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Life Changing Skincare

Let’s talk skincare! I knew that when I got engaged, it was time to improve my skin and get it wedding ready. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what I am doing to my skin so I wanted to share with y’all. My skincare routine is my favorite self care ritual and I love it even more now because I am seeing such great results. I have been doing this routine for about 3-4 months now and I’m just being honest, my skin has never looked better! It glows from within and I rarely break out. I credit it 100% to sticking religiously to my routine. I’ve also discovered the beauty of using acids to exfoliate the skin (AHA and BHA) which are much more effective and less irritating than manual exfoliation (scrubs, brushes, etc.). It’s truly how you achieve the glow and get rid of accumulated dead skin cells.

While there are so many options out there, it’s not easy to find a clean and clinically effective skincare routine. As a self professed product junkie, I’ve done my fair share of experimenting with supposedly good products that left my skin overly dry, red, irritated, or that just flat out did not do anything. Many popular brands often are loaded with nasty fragrances (which break down the collagen in the skin), alcohols, parabens, sulfates, and other gross irritants. Through lots of research and consulting Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia, I finally found my “holy grail” skincare routine. I use a combination of products from Drunk Elephant, Paula’s Choice, and EltaMd. Mostly Drunk Elephant products. I love literally everything they make. What first drew me to the brand, other than the raving reviews, was the cute, colorful, and airless packaging. This is SO important! That Vitamin C, E, AHA/BHA, antioxidants, etc. all become much less effective/unstable when they are exposed to oxygen. That’s what we pay the big bucks for so definitely invest in a brand that packages their products correctly and sanitarily! All their products are made in the U.S.A. which is important to me and they are extremely committed to providing clean and clinically effective products. Good skincare is not cheap and cheap skincare is not good. In my opinion, it is smarter to invest in skincare so you don’t need as much makeup!

The only product you cannot purchase online or in store, is the retinoic acid which is a prescription you have to get from a dermatologist. I am currently using only .025% retinoic acid which is super weak but if you don’t want your skin to peel and flake everywhere, start with a low strength and work your way up. I am probably going to bump mine up next time I go to the dermatologist. Also, to all my deep south friends and family, I would definitely suggest not using this many moisturizing products if you live where it’s humid. When I was in Louisiana, I only used the B-Hydra as my moisturizer. This is what works for me living in Colorado where it’s super dry and arid. FYI, this post is not sponsored.


  1. Lather and cleanse with Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar (white) and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid with a cotton pad and let dry
  3. Apply 1 pump Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum (this stuff is the BOMB!)
  4. Apply 1-2 pumps Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
  5. Push a few drops of Drunk Elephant Marula Oil into skin
  6. Apply 1 pump EltaMd UV Clear SPF 46


  1. Lather and cleanse with Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar (black/brown) and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid with a cotton pad and let dry
  3. 4 nights a week- apply 1 pump Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum // 3 nights a week- mix pea size amount of retinoic acid with 1 pump of Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream (alternating nights) 
  4. Push a few drops of Drunk Elephant Marula Oil into skin (especially around eye area) 

I also just tried Drunk Elephant’s newest product, Baby Facial, which is a super strong mask to be used once a week. I have only used it once and absolutely love it!! Most masks sting the crap out of my skin and leave it super dry but this one the total opposite. My skin felt baby soft after and I definitely saw my complexion improve. 

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