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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Skincare Regimen ~ Part 1

Happy Tuesday Everybody! A couple of my bloggie buddies asked me to blog about my skin care regimen. So I decided to do a short mini-series about it this week.

I'll keep the posts short, so that it's not overwhelming.

Not only will I focus on my face, but my body as well. Skin encompasses your entire body and you should take care of it all. So here's mine...

Get Clean!
I love body wash, salts, scrubs and bath bombs, but for me it's important to be CLEAN before using all of that stuff.

Many people are not a fan of soap for really good reasons. However, my grandmother used Ivory soap and maintained beautiful, soft and supple skin all her life. She would use it all over and then moisturize. My mom had surgery several years ago and her surgeon recommended Dial WHITE anti-bacterial deodorant soap. I tried it and loved it. It's the only soap I've used for several years now. I haven't had a cold in a really long time (knock-on-wood hahaha). So I INITIALLY wash my body and face (yes face!) with it everyday and night.  

I THEN use my favorite body wash. Currently my favorite body washes are products from Earthsavers, Philosophy, and Vitabath.

Digging Deep!

After cleaning my face with Dial White Soap, I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser which was recommended by my Dermatologist. Local drugstores and my sponsor SkincareRx carries it. It's awesome and I highly recommend it!

I've spent years trying expensive and inexpensive cleansers (mary kay, noxzema, neutrogena, clearasil, clarins, clinique, spent a load of money on la mer etc.) and NONE of them (for me) compared to Cetaphil, which is truly inexpensive compared to the rest. I have sensitive skin and it really works for me.

Try using a WHITE WASHCLOTH  when washing your face to make sure you're getting all of your make-up off. If you really want to make your pores happy and dig out the gunk that's in them use a Clarisonic. I have a Clarisonic Mia. I want to purchase the Clarisonic Plus for my entire body. Again, I have sensitive skin and it doesn't bother me. It's an excellent investment if you want clean and clear skin. You can purchase it on SkinCareRx and many other places. Yep, that's me without makeup (birthmark dot on my forehead) and MY hair is finally growing out (from a salon hair catastrophe hahaha) So that was Part 1! Part 2 will be tomorrow! Have a great day!

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What's Your Favorite Cleanser?


MosaMuse said...

i like cetaphil... but my new fav is nuetragena naturals... its great


TheTinyHeart said...

Thanks for sharing your regimen with us, Kim! It's interesting that you use a bar soap because they're usually very drying, but you have excellent skin, so I know it's working!

The Tiny Heart

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I've been using Simple (don't know if that's just UK specific though) wash gel for my face for ages and love it... Have a great day xo

Jax said...

I totally agree with you on being clean before anything else! My favorite soap which I use on my face as well is, Shea Moisture. I like the coconut vanilla bar soap. I use St. Ives exfoliating apricot wash twice a week on my face. At night I prefer to use Simple cleansing wipes and then a little alcohol on a cotton ball. All of that is followed by Neutrogena oil free moisturizer. Whew. We do a lot of work!! hahahaha

Teresa said...

does that little thing really works? i'm so curious to use it! thanks for the soap recommendation.. i'll try it!

my regimen is to wash my face with a face soap that has little particles of scrub.. then i apply a face cream :)


Ly said...

WE.HAVE.THE.SAME.CLARISONIC! It's official Kim we're skin soul mates!

I've never used bar soap to wash before...is it good for sensitive skin? I feel like whenever I use bar soap to wash my hands they always dried out :(


when BABI speaks said...

I've tried cetaphil before but aveeno works best on my skin. love the clarisonic rotating brush too!


Jennifer Fabulous said...

This is motivating. I wish I had a skin care regimen. My problem is, for the past ten years, I've always had a really clear face. I can honestly count on my hand how many zits I have gotten in the past ten years. BUT, most of those zits came about because of skin-related products. Like, every time I try a face cream or pore cleanser, the zits pop up and I completely freak out and stop using the product.

Is that normal?!

Laura Go said...

I just started using it, but I LOVE Clinique's Acne system. I've been using it religiously!

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Elle Sees said...

I swear by my clarisonic.nlove it.

Sam said...

Thanks for sharing your beauty routine and favourite products, i like discovering different products my favourite bloggers are using.

Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

i've been using cetaphil forever. thanks for sharing your skin care regimen with us. since i've become a SAHM, i've been really lazy at taking care of myself.... thanks for the "boot" in the butt. :) i want to start taking better care of my skin because lately, it's just a mess, lol

enjoy your day!

The Fashionable ESQ said...

I never thought that this clarisonic brush worked..I also have sensitive skin so it scared me to use it. Does it help with blackheads?

The fact that you can laugh about a "salon hair catastrophe" is wonderful. My hero!

The Fashionable ESQ

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing Kim! I've been dying to try Cetaphil because everyone here in the blogger world keeps talking it up. I really need to. But I'm currently on a LUSH kick, and right now my favorite cleanser is Ultrabland, which I just reviewed! Also, I just bought another cleanser from there called Dark Angels which is supposed to help with acne and blackheads, and I've been using it for a few days and it seems to be working nicely. ;)

xx Jessica

Love Sushi and Fashion said...

Great post! I am looking forward for more :) I´ve never tired Cetaphil, sounds good thought! <3<3

Ioana-Carmen said...

I use it too! and it`s so good :X


TheUrbanUmbrella said...

I've never used any of these products! They all sound pretty great though!

The Urban Umbrella


yiqin; said...

ilike cetaphil too!

A "cheery" disposition said...

I just love those face scrub brushes. They feel so good on my face.

Anne said...

Thanks for sharing Kim! Never heard of that soap but I do use natural clear ones from time to time! Have a great week:)

Marion said...

