YESSSS. Finally. Nao is giving us her new skincare routine! She’s been telling me that her (already beautiful) skin has been ON POINT lately. Even through the cold months. So duh, of course she’s sharing her discoveries with us Violets! Nice girls share their tips and tricks you know? That’s our thing here.
If you’re a regular, you know that Nao is one of the VF writers and she’s based in Portland, OR. If you follow her on Instagram (@Naooh.lala) then you know she’s super into quality skincare products. Incredibly knowledgeable. And it doesn’t hurt that all of her photos are drop dead gorgeous. Okay okay- sorry A.D.D! Here’s Nao.
Hi everyone! It’s Nao here.
Some people says that “girls are too complicated” with our skincare– but are we? I don’t think so! I think girls are happy when they’re taking care of their skin. Good skin is in! And I feel like I finally found my perfect routine. Making me want to go out, meet people, have fun!
Some people have a flawless skin since they were born, and I am not one of them. I’m prone to zits when I’m stressed, or when I eat a bag of hot Cheetos all by myself (…oops). And I have a big red birthmark around my chin and lips- it is one of my huge insecurities. I tend to hide it with lots of concealer. When my skin gets really bad, I genuinely do not wanna go out and meet people,… I will just hide out in my apartment. The skin care that I’m showing you today has literally changed my life!
I changed my skin care products and how I treat my skin completely. The air is so dry in the winter, but this year it’s even MORE dry than past few years in Portland. We didn’t even have much rain! Which is great, but not for skin. I was even starting to get eczema for the first time in my life!
My favorite brand that I’ve purchased has been AESOP.
Aesop is an Australian skin care brand. Not 100% natural or organic (but close to), their products are formulated using a combination of high quality botanicals and synthetic ingredients. They don’t use artificial color, mineral oils, silicones, or parabens.
I’ve been growing up using organic skin care products from earlier in life (Thank you to my mother who cares about health and skin more than I do!), so first time I saw Aesop for the first time 4 years ago, I was like “No”, because it’s not “natural.” But, here is the thing: the chemicals that they use are well studied, well tested (NOT ON ANIMALS), and something that enhance the power of botanicals. I trust them now.
I use Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil to remove my make up, Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste for scrub, and debating to get either Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment, or Damascan Rose Facial Treatment. Let me show you one by one!
Cleanser. Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil removes everything so easy. Even mascara! I usually put 6,7 drops on my palm. Before I put them on to my face, I’ll add some water (2,3 drops?) to emulsify.
I’ll rub this thoroughly on my palm until it completely emulsifies (the oil will turn a milky yellow color).
Once it turns the milky color, I can start massaging on my face gently. (Always gently! Pulling ages the skin.) After I massage well, I rinse away completely with lukewarm water. I decided not to use hot water anymore, since it dries my skin out. When I rinse, I try not to rub or touch my face. Scoop a handful of water and dip my face in, and repeat. Make sure that the water dripping from your face is no longer milky color. And done! I swear not touching your face when rinsing makes all the difference.
And twice a week, I’ll use Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. This scrub is special because it has fine quartz in it! Before I get out of shower, I take this paste and massage gently on my nose, T-line and chin, then wait for 2-3 minutes and rinse. You’ll have a baby soft skin after this! It’s amazing.
By the way, quartz is not like a sugar or a salt. Sugar and salt melts on your skin, quartz does not. So do not scrub hard! Just massage gently!
After I get off of shower, I use Ultra Hydrating Face Cream from Trilogy. With this cream, I put 2 to 3 drops of the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment I’m trying. It’s powerful! A true “treatment” that enriches the skin. My skin literally absorbs the treatment, and shines from the inside! That’s what I was looking for! No one can imagine how happy I am right now!
So happy to share with you, girls. I love this community of women. Would love to know if you’ve tried any of these products also and if you’ve seen success or not. I hope you have, like me!
Feel free to add me on IG (@naooh.lala) and say hi! We can be friends. 🙂