Face to Face

Face to Face

TOP ROW (left to right) : NIP+FAB Skin Glycolic Cleansing Fix, Guerlain Abeille Royale Preparing Toner, Alba Botanica Good& Clean Toxin Release Scrub. BOTTOM ROW (left to right) : Clarisonic Brush, GLAM GLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment, Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme.

Lately, I’ve been having some very real skin struggles. I’ve done every mask imaginable, tried an array of toners and considered ever cleanser under the sun. Then it dawned on me, I still hadn’t tapped my most valuable resource: fellow faces. This week I asked a bunch of wonderful women I’m lucky enough to call friends (and family) to share some of their useful tips and tricks as well as their tried and true regimens. Here’s what they had to say…

 

“Everybody’s skin is different, what’s yours like?”

“I have combination, sensitive and acne-prone skin. Some parts can get dry, while my T-zone is where I produce the most oil. The goal of my skincare is balance. I want my skin to feel soft and radiant.”—Natacia, a Student in Winter Park, FL.

“My skin is pretty dry, especially in the winter, so I’m a little obsessive about achieving a hydrated, dewy glow when the seasons change. My favorite products to use are Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and their Hydra Beauty Gel Creme—they are light enough to avoid shine but still incredibly hydrating.”—Olivia, a Key Leader for Lululemon Athletica in Arlington, VA.

 “I use the Rodan+Fields Redefine line of products. I buy them from a sorority sister and love the idea of using all of one product [line]. Previously, I would buy whatever the salesperson at Sephora said I needed, and I had a hodgepodge of products. At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil, then use the R+F exfoliating roller, the Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream and the Multi-Function Eye Cream.” — Lynn, from AZ

 

What’s your go to routine?

 “[In the morning] I wash my face with Dove Sensitive Skin Bar Soap and try to incorporate Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale also. Once I finish with washing my face, I put on Natura Bisse C+C Vitaman Cream. [At night] I do the same thing but I also put on the their eye cream.”

Lisa, a beach-lover in Davie, FL.

 “In the morning I wash my face with Cetaphil, then I put Olay Day Lotion on before I put my makeup on. At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil then use Ren Under-Eye Cream and Ren Night Cream. Twice a week I use AmorePacific Exfoliator.”—Becky, an Assistant Buyer in Hoboken, NJ.

 “When I was 14 I had some skin problems and I went to the dermatologist who suggested a UV light treatment, which worked wonders after only four times. Ever since then I virtually have done nothing except apply lotion to my face after showering. I never use any products for washing it or exfoliating the skin. This mostly stems from my laziness, but I firmly believe that this is the best thing for my skin, because I’ve had no problems since except one or too pimples from time to time. Now that I live in China I wash my face with water more regularly and sometimes apply a very light cleaning product that simply gets rid of the oil.”

—Theresa, a Marketing Assistant in International Trade in Guangzhou, China.

“I use Clinique Foaming Cleanser, Clarifying Lotion, and Repairwear Cream. I use this every morning (after my workout and right before I put my makeup on) and every night right before I go to sleep. Once a week, typically on a weekend, I also use a gentle exfoliating cleanser. For makeup, I wear tinted moisturizer with CC cream and sunscreen to make sure I don’t damage my skin further.”—Erin a Graduate School Student in Maitland, FL.

 

What do you do when your face needs a little pick-me-up?

 “Whenever I need a pick me up I exfoliate 3 times a week and I’ll put a mask on 3 times a week—a different mask every time with a different task. I never do the same thing whether the mask is hydrating or just toning or just to mattify my face. At night I’ll put what my aestheticians gave me, which is .5% pure retinol, fixes me right up!”—Stella, a Student in Davie, FL.

 “A friend introduced me to Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel a while ago. I’ll pick up a pack of five if my skin has been looking dull for a few days and it gives me an almost immediate radiance. I also attend a heated power yoga class every Wednesday at 6am and sweating out all the toxins and pollution absorbed into my skin from the last week has made a definite improvement.”—Olivia

“I use the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque by Peter Thomas Roth about 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes I forget but, if my skin isn’t looking great, I’ll be sure to put it on”. – Leonora, a student in Winter Park, FL.

 “A couple times a month I use the Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals Facial Peel. It feels a little funny at first, but your skin is left feeling super soft. I found this at a spa as well, but they sell it online. A couple times a month I also use Chanel’s Hydramax+Active Moisture Mask.”—Brittney, an Assistant Manager at Lululemon Athletica in Arlington, VA.

