Monday, December 9, 2013


So for the past couple months I've been pretty fed up with my skin, I just want to be completely clear! And hey doesn't everyone? I know it can be frustrating when you have literally tried EVERYTHING and nothing has worked (trust me I know..)

But I've gone back to Naturopathica (mainly because it is the most natural brand I can find and I don't think I really gave it enough time before)
Also I believe I wasn't using the right products the first time. 
I really need to work on MOISTURIZING and if you have oily/combo/prone to breakout skin this is super important! (Also it is important to use natural products and not a ton of products either) I know that moisturizing seems so silly since your skin is already so oily, but if you use products that dry it out and don't hydrate it then your skin will only produce more oil in response (which means more breakouts). Also I have figured out that my skin is very sensitive, and I think it might be better for everyone if they treated their skin as very sensitive (even if it isn't) because harsh abrasive or drying treatments/products aren't good for anyone. 

So my current routine is as follows:

Wash with Aloe Cleansing Gel 
Apply puremedy's acnefree (trying this out and so far like it, will give detailed review in a couple of weeks)
Apply Naturopathica Botanical Skin Brightener (trying this out, will give detailed review in a couple of weeks)
Apply Tarte Amazonian Clay powder [Makeup] (trying this out as well, will give detailed review in a couple of weeks)

Wash/take off makeup with Aloe cleansing Gel and warm washcloth
Every two days apply Naturopathica White Tea Antioxidant Mask (very hydrating, will give review in a couple of weeks)
Apply acnefree
Apply Tarte Maracuja oil (ONLY for night, very moisturizing, good for winter) 
Spot treat with fav charcoal mask (still the holy grail!)

Some of these products/treatments are old but I will review the news ones after I have used them for a little while. Also I recently talked to a professional facialist who uses the Naturopathica products, she looked at my skin and gave me some recommendations and told me a few things that I was actually doing wrong (because I was ill advised). So we'll see if she was right and if this finally clears me up!

Also, winter break is coming woo! I think I might try no makeup for a month-ish and see where that gets me. My skin (though not perfect) is pretty glow-y from the maracuja oil and natural products. I might try the oil cleansing method eventually. 

As always more posts to come, comment any questions you have I will do my best to respond appropriately! 



Coming soon...
Reviews of:
Tarte Maracuja Oil (did not like, returned)
Puremedy acnefree (did not like)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder (allergic, returned)

Comments/advice on:
If your skin is already good...
How to switch from harsh chemicals to all natural 


  1. Abbey, have you ever tried a solution of apple cider vinegar and green tea? I do one-to-one, 1/2 cup strong brewed green tea and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, applied everyday. Highly recommend it. It's the only thing I use aside from a moisturizer.

    1. Personally no I have never tried it, do you use it as a cleanser?

    2. I do. After I shower, I apply the mixture to my face with a cotton ball or swap. It stings slightly but isn't drying (for me, at least). I used to have quite a few issues with my skin but now there aren't really any major ones. I've also starting using a homemade scrub of brown sugar and olive oil, with a recipe from here:

  2. If it works for you then great! For me personally that would make my skin way too dry as I already have dry skin. Also the brown sugar would be much too abrasive for me, but different things work for different people.