I have been so excited about putting this post together! PaleOMG continues to grow with expanding from food, to fitness, to fashion and now I’m dipping my toes into some beauty and even some travel coming up! I’ve expanded so much in the last couple years because I continue to grow and change and my interests do as well! It sucks I even have to preface this, but I do: If this kind of post does not interest you (well, I don’t know why you even opened the post then…duh), if you don’t care about skincare or beauty, that is totally fine. No need to tell me, no need to comment. If you are just interested in food, then check out my 650 FREE recipes. I can guarantee that you have not tried all 650 recipes. This sort of post interests others and it interests me, so I will continue to share posts like this in the future!

BUT ANYWAYS, let’s talk beauty!! Over the past year, I decided to really concentrate on getting my skin to look its best. I’ve been in the sun my entire life, I had cystic acne years ago that led to a lot of scarring, and I’m getting older. No, I’m not old, I’m just getting to the age that I can see my skin not bouncing back like it used to. So after talking to a friend in town with absolutely beautiful skin, I was able to find a medical esthetician in my area and began seeing her monthly to work on my skin.

But let’s quickly go back to the beginning. Back to when I had acne. Because of how much I was working out (hormone imbalance) and because of some of the foods I was eating, my skin was terrible. But even with working out less and removing those foods, I still had acne and depleted every option and finally went on accutane. If you want to read about my experience, you can read it here. After accutane, my skin looked awesome! But then after exactly 1 year, acne began to sneak back in. So I began taking spironolactone (which I had tried pre-accutane and it hadn’t worked) and that helped A TON. But, I still had some acne. So I cut out eggs and nuts after someone on my instagram mentioned eggs causing some acne. With cutting out eggs, using spironolactone, drinking a sh*t ton of water every day, and using the products I’m listing below, I’m able to keep acne under control and my skin looking pretty smooth and better with each month! No, I’m not a person who uses only organic, food grade products. I use organic deodorant because that seems to work for me, but when I used coconut oil to clean my face or whatever organic product that was out there, my skin wasn’t it’s best.

I’m sharing on here what I use. I’m not saying you should use it or even that it’s the best product of all products. This post is not sponsored by anyone and no one has given me free sh*t. There are plenty of things out there that have worked for other people and not for me. I am all about eating clean food, but I am also all about modern medicine and technology. I will always work out my hardest and eat my best, but if there is something out there that can help me age better and feel better in my skin, I’m all for it. So let’s get on with it!  In case you didn’t read my accutane post, here is a photo of what my skin looked like in 2013.

 

And here is what it looks like now, 100% break out free on this day! Make up free version:

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Make up version:

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So let’s talk about daily routine. First, I’ll talk about skincare then we can chat makeup!

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My morning routine includes three things in this order:

  1. Mandelic acid
  2. Vitamin C serum
  3. Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream
  4. Some sort of SPF – I like Cetaphil for my face sunscreen and I also LOVE Sanitas Solar Block (I just wish it was waterproof)

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At night, I use these 5 things in this order:

  1. Makeup remover pads (when I do wear makeup)
  2. Mandelic acid face wash
  3. Mandelic acid daily repair pads
  4. Vitamic A serum
  5. Derm-A-Renew Formula
  6. Cetaphil face lotion (or any fragrance free lotion I have on hand)

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I had to start slow with using all these products together because it can dry your skin out real fast. So if my skin ever does get dry, I just cut back a little bit and don’t use every product. But when I am able to, I wake up in the morning and my skin seriously looks better than it did the night before.

Now let’s talk about makeup. I put on full makeup probably 2 times per week. Most days all I do is fill in my eyebrows, put on a little concealer under my eyes and a bit of bronzer because my face is pretty pale from constantly wearing a hat and wearing sunscreen and then I’ll use a little mascara. I work at home or at the gym, so I don’t need much but I do feel better when I put a little bit on. It just makes me feel like I still have my life together when I might be in my pajamas all day cooking.

