My Current Skincare Routine: AM & PM

As you know, my skincare routine changes almost every month and over the past few weeks I’ve been on a routine that has done wonders for my face. A couple of the products I’ve been using are newer to me, but they truly work and I’m super happy with my results. My newer products are from The Body Shop’s “Drops of Youth” line. I was introduced to this line about mid-January and have been using them day and night ever since.

A skincare routine for me consists of serums, moisturizers, eye creams, lip products and face wash. Since I have combination skin, it’s often difficult to find a balance between all of those products and find something that works for every part of my face. Luckily with the products I’m using now, my skin is looking and feeling amazing.

A routine that works for me tightens my pores, rids my blackheads, keeps my skin feeling hydrated, prevents breakouts and improves the texture (smoothness) all around. Enough of the chit chat though, below are the products I’m using and loving.

Morning Routine

Face Wash: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser

Serum: Alumier MD EverActive C&E Serum

Moisturizer: Drops of Youth, Youth Cream

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops (SPF 30)

Evening Routine

Face Wash: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser

Serum: Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate

Moisturizer: Drops of Youth, Youth Cream

Eye Cream: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

None of the content in this post is sponsored however products were gifted to me a while back. Most of the skincare I use is gifted, and that’s only because I hate to waste what I receive! When I recommend products, I genuinely am using them and loving them. These are the ones that are on heavy rotation atm.

xoxo,

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How Often You Should Get a Facial

Many factors come into play when getting a facial; your skin type, conditions, age and budget. I am certainly not a derm or a professional in the skincare industry, but I have had my fair share of facials and I’ve been able to chat with a lot of different estheticians in the process. Therefore I wanted to share the knowledge I’ve learned from these skincare professionals!

If you’re already using a good selection of products in your skincare routine (not your average drugstore products) then your skin is probably in better condition than you think. Facials, however, are a fantastic way to give your skin a boost. After all, your skin is a living organ 😉

Without getting too scientific here I want to explain why facials are good for your skin. Basically the cells within your skin move up to the surface every 30 or so days and they “die”. These are those “dead skin cells” that your dermatologist and estheticians always talk about. So there you have it, every month you should be getting a facial!

There are other factors that will affect how often you should get a facial though, as I mentioned above. Your skin type (dry, oily, combo, sensitive, normal) will affect this. I personally have combination skin so I should be going every month, or maybe every 3 weeks because there is more to clear out in terms of blackheads and clogged pores. Dry and normal skin are totally fine to get facials every month or even every 5-6 weeks and people with sensitive skin might consider going less often to prevent reactions and irritation.

The type of facial you’re getting will also affect how often you should be going. There are many different types of facials out there; chemical peels, hydration facials, light therapy, etc. If you switch up the types of facials you’re getting then you may be able to go more often, or even wait longer between each one. Definitely ask your esthetician the next time you get one!

Lastly, age and budget will affect how often you should be getting facials. Younger people have an easier time generating new cells therefore we don’t need to go as often as people with less collagen growth. Budget is a huge factor because facials can get quite pricey and unless you’re purchasing bundle deals then they’ll add up quickly. I recommend doing your research on your local spas, even get a few consultations before booking.

If you have any tips on getting facials I’d love to hear them! Comment below if you have anything to share 🙂

xoxo,

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Evening Skincare Routine

You all know I’m a skincare junkie, I love buying, testing and reviewing products but that also means my routine is constantly changing. With the recent season switch and new products arriving all the time my evening routine has changed a little since I last shared it!

My evening routine is what helps me wind down after a busy or stressful day and it’s something that I NEVER forget to do. Even if I’ve had a couple drinks, even if I’m dead tired or not feeling well, I know that my evening care is what keeps my skin from freaking out.

I have a naturally oily face (in my t-zone) and normal in the other areas so I like to use gentle products. Below are my go-to skin treats in order of my routine! 🙂

  1. Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution – Oily Skin: I start my routine by removing all makeup with this water and a cotton pad. It’s amazing at getting (mostly) every bit off, even waterproof makeup! micellaire.jpg
  2. Olay Oily Minimizing Foaming Cleanser: I continue with this super gentle and non-drying foaming cleanser. I love it because you don’t need a ton of it for a good clean and it leaves your skin baby smooth. olay
  3. Rodan + Fields Unblemish Clarifying Toner: This is the only toner that I use because I find that it really helps to shrink my pores and give my skin a deep clean if there’s any leftover bacteria. untj125-unblemish-clarifying-toner-lg
  4. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate: I received this serum as a gift 3 months ago and haven’t stopped using it since. I’m even going to buy the serum in-store once I run out. That’s how AMAZING it is! I honestly believe that this serum is what prevents breakouts and keeps my skin hydrated and plump 24/7. 3605533117217_1.7OZ_ADVANCEDGENIFIQUE
  5. Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask: I now use this mask as an overnight under-eye treatment because it visibly reduces my dark circles in the AM! It’s also very hydrating which is going to be great during these dryer fall and then winter months. s2071322-main-zoom
  6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: I hate having chapped lips so I always apply this last and right before I sleep. It’s a really nice thick consistency and smells like fruity bubblegum! I wake up with SUPER moisturized lips every time. zoom_263e9a674cf11988b0edd6af94da81dd41db8879_1520356136_33733_Laneige_LipSleepingMask_Classic_WEB

Voila! My 6-step evening skincare routine! If you have any questions about this routine or the products feel free to contact me 🙂

xoxo,

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A Body Moisturizer That Does More Than Just Hydrate

Hydrated and glowing skin is important to me, therefore I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest body moisturizers. I’ve finally found one that goes above and beyond and not only hydrates from morning to night but also prevents future moisture loss. The brand new moisturizer is called the “Active Hydration Body Replenish” from Rodan+Fields. This is something that we should all be using, especially as we move into the dryer months of autumn and winter! Take a look below to see why this hydrating moisturizer is ALL THAT.