 

Any skin trend you’ve never done but are dying to try?

“I would love, love, love to get a Clarisonic! Everyone who has one seems to be in love with theirs and to really swear by them and how their skin looks and feels after each use.” — Caroline, a recent college graduate in Boston, MA.

“I really want to try Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It’s inexpensive and has tons of amazing reviews.”—Lulu, a Graduate and Lab Assistant in Claremont, CA.

“I’ve heard that coconut oil can do wonders for the skin and I would be very open to trying that for a change. One of my friends swears by oil pulling and says it has diminished her skin problems.”—Theresa

“I’ve been curious to try some of the Korean beauty products that have hit the market recently. They cater to the dewy glow I’m always after so I may have to pick up a moisturizer one of these days and test it out!”—Olivia

 

Are you going to try anything new?  I want to give this a go and play with this little guy.  Also, don’t these looks so refreshing for after a long trip or between work and happy hour?

Happy Birthday, Baby

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a loving nod to one of (if not my absolute) favorite programs. The beloved show Gilmore Girls turned 15 last week. I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the show and when it finally hit Netflix I shamelessly binge watched all seven seasons over again. Lately, in celebration of TV’s favorite mother-daughter duo, my newsfeeds have been filled with all things Gilmore Girls. It was there that I stumbled upon this heartwarming article about how a viewer’s relationship with the show and it’s characters changes over the years. Happy Birthday to the show that taught me water is good but coffee is a gazillion times better, it’s okay to eat salad straight out of the bag, Pop Tarts are a totally appropriate appetizer to pizza, and that your life is only as good as the quirky people you fill it with (but if you’re going to throw it away, he better have a motorcycle).

Snack Attack

Snacks

I’m a big time snacker. Last year my hours working as an AmeriCorps volunteer were crazy and long and I never knew when I was going to have time to actually sit and eat something – you know, with a fork and knife. I love a granola bar just as much as the next girl but I got tired of eating the same on-the-go food day in and day out, so I vowed to find more creative and satisfying munchies that were equally convenient. I’ve collected a list of some of my favorites and thought I’d share them with you.

Wallaby Organic Australian Style Yogurt

When I set out on my quest to find a better snack, yogurt was one of the first things I turned to. I would throw all kinds of fruits, nuts, cereal, cinnamon and honey into it. Then I found Wallaby Yogurt. To me, this is the Yogurt to end all yogurts—it’s amazing. They have great flavors (Raspberry and Banana Vanilla are my favorite) and they’re really satisfying. I like to top mine with walnuts and shredded coconut for some added texture.

Scrambled Eggs

I realize this probably sounds like a strange snack, and it kind of is, but I promise you won’t be disappointed. I decided to start bringing scrambled eggs as a snack to work because I wanted something that would be warm and filling and quick to eat. I’d just scramble them up along with my breakfast, put them in a glass container and throw them in the fridge when I got to my office. Sometimes I got creative and added peppers or green onions too. Just pop them in the microwave and 30 seconds later your warm mini-meal is ready!

Peanut Butter and, well, anything…

Pretzels, toast, celery, the occasional Oreo—you name it, they all go with peanut butter. Sometimes if I’m really in a rush and need an extra boost of energy that I know will last, I’ll just eat a spoonful of it all by itself. This is a snack staple that’s here to stay.

 Tea

I know exactly what you’re thinking, “Tea isn’t a snack”. Hear me out. Not everyone has this problem but I often do; sometimes you’re in the mood to snack just for the sake of snacking. This can get tricky if you’re not hungry because you end up eating more than you’d planned and throwing your eating off for the rest of the day. I look to tea when I’m in the mood to aimlessly graze. If I’ve got work I still need to get done, I go for a black tea for a little extra caffeine, Lipton has always been my favorite, with a packet of Splenda to keep the sweet tooth at bay. If it’s later in the night and I’m looking to relax, I love Teavana’s Mint Majesty (it’s great iced too).

Welcome to The Cashmere Turtleneck

Hey there, my name’s Courtney and welcome to The Cashmere Turtleneck! TCT is a space to share all the little things. I’ll be writing weekly posts on people and relationships, places to travel and explore, things that are interesting and dying to be shared, along with some musings on style and eats. I hope you click your way over to my page each week and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. You can learn more about me here.