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    Watch Out for Me, I’m About to Glow

    You asked and I finally delivered.
    I know. It took me forever.
    But, we’re here now.

     Image: GIPHY

    Image: GIPHY

    Get into my skincare regimen so that you too can glow.
    Products are linked at the bottom of the post.



    Step 1: CeraVe Hydrating Face wash

    Every morning, I wash my face with CeraVe’s Hydrating Face Wash face wash in the shower. I simply wet my face, squirt one or two pumps into my hands, and rub the face wash all over my face in a circular motion. I try to rub it into each area of my face twice, making sure I get in really deep.

    Step 2: Rinse + Pat Dry

    After I’m satisfied that I’ve thoroughly washed my face, I rinse with water from the shower and pat dry with a washcloth/towel. The patting dry I think is pretty important here because washcloths/towels can be pretty abrasive and patting dry ensures I’m getting all the water + product off without stressing out my skin.

    Step 3: Moisturize

    After washing, rinsing, and drying, I apply my moisturizer. I use Purpose Dual-Action Moisturizer or almond oil to seal in the magic of my face wash, add SPF, and ensure I stay moisturized, glowy, and dewy throughout the day. I find I only need one good pump of either product (Purpose or almond oil) and make sure you hit both your face and neck. For years I used only Purpose but then I ran out and couldn’t find it in Philly so I switched to almond oil. I was happy with the results of both and think you could use either and get great results. I’ve switched back to Purpose after finding it at Target in Virginia and buying every bottle they had on the self. I will say that almond oil lends itself to more of an outright glow because it’s an oil and sort of rests on your skin as it moisturizes, whereas Purpose is going to sink in more. What I might try is using both – applying Purpose first for general moisture and almond oil for shine? But we’ll see, that might be a little tew much. 


    At night, whether I wore makeup or not, I make sure to go over my face with either a makeup wipe or some form of oil to get all of the dirt and grime from the day off before going to sleep. Lately, I’ve been using Bolden USA’s Natural Shea Oil with Vitamin E on a cotton swab or CeraVe makeup removing wipes to take off my makeup and cleanse my face at night. You’ll notice I don’t go through the same cleansing routine because I find my skin needs different things at night than it does during the day.

    Bolden’s oil is great because Vitamin E is also great for the under-eye area. I don’t suffer from dark circles anything crazy most days, but, if they’re flaring up bad, I’ll mix some almond oil and rosewater and apply it to my under-eye area, in addition to Bolden’s oil. I find this helps extra combat dark circles by brightening the area and tightening the skin. 

    I love using oils at night because they serve a dual purpose. They both take off makeup, and moisturize the skin at the same time. As someone with dry skin, moisture is extremely important to me.

    Once a week

     Image: Glossier

    Image: Glossier

    Last but not least, once a week I take 40ish minutes and do a mask set. I’m obsessed with Glossier’s set as it both pulls out toxins via the mud mask and restores lost moisture via the moon mask.

    Wet your face. Put on the mud mask. Let sit for 20 mins. Rinse off. Pat face dry. Apply moon mask. Let sit for 20 mins. Rinse off. Apply almond oil or Purpose moisturizer. Given that I usually do the mask at night, I’m more likely to apply almond oil post mask set. On nights that I mask I do not apply almond oil and rosewater to my under-eye area.

    The morning after a mask, I wake up and go through my regular morning routine.

    And there you have it, my skin care regimen. I have literally been doing the same thing since like 14/15 and apparently it works because people have been telling me I look very young lately. I added in Glossier’s mask after their launch and to this day it’s the only mask set I use. I’m kind of obsessive. Once I find a product I like, I stick to it.

    It’s important for me to note that I have DRY skin. So I have no clue how/if this routine would help or be of use to someone with oily, or T-zone skin. To be honest, I recommend seeing a dermatologist if you feel like you’ve tried everything and still can’t achieve the skin you want.

    Lastly, I eat decently healthy, but credit my regimen with my clear skin more than my diet even though I know it all works together. I also should drink more water than I do (I’m getting there), so, if you were looking to this post for the whole “it’s just water thing” that’s not at all what you got.

    Anyway. Read it and weep. Try it or don’t. Mostly, I’m just proud of myself for finally writing the post.

    May you glow all summer 17.

    (most of which you can buy at Target, with the most expensive being the mask set).

    CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
    Purpose Dual Action Moisturizer 
    (this link is to Target South Africa because abroad Gabby, but your local US target should have it).
    Almond Oil (Amazon or Vitamin World should have this).
    Bolden Natural Shea Oil with Vitamin E
    Glossier Mask Duo Set
    Rosewater (I just got mine from a local co-op in Michigan).

    Thanks to Bolden USA for sending me their Shea Oil and thanks to you for supporting the brands that support The Reign XY. 

    Gabrielle Hickmon
    Gabrielle Hickmon

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