I recently received some great products c/o of Nib+Fab. I’m excited to feature Nib+Fab for the first time on the blog. I previously featured an awesome eye palette from their sister company, Rodial and I loved it! I’ve had the opportunity to feature some awesome products on the blog over the past several months. Many of the products have been from women empowered businesses which brings a huge smile to my face. I love working with women who made a dream a reality! I get excited for them!
With each product I’ve tried, I’m learning more and more about what works for my skin and what doesn’t, and it’s broadened my knowledge on skincare as a whole. I’ve narrowed my skin care needs down to specific areas. My concern areas are tone, texture, oil control, and dullness. Since placing a heavy focus on upping my skincare game, guess what? My skin thanks me. Overall, my tone, pores, texture, and pigmentation marks from acne have improved significantly. So, let’s talk about what is working and what isn’t working so well on my skin improvement journey.
Evaluate your skin issues
Evaluating your skin issues is very important, this is the only way you’ll be able to determine what products you need for your skin. I struggled at first to determine what my skin needed. Products can be super confusing because they often market a specific area or areas such as acne. What if you have acne and fine lines? I felt lost each time I tried to purchase a product. I finally decided what mattered most for me in terms of improvement. Fine lines and dullness were some of my major concerns. Which leads me to my next point.
I’m 34 and I’m going to admit something. Until recently, I never had a professional facial. Sure, I’ve done at home treatments but there is a huge difference between at home and professional facials. I’ve been going to a local company for a facial roughly once a month and the difference is amazing. Professional facials combined with great products has helped the appearance of my skin, acne, and fine lines. Professional facials also helped me learn and identify what my skin needed and continues to need. Through working with an esthetician at a local company and getting regular facials I discovered that glycolic acid really helped improve dullness and brighten my skin. Nib+Fab has Glycolic Daily Cleanser pads that I’m very interested in because I feel like my skin quickly gathers buildup and becomes dull.
Home Skin Care Routines
Even if you never get a professional facial you need to be on top of your skincare game at home. At home, I stick to a pretty strict cleansing routine. I wash my face morning and night. I moisturize with a lightweight moisturizer in the morning. At night, I use a retinol cream on the areas of skin that are showing fine lines. Mainly around my eyes and cheeks. I’ve also been using a moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid. I’ve noticed that using a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid leaves my skin super soft and plump. I often spot treat areas of my face that need an extra boost of hydration and plumping. I love that Nib+Fab offers the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot. The shot can be used as a spot treatment for an extra shot of hydration and plumping.
One of the most important parts of my routine is using a mask. I determine the mask I’ll use based on how my skin feels. If my skin is feeling oily I’ll use a make that helps to control oil. If my skin is feeling dry I’ll use a hydrating mask. Often, my skin is in an in-between area of dry and oily. Some areas of my face will be dry but some areas will have a buildup of oil. Hello, combination skin! I love that Nib+Fab offers the Kale Fix Mask. The Kale Fix Mask helps remove impurities while still keeping the skin hydrated.
If you feel lost and unsure of what products to start with, just start washing and moisturizing at night. This simple step helped me when I first started putting major focus into how I was caring for my skin. I was guilty at one time of sleeping in makeup. Even if I don’t wear makeup, I still wash and moisturize each night. If you don’t do anything else for your face, simply wash and moisturizer at night. In summary, love your skin and take care of it.
Photo Credit: Liz Paveza / Misfit 29 / @thismisfitliz