Updated Skin Care Routine

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I’ve been meaning to do a post about my skincare routine for awhile now, but, you know… life!  I don’t use oodles of products or long, cumbersome steps, so this will be short and easy to replicate, should you be looking to update your own skincare regimen.

Before I go on to the actual routine, I’ll give a little backstory on my skin type, again, so perhaps you can relate.  I’ve never been acne prone (thankfully), but I have had dry skin pretty much my whole life.  What do they say – dry skin gets less acne, but oily skin less wrinkles? I don’t know, but living with dry flaky skin – though nice from the little-to-no acne standpoint – still isn’t at all fun.  I’ve tried a ton of products through the years that are specifically for dry skin – even things that I use now, but without the first step in my routine, and the results had only been very minimal/temporary.  My skin is also on the sensitive side – gets red easily and can be prone to rashes.  I also have a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis – or SD for short.  I was on prescription strength shampoo in the past (I hated it, and it made my hair even drier).

Okay, so here are what is working marvelously for MY skin.  My skin has never felt softer, smoother, more hydrated, less inflamed/red.

  • Probiotics. While I think all of these steps have resulted in my overall success of what’s working for my skin, I think this first step is the ULTIMATE for me – because I have done several of the other steps without this first one in the past without these good results.  Plexus. Probio5.   Amazing stuff.  It was all a matter of finding the best dosage for my needs – I had been taking the TriPlex for several months (Slim+Probio5+Biocleanse), but was not noticing any difference in my face (I noticed plenty of other great changes, though!)  I finally decided to try upping the Probio5 (and adjusting the Biocleanse to support that increase) and bingo, within a 2-week span, my SD cleared up big time!!  So that would be my NUMBER ONE step that I can’t live without. (and I had tried other brands – more expensive brands – in the past without as good of results)
  • Drinking more water.  So important for overall health, including the health of your biggest organ- your skin!
  • Konjak sponge.  You’ve probably seen them all over the place.  Having SD, I know exfoliation is really important.  This one does a bang-up job without causing my face to turn tomato red and hurt.  It makes my skin glow.  I got mine from 100% Pure and it lasts a few months (I’d say 3-4 max per sponge)
  • Oils.  I vary between what oils I use – I often use essential oils – usually a blend that is made for the skin from Rocky Mountain Oils or Eden’s Garden or Plant Therapy, but will also use coconut oil.  These just add to the softness and my face feels nourished and happy.  Again, though, I have done the whole drinking water, exfoliating, and oils thing prior and not had lasting results, so I think the probiotics is really key in longterm skin health.

So what does my actual skincare routine look like in practice?   Pretty boring and basic – I wet my konjak sponge, use it to remove makeup and get my skin clean, then massage a drop or two of an oil over my face.  Go to bed.  In the morning, I sometimes will repeat the process (but I also sometimes forget and don’t).  I have various cleansers, toners, masks,etc, that are fun to sometimes pull out and use, but I honestly think easy and fast is the best and if it’s easy and fast I am more likely to stick with it.

What does your skincare routine look like?

Elli Quark, Micro Nail, and more

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Creative title, right?  Oh well.

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Have you guys heard of Elli Quark?  Yes, it sounds strange, quark, but it’s very similar in taste to Greek yogurt, but with less tang.  A little while ago, Elli Quark sent me a pack to try out their flavors – – – I love that they have a good variety of flavors, and I really love that they use stevia and erythritol to sweeten instead of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.  Here is the description from their site:

Elli Quark is a spoonable FRESH CHEESE with a creamy texture similar to Greek yogurt, but with a richer, LESS SOUR taste. It also has a better protein-to-carb ratio than Greek yogurt, with HIGH PROTEIN and NO ADDED SUGARS or artificial sweeteners.

So first off, a note about shipping/packaging – everything arrived neatly packaged and nice and cold.  Now onto the flavors and my actual opinions about the quark:  I did not dislike any of them!  I had a few I thought weren’t really my particular cup of tea carton of yogurt, but there were also some definite favorites.  My 3 favorites were Strawberry, Peach, and Pineapple, with Lemon coming in 4th.  I love chocolate and desserty flavors, but I guess I prefer fruity flavors for yogurt-type things.  But the dessert ones were still good.  I used the Plain to make a recipe (below), but ate what was on my spoon.  I dislike plain Greek yogurt (I always buy plain but then sweeten with NuNaturals stevia), but this plain Elli Quark was not bad at all and I could def. get used to, and enjoy, eating this plain.

The website is also fresh and easy to navigate.  Customer service was awesome.  What’s not to love?  Oh, yeah, and if you want to try a cup of Quark for yourself, you can – a voucher for a complimentary one of your choice!

I apologize in advance for these measurements being approximate…I’ve always been an approximate measurement kind of cook and forget that that doesn’t always translate so well for others, but I’m sure however you measure or if you put your own spin on this, it will be equally as good!

Elli Quark Alfredo Sauce

1 container of plain Elli Quark

1/2 C of cottage cheese

1/4 C or so of milk (I used almond)

garlic, sea salt, black pepper to taste

a few drops of stevia to taste

1 T butter (optional)

1/4-1/2 tsp of gluccomanon powder (or 1 T all-purpose flour) to thicken

Mix everything up in a blender until smooth and then heat over medium.  Add to a package of pasta and you’ve got a really great, simple, and healthier option than most alfredo.  (I’ve made this before and after with plain Greek yogurt and it tastes just as good, however often it does curdle a bit, but still tastes good, but with the Elli Quark it doesn’t curdle.

I added Dreamfields rotini pasta and apple chicken sausage to the Elli Quark alfredo and served green beans on the side:

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If you make this, I’d love to hear what you think!  :)

While you’re cooking your pasta or waiting on the sauce, why not give yourself an easy manicure?  No polish or stinky fumes and no mess.  The Emjoi Micro-Nail was something else that’s been on my “to review” list.  So the claim is – well here – watch for yourself:

So, what do I think?  Here are my results:

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It was easy and fun to use, so fast, and I like how it looks.  They say it lasts 2 weeks, and I would say the smoothness lasts at least that long, but I found the shine to fade before then, but when it’s so easy to do, I just use the white roller to touch up the shine a bit when needed.

*Products above were sent to me for consideration.  Like always, that fact does not impact my opinion/review whatsoever – if it’s something I love and think you will too, I will share.

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