Current Fave Beauty Products + Why I Love Them

Hey guys!  

I've recently updated my skincare routine with some amazing products and I wanted to share them with you.  It's no secret that we all want radiant youthful skin.  The products I'm going to talk about today do just that and they won't break the bank!  I was introduced to these products from my mom and she is the queen of skincare.  Momma don't lie. 

So let's get started!   

My mom has amazing skin.  She's been "taking care" of her skin since her early 20s and she easily looks 10 years younger than her actual age.  She's always encouraged me to moisturize, drink plenty of water, use SPF, and to never sleep in makeup.  For the most part, Ive listened.  This Summer I went to her with some concerns and she introduced me to my new best friends, the main reason behind this post, vitamin C and Retinol serums.  I'm obsessed! 

By now you guys have probably seen or heard about face serums.  They have become super trendy and are used by celebrities, makeup artists, bloggers, etc.  What's the big deal?  Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin.  They are designed to give better results because they are created with smaller molecules that easily penetrate skin and deliver potent doses of active ingredients (vitaminsantioxidants) into the deepest layers where they will be most effective.  Sorcery, I know.

Let me break it down for you.

Artnaturals Serum Duo

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is not just for fighting off colds.  It can also keep your skin healthy and beautiful!  It stimulates collagen and protects the skin from other damaging factors like pollution.  Vitamin C is a required component for the production of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, both of which are needed to bind the molecules that produce collagen.  A deficiency in collagen can make our skin dull and lifeless.  Nobody wants that!  We need collagen to help reduce wrinkles and symptoms of aging.  Vitamin C also increases the formation of elastin, which thickens, protects, and heals the skin cells.  The thickening effect helps retain moisture, increases the skin circulation, and plumps up the skin surface.  This, in turn, firms and tones the skin keeping our pretty faces radiant and fresh.
Try applying your Vitamin C serum in the morning to help protect your skin from free radicals during the day, as well as sun damage.  It can also be worn at night to fight post-sun damage.  As well as building up your body's storage of antioxidants.  Which helps guarantee your body is ready to go in the morning when you need them most.

Retinol Serum
Retinol has been clinically proven to work continually for weeks.  The longer you use it, the better results you’ll achieve.  Studies have shown that 2.5% retinol serum also stimulates the body’s production of collagen. (And we all know now why that's important.)  It's also an effective treatment for acne and acne scars.  It unclogs pores, which then reduces breakouts of blackheads and whiteheads.
Use this serum at night before you go to bed.  The hours you sleep give the serum time to absorb and work without interruption.  

-Apply serums after cleansing.  They should always be applied to a clean face.
-Avoid using both serums together.  Try using one in the morning (Vitamin C) and one at night (Retinol).  Or rotate (every other night) both serums if you decide to apply the Vitamin C serum at night. 
-Allow serums to absorb for about 5 minutes before applying your moisturizer and/or makeup.

Now, before I go I would like to quickly mention 2 other products I'm really happy with, L'oreals Detox and Brighten Charcoal Mask and Clean Reserve's Citron Fig scented fragrance.

This 10 minute face mask is great!  It helps detoxify and illuminate your skin.  The charcoal really does act like a magnet to dirt and oil.  Leaving my skin feeling soft, fresh, and bright.  All the things we love.

Funny thing, I actually won this fragrance in an Instagram contest. #winning  I was really surprised with how much I loved the scent.  It's super fresh and delicate.

Thank you guys so much for reading.  I hope these products help you feel beautiful.  I've linked them below for easy shopping.

Talk soon!