How I Healed My Dry Skin
For most of my life, I have been fighting chronic dry skin. Finally, a few years ago I found my solution.
Lotion + Cream
I used to take a shower in the evening and put layer after layer of cream all over my face. You know the kind, the white stuff from Olay that came in a jar. It would soothe and moisturize for about 10 minutes and then I would have to reapply because the hot water from the shower had made it so dry and tight, the cream was just getting lost in my dry skin.
It was very frustrating. I would find a cream I liked, for a while, it was Weleda Rose Cream. I loved the way it smelled and for a few weeks, it actually seemed like it was hydrating my skin. But after my skin got used to it, it stopped working. I would buy tube after tube and I was still dry as ever.
Finally, A Solution
The day I started using oil on my face was the day I never used cream again. Incredibly frustrated, I did much research and found that grapeseed oil was one of the most hydrating oils you can put on your skin. I bought a bottle of organic AuraCacia grapeseed oil and used it religiously.
It was hard at first to get used to being somewhat oily. We are typically taught that oil is bad and that we want to wash it away. But in reality, the natural oil on our skin is what keeps it hydrated. A lack of oil can cause your skin to increase its oil production and get all out of whack, causing what we are most afraid of, acne and greasy looking skin!
A Local Berkeley Miracle
I had been using grapeseed oil exclusively for about 6 months when I applied for a job at a local skincare company, Marie Veronique (www.marieveronique.com). I was hired, and from there found myself learning a ton about skin and how important it is to take care of it properly. Everyone always tells you to put sunscreen on (at least my parents drilled it into my head when I was a child, being extremely fair). I had no idea that the type of chemicals in sunscreen can actually give you cancer or cause you to burn worse than if you had no sunscreen on at all.
Marie Nadeau, founder, and formulator of Marie Veronique insists that non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen is the only way to go. She sells a nice tinted sunscreen which I started to use with some of her Protective Day Oil underneath. My skin thanked me for feeding it such healthy serums and oils and I have been using her products ever since. I would highly recommend them.
My Skincare Routine
I don’t work at Marie Veronique anymore, but I have adopted quite of few of her products into my everyday routine. I have also found some other great brands which I will share too.
In the morning, I splash my face with cold water to get the sleep away from my eyes. I don’t cleanse, as I have just done that before going to bed, and obviously, I have no makeup on. I only like to cleanse my face once a day. Otherwise, it gets too dried out. Same goes for my hair, I keep washing to a minimum.
Once my face is dry, I put on Marie Veronique Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum. This helps to build collagen in conjunction with the nighttime retinol. Every other day, I put Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum on after my Vitamin C. This helps me with redness. I get VERY red around my nose area because my allergies are bad. After the serums, I put on Marie Veronique Protective Day Oil and Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen in Light or Medium depending on the season. Depending on how my skin is feeling that day, I will use Ilia Tinted Sunscreen as it is a bit richer in texture and spreads smoothly unlike MV’s.
After my tinted sunscreen, I put on minimal makeup. Part of the beauty of using natural products that heal your skin like oil is that they make your skin glow and look beautiful without having to cover anything up. Better quality skincare = less makeup, love it!
After a long day of work, my skin is ready to have the makeup off. I notice that under my eyes will start to look crepey by the end of the day and that is when I know I need to soak my face in oils!
I wash my face with Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Creme. It doesn’t dry me out, but it removes my makeup and leaves my skin clean without stripping it. Then I use Marie Veronique Balancing Hypotonic with a cotton swab all over my face and neck. Again, this toner does not strip, it maintains your skin barrier while cleaning impurities that your cleanser did not get. My face feels nice after using it.
After the toner, I use Timeless Organics Timeless Night-Time Wrinkle Serum and Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum. Retinol builds collagen and creates cell turnover reducing wrinkles. Then I use Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil all over my face and neck. Last item is Timeless Organics Timeless Eye Serum patted under my eyes. Et Voila!
Serums: 1-1.5 pumps of each serum on my face and neck. You don’t want to rub serum in too much. Just get a nice layer on your skin and move to the next. Serums and oils are meant to be layered.
Oils: 1/3 to 1/2 of an oil dropper is what I use. Again, I run dry so I like a lot of oil. If you naturally produce a lot of oil on your face, you might want to use a bit less.
The main way I healed my dry skin was by using oils instead of creams. Being introduced to high-quality skincare has opened my eyes to a whole new world of beauty and I couldn’t be more thankful. What you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, and it is SO incredibly important that it is non-toxic and as healthy as it can be. Happy skin-caring!
- Marie Veronique Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Serum
- Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum
- Marie Veronique Protective Day Oil
- Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen
- Ilia Tinted Sunscreen
- Acure Radically Rejuvenating Cleansing Creme
- Marie Veronique Balancing Hypotonic
- Timeless Organics Timeless Night-Time Wrinkle Serum
- Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum
- Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil
- Timeless Organics Timeless Eye Serum