Great post topic Kim! I can't wait to see what else you recommend. I have been thinking about buying a clarisonic for some time now...so many bloggers I love (including you!) have now recommended them!

Hope you're having a great week!
XO - Marion

Juneli said...

Thanks for sharing your beauty regime Kim! I like Cetaphil too but the gentle cleanser for all skin types sometimes makes me break out! So I prefer to stick to Clinique's facial wash for oily skin!

amy b.s. said...

cetaphil is what was reccomended to us for our baby too! i've never used it before but am kind of excited to try it out.

Jo said...

You must be one of the only few people left using bar soap but reading what you wrote about this bar soap, it does sound promising.

I'm currently trying out an oil cleansing regime. It isn't a daily thing so I'm not sure about it working as yet.

Tarah said...

Thank you for sharing your cleaning routine. I have been using Mary K's Timewise for years now but I noticed a big change when i started eating healthier.


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Tiffany said...

I use the same soap as you!! I was using a great cleanser, but when I ran out, I didn't want to fork out the money for it, so I just switched to soap and it's been working wonderfully!

Jacqueline said...

I have the revlon version, but I really want the clarisonic that works for the entire body!



Laura said...

I really want to try the Clarisonic, thanks for sharing!

miss b said...

Interesting post with a few products I haven't heard of in the UK. I love Dermalogica shower gels and Clinique face wash but I do like the feel of an actual bar of soap - for me it's Clinique for my face and Dove for the rest of me!!

Chrisology said...

I also switched to using Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and I LOVE IT so far. My skin had to get adjusted to it. I use my Olay 7 signs of aging facial wash when I feel my skin has too much oil on it. Great post.

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

I've always heard great things about Cetaphil, I might have to switch from baby wipes to it. I've been wanting to purchase a Clarisonic for a while now but I was afraid it would be too abrasive, good to know it's gentle on your sensitive skin.

Jessica said...

i only have the cetaphil lotion and iluvs it the hubby uses it as well :)

Bad Joan said...

i love cetaphil body cream!


Tamara @ Go Fish Style said...

great post!

SG Angela said...

I use La Mer Cleanser to clean my face daily, Neutrogena makeup remover to remove makeup and eye-makeup. Otherwise, I have facial once a month to remove dead skin and clogged pores.

Satin And Salt said...

I am a HUGE fan of bar soap as well kim! Staple in my house hold!



songbird said...

you know what my skin care regimen is?washing face with water.removing make-up if there's any on.occasionally using this face pack i have used for years.
very recently i started using this clarins cleanser.it seems good.i have hated every other cleanser i have used so far.they always work up my skin.i need to do better with my skin care regimen i know..but after everything i feel so tired that i just want to got to sleep!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I swear by Purpose cleanser (Cetaphil unfortunately broke me out). I love my Clarisonic too! :)

Sarah Stright said...

I have the Olay version of the Clarisonic and it's definitely amazing. I'm going to the dermatologist on Monday so I'm interested to see what kind of tips they give me. Gotta get that wedding glow :)

Head to Toe Chic said...

I love cetaphil! Great post Kim!


Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I use neutrogena to wash my face and ponds to moisturize,I've also tried more expensive brands but find those two to be the ones that work the best! Which makes my wallet and face happy! Can't wait for part II!!

Macherie said...

I so love clarisonic mia, Im just too broke to get one.LOL

Thrifted Shift said...

Thanks for the heads up on Dial and Cetaphil. Will keep in mind. I've tried a bunch of stuff too- from Noxema to La Mer to Olay to SK-II and I haven't been overwhelmed with love and loyalty for anything.

ShinyPrettyThings said...

i love hearing abt other ppl's skincare regimen. thanks for sharing!! wow can't believe u wash your face w soap but you have lovely skin so it def works!! :D

Lynn said...

I need to go ahead and breakdown I buy the clarisonic brush. I have been putting this off for two years :)


Mica said...

Have always wondered if the clarasonic brush is worth it, nice to read that it works for you :)


JustPatience said...

Great routine. Funny I have the Clarisonic Plus brush but I only used it once for entire body cleansing. Maybe I will again today after seeing your post :)

Samantha said...


Thanks for sharing your skincare regimen!! It's always so interesting to read what people use. I gave my clarisonic to my MIL because it was still too much even with the sensitive brush.

And OH NO about salon catastrophes!! Those are the worst! Glad your hair is growing out to how you want it!

xo, sam

Rejina Tyson said...

I love that you did a skincare post! I have been have some skin issues and i was wondering if its the new cleanser I tried out. The one you use sounds amazing and I would never think to use a cleansing device. I can't wait to see part deux. ;) I will def try out some of the things you mentioned i.e. washing with soap first and the wash cloth idea.

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Cara said...

Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I have never heard of the Dial White but my mom who's a nurse swears by Dial soap!

Can't wait to see the rest of your routine!

littlemissandrea said...

I love my Clarisonic Mia! I used to use it daily, but now I'm down to once or twice a week. Cetaphil is a great gentle cleanser! But I personally like using Philosophy's Purity for my daily cleansing :)

jo said...

I have the Clarisonic Mia too. I have normal skin but I bought the sensitive skin brush by accident. Yes, I wasn't paying attention. Anyway, I need to change the brush and I'm just curious if there's any difference between the brushes. I'm very happy with my sensitive skin brush.

xo Jo


Heather said...

YAY! Thank you thank you thank you! I need to check out the Clarisonic - again thanks for posting this!!! I want your skin!


oomph. said...

so true about ivory...it's pure and simple. we've used it for years...i even used it on my kids when they were babies. i wash my face with it every night then follow up with a cleanser as well.


Kathleen said...

really great tips. :)

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