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Hi guys!  I hope you’re having a great day so far!  I’ve had some of you asking me to do a post on my current skincare routine.  I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with my skin especially with my hormones but I’ve found a few things that have really gotten me through over the years and just recently.

Before I go into the products, I also want to touch base on some daily routines that have helped my skin as well.  Every morning I take two caps full of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar “with the Mother” and add it to water with a little cinnamon.  I make sure that I drink this before I consume anything for that day.  Another thing I have noticed is that taking a daily D3 Vitamin can do wonders, or at least it did for me.


morning skincare routine

Ok moving on to the good stuff!  A few months ago I was introduced to the Little Barn Apothecary Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ve tried several different cleansers but I couldn’t find one that didn’t irritate or dry out my skin.  I would also notice that most cleansers didn’t do their job.  I would wash my face and wipe the water off with a towel only to notice that I had a ton of makeup rubbing off still.  That has not been the case with this cleanser.  My face feels clean with no leftover makeup residue.  It may seem a bit pricey for a cleanser but a little bit really does go a long way and I usually wash my face twice a day.  Once in the AM and in the PM with a little scrubber like this.  No matter how tired I am, I always wash the makeup off of my face before bed.  This step is crucial!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen a sponsored post I did for Clinique’s new Vitamin C Booster and Smart Moisturizer.  I’ll be 100% honest here when they sent me the product I was a little skeptical.  You see I’ve been struggling with dry skin my entire life and I’ve tried just about everything only to be disappointed.  After using this for a few days I began to notice a change in my skin.  It was no longer dry, super soft, and glowing!  This is how it works.  The Vitamin C Booster has seven days worth of product in each vial so you get 4 to get you through the month.  Each vial has a super-potent daily booster that brightens, evens, and re-texturizes your skin.  The Smart Moisturizer acts as a day and night cream and has SPF 15 so no more juggling all those different creams ladies!  After I’ve washed my face, I blend two drops of the booster to my normal dosage of moisturizer (about a dime size dollop) between my fingers and apply it to my face. That’s it!  

The last thing I like to use is a Jade Crystal Facial Roller.  My mind is constantly going and I have a really hard time sleeping so this little tool helps with those under eye bags and puffiness.  I keep it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer and pull it out when I’m in need.  There are several tutorials on how to use a Jade Roller, I use this one here



Well, there you have it!  My current skincare routine, not much fuss to it and I’m finally at a place after years of trial and error where I feel like my routine is working for me!  I hope that you’ve found this post helpful!  What are your skincare favorites?  Would you like me to do more beauty posts like this?  I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!  

Cheers- Ashley Nicole


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