Winter skincare update

As someone with pretty sensitive skin, I’ve started to take notice of how the weather patterns have started to take a toll on my skincare routine (or sometimes lack thereof). It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I started to really care about what I put on my skin and wanted to find a new skincare routine filled with (closer to) all natural products, without also having a 30 step process.

Pharmaca natural beauty
I had passed by the Pharmaca store in Queen Anne (1900 Queen Anne N, Seattle) a handful of times in the past but never thought to stop in. Thanks to a lovely offer of a complimentary service to introduce the beauty bar and spa services offered in stores, I finally stopped in. They offer lash applications, full makeovers (with consultation), and facial waxing (eyebrows, lip, chin, forehead, etc).

Pharmaca beauty bar
I opted for an eyebrow wax with one of the senior theoreticians in the store, Tiffany. She was extremely friendly and walked me through all of the products that were being used in the service. Within less than 10 minutes, I had beautifully cleaned-up eyebrows and a really positive experience!

One of the best parts of this service was being able to see shelves upon shelves of products that I didn’t recognize and asking questions about them while in the waxing chair. The wall directly to the right of this station was filled with natural oils, which have been gaining popularity with mainstream product lines, and I wanted to know more. I was running low on Clarins double serum and wanted to find a replacement. I’ve shied away from oils in the past because I assumed that adding more oil to skin that already produces a lot of unwanted shininess seemed counter-intuitive. Not knowing that serums contained oil (I feel dumb for this because, duh, made sense after looking more closely at the product’s consistency), Tiffany mentioned that applying oils actually helps your skin think that it already has enough oil production, which prevents excess oils from being created by the body. Intrigued by the science behind it all, I wanted to try for a completely natural, oil-only replacement.

Pharmaca Seattle Queen Anne store
Pharmaca natural eye makeup

I was recommended rosehip seed oil, as it’s a light introductory oil that would easily be swapped with my existing serum. It can be used twice a day, which integrates with my existing beauty routine (once in the morning, once at night) and wouldn’t require me to change my habits. I ended up purchasing this apricot and rosehip oil serum. I’ve been using it for a month now and haven’t notice my face being any more greasy than it used to be.

The bonus is that the oil is so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like I have a sheet of grease on my face as I walk out to work. I’ve also been trying to wear makeup less, giving my skin some time to breathe, only applying the oil to my face in the mornings after a quite face wash and nothing else on top of that. So far so good! No breakouts and my skin feels hydrated, which is all I could ask for for the winter.

I’m going to be trying a couple other oils in the upcoming weeks and will be reporting back. Excited to see how else I can update my skincare routine to better prep for the winter.

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  • Fat White Cat

    I LOVE W3LL People! Their mascara is a great everyday one for my stick straight, short lashes. I’ll have to head over to Queen Anne and try some of their eyeshadow!

    • Thank you for the recommendation! I haven’t dived into changing out all my makeup to be organic/natural yet, and W3LL seems like an awesome brand to start looking into.

  • I have such terrible skin at the moment, it’s not even funny. That’s what I get for having nice skin as a teenager, I guess! Still really annoying. As soon as I get settled into my new job, some nice skin care products and a proper consultation are definitely on the list! I’ll have to keep this in mind.

    • Good luck with the consultation!! I’ll be posting some of the oil products that I bought and tested, plus what I decided to keep, in a couple of weeks.

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