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Skincare 101

Hey y’all! I’m flattered that so many of you asked for this post and I’m excited to share with you my skincare routine because it’s very affordable*yay*!

Let me start by saying this: I was slightly blessed by the genetic gods ( or just my mother and father) with fairly good skin. I tan easily, I get the occasional pimple during that wonderful time of month and besides the products below, I don’t get facials on the regular or anything else (sorry, don’t have money for that right now! #house#puppy#babiessomeday) With that being said, I have friends with different skincare backgrounds that found Tula to work wonders for them as well. 

On a side note, I had TERRIBLE back acne in high school when I was swimming and it was the pits, so I definitely relate to having bad acne, I’ve just never had it on my face. Now, I don’t say all that to gloat, I say it to give you background on my skin type- it’s combination skin (oily around the T zone which is your forehead, nose and cheeks but somewhat dry everywhere else) but besides that, no problems. 

For me personally, I use skincare more along the lines of   “i want to be kind to by body and have a pretty glow”. I am quite certain with all the outdoor walking we do with Charlie that if I didn’t use a skincare regimen I would have a very dry face! Also, let’s be honest, wine dries you out like no other! 

So let’s get down to it. What skincare regimen do I use twice a day? Tula.  To be honest, I bought the Tula starter kit because one of my favorite bloggers (@laurenkaysims) recommended it and I’ve been so happy since. I can also tell you with confidence that I have used “expensive” face wash and cream before and this works just as well for half the price (IMO). On a side note,  I have also bought the below Tula products for my mother and she uses them everyday (& Susan looks fab.)

The easiest way to showcase my skincare regimen is to walk you through it step by step with which products I use (spoiler note: there are a few others than Tula!). 

Step 1: wash off that make up girl

I use these aveeno face wipes to get all of my make-up off before washing my face. I like to use wipes because it helps me target my eye make up and eyeliner better than cream does. However, if you are a cream based person, Susan swears by this Ponds make up remover and like I said, Susan looks great so I trust her opinion. 

After all my make up is off my face, I then wash my face with the Tula Purifying Face Cleanser.

Step 2: Hyaluronic Acid aka make me glow

After I finally googled the dang word I realized I have been spelling it wrong for goodness knows how long, but let me tell you, Hyaluronic Acid is a game changer! Let’s talk quickly about what it is and why it’s important:

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in the human body. It attracts moisture which helps your cells retain as much of it as possible which leaves your skin feeling and appearing hydrated, plump and healthy, hence the “glow” effect. With that being said, it is often associated with “anti aging.”

I use the Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing GelI take 1 1/2 pumps and rub it all over my cleanly washed face. It may feel a little sticky on your hands-that’s completely normal- allow it to sit on your face for 30 seconds before applying step 3. 

Step 3: More glow, more tan, more moisture

Okay, step 3 is my favorite. This is where it all comes together- I use 2 products in this step. First I take some of the Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream into the palm of my hand and then I grab my Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum and apply one pump of this onto my hand and mix it with the moisturizer and apply to my face. Let me get off the Tula train for a quick stop and explain how much I LOVE this Coola sunless face serum. #1 it’s how my face stays tan during the winter and #2 it also has hyaluronic acid and the glow effect is INSTANT. This product is PERFECT for when you want those no make up days as well but still want a glow. It is slightly pricey, but will last you 3-4 months. If you have one take away from this- GET THIS SERUM. haha. I am buying more as we speak!

New step: #4 Rescue eye cream

I’m going to be honest with all of you- I always thought eye creams were a scam. Honestly, why in the heck do my eyes need a separate cream?! Boy was I wrong. A week ago, my friend Jen (@curating.clean) told me about Beauty Counter products. Now, as you can see, I love Tula so I wasn’t quite ready to make any type of full transition, but wanted to try some out. One of the items Jen recommended was the rescue eye cream and my goodness, I didn’t know my eyes could be brighter until the next morning when I was half awake and told Stefan LOOK AT THAT EYE GLOW BABE. True story.  It’s especially important now because it’s so cold in Baltimore and my skin is drier than ever. Once again, one small pump of this goes a long way!

Step 5: repeat 2x a day (once in the am, once in the PM)

So there you have it, skincare 101 with Ash. All of these products last 3-4 months easily, if not more, and are more than worth the price. If you would like to try any of the Tula Products, please use this link for 20% off as I will get a small referral! It’s been dicey recently, so if it doesn’t work, if you enter your email on the site- you get 15% off (just please use my links below :))! Luckily, they have a bundle going on with all 3 products, which I have linked below. 

If you would like to purchase the rescue eye cream or any other Beauty Counter items, please use this link.

I will link the Tula&Coola products below as well:

I hope this has been helpful and goes to show you don’t always need to spend $$$$ to get quality probiotic skincare. If you have any other questions, please leave a comment or email me. If you’ve tried Tula I would love to hear from you below as well 🙂 

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