I try a lot of products and companies are kind enough to share some with me. Here are some favorites that I can’t see myself without!
Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Face Mist — This is the best face mist I’ve ever used! It’s hydrating and brightening. I use is before applying creams and serums as well throughout the day.
Virtue Labs Split End Serum and the entire Full collection, including the 6-in-1 cream — Honest to god lifesavers. (Read my posts about how Virtue saved my hair) Also, use code KARO for 20% off!
Drunk Elephant Skincare C-Firma Day Serum — This is a seriously intense brightening serum. Kind of makes your face smell like a campfire but it doesn’t bother me because it works so well! You can also buy the Drunk Elephant Rise and Glow Duo to try it out without splurging on the full size C-Firma.
Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion — If you have super dry, sensitive or psoriasis-prone skin, you NEED this. This stuff saved me from major psoriasis flares on my face this winter. On bad days, I soak a cotton pad with the lotion and press it on to the really inflamed areas.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream — I’ve tried tons of eye creams because my under eye circles are one of my biggest insecurities. This one is my favorite so far! It’s really hydrating, has a pretty sheen to lighten up dark areas, and layers really well under makeup! This is easily a dupe for Sunday Riley’s Eye Contour that’s almost twice the price.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm — I’ve turned into a balm fan! I loved using oil cleansers (if you prefer oils to balms, I recommend the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil). I feel like I don’t need to use as much product with balms because it clings to my face. It’s also really gentle so you don’t have to feel so guilty about scrubbing your eyes after a night out.
Glossier Super Pure Serum — Got a breakout? This will help. I use it as a preventative for hormonal acne before my period and it works wonders. Great for reducing redness and inflammation. Shop with me and get 20% off your first order!
Rapidlash Eyelash Enhancing Serum — This is the only reason I have eyelashes tbh. Fast working and gentle. I never had a reaction to it like I did with other eyelash growth serums and it lasts a long time!
Ouai Wave Spray — The best wave Spray for your hair. But you already knew that. I love that it comes in two sizes, just in case you want to test it out first.
Weleda Skin Food — I use this stuff on everything: hands, knees, elbows, on my face, as an eye cream. You need this.
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner in Rose — A lovely, gentle, hydrating toner that you can get at your grocery store. I’ve bought maybe 3 giant bottles of this.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t one of those kids that struggled with their skin during puberty (Don’t roll your eyes and stop reading, because my skin didn’t stay perfect).
So, when I got into my 20s and my hormones started to change, I really didn’t know what to do with this new issue of breakouts. Turns out, I was doing a lot of damage to my skin. I was over-exfoliating with physical exfoliants, essentially scraping my skin and causing it to produce more oil to make up for all the moisture I was taking away. BAD.
To make matters worse, the psoriasis that had previously decorated my elbows and knees, decided to make it’s way to my nose and around both of my eyes. Yeah, I had psoriasis-goggles. Not the cutest. When you’re dealing with health issues, the last thing you want is for them to be present where everyone can see them. And, because I struggle with autoimmune diseases, my skin has a difficult time healing, and loves to scar.
So to recap, I was dealing with:
- hormonal breakouts
- patchy psoriasis around my eyes and nose
- scarring from acne
Fast forward a year, and I have the best skin I’ve ever had. I’m not a doctor or dermatologist, but this is what I do every morning and it’s made a giant difference. Plus, my process has been confirmed by the babes at ITG so it’s got to be good.
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Glossier recently came out with the mother-of-all campaigns for their new oil wash and lotion — Body Hero. It includes women of all shapes and colors and truly shows the beauty in every body.
My fellow Glossier reps kicked off the launch with their own stunning and unique photos. They shared their insecurities and perfect imperfections in personalized posts. I’ve really never been more grateful to be a part of such a cool company.
I wanted to support it with my own badass photo and shimmery body. But to be honest, I’ve been fighting my body everyday — especially lately. I certainly have not felt like a hero. It’s hard to feel like a hero when you struggle to get out of bed every morning. When you can’t hold your partner’s hand because it hurts too much. When every fiber in your body aches around your brittle bones and hurting insides.
So I locked myself in my bedroom, accompanied by my cat and partner, and I had myself a good cry.
I realized that because my body fights everyday, I am a Body Hero. I have dealt with harsh criticism from myself since I was little and learned that I would always be different. I’ve looked at stretch marks and IV bruises and patches of psoriasis with such disgust. But our bodies don’t deserve that! My stretch marks are records of years of chronic illness that no doctor will ever have on file. My IV bruises are proof that I can tolerate a sting. And my psoriasis is confirmation that yes, my body and spirit can handle more.
So although you may feel weaker than maybe you might’ve been without an autoimmune disease, you have so much strength to be able to get yourself up and take on the day. Feed off of that tenacity and know you’re a hero. Each body, every body is a #BodyHero.