Since I turned 30, I’ve felt a sort of sea change in some areas of my life–ones that I didn’t pay as much attention to in my 20s, but that suddenly came sharply into focus when I hit the big three-oh. Preventative medicine is a good example of this: I avoided the doctor for years because of my terrible white-coat syndrome, but when 30 rolled around I decided I needed to get over that, and quickly. So I made appointments with all the doctors I’d so vehemently avoided, and it was such a huge relief. (At no point was this clearer than when I broke my arm earlier this year; I was so glad to know that I could get appointments and referrals exactly when I needed them.)
Similarly, I’ve also tried to be more aware of what I’ve been putting in my body. I try to buy organic meat, fish and dairy when possible, I buy produce from the farmer’s market or local produce stands when I can, and I’ve been trying to make most of our meals at home for most of the week. That last part is hard, but I find that it’s also pretty rewarding. (Here’s some of what I’ve been cooking, in case you’re interested.)
So I guess it makes sense that now I’m focusing on what I’m putting on my skin. I’ve written before about my skincare routine–my amazing aesthetician, Renata, is actually the one who first pointed me in the direction of using natural products with plant-based ingredients, and stressed how much better they can be for your skin than the chemical-laden stuff. But lately my skin has been really red and irritable. I have an appointment with a dermatologist in May, but in the interim I thought I’d try and switch up the products I’ve been using, especially since the weather has transitioned from moderate to almost-summerlike temps.
Enter: One Love Organics. I’d read about Suzanne LeRoux’s skincare line on a bunch of blogs, and I immediately loved the packaging (of course I did, it’s pink!), but it took me until recently to order a sample pack of the products. I chose the “A Little Love” pack, which comes with trial-size versions of a bunch of the products the brand has become known for, and I have to say, you guys: A week in, my skin is feeling really good, and I’m liking all the products that came in the sample pack. I don’t think it hurts that One Love Organics is based just outside Savannah, Ga., which means that Suzanne and co. experience and take into consideration the heat and humidity we experience for the better part of the year. I definitely appreciate that.
Do you guys care as much about skin care as I suddenly seem to, or are you more low maintenance? (Like I said, I’ve never used anything but a cheap-o drugstore cleanser until this year.) And what are your favorite products? I would love to know.
Photo via One Love Organics