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ritual #3: combination + sensitive + extra dry in the winter (plus hormonal breakouts)!

Posted by Kelly Ross on

This #tforitual comes from yours truly - Kelly.  I grew up in Maryland - land of humid summers and 4 classic seasons. My skin was never dry as a child, nor really sensitive at all.  Let's just say when I moved out west to dry air at 17, I had no clue about how to take care of my skin.  I've been battling it out with my skin for the past 20 years, as I've tried to get it moisturized and balanced.   I also have super sensitive, easily reddened/blotchy skin, especially around my nose and cheeks. So my ritual does change with the seasons - I am SO much drier in the winter! Here's what I'm doing lately:

1. Use about a quarter size dollop of coconut vanilla cream cleanser.  Gently massage in, and let it sit while I shampoo, etc in the shower every morning.  Rinse.  Pat dry.

2. Spritz rosemary aloe toner generously, using a cotton ball to make sure and really get it thoruoughly applied to key areas (nose, forehead, chin).

3. Pump healing serum 2-3 times into hand, rub hands together to warm the oils.  GENTLY (and I mean gently!) press onto face, paying close attention to "problem" areas where I break out the most (nose, chin).

4. Apply a pea size amount of vanilla mint daily moisturizer to hands, again rub together to warm and gently press on to face (NO RUBBING  - big no-no, I have caused so much trouble for my skin by rubbing it! This is especially important for those with sensitive skin!).

5.  In the evenings, I repeat this ritual before bed except I trade nourishing serum for healing serum.  I also use whatever 
is left on my hands on the ends of my hair!  No waste ;)

*I also use a Clarisonic Mia 2-3 times a week to exfoliate.  And 2-3 times a week I do a quick mask, layering either healing or nourishing serum under the coconut vanilla cream cleanser and letting it sink in for about 10 minutes before rinsing!  

**Another trick:  After applying makeup, I spritz a little rosemary aloe toner over for a little dewiness.  I love the glowy feeling.  Also love it in my hair!  Adds shine and freshness.

Here's the thing...  As much as eating a clean diet with lots of fruits and veggies, drinking a boatload of water daily, and using organic skincare can vastly improve skin tone and texture and reduce breakouts, those darn hormones are powerful (and frustrating!).  I recently had a classic hormonal breakout on my chin, ugh, so I switched to healing serum twice a day, and guess what?  Majorly sped up the time it normally takes for blemishes to disappear!  I love that little bottle!

Hope this is helpful to you.  As always, write with your questions!  We're happy to help!


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