My Skin Care Routine

Finding a good skin care routine is therapeutic. It's so nice to be able to cleanse my face and remove all the built up grime at the end of a long day and wash the entire day away. It reminds me of a renewal process and gives me a fresh start. As the seasons change, we also have to make a couple adjusts to suit the weather. Winter can be drying and this routine has helped keep me radiant, balanced, and moisturized. These are my personal choices as of late that I'm loving. However, as much as I don't want to quit them, I always find changing out products every now and then to be extremely beneficial.

One of the most crucial things you need to do for your skin is: get to know it. What triggers your acne? Certain foods, drinks, etc? How much do you need to exfoliate without becoming irritated? How much water are you drinking? What products make you worse and what make you better? Asking these questions as you start your routine is extremely important and will help give you the radiance you're looking for!

Removing

At night, I remove my make-up using coconut oil & water. It takes my make-up off with such ease (coconut oil is magic.. I swear.) Sometimes I use the Burt's Bees make-up wipes when I just want to wipe and throw away.

Cleansing

After removing my make-up, I use Pacifica's Rose Kombucha face wash and it is AMAZING. Previously, I was using their Sea Foam Complete Face Wash and I fell in love with it. I was going to buy it again until I found this in the new section and had to try it. The great thing about these cleansers is they are vegan, SLS free, paraben free, and cruelty free and they are so gentle. For the most part, my face isn't acne prone and my skin has never had issues with their products.

Moisturizing

Once my face is washed, I use Pacifica's Dreamy Youth Day & Night Cream. It's moisturizing, has a beautiful scent, and it absorbs quickly. I usually use this one at night. When I found the Rose Kombucha face wash, I also came across their Rose Flower Hydro Mist and I'm obsessed. I use it every morning as a moisturizer and my skin feels and looks incredible. It's lightweight and moisturizing and I can't get enough of it. Sometimes I'll even use it at night and nix the Day & Night Cream.

Honorable mentions

Bentonite Clay. Above all else is the HOLY GRAIL of skincare. I'm absolutely in love with bentonite clay and it has so many uses. One way I use it is as a face mask, once a week. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and if I have a tiny acne spot, it's close to gone the next day and the redness has reduced. It's completely natural and I tell everyone about it if they're looking for something to help their skin. I bought mine a year ago from Thrive Market and I still have over half left. I've even shared some with a friend! For $5, this is a perfect staple to your cabinets. Use my link and you'll receive 25% off your first order! Thrive Market is perfect for anyone interested in natural products and foods but doesn't have a grocery store nearby that carries them.

Sea Algae gel mask. Pacifica's Sea Algae Gel Mask is a super easy and light mask for a little extra cleansing. I do this every other week for a refresher!

Hair Clip or Bandana. You'll want to pull your hair out of your face so you don't miss any spots!

Water. I swear this is it. This is what really makes a difference. When I have busy days, I go on coffee binges and forget to drink water. My face alerts me every single time I do it, too, because I'll start to break out around my chin. Once I start adding a ton of water back into my diet, they recede and don't bother me again. 

Diet. There are some foods that make people break out so it's super important for us to pay attention to what we're eating and if our skin is being affected by it.

And that's it! I hope this helps you out and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments. 

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.