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For full makeup days, this is what it looks like:

  1. I use Jane Iredale Under Eye Concealer under my eyes with a concealer brush and blend it with a sponge applicator.
  2. I next use Jane Iredale Loose Mineral Powder (which also has SPF 20) with powder brush all over my face. This powder is great because it can be minimal coverage or you can really get amazing coverage. And it looks great for photos! Next, I use a pressed powder in a darker color to apply in the shadows of my face. So by my cheekbones, top of forehead, around the bottom of my face and onto my neck, with this angled brush. Lastly, I use just a little bit of Too Faced Blush and then use Hourglass Lighting Powder right below my eyes and above my cheekbones to get a little shimmer and shine and then on the ridge of my nose.

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  1. Next, I move on to the eyebrows and eyes. I recently got my eyebrows microbladed and I was originally going to talk about it in this post. BUT my lovely eyebrow lady does half the hair lines that would normally go in, just so you’re not super freaked out when you look in the mirror and they look like they are drawn on in permanent marker. She’s kind. Then you go in 4 weeks later and she fills the rest in and the missing spots that didn’t take or faded. So come middle of August, I go in for my second appointment and then I will be doing a full post about my experience. I just didn’t want to give you my feedback until the full procedure was done! So stay tuned! Anywho, eyebrows. I fill mine in with Anastasia Dipbrow Waterproof Pomade using a brow brush.
  2. I then move to the eyes. Just FYI, all makeup artists seem to start with eyes then move to face, but that’s just not how I do it. And I’m not a makeup artist nor did I go to school for it, so I just do what works for me. So, with my eyes, I use Smashbox Shadow Primer on my eyelids and then I use either Naked2 Palette or Naked3 Palette. I just LOVE those shadows! And for shadows, I have no rhyme or reason. I fill in a lighter color on my lid then mix in a dark color as I move up my eye then fill the crease in with a dark brown, grey or black! This chick is one of my favorites (and only, really) to watch on YouTube because she does stunning makeup, and she IS stunning! If you’re trying to figure out eyeshadows and how to apply, she has all kinds of videos!
  3. After lids, I do my eyeliner. I get questions all the time about eyeliner and I’m DEFINITELY no pro, I just do what I like, and I like the cat eye look. I use this Skinny Liquid Eyeliner to make it easier to apply and more precise, but there are tons of other products out there to choose from. If you’re wondering how to do a cat eye look, there are also a million tutorials. Here’s a super simple one! After I do my eyeliner, I apply Loreal Telescopic Mascara. This has been my favorite mascara since college, I love it!! If I’m wearing fake eye lashes that day, I use Ardell Lashes. These aren’t super fancy lashes but they do they trick and I can reuse them a lot of the time. I apply them with Duo Lash Glue and they stay in place like a mother. I’ve done full on sweaty CrossFit workouts with these lashes on and they don’t budge! It took a while to get the hang of putting on my own lashes, but you get it down the more you do it, just like anything!
  4. Lastly, I like to put white liner on the bottom lid of my eye because I think it just makes your eye pop and look more alert!

That’s it! I use all kinds of different lip colors together and just play around with them depending what I’m wearing!

Now let’s talk about some “procedure” stuff I’ve done! Like I said above, I did microblading, but I’ll be talking about that when it’s all over. I’ve never gotten eyelash extensions because I don’t want to keep up with it and I don’t like how they look when it’s time to get them redone. I’ve also never had my lips filled (obviously, they’re thin AF) even though I’ve always had a little interest in it. I just know very few women who have had their lips done and it’s not completely obvious. And I just don’t want that. The better I get at makeup, the better I will be at overfilling my lip liner. I’ve also heard about permanent makeup for your lips, so if my eyebrow lady decides to do that, I may give that a go. But that’s for another topic, another day!

What I have done is plenty of chemical peels. I’ve done numerous ones over the years and love them, but they definitely range depending on the person who does them. I use to go to a well known plastic surgery center here in Colorado to their facial aesthetics department to get chemical peels and the last time, she burned me pretty bad and it took MONTHS to heal. So make sure you don’t trust just anyone. I love chemical peels (even though they suck to heal from) because they make your skin glow and look younger. I will continue to do them every 6 month to 1 year to keep my skin looking younger as I age.

