In March of 2016, I got my hands on a Retin-A prescription.
How and why I did this is another tale for another time, but as far as I'm concerned, it's magic. Not only is Retin-A the strongest retinol available on the market, it's also the cheapest (as long as your health insurance covers it).
Anyway, the stuff makes your skin very sensitive to the sun, certain chemicals, and a long list of beauty products. So after getting my prescription, I was immediately on the hunt for some new potions.
As with all the other beauty habits in my life, I naturally became obsessed and watched countless YouTube videos to find out what other people were doing in regards to their Retin-A routine.
In my search, I came across this lil' sweetie's video about her evening skincare routine. (This is the gal who also makes some pretty incredible Barbie, Day of the Dead, and Daenerys makeup tutorial videos, which I respect.) She talks about how she washes her face with organic olive oil, which I've since adopted, and how she uses manuka honey and Retin-A on her skin every evening. After hearing about the fountain of youth benefits of manuka honey, I searched on Amazon for a night cream that contained some good oil as well as this super special honey.
That's when I stumbled upon the holiest of holy grails: Era Organics 10-in-1 Facial Moisturizer. Oooooookayyyy, you guys. This stuff is THE shit.
My favorite part about it is that the main ingredient is not water. In fact, they don't even put any water in it. It's a no-funny-business mixture of aloe vera, manuka honey, MSM (look it up), coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, and blue-green algae. And it's organic, duh.
I've gotten my sister and a few of my friends hooked on the stuff. We call it The Frosting Lotion.
Why? Because it looks and feels like whipped frosting. It's light and fluffy, smells like happiness, and I swear it heals pimples over night. What's not to love?
Okay, so don't freak out, but I emailed Era Organics after launching my new blog to see if they'd like to share one of my posts on their newsletter or something. And, well.........they sent me a couple free products to try. But they also gave me a discount code for ya'll to use if you decide to try any of their products. It's THETABOO and is good for 15% off. You can use the code on Amazon somehow, but I'm not totally sure where you enter it. (This isn't an affiliate program, so I'm not making any money here.)
Here's what they sent me and how I feel about it:
This is a nice, creamy face wash that I used in place of my morning/shower facial cleanser. I was using turmeric face wash because apparently turmeric is the answer to everything, but swapped it out temporarily to try this other stuff.
This face cream is pretty thick and oily, which I actually don't mind. Putting good oils onto your skin will make it produce less bad oils (or something like that) so I was not opposed to this heavy cream, especially before bed.
Since I already felt like I had a pretty good skincare routine down and don't have a particularly prominent acne problem at this point, I wasn't really ready to jump ship for these new products. However, my skin did break out a bit more than normal over the past month or two. It could have been from stress or maybe even caused by the smokey air in Portland. I'm not really sure, but I did like the option to use a face wash and lotion designed to help with breakouts during that time.
Moving forward, I think I'm going to use the tea tree stuff for 2 weeks out of the month (before, during, and a couple days after my period) and do my regular routine for the rest of the time.
I'm not a huge fan of switching face products around too much, but I think a bi-monthly plan will be a good option, especially when Era Organics uses a majority of the same ingredients in all their products. Plus, I think this plan might make the most sense because truthfully, my skin and my hormones are simply not in the same condition all month long.
But really, when all's said and done, my best skin tips are: get HELLA sleep, drink all the water, and eat something green every day.
Happy Harvest Moon!