgeous mist. The bottle is beautiful and the juice is a nice milky texture. The only thing I had to change was being stingy with spraying it as I treasured it so much that I was not more generous with my sprays at the beginning.

Yuri Pibu Cellum Amaid Essence is so nice as well, and the perfect water-based serum that moisturizes. It’s a relatively clean K-Beauty staple that is focused on high concentrations of plant ingredients like yam that help to brighten skin too. It’s also very very gentle.

African Botanics Fleur’s D’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, I use this primarily as a night time oil but since I’m staying in all day, I figure why not go for it and slather on the anti-aging oil, right? This oil is STRONG but in that good way where you’re like “I’m definitely getting my money worth.” And it smells beautiful thanks to night-blooming flower extracts.

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition has become such a reliable moisturizer for day or night. It’s not an attention-getting product and I mean that in a good way because some products are divas and this is like the hardworking team member on your group project who always replies emails, does their work, is super dependable, and you end up becoming friends.

Vive Sana Serum Cream is my last step. It’s an SPF 20 which in any real-world scenario is low (Vive Sana has an actual SPF cream that is SPF 30), but in this stay-at-home scenario works wonderfully because it provides just that right amount of protection and is such a rich anti-oxidant filled cream. I’d almost describe it as a face oil in a cream form with SPF20 in there.


Let me know if you’d like me to share more daily routines while we get through this very unusual time together!

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6 thoughts on “Skincare Catchup: March 2020 Quarantine Edition

  1. I love your features and yes please continue these posts.

    A question on Vive Sana, are their sunscreens okay for oily skin? I want something green but am afraid of rough and chalky.

  2. Great post – would love to see more like these! Your blog is one of my favorites, you are inspiring and make natural products for both beauty and health more approachable.

    • Sorry – one question – are you still using Cell perfecto PM? I have both ice pick and boxcar scars, do you still recommend this or other there other products that you have found to be effective since then?

      • Hi! First, thank you for leaving a comment. Writing on here can always feel like talking into a void, and it’s hard to know if anything is connecting. I haven’t used Cell Perfecto PM in a while, but that doesn’t speak to the product falling out of favor – quite the opposite. I find that it did everything I needed within probably… 3-4 bottles? I have purchased since then because every now and then I still do get breakouts and find that Cell Perfecto PM even works on shortening the length of the redness/inflammation marks that I seem to get even if I don’t pick at it.

        When I used Cell Perfecto PM, I found that it took care of scars including ice pick and boxcar, but I happen to have a deeply pitted scar on each cheek that it seemed to lighten but never get rid of which I knew wasn’t entirely realistic as even dermatologists told me that it 3 rounds of lasers might just reduce the depth but not totally remove it either. What I ended up doing was a microneedle procedure with PRP (basically vampire facial) that was good but expensive ($800/session), that I ended up downgrading to regular microneedling ($250/session) with Ambrosia Beauty Nectar applied instead of PRP. The growth factors and plant-derived alternative to placenta extract did the job of the PRP, and on top of that Ambrosia is entirely soothing which is recommended for healing after microneedling since it’s literally puncturing your skin with tiny wounds. After applying about 3 days in a row, I’d press Cell Perfecto PM on my cheeks every night for basically 2-3 weeks after. I did this for about 3 sessions spaced 3 months apart (to give skin time to heal in between) and I’d say the two large scars are basically at 90% gone, they’re leveled for the most part with just some minor textural difference which I expect to see go as well, and all the other scars have disappeared. I even did a textural skin scan and the levels appeared even. Hope that helps!

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