I also see my medical esthetician every 4-6 weeks. Every time I go in, she does extractions if I have any breakouts, then does dermaplane which is pretty much shaving your face to take off the top layer of dead skin and the fine hairs. She then does different treatments such as BBL Broadband light to help with fine lines, wrinkles, tone/color and skin tightening. The dark spots she removes are always the most obvious and make my skin look so much smoother. I’ve done these treatments with her for probably less than a year and my skin has never looked better. She is truly amazing. I also recently did another procedure with her (which I mentioned on snapchat that I would tell you guys about)!

This procedure is called ProFractional. When I told my esthetician that I was starting to see some deeper lines around my smile and that I didn’t want to do fillers, she mentioned ProFractional. It resurfaces the skin and rebuilds the collagen, so you’re rebuilding new collagen to help with these fine lines (unlike fillers, where you are just filling it). You can read all the science stuff about it here. They numb your face before and mine may have worn off a bit, but I can tell you that it was absolutely the most painful thing I’ve ever done. Ever. And you bleed a lot, which makes it more dramatic afterwards. I was questioning if I should even show you the photos, but I’m going to since all I’ve ever done on this blog is be completely 100% transparent. So here ya go!

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Frightening, right?! But this is over 5 days, so you can see that it heels pretty quickly. On the first day, I went straight home and just worked from home. But I went out and about all other days, just put a hat on and had to explain a few things to people on the gym. I was able to put makeup on at day 4, when the scabbing started to go down. Even on day 5, it’s still just a tad swollen, but 2 weeks out, I was really able to see the difference. I didn’t take a real before and after photo, and I apologize for that, but I truly was able to see a huge difference in fine lines and wrinkles by my smile and cheeks. Will I do it again? Yes, but it will have to be probably a year out, when I have forgotten how painful it was. And when my husband is out of town so he’s not questioning why the hell I’m doing this to myself. Just FYI, this is how I felt…

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Last but not least, I also get botox in my forehead. I was questioning if I should say this because people FREAK OUT about it, but that’s because they just don’t know anything about it. If you think Jennifer Aniston of JLo or Gwen Stefani or whoever else is aging well out there hasn’t had botox and they just have great genes, you’re an idiot. I started noticing wrinkles sticking a couple years ago and I did something about it and I’m so glad I did. It just keeps those lines from getting deeper. I can also say that just like with chemical peels, not everyone who does Botox is trustworthy. The person I go to now is 10 million times better, it’s not painful with her AND it doesn’t feel quite as weird as it has when injected by someone else. She is by far the best I’ve been to. I also only get it done every 6 months or so, so it’s not something I have to do on a monthly basis or anything like that.

So there ya go! That’s what I do. It’s a sh*t ton of different stuff, but it’s something that is important to me. I take such good care of my body and I want to do the same to my skin as well. I’ll probably do more things in the future and share them with you here because I really wish more people would share their “secrets” and what they have done. I also wish people would show the ugly side of it. Sure, it’s great to see results, but showing what you went through to get there, I think is important also.

If you are in the Denver area, here is the information of who I use for my skin:

  1. Shawn Haviland at Cherry Hills Facial Aesthetics 720-459-7960
  2. Marci Tarango at Cherry Hills Facial Aesthetics 720-459-7960

Again, this post was not sponsored. I use some affiliate links for makeup, but I’ve paid for all the makeup, treatments and procedures I’ve had done. I’m just very happy with my experiences with these two people and wanted to share it with you, in case you are in the Denver area!

If you have questions, please leave them here. I only answer emails once a week so I wouldn’t want to miss yours or not get back to it for a while. Again, if this post does not interest you (not sure why you’ve read this far) or you don’t agree with what I do for my own skin, no need to tell me. I do what works FOR ME and I share that information, that is it. I am not recommending it to others, I am not a doctor or a specialist, I am merely a person who is sharing what I have done. Period. So again, no need to leave mean comments or hateful words, those comments will be erased.

