Love the Skin You’re In

Love the Skin You're In

With summer around the corner, it’s easy to neglect your skin when there’s beach time and margaritas to be had. But good skin takes time and energy, which motivates me to scrub and moisturize even after the longest day.

You see, when someone compliments me on my skin, it always takes me a second to realize they’re not being sarcastic. For most of my adult life, I’ve thought of my skin as an insidious enemy intent on wreaking social and emotional destruction. When I was a teenager and early twenty-something, blazing rosacea and cystic acne made me hide my face under layers of caked-on foundation that fooled no one, least of all me.

However, as my friends will tell you, I can get very set on doing something and refuse to rest until I complete it. Twelve years and several hundred (no joke) products attempts later, I’ve finally found the regimen that works for me. I still wear makeup on a daily basis, but I’m also fine running errands and meeting up with friends bare-faced. That might sounds trivial, but it’s a huge step for me.

I’ve assembled my holy grail (HG) products above. Exfoliation is hugely important for me (and really, almost everyone), and I love the gentle daily exfoliation I get from my Clarisonic facial brush. I use it twice daily with a squirt of the Neutrogena cleanser to remove my makeup and any pollution from daily city life. In the morning after cleansing, I use Aveeno’s Positively Radiant moisturizer. I love that it has SPF, and it wears nicely under makeup.

In the evening after cleansing, I use Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair. I’ve always been a proponent of starting anti-aging products early, and the retinol in this serum also reduces discoloration and unclogs pores, which helps prevent acne. On dry areas, I use the First Aid Beauty Ulta Repair Cream, which is wonderfully moisturizing and dirt-cheap (my usual size is $12 and lasts half a year). Instead of a separate eye cream, I carefully apply both the serum and the moisturizer under my eyes.

Twice weekly in the PM, I follow up cleansing with the Origins Modern Friction scrub, which I LOVE. It’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin, but it does a serious job unclogging my pores and softening my skin. I’ve actually noticed a reduction in acne scarring since I started using it, which is my final skin-issue frontier.

Finally, taking flax seed capsules twice daily has made a huge difference in reducing dryness in my skin and the redness that comes along with rosacea. If I skip taking them for a week, I start to notice the fine lines under my eyes becoming more pronounced and the skin around my nails starting to peel (gross, but I want to make my point!). I can’t say enough good things about it. For non-vegetarians, fish oil is a great option as well. Obviously check in with your doctor before you start taking any supplements.

Even though these products aren’t for everyone, I wish someone had told me about them when I was a teenager before my decade of product experimentation! I use them all religiously, and I’m amazed and grateful at the change I’ve noticed.

Note: I haven’t received any compensation or free products of any kind for writing this post. I just really love this stuff!

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The More Things Change…

Aritzia jacket, Urban Outfitter chambray, Mission San Francisco

Aritzia jacket, Urban Outfitters chambray top, Gap pants (use code GAPSUMMER for 25% off!), Steve Madden boots, Chime necklace, Guerlain lip color

Mind you, my exact words were that I wanted to try to wear more color, not that I’d do it every day! I’ve been having a bit of an Urban Outfitters moment- lots of military-inspired garb, wrinkly shirts, and lace-up boots that have an embarrassingly hipster name (Kombat, in case you were wondering). My friends might tease me a bit, but this sort of uniform feels entirely me- easy, comfortable, and the kind of thing that can take me from breakfast burritos at noon to sparkling wine at dinnertime.

Can I say how obsessed I am with this jacket? Finding it was truly a miracle, given that I shop in the most utterly useless and frustrating way. I tend to visualize something I want in my head and then go to absurd lengths to hunt down my imaginary item. One day I’ll recount the saga of trying to find my wedding dress…

Anyway, I tried on and rejected over thirty military-style jackets (seriously) before spying this one on a particularly stylish coworker. I’m wearing it over everything right now, from my Saturday night sequins to my dressed-down everyday looks. It’s the perfect weight for San Francisco spring, and it even got my husband’s rare seal of approval. You see, it has functioning pockets that mean he doesn’t have to carry my stuff around…

Aritzia jacket, Urban Outfitter chambray, Mission San Francisco

Despite what this outfit might suggest, I have indeed succeeded in adding more color and pattern to my wardrobe. I’m also in the final stages of the Closet Chronicles (coming soon!), and I’m so excited to start mixing and matching the old with the new. In the mean time, as I’m dipping my toe into the world of colorful clothes, my friends are always an inspiration.

When looking at the two photos below, all I can say is that sometimes couples do indeed start dressing alike! I’m going to start blaming Jim for my affinity for grey and olive. Loving my cute friends’ pops of color!

Dolores Park

sanfranista, Dolores Park

Aritzia jacket, Urban Outfitter chambray, Mission San Francisco

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Five Quick Snaps

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I haven’t done yoga with any regularity in several years, but feeling the energy coming off this crowd last Saturday was really inspiring. My hands-down favorite thing about San Francisco is how you can walk the same route three days in a row and see something different and unexpected every time. One day it’s a yoga party, and the next it could be a naked bike race. Never a dull moment!

Life has been a flurry of work and friends this past week. I know that the new-job afterglow will fade in time, but so far I’m as energized and excited as ever. It feels like I’m always learning something new and getting to tap into a whole different side of myself, a side that’s not stressed and exhausted and running out of emotional steam. It feels like a whole new me, but a me that’s always been there.

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Speaking of work, I snapped this photo at a work event at Bocce in Sausalito. It was a perfect, sunny day, and being on the water felt so serene.

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Yes, that is indeed my arm adorned with a big ol’ bracelet. I made a pledge to start wearing jewelry more, and so far I’ve stuck to it! It feels a little weird having something around my wrist, but I do feel a little badass when I wear it.

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At the Geek 2 Chic fashion show this past Wednesday, I was tickled pink (hehe) to discover that the wristband perfectly matched my lips and nails. Yep, I’m a dork.

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Everyone who knows me know that I really, really love guinea pigs. But what you might not know is that my guinea pig love is closely rivaled by my feelings for elephants. Sure, if I met one in the wild I’d probably be horribly maimed, but their ceramic versions are pretty freaking cute.

Happy weekend, friends!

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