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Benefits

Let’s keep this plain and simple! A great body moisturizer should show great results but shouldn’t be so complicated!

  1. This hydrating moisturizer sincerely keeps your skin hydrated from morning to night. It’s “long-lasting” capabilities aren’t just written on the label, they’re demonstrated every time the cream is applied to your skin. After one day of wearing this moisturizer all over (legs, arms, chest) my body felt more hydrated at the end of the day than at first application of other brand moisturizers! This stuff works deep in your skin and ensures that you can FEEL the hydration.
  2. It makes your skin GLOW. We hear the word “glow” everywhere, I’m even an offender of this, but this cream really does leave your skin glowing. Just yesterday I put it on and realized that my skin was sparkling the tiniest bit! Are there tiny sparkles in it? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it leaves your skin dazzling 😉
  3. After just a few days of using this moisturizer consecutively your skin feels brand new and it’s difficult to return back to your original state of dryness. Which is good obviously, we don’t want to go backwards! The mix of Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin in this cream actually draws in moisture from the atmosphere and LOCKS IT IN. No wonder the hydration effect doesn’t wear off!
  4. A little goes a long way. Just like any luxurious product, a little goes a long way with this body moisturizer! Considering that the tub is so large, one of these could last months which is great for the budget IMO.

How to Use It

This might seem like a silly subject line but there is a specific way that you can apply this cream so that its full potential is used! I personally like to apply this cream as soon as I towel dry my body after a bath or shower. This ensures that the skin is getting full hydration as soon as you’re out in open air!

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Pricing & Availability

This large tub (200mL) goes for $76CAD and can last you anywhere between 3-6 months depending on how often and how much you use it. If you ask me, that’s a killer price for the quality of moisturizer that you’re getting! This is available online only and luckily I’ve got a link for you right here!

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What are your thoughts on this brand new product? Let me know if you’re thinking of trying it or already have! 🙂

xoxo,

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My Skincare Routine for Blemishes

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen through video how I treat my skin when problems start arising, but today I want to share the routine in a little more detail.

I’m blessed to be able to say that I don’t have skin problems very often and when I do they’re most likely caused by stress and hormones (that time of the month). Unfortunately this past week has been super busy for me, AKA insanely stressful for various reasons, and my skin has broken out more than ever before. I’m seeing pimples form out of no where and the bumps on my face are increasing like crazy.

I’ve also been wearing makeup almost everyday (a simple BB cream, concealer and mascara) so that probably hasn’t been helping to fix the problem. However, it was only this morning when I actually had time to look in the mirror for a good amount of time that I realized what was happening on my face!! I didn’t freak, I just told myself I’d have a nice self-care skin sesh before bed and drink lots of water. Which is exactly what I did! Here’s what it included…


Step 1: Steam Face with a Hot Facecloth

This step is always really important when I’m trying to get rid of blackheads because it opens up the pores and makes it easier to remove them.

Step 2: Blackhead Removal with Tool

I use a blackhead removal tool from Sephora to squeeze out any obvious blackheads that are causing bumps in my skin. These little guys are a pain in the butt even with makeup on top!

Step 3: Blackhead Removal with Charcoal

I use the Biore Nose Pore Strips and a no-name brand charcoal peel-off mask (shop a similar one here) to further remove any blackheads that I couldn’t get out myself. I don’t do this very often, not even once a week because it tends to dry out the skin. I apply the mask only to the areas that are prone to developing blackheads to prevent dehydration.

Step 4: Unblemish Clarifying Toner

This is the toner that I use every single night because it works to tighten and clear out your pores. I usually use a cotton pad to apply but it can also be applied by patting the product onto the skin with your hands.

Step 5: Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment

I will never use any another acne treatment because this product has proven to me time and time again how well it actually works. It has two pumps, one is application lotion and the other is Benzyl Peroxide Lotion. They’re separate because when mixed together in one bottle they don’t work as well as when they’re first combined (science stuff, idk). I apply this to all of the areas where I’m experiencing acne and blackheads and I never actually have to pop any of my pimples. This stuff gets rid of the acne and bumps before they turn white and pop-able.

Step 6: Image Skincare Vital-C Hydrating Overnight Mask

I recently got this mask from an Image Skincare Launch Event and the hydration it provides for my skin is unreal!! It’s not an every night mask, more like 1-2 times a week, but it totally revitalizes your face and you wake up feeling like a brand new person, seriously. It has a deliciously refreshing citrus scent and has a jelly like consistency which makes it cool to the touch and very smooth to apply. I tried to find the link to this product but it may not be online yet so follow me on Insta (@haleyestradaa) for updates! 🙂

Step 7: Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

This eye cream is a little thicker than my usual ones but it really hydrates the under eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. Plus it has avocado, duh, what a trendy eye cream! 😉

Step 8: Lip Care

If my lips are extremely chapped I’ll apply a Lip Renewing Serum but otherwise I usually go for one of my other favourite lip products. You can find the list in my last post here.


I hope this post was helpful for those of you with similar skin issues! I love sharing these routines with you guys because I think it’s important to show the not so pretty parts of my life and how I deal with each situation. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below babes!

xoxo,

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