Now that it’s sort-of almost officially technically summer, I feel the need to share with you all my summer beauty routine (“beautine”, BAM, patented.) I should probably stop wearing so much crap on my face, but I love the ritual of it and am hoping I can get my skin to be “luminescent” for once and to, “radiate from within.” I’m tired of settling for, “looks matte in dim light,” and “bears no indication of jaundice.” I have not, unfortunately, gotten there yet, so here we go…
I switched up my face wash routine and tried out this Belgian beauty bar that cost only $5. It’s been fine, but not a revelation...and then the salesgirl at Sephora said that my chin’s proclivité to blemishmènt might be persisting because of bacteria camping out on the bar being reintroduced to my face with every wash. Great! The beard is also a liability, apparently, as bacteria hang out in the follicles or something disgusting like that. WhaT?! Shouldn’t there have been a special subsection of a GQ article on problem areas to address this? So now I’m bouncing between cleansers, generally unsatisfied, wondering how all the men on Tumblr pull this off.
I’ve started to only use baby sunscreen because I figure if I’m smearing it on my face as a physical barrier between my skin and a ball of flame that can burn me from ten billion light years away, I want it to be as sensitive as possible. I’m currently enamored of Lavanila’s SPF 40 Healthy Baby Block, which is a slightly cheaper alternative to some other, well-reputed eco brands (Coola and Josie Maran). Check out the EWG’s full list of environmentally-safe sunscreens, and try to make the switch from chemical blockers to physical ones – refer to the list for guidance – because researchers are finding that some of the compounds in chemical sunscreens destabilize and actually cause free radical damage O_o;
On top of that goes my primer from Korres, which is supposed to “perfect,” and “moisturize,” but I really have no idea what it does on my face – it’s probably just a nice-smelling waste of money…which is probably true for 99% of products out there. At least I can say that I've started to all-naturalize my product shelf...a statement rendered less impactful by said products superfluity >_< Oops! Well, wish me luck on this journey, muchachos, and I'll be sure to Instagram my face if it starts luminescing.