Getting serious about skin care

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the opportunity for a free facial at a local Aveda salon (a perk of being an Aveda rewards member) and decided it was time for me to get serious about skin care. I am in my late thirties, and I’ve never really had a consistent skin care routine — except for wearing moisturizer and sunscreen daily. I have done that for nearly two decades, because my skin is very pale, and I want to keep it that way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Getting serious about skin care


Note:  This post is not sponsored by Aveda in any way. I’ve been a personal member of their rewards program and have used their products, mostly hair products, for many years. This is just me being open and honest about using their services and products and sharing those experiences with my readers.


I also took advantage of the opportunity to talk to the in-house aesthetician, and I learned that my inconsistent skin care routine was contributing to drying out my skin. And she was really good about listening to my needs and real-life priorities, like how I need as few steps as possible and to keep things simple and straightforward. She didn’t try to convince me to add extra steps or products; instead, she focused on what products would give me “the most bang for my buck.”

So here’s what we came up with, and what skin care products I ended up trying out and purchasing:

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda skin care products

From left to right:  Aveda daily light guard sunscreen, SPF 30 // Aveda Botanical Kinetics, purifying gel cleanser // Aveda Botanical Kinetics, intense hydrating soft creme

So my simplified skin care routine now consists of washing my face and upper chest, morning and night, with the gel cleanser, either with my hands or with a soft cotton pad. With my fingers, I then apply the creme moisturizer, again morning and night. And in the morning, I also apply the sunscreen (which then gets removed at night), again just with my fingertips. One of the mistakes I was making before was only using a combined moisturizer-and-sunscreen, which was great for day, but I was also using it at night, which I found out is a no-no (paraphrasing, it blocks when your skin is trying to naturally renew itself).

After the consultation came the facial (and scalp massage!), which was very relaxing.

Then the fun part! She then went on to do makeup and talked to me about makeup issues and priorities. Again, she listened to me — I know myself, and I won’t bother with blush or mascara, so let’s move on — and we had fun talking about makeup. I actually like makeup, even though I don’t wear a lot of it, which might sound contradictory, but it’s true. I appreciated how the aesthetician simplified things for me and explained WHY she was doing certain things, like how the concealer she was using could double as my foundation, since I like to keep things light. Awesome! And I confessed that I have always found eyeliner intimidating and have tended to use dark shadow to mimic eyeliner. She said that was a great solution and also showed me an eyeliner that was super-soft and easy to smudge like eyeshadow.

Here’s what I ended up purchasing for makeup:

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda makeup products

From left to right, top to bottom:  Aveda All Sensitive body formula oil (acts as a primer to help set makeup, can also mix with concealer for a combined step) // Aveda eye definer in “Cacao” // Aveda lip definer in “Colorless” // Aveda concealer in “02 Balsa”

And we had fun talking about lipstick! The aesthetician was super excited to hear that I have embraced lipstick the past year or two, since getting my teeth straightened through Invisalign (see here and here to read about that), and that I’m not afraid of bright colors on my lips. She also showed me this cool lip pencil that is soft and moisturizing and a neutral color to use with all lipsticks.

And I got a little “cheat sheet” to take home with me, to review the steps and products we talked about. As a daughter of two educators, I LOVED this bit! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Aveda makeup map

Below are my “after” shots following the facial and makeup consultation. The collage is of pics I took in the car immediately afterward — I texted those pics to Sam, which helps explain my goofy side showing! — and then we took a proper picture after I got home.

Librarian for Life + Style | After my Aveda facial and makeup consultation

Librarian for Life + Style | After my Aveda facial and makeup consultation

I like that I still look like me, just a little more polished. I really like how she did the eye makeup to enhance the natural, rounder shape of my eyes.

Note:  You might notice this outfit and hair scarf from an outfit post a couple of weeks ago. Yep, it’s the same outfit! I wanted to wait a few weeks to see how my new skin care routine and products were holding up. So far, so good! 🙂

So there you have it, me starting to get serious about a skin care and makeup routine. Do you have a routine for your own skin care and/or makeup? Please leave a comment and share!

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