Friday, September 11, 2015

My Natural Skincare Routine

It's been a looong time since I last wrote a post about my skincare routine. Much has changed since then and I thought it was about time for an update. Beauty products and treatments have been common place in my life from my early teens. I think I was 12 when my mom taught me to cleanse + treat + moisturize, and I've been getting facials and visiting a dermatologist since I was 15! It might seem a bit weird, but for Brazilian women I think it's fairly common place. I've certainly graduated from my Clean & Clear days, most recently making the switch to an all-natural skincare routine.

My journey into green beauty began when I started doing digital marketing for The Detox Market, a green beauty boutique, a little over a year ago. I quickly learned all about greenwashing which is when marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly or natural. I've also learned that the FDA relies on the cosmetic industry to regulate itself in order to ensure consumer safety. This means beauty companies can add all manner of harmful chemicals to their products with little to no regulation.

My main concern when making the switch was that natural beauty products wouldn't be as effective as its chemical counterparts. After testing dozens of clean & natural products, I can honestly attest that green beauty products don't just perform as well as the 'dirty' alternatives, they perform BETTER! Green products are loaded with powerful active botanicals and none of the fillers of traditional cosmetics, making them skin-loving powerhouses. Natural products are effective, good for you and good for the planet. Going natural was a no-brainer!

Transitioning my skincare to 100% natural has been a long but rewarding process as I see a more balanced, happy and healthy complexion. I try to stick to a regular skincare regimen, but I also do my best to listen to what my skin needs. After all, it's a living organ that needs different things at different times which is why I'm not opposed to the occasional retin-A or chemical peel. I LOVE my natural products and it's what I use on a daily basis, but if I'm getting hormonal breakouts you can bet I'll be getting a chemical peel to get my face back to its happy place and there's nothing wrong with that.

Now let's get on to the good stuff! My current skincare consists mainly of KYPRIS Beauty, a nature-powered and scientifically-tested skincare line from Arizona. I use the Clearing Serum all over my face at night to prevent breakouts, followed by a micro-emulsion of the Moonlight Catalyst – a natural retinol alternative – and three drops of the Beauty Elixir II. Face oils can be a bit heavy for my combination skin, but the Beauty Elixir works like a charm to balance my complexion and prevent early aging. Another bonus of green beauty is that the products tend to smell heavenly thanks to beautiful essential oils! I love the combination of the Moonlight Catalyst's citrusy Neroli with the Elixir's essences of Jasmine, Rose Geranium, Patchouli, and Sweet Lavender. Who wouldn't love going to bed smelling of a garden in spring? Lastly, I use the Antioxidant Dew as a light moisturizer every morning before putting on my Coola sunscreen. Antioxidants are the mighty free-radical fighting soldiers you should be using every day. They help prevent early wrinkles and shield your face from external aggressors.

I keep my cleansing routine super simple with a non-stripping foaming cleanser and cleansing wipes for when I have makeup on. Easy Does It from One Love Organics has been the one consistent staple of my beauty routine. It foams into a soft lather and smells of apples. Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths are a recent addition that I absolutely love! Not only do they remove ALL of my makeup, they are soaked in honey, jojoba oil, essential oils and vitamins that nourish my skin instead of stripping it. Plus they are 100% biodegradable thanks to the bamboo fibers. Be warned that the essential oils can be a little intense for sensitive skin types.

Another must on my skincare routine is a great exfoliant. I exfoliate about 2x a week to remove blackheads and any dry patches. I'm currently trying out Tammy Fender's Epi-Peel as I'm out of my usual favorites (Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator and May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt). So far I'm really loving the Epi Peel as it combines my love for exfoliating and masking. You massage it on, leave it for a few minutes until it dries, and massage it off with warm water. It smells of fresh spearmint and eucalyptus, and leaves my skin baby soft.

And the cherry on top of my green beauty sundae: MASKS. I am obsessed with masking! It's like a mini facial for a fraction of the price. May Lindstrom's The Problem Solver is a must for breakout-prone skin. It stops fussy skin before it has the chance to act up. Warming spices and salts bring blood to the surface to accelerate healing, while a variety of clays deeply purify drawing out all the nasties. I'm also loving Tammy Fender's Restorative Radiance Masque, it's on the pricey side but it's the closest at-home version of a glycolic peel I've ever used. It melts blackheads and shrinks pores in less than an hour and leaves you with the prettiest fresh-faced glow. My latest skin treat find is The Little Alchemist's Cacao & Banana Face Glow Mask. While most of my masks work to fight oiliness and breakouts, this one is all about nourishing my skin with the vital nutrients it needs. Bonus points for the sinfully yummy scent and smoother than smooth texture.

And there it is, a narrowed down version of my current natural skincare routine. I'm sure this will change a bit now that I've moved to NY, but these products have done wonders for my skin and I know they can work for you too. If you have any green beauty questions feel free to send them my way and please share any of your personal favorite brands. I'd love to know!

♥, T


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Desert Magic: Joshua Tree

Never did I think I'd fall in love with a landscape so stark. The desert has this quietness to it, a kind of magic you feel in the air. Cacti trees that have personalities of their own, rocks that make up imaginary creatures. Driving through Joshua Tree feels like exploring some foreign planet. My favorite places make me feel big and small all at once, your worries dissolve while your sense of belonging and oneness expands. An unexpected yet perfect escape.

I'm so happy I got to experience this beautiful place while I could. Because *tam tam tam tam* ((drum noises)) I'm moving to New York! Waa, I know crazy. I only just got to the West Coast and I love the ocean, nature, hikes... But here's the thing, I can always come back! Right now I'm young and it's time to explore. I'm reading this book called The Name of The Wind, it's a story about an anti-hero named Kvothe. As a kid, he's part of the Edema Ruh artist troupe when demons strike and he's left to fend for himself. Anyways, in this one part he says how Ruhs are not meant to stay in one place. That's how I feel about my life. In fact, I'm convinced I was a nomad in a past life. Moving around and experiencing new places and peoples makes me feel like the best version of myself. Happy, full of energy, inspired and in love with life.

Andrew, Astro kitty and I are hitting the road in a week!

♥, T

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Hiking in Malibu

Hiking is my absolute favorite to recharge on the weekends. I love it because 1. it forces me to put down the gadgets and be fully present and 2. it's an amazing & free workout. In LA we're spoiled with tons of hiking spots but I specially love Malibu. It's less than an hour away yet feels like a total getaway from the city. Nature all around you, sandy beaches, nothing but the sound of waves & fresh air blowing your hair... what's not to love? We started the day at Malibu State Creek Park which was covered in the prettiest blanket of yellow blooms, then drove across the mountains over to Point Dume. The winding roads slowly open up to the sparkling blue ocean and you start to feel a breeze coming in - sensory magic. We finished the day with the sun setting over the Pacific. Add a post-hike berry protein smoothie and it doesn't get much better than that.

♥, T

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