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283 Comments

  1. Jennifer Webb says:

    Hey Julie!
    Reading up on all your skin care posts. Considering the profraction laser. I went back to read your skin care regime and ( my ADD kicked in) got side tracked in the world of mandelic acids, glycolic acid, salicylate acid ..etc , so I got to thinking… why not use prescription Retin A. Isn’t it supposed the be the ” gold standard”? Just wanting your opinion. Can I wash with the mandelic acid and use my retin A? ( well it’s technically tretinoin) Awesome read about lashes! Love finding out about all the cool stuff out there!!!!!!

    1. juli says:

      i actually do use retin A, it’s just in the form of the vitamin A serum!

  2. jen says:

    Long time lurker here. Just wanted to say, THANK YOU for this post! It has changed my life. I have been struggling for so long with acne, despite cleaning up my diet and trying everything short of accutane. After trying some of the things mentioned here, (including no eggs!) I am breakout free for the first time in years! YIPPEE! Thank you for being so open and honest, you da bomb.com

  3. Laura says:

    Wondering if you could share with me how quickly spiro worked for you (after Accutane) and if you had any side effects? Feel very last resort-ish with my skin lately. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with your skin!

    1. juli says:

      it took about a month and then continued to clear up more and more. and the only side effects i have is being thirsty ALL THE TIME. i drink over a gallon of water a day from being on that medication. and i get dizzy whenever i whip my head around, so usually in a workout when i’m doing an explosive movement.

  4. Laura says:

    It didn’t do anything crazy to your cycle at all? I realize my experience will not be the same but I just don’t know anyone that has used it to ask personally! I’m going on year 17 with acne with a couple of random clearings one while I was pregnant and another after expensive laser treatments. At this point I am not even worried about perfect skin, I just want normal, comfortable skin that I feel ok with when I’m not wearing makeup. Your transformation is really inspiring 🙂

    1. juli says:

      nope, haven’t had any issue with my cycle.

  5. Lexie says:

    Hey Juli,

    Would you mind doing a follow up post on how to get in touch with Shawn? I texted her, but she never responded. I moved to Denver last June and my skin has been freaking out ever since winter came. I have done a round of Accutane a couple of years ago and loved my results and now can’t believe my skin is going nuts again.

    Thanks!
    Lexie

    1. juli says:

      the best number to reach her now is her office phone: 720-459-7960

  6. Elana says:

    Hey Juli, This doesn’t relate much to this blog post but I was wondering, i believe you said in one of your podcasts that you cut eggs out. I recently did the same because i have been having quite a bit of breakouts. Since cutting them out a week ago my face has cleared up quite a bit, So I was just curious of some breakfast foods you have now instead of eggs(being that they were my main go to)

    Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      check out my instagram, i have all sorts breakfast posts on there of exactly what i eat!

  7. Z says:

    You are amazing. Thank you for sharing. I finally got my face clear and ready to start reversing the clock a little. This post is so helpful 🙂 Keep on rockin!

    1. juli says:

      that’s so cool to hear!! thanks for leaving a comment!

  8. alex says:

    Juli, not sure if you’ve talked about this elsewhere, so apologies if you have, but can you share your favorite self-tanner and tips to make it last? I’m pretty pale and will get a spray tan once in a while but 1. I’m scared of doing it myself 2. I hate how the tanner comes off all weird when I workout and sweat.

    1. juli says:

      i’m actually sharing it on the blog tomorrow, but this one is my favorite brand – http://rstyle.me/~9XuPu

  9. Jackie says:

    Are you still taking spironolactone??? If not how long did you take it for? Did you ever get ur hormones checked? I’m 29, dealing with the same skin issues. Was on accutane and 19, and was pretty good until these past 6 months. AWFUL cystic acne. And no period after getting off the pill. Got my hormones checked and my testosterone is high (I also do crossfit) so I’ve been considering spironolactone. Did u get it from ur derm or primary?
    Love your posts!

    1. juli says:

      i am still taking it! and i didn’t get my hormones checked. and my dermatologist prescribed it!

  10. Ali says:

    Has your esthetcian ever suggested microneedlkg with plasma. Curious because it sounds like we have similar skin issues and I have been being told that this is really the latest and greatest treatment so just curious what your estethcian says since she seems to know her stuff 🙂

    1. juli says:

      no, she hasn’t for me!