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I’ve mentioned it before, and Kate’s literally laughed in my face when I’ve said one of my goals has been to clear up my skin. For someone who had moderate pubescent acne, it’s stricken pretty hard as an adult.

For the past couple of months I’ve been pretty religious with my skin care, taking my “acne kit” around with me for anytime I’m not home.

I’ve gone from dermatologist prescribed (day topical: Acanya, night topical: Atralin, oral: minocycline,wash: Sumadan), to OTC (Juice Beauty), back to derm (night topical: Epiduo, oral: spironolactone).  You’ll see instead of having the whole gamut of prescriptions, I have one night topical and a blood pressure pill that doesn’t really work well to lower blood pressure but works better for acne (don’t ask me).

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With this regimen, I was in need of a gentle wash and natural moisturizers. In search of this, I found my favorite skincare, Skinfix, just came out with a face line! Like the hand repair cream and rash repair balm I use, the face line is about as natural as you can get (which is important, especially when you’re dealing with an acne war zone!).  Made with natural ingredients and pH balanced, the formula is free of parabens, synthetic fragrance and dyes making it gentle and non-irritating.

Here’s what I’ve been using:

Foaming oil cleanser (97% natural) — I know my gut instinct is to gravitate towards an abrasive scrub to get rid of all oils and impurities.  However, when I do this, I find my skin produces more oil to compensate for everything it’s been stripped of. In stark contrast, this Skinfix foaming oil cleanser utilizes natural oils to keep your skin supple.  It’s dermatologist recommended and for all skin types.  It also uses coconut based cleansers that gently wash away dirt and make up, without stripping the skin’s essential moisture.

Hydrating lotion (95% natural) and Moisture boost serum (97.5% natural) — I’ve been using the hydrating lotion during the day and the moisture boost serum at night to lock in the benefits.  Both of these moisturizers are lightweight and help make my face look fresh, moisturized and “dewy” without feeling overly greasy or oily (a big struggle for me)!

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Brightening eye cream (96.5% natural) — I’ve also been using the eye cream because Daja (the girl who’s done my makeup for a couple recent photoshoots) recommended using one because the skin beneath your eyes doesn’t absorb regular moisturizers the way the rest of your face does.  It’s definitely something I’ve neglected in the past, but it’s already helped to brighten the dark circles under my eyes.

All of these products are now available (and on sale!) at Ulta.

What’s your tried and true skin regimen?

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I’ve spent a good amount of time this summer complaining about the heat, while simultaneously soaking up sun and submerging myself in water at the beach. And while summer technically “ends” this upcoming weekend, San Diego doesn’t experience seasons, so as a result this activity will continue well into September/October…

However, due to all this sun exposure and water play, my tan has developed but I’ve noticed dry patches of eczema creep up that have created white splotchy sections on my arms. And while I appreciate the tan…sometimes I feel like a spotty banana!! I’ve started using a new product that I wanted to share because I feel like you wouldn’t normally pick up and decide to use for your whole body — SkinFix Hand Repair Cream. But strangely enough, it works. I’ve started to apply it on my arms after every shower, and even within the first few days I started to notice a difference.

My favorite part though is that it’s a natural formula (free of steroids, fragrance, and soy) that uses healing botanicals, rich natural butters and emollient oils to rebuild the skin barrier.  It’s a good investment and addition to the medicine cabinet because I know come fall/winter (when the seasons sort-of change) I’ll be using it for it’s actual “hand repair” use to deal with dry and cracked hands.

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Bikini Top  // Bottoms // Skinfix

Tell me: do you have any natural products or regimens to deal with dry skin and/or eczema?

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