So people keep asking me, how the heck are you so darn pretty all the time? Well, uhm, they don’t, but I bet that’s what they’re thinking, so here’s basically what my day looks like when it comes to my beauty routine in November when it’s cold in Sweden and your skin needs some extra attention. This is a somewhat chronological “how I do it” list so hope you’ll find some of the tips useful.
I actually use this facial cleanser both in the morning and when washing my face in the evening, but as it’s the first thing I use in the morning it’s first out on my list. I actually start by using this while showering which might be unconventional, but ever so careless and easy. The good part about this c/o Gerd facial cleanser is that for us men, it also works as a shaving gel and as I don’t enjoy spending that much time in the shower, that’s just perfect. Apart from that, it’s organic and Swedish, two qualities I’m always looking for in beauty products.
Right after I’ve showered (and obviously dried myself with a towel) I apply deodorant to give it time to dry before I put clothes on. That’s important for two reasons:
1. If you put your clothes on when your deodorant is till wet it might stain on your clothes and especially if you’re wearing something dark it’s not pretty.
2. If the deodorant doesn’t absorb and dry on your skin, you’ll end up smelling at the end of the day and that’s basically why you’re wearing deodorant in the first place… to avoid just that.
This deodorant from c/o Gerd is also aluminium free (a must when I choose a deodorant) and unisex with a scent that doesn’t overpower any other scent you might be wearing.
I’ve got hair. Lots of it. On my head that is. And it takes forever to dry. So what are you supposed to do? Dry shampoo is an option and finding a good one is honestly really hard. I have pictures of me, which I won’t post on my blog, EVER, where I basically have grey hair because of dry shampoo and that’s just not pretty. At all. That’s why I’m suggesting you’ll give this 2-in-1 styling product from KMS California a go as you can basically apply it to your hair when it’s dry (no washing needed, as I mentioned, that takes so much time, so I just comb my morning ruffles straight before spraying this on), style it up to my liking and wait for it to dry. In the meantime…
…apply this simply wonderful Samurai moisturizer from Rituals that keeps me hydrated all through the day even though the weather might be crispy cold. Once that is applied, I’m now ready to brush out the dry shampoo.
Although the sryling 2-in-1 does give you a lot of texture and volume, I sometimes want to style my hair a bit more. At occassions like that I like this V76 by Vaughn matte texturizing paste which isn’t hard as a rock, but still gives your styling a great deal of texture as well as flexibility at the same time.
There, I’m all done with my face and hair and that’s when I apply hand cream. Moroccan Oil is primarily known for their hair products, but this hand cream absorbs so fast, so it’s one of my favorites at the moment. I get really dry hands, especially in the colder months, so I apply it throughout the day.
Lip balm… Oh jeez, where do I begin? Some people claim (and I don’t believe them) that if you don’t use lip balm, you won’t ever need it, as your lips get addicted to being moisturized all the time. Well, in that case I’m an addict as I CONSTANTLY use lip balm. This one form Bull Dog is one of my favorites as it’s really good for dry lips and keeps you moister for at least 15 minutes at a time (haha, ok, I am an addict on lip balm) AND it’s really price worthy.
As I get home from work, the first thing I do is to wash my face. Some people might argue that using a facial scrub every day is too often, but I don’t. Especially as I do have a tendency to get blemishes I feel this is a very important part of my daily skincare. This scrub from ZO is actually a semi medical treatment and Dr Zein Obagi who’s behind the brand is a MD. Nuff said!
To sooth my skin I apply this night cream from La Roche-Posay. Sometimes I might stay up late and just before going to bed I realize I haven’t put any night cream on, but this cream which absorbs really fast is my fave as I can basically put it on a couple of minutes before I put my head down to rest on my pillow (or pillows as I have a fortress of like 5 pillows when I sleep, but hey, I’m single and have a king size bed, I need to fill it out with something).
And here’s a favorite subject of mine… Masks. There are various masks for various purposes out there, but this Mádara mask is one of my favorites as it deep cleanses and detoxes your skin. You shouldn’t use a face mask more than 3 times a week, but you’re better off doing it on a regular basis as you otherwise might end up looking all gloomy with dead skin cells and all that. And once again, Mádara is organic (and from Latvia, never heard of a beauty product coming from there, so that adds to the cool factor), which is important to me.