The Good Old Epidermis! And my face cleansing regime.

To me, there’s nothing better than the feeling of scrubbing off my face after a long day.

Today is a skin day. The largest organ on your body, actually ON your body!

I learned the importance of taking care of your skin through my mom. Although she and I don’t see eye to eye on skin care products, I highly recommend her if you’re looking to get some wrinkles reduced, fade a few scars, (acne or otherwise), or get some laser hair removal done. I’d be happy to point you in her direction, just message me and I’ll pass along her details. She lives in Thunder Bay 🙂

She’s actually used one of her machines to tone down the purple “hyper pigmentation” colour I get from my scars. The story: my arm got in the way of my hair straightener about four years ago and left a nice rectangular purple splotch on the inside of my left forearm.

I’ll stop rambling now! Back to the skincare. Snobviously, your skin is your foundation for your makeup, la la la, take care of it, and remember that what you put on your skin, your body eats. For serious. Also, I love feeling like my face is cooperating with me.

I’m going to share my “minimalist” skincare routine, and my disgusting haul from LUSH yesterday in a bit. But first, more rambles!

Sidenote: I hate that word, haul. Doesn’t “haul” in relation to shopping just mean you spent too much? Contrast this with today’s “throw all your worldly possessions out right now!” attitude, and you’ve left me confused.

Alright, I’ll show you my overpriced purchases from a nice smelling store that knows how to market the poop out of itself and never have sales on anything. One of the LUSH ladies recognized me and looked way too excited to see me…

It’s a small haul, but pricey nonetheless

I have oily skin. Like Middle Eastern oily. Ew, right? Good news: I’ll look 30 when I’m 50. Har har har. There was that one time when I was on birth control and it was insanely dry. That, plus a Saskatchewan winter calls for heavy duty moisturizing.

This is what I do every night / morning (minus the makeup remover phase in the morning) in the following order.

DIY Makeup Remover:

  • Cotton pads
  • A small jar (I use a short old jam jar I can comfortably stick my fingers in)
  • Olive oil
  • Witch hazel

Mix 1 part witch hazel to 2 parts olive oil, screw lid on (duh), and shake the bejesus out of it. Push in your stack of cotton pads and rub them around the jar a bit until they’re fully soaked. BOOM, makeup remover! I usually soak enough cotton pads to last me a couple of weeks.

I used to love waking up the day after I had makeup on, dreaming that I was some pseudo distant relative of Courtney Love with my smeared eyeliner and grungy sex hair. Now, not so much. The risk of waking up with a stye is not worth it.

Cleanser: Julep’s Bare Face Cleansing Oil. I was using LUSH’s 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion for a while, which I also love. Rub into your dry face and rinse off.

Little note about cleansing oil: my mom handed me the stuff before it was a thing. I’m talking when I was 12 (2001) and it was still counter intuitive to rub oil on your face. It makes sense now. Oil sticks to dirt, wash oil off, right? And oh my gnome, does it ever work nicely!

Toner: In a spray bottle, mix some Thayer’s Witch Hazel and water, spritz on your face before moisturizing.

Moisturizer: Uncle Mike’s Facial Moisturizer, which is amazeballs for wintertime. I love Uncle Mike’s body butters and deodorant, but I think this moisturizer is better suited to sensitive or dry skin. I find it’s a little too heavy in the summer, and I use very little with my toner. All in all, still a great product. Now if I could only get my husband to use it instead of his crappy hotel lotions.

I picked up LUSH’s Gorgeous yesterday. I’ve scammed several samples off of them before, and it’s made my skin look like its namesake every single time.

In keeping with the minimalist spirit, I decided not to go on about how I sat in the bath with a book and fruity tea and the LUSH face mask.

Happy skin day! Your epidermis is showing.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. May Naimian says:

    If you like natural makeup remover, coconut oil is good too it cleanses and moisturizers at the same time👍


    1. saranaimo says:

      It is! I’ve used it before! I do like having quick and natural ready-made ones. I might try melting coconut oil next time and see if that coats the cotton pads 🙂


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