Happy Monday. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We actually had a pretty chill one which was SO nice for a change. Today I want to talk skincare. As most of you probably know by now I am using 100% clean beauty products. The switch was inspired by my meeting with Follain founder Tara Foley in April. We talked through my existing skincare routine and she made recommendations based on the products I loved at the time, skin type, and concerns. I committed to using all clean beauty products (initially) for 30 days. I was a skeptic. I never fully switched over to using clean products because I didn’t really think they worked, at least not in the ways I needed them to. Two months later I can honestly say after sticking to a clean beauty routine my skin has never looked or felt better. I truly think my skin looks better now than it did a few years ago.
Of course good skin needs a holistic approach. Staying hydrated, sun protection, eating healthy food, exercising, and not drinking too much alcohol will all help give you glowing skin, but products matter and the unfortunate truth is there are so many out there filled with toxic chemicals. The reason I really fell in love with Follain was because I know I can trust what’s on their site. Their products go through a rigorous approval process and they have an extensive restricted ingredient list which I actually use as a reference now anytime I shop for skincare.
I could spend WAY too long talking about products they carry that I love, but I tried to narrow this down to the real hero products. If you happen to live near a Follain I recommend going in and doing a skin consult. If not, their online skin quiz is also really helpful (and introduced me to some great products when I tried it this winter). I’m going to have Tara on the podcast this summer too so if you have questions for her leave them in the comments!
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Skincare – Cleanser
Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm. This absolutely saved my skin this winter. My skin went from inflamed, dry and breaking out to balanced and smooth within days of using this product. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties so it’s great for breakouts and also ideal for my dry skin. I use it less during the summer months but as soon as my skin starts acting up I use this cleanser. It’s one of my all time favorite skincare products.
Skincare – Toner
Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner. There are so many Indie Lee products I love but if I had to pick one, this would be it. It was one of the first clean beauty products I ever tried and it’s still my absolute favorite toner. I use it morning and night as the first step (after cleansing) in my skincare routine. It keeps my skin balanced, isn’t drying and makes my other products work better. It’s also a really nice refreshing mist to use throughout the day.
SPF & Self-Tanner
Babo Botanicals Sheer Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30. I recently started using this and it quickly became a favorite. If you want no fuss, light coverage with SPF for everyday this stuff is it. It’s incredibly hydrating for my dry skin, doesn’t clog pores and has hyaluronic acid which is basically my favorite skincare ingredient for it’s skin plumping effect.
Suntegrity Self-Tanner. If you want a truly clean, non-toxic self-tanner this is your best bet. It’s ideal for a natural looking glow. The more times you apply the deeper your tan will develop. I apply before bed and wake up with a natural looking tan.
Love Sun Body SPF30 Mineral Sunscreen. Particularly ideal for beach or pool days it’s water resistant up to 80 minutes and reef safe. It also soaks in nicely without leaving that white cast from many mineral sunscreens.
Skincare – Serum
Patyka Advanced Plumping Serum. I’m fairly convinced this is the number one product that has improved my skin. It has a high concentration of pure botanical hyaluronic acid for firming, plumping and smoothing out wrinkles. I use this morning and night before moisturizer and after toning. I also LOVE the smell, it’s subtle but so pleasant and the texture of the product is really nice, a gel-like consistency that goes on light and leaves your skin so smooth.
Skincare – Face Mist
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water. I have the full and travel size versions of this face mist because I never go anywhere without it. It’s my favorite in flight product to keep skin hydrated and dewy. I love to use it throughout the day to give my skin a little pick-me-up and I spray it on my face as the last step in my skincare routine morning and night.
Hair – Shampoo & Conditioner
Ursa Major Everyday Shampoo & Conditioner. I have tried so many clean shampoos and conditioners none have been able to compete with these from Ursa Major. I think this is ideal for more fine/straight hair types, though Craig really likes it too and he has thick curly hair. Both have a refreshing, slightly woodsy smell but not overpowering.
Innersense Color Awakening Hairbath. I got this shampoo to alternate with the Ursa Major since it’s specifically for color treated hair. It has a nice lather, prevents color fading and has the most soothing scent. It’s also really gentle on my super sensitive scalp. It does a great job of making hair feel clean without stripping and doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy.
Skincare – Face Masks
La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Honey Mask. Are you noticing a trend here? I really love manuka honey in my skincare. This mask is seriously incredible. It purifies, detoxifies and clears out your pores without drying. I use it 1-2x a week and notice a difference immediately afterwards. My skin feels balanced, clean, pores are smaller and skin looks brighter.
Body & Deodorant
Ursa Major Deodorant. At this point it’s hard to keep track of how many natural deodorants I’ve tried, but this is definitely a standout. Not only does it work, it goes on smooth (not always the case with natural deodorant) and doesn’t leave behind any residue. It also has a nice natural, refreshing scent.
Osea Anti-Aging Balm Body Balm. When I told Tara I wanted something as rich as an oil but fast-absorbing like a lotion this was her recommendation and it is hands down my favorite body lotion. It’s like the perfect combination of an oil and lotion, the scent is so refreshing and invigorating and it absorbs quickly so no waiting for your moisturizer to soak in.
Ilia Mascara. My newest beauty discovery and not to sound dramatic but I will never use any other mascara again. This stuff is incredible. It lengthens and separates lashes, the applicator is genius with one side that has longer bristles and the other shorter so you can really get every lash. It doesn’t flake, it doesn’t smudge, it lasts all day and it’s still easy to wash off at night.
Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (shade s112). Admittedly I really don’t wear foundation a lot in the summer or at all but when I do, for shoots, events, etc. this is absolutely incredible. It has beautiful coverage but still shows off your skin instead of hiding it. Every single time I wear this foundation I get compliments on my skin. It evens out skin tone, looks dewy and feels really lightweight on the skin. I think it’s better suited for dry or dry combo skin.
Kari Gran Lip Whip – Tinted Peppermint. Few things keep my lips as hydrated and plump as this product. I also love the minty scent and the subtle tint. It’s gorgeous for everyday. I always have this in my bag.
Follain Candles. Do you know how hard it is to find a truly non-toxic candle that also smells good and looks nice? It’s really hard, trust me I’ve been searching. I truly have not found a better candle than the No 1. and No 2. candles from Follain. The scent is heavenly, subtle and not overpowering and the packaging is also gorgeous. They make a really great gift too.
Instant Glow Body Oil. A fast-absorbing body oil that isn’t greasy and leaves skin feeling super hydrated. Great for applying after the shower. An ideal body oil for summer.
Lavender Everything Soap. I keep the Follain soaps everywhere, in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor shower because they are so gentle and smell so good. They are refillable so if you happen to live near a Follain bring it into the store!
Follain Sugar & Shea Scrub. Great for exfoliating without drying, this scrub is my go-to at least once a week, particularly if my faux tan is starting to look funky. Helps take it right off but doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or dry.