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My Favorite Healthy Skin Products

Healthy Skin - Beauty and Skincare Products | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

For the majority of my life, I haven’t had many issues with my skin outside of the occasional blemish – lucky, I know! So when regular breakouts started out-welcoming their stay, I had no idea what to do to combat the problem.

I’d used the same skincare and makeup products for years and was so out of touch with what else was out there. So I started doing lots of research. I knew I wanted to stick with mostly natural products and I’ve tried many brands over the past 6 months. I also knew I wanted the most minimal amount of products I could get away with – because quality over quantity! I’m finally at a point where I can say I’ve found a collection of brands and products that I am proud to use and that make my skin feel like it’s supposed to again.

Healthy Skin - Beauty and Skincare Products | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
It seems so trivial, but having skin problems made me self conscious when out in public. I found myself not wanting to make plans, not wanting to be around people because I was embarrassed of what I was unsuccessfully trying to cover up. The fact that it was consuming my thoughts was silly and frustrating.

Sharing the products I found that worked for me is important because I’ve talked to so many others that have had/still have skin problems that effect their self esteem, so I hope that this list is helpful to some of you.

True Botanicals: Not only are the products like liquid gold, but their customer service and user experience is just as wonderful. You can create an account, customize the products to your needs, and set up a subscription so that your products are shipped to you without you having to remember to place another order when you run out (and you’ll save 10% by doing so). The face oil and body oil are two products I never want to live without again!

French Girl Organics: I use both skincare and beauty products from this line. The packaging is beautiful, and the ingredients and scents in their products are light and soothing.

Bare Minerals: The hardest part for me throughout this whole journey was finding a foundation that was moisturizing and light. I didn’t want something that looked caked on and flaky by the end of the day. I’ve been really happy with the BareMinerals tinted gel cream. I also use the eye brightener when I’m looking a little tired.

Juice Beauty: Any brand backed by Gwyneth Paltrow is a yes for me. I love their mascara, lip crayons, and have heard great things about the CC cream.

A few more notable beauty products: ILIA’s highlighter and RMS Beauty’s Lip2Ceek in Demure, and their eye shadow in Sunset Beach.

Healthy Skin - Beauty and Skincare Products | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

A few extra healthy skin tips:

I am by NO MEANS a doctor, dermatologist, or skincare expert, but I’ve found these few things to be helpful in my own experience.

Drink water: Around 60% of our skin is made of water, so it’s no surprise that the more you drink, the better your skin will look. Water has the effect of brightening, making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable, and flushing toxins from the body.

Eat well: You’ve heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, right? Our skin forms from the inside out, so what you put in your mouth has a direct effect on what your skin looks like. High dairy and sugar intake can cause inflammation. By nourishing your body with dark leafy greens, fruits and veggies and other nutrient and vitamin-rich foods will be doing your skin a huge favor!

Sweat: Sweating out the toxins in your body is great for your skin. Just make sure you’re jumping in the shower and washing the sweat off directly after your workout so that the sweat isn’t sitting on your skin causing breakouts.

Buy a humidifier: Dry winter air tends to leave my skin feeling like the desert. A humidifier can help put moisture back into the air and back into your skin when you turn it on at night while you’re sleeping.

I’d love to know if you have any brands or products you think I should check out. You can shop my favorites by clicking the images in the slider below:

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Currently: My Favorite Skincare Products

Skincare | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

In the midst of spring cleaning, I decided to do a complete overhaul on my beauty routine.

For someone who has used the same 10 products for the past decade, navigating the world of skincare and beauty products has been intimidating to say the least. It’s been too easy to go the rabbit hole of YouTube videos and beauty blogs – contouring, strobing, BB, CC, oh my! I bought products that looked like cake on my face, smelled weird, and in general just didn’t work for me. Frustrating! It got me thinking. Why, as women, do we do this? Why are we spending hundreds of dollars a year and precious time out of our day covering up who we are? I have the occasional blemish to hide and I love discovering a tube of brilliant mascara just as much as the next girl, but I’ve transitioned my routine into one of a true minimalist. And I’m spending my money where it counts – on creating a skincare regime for healthier skin, hoping to eliminate the need for unnecessary makeup purchases in the future.

I can tell that my face and skin have changed over the last few years, so it’s been a necessary transition into finding products better suited for this stage of my life. Having sensitive skin has made experimenting more difficult – who wants to buy a $60 bottle of toner that breaks your entire skin out and be stuck with it? Not me! It’s a rarity for me to try new things in the beauty department, so when I find a product I love I want to shout it from the rooftops. With the help of some very kind and patient ladies at Sephora, I’ve finally been able to tailor my products to my needs.

A few healthy skin tips I’ve learned along the way:
ONE | Go for product samples or the travel-sized versions first. Don’t buy the full sized product before you know you’re going to love it. Although most places allow you to return products you’re not a fan of, asking for samples let’s you compare several different brands at once and decide which one you want can’t live without.
TWO | Brushes make a difference. If you’re putting your makeup on with your fingers or brushes you rarely clean, that’s going to make a difference on your skin. Invest in a good set of brushes, clean them often, and you will see a difference in your skin, I promise.
THREE | Try going makeup free for a while. Unless I have something special planned, I try to take my makeup off . It lets my skin breathe for a long period of time and saves me money by using less product. Boom!
FOUR | Skincare can be way expensive. There are often more affordable options provided by other brands, you just have to do you research or ask a professional.

I’ve listed some of the products I’ve been using and loving lately below. Do you have a skincare product you can’t live without? I’d love to here them, leave a comment below!

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Vanilla Coffee Scrub

Vanilla Coffee Scrub | Rachael Adele

Happy Columbus Day! With the weather being 100% perfect and the Royals playing their fourth ALDS game (I just pretend to know what I’m talking about when it comes to baseball, don’t be fooled), the city is buzzing with good energy today.

Vanilla Coffee Scrub | Rachael Adele

I’ve been meaning to share this scrub with you for a while now. I try to use homemade solutions whenever I can for several reasons. One being that I’ve always had sensitive skin and weird ingredients make my body do wonky things, so the more natural the better! And second, why are beauty products so stupid expensive?

I always thought I’d be strong enough to resist Sephora, but as I get older and my body/skin changes I find myself deviating from my normal routine and experimenting with more products. I realized last week I’ve curated quite the random collection of them.

Vanilla Coffee Scrub | Rachael Adele

Vanilla Coffee Scrub | Rachael Adele

It makes me especially happy to know what ingredients are in the products I’m putting all over my skin. The combination of the ingredients in this scrub is magic and you probably already have most of them in your cabinet! This scrub smells SO GOOD you guys, and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

Having company this fall? Place a small container of the coffee scrub with a bottle of lotion and fresh towels in the bathroom as a thoughtful welcome gift. Or divide the mixture into smaller portions and give them to all of the gals in your life if you’re hosting them at your house for a wine night soon!

But make sure to make enough to enjoy yourself, too. It will last a few months in an air-tight container.

VANILLA COFFEE SCRUB

Ingredients
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together and stir until combined. Store the mixture in an airtight container. To apply, gently massage the scrub onto your body in the shower and rinse it off.