Putting The Care Into Skincare

In my return to chic, I thought I would start with the very, very basics.  My skin.  And I think the only way to kick this off is to share a very honest photo of me- no makeup, no retouching or editing (okay, I did crop it, but that is it!  I promise!) —I didn’t even do my hair!

skincareFrankly, until recently my skin care regimen was lacking.  As in, I washed my face.  Done.  That’s it.

I did/do typically wear makeup (and absolutely believe there are things you should never forget to leave the house wearing!).  But in terms of actual skincare?  My development stunted somewhere during my pubescent stage.

My excuse?  First, I’ve been blessed.  I have good skin, an olive complexion (meaning I very rarely burn), and generally speaking, a youthful look (Thanks mom for the genetics!).

Then there is the fact that I hate putting loads of chemicals on my skin.  I go to all this trouble to eat organically, it just seems counterproductive to then allow chemicals in via my epidermis.

However, I am 30 now.  And I have to start being an adult about my skin.  So when my parents gave me a facial for my birthday I was excited.  The spa uses a line called “The Organic Pharmacy” and as the name implies it is an organic line, started by a pharmacist who then studied homeopathy.  You can read more about them and their products HERE.

skincareThe line produces just about anything you would find in a normal pharmacy, but sans all the bad stuff.  Now I am going to be straight up: the line is VERY expensive.  My esthetician recommended some of the products for my skin and I decided to invest in a couple of them.

So far, I am really glad I did.  My skin feels fresher and dare I say supple?  I’ve only been using the products for a couple of weeks now, but I feel like I look less ashen and there is almost a glow to my skin.  This is a big deal when you are a new mom who works from home – I never sleep.  I am so happy with the results that I am looking forward to adding in one more of the products in hopes of combating my terrible dark circles.

So why am I sharing this?  Well the lesson for me is it is never too late to start taking care of your skin.  That being said, I wish I could have jumped on this bandwagon much sooner!


Tell me, what does your skincare consist of?  Were you an early adopter or were you a later bloomer?  What are you feelings about the chemicals in most skincare products?


  1. Happymother says:

    I changed all my products, I am using Dr. Hauschka and Weleda, which is a biological line.My skin changed a lot. There is so much going on with natural cosmetics- finally!

  2. Heather Fonseca says:

    Welcome to thirty! I never put anything on except sunblock until I turned thirty. Most moisturizer made me break out. I’ve taken good care of my skin for a long time, and it shows now! Believe me, it will pay off, just don’t ever go without sunblock.

  3. I’m so glad you got a facial for your birthday Alexis! I had one on my birthday last year and it’s just the best–you feel so pampered. I love Organic Pharmacy products and can’t say enough good things about them. I’ve also had a facial there in the BH spa and it’s fantastic. If you use it regularly your skin is going to look amazing and 30 is the perfect age to get serious about all this 😉 Hope your June has been a good one so far!

    xo Mary Jo

  4. I’ve always taken care of my skin – never tanned my face, never went to bed without washing and moisturizing. I also have pretty good genes and people usually think I’m about 10 or more years younger than I am. However I have seen some sun damage show up in the past few years, and some stress related problems (I think) as well – so I think I’m ready to take action in the form of some type of cosmetic dermatology – just haven’t decided what yet :-) Also I really only wear makeup when I’m going “out” – I have very sensitive skin, am allergic to many things, and hate the pain of having to apply and then take off later! I think it’s never too early OR late (saw a clip on the news about this just yesterday) to begin taking care of your skin!

  5. There’s not too much that I have changed for my routine because I’ve always had allergies, except nowadays I do use a great facial masque, once a week. I love facials as well. Fortunately, my family on both parent’s sides tend to have healthy skin so aging hopefully won’t be too bad. At the moment though, I am really into eye creams, as I’m always up late, lol. So good face/eye creams I think are good investments.

  6. You look very beautiful, You don’t really need makeup.

  7. whoa gorgeous! Xo, Megan, http://www.TfDiaries.com

  8. Besides, using sunblock and Vaseline on my brown skin, I have no special regimen of beauty products. I don’t wear makeup often either. I also have the good fortune of looking much younger than I am. I do know that there are plenty of natural and organic treatments one can use on skin using products from your own kitchen.

  9. And it’s organic, love the info. Thanks for posting and feel free to drop by me too anytime.

  10. Thanks for this review Alexis Grace, these products look great. I too am super lazy with my skincare – just make sure I cleanse and moisturise every night but that’s about it… I’ve been starting to think that since hitting the big 3-0 I need to start making more effort, will have to check out this range.

  11. Your skin is gorgeous! And now I’m thinking I’ve got to start taking better care of mine :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  12. The Organic Pharmacy is the number one luxury organic skin care line in the world. The products are 95%-99% organic, extremely effective, and safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. It’s no wonder that TOP is cited in magazines every month as a Hollywood favorite.

  13. Oooh. Skincare. . .i’m not the best at it. I’m much like you. . .I wash . . .and done. Though since my thirties, I’ve developed acne rosacea . .a very mild case. . .but it makes for needed sunscreen daily and making sure I put a cream on daily. though, I just started running religiously, and I really feel like its done wonders for my skin. . .that might be my best tip. . .exercise:)

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