It rarely rains in LA, so when it does, nobody knows how to drive!
Got our orders to go -
This time I asked for dressing on the side (they can be a bit heavy-handed, even when you request “light”) and got a watered-down lemonade as my beverage.
- Spring/romaine mix
- Hearts of Palm
- Green Olives
- Water Chestnuts
- Raspberry Vinaigrette (used half of what they gave me)
Nah, I’m not plugging the movie I did back in 2005 – but you should still rent it
I figured it’ll get really boring seeing the same lunch over and over this week so I’ve decided to supplement these “free salad posts” by answering questions from readers that I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while.
Someone asked about my skincare regime. Honestly, it’s such a random collection of lotions and potions:
In the morning, I rinse my face with water, apply sunscreen, and that’s it. At night, if I have a full face of makeup, I use this Shiseido Rinse-Off Cleansing Gel as a pre-cleanser. I discovered this in a SWAG bag from the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and have been using it ever since. Feels oily, but even my acne-prone skin doesn’t break out, and it does a very thorough job of removing the layers of heavy camera makeup.
I have combination skin (that’s susceptible to breakouts, as I just mentioned) so I do a combo of two cleansers – switching between Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash and the more natural/earth-friendly (and expensive) Origins Checks and Balances. I can’t say enough good things about the latter – it’s creamy, foams up nicely, and rinses off clean.
In the evenings I soak a cotton pad in toner and remove any excess that the cleansers missed – this CoQ10 Perfecting Facial Toner by Avalon Organics was something I picked up in the drugstore on sale a few years ago, and never switched. It doesn’t sting like the astringents I grew up with (remember Sea Breeze?!)
Once or twice a week (when I remember, honestly) I exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub (which I’ve been using since I was 12). If I have a zit brewing, I’ll dab on some pure Tea Tree Oil too.
My moisturizers are all cheap cheap cheap – Trader Joe’s Antioxidant Moisturizing Face Lotion at night (I’m not crazy about the smell of this, it reminds me of Flintstones Vitamins) and their Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 15 (very similar to Oil of Olay, which I used to use, but this is half the price). During the summer months when the sun is stronger, I step up the SPF with Alba Green Tea SPF 30 Sunscreen.
I forgot to take a picture, but the only other thing I use regularly is baby oil – I put it on a Q-Tip to remove any excess eye makeup.
That’s it! Back in the day I used to do steams/masks once a week, but I’ve found that my skin stays pretty glow-y and clear just from this simple, easy regimen. I do get the occasional facial once or twice a year, but honestly, that’s more for my mental state than my face!
Any skin care products you swear by?