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. Madeline says:

    Hey Juli!

    I’ve been following your instagram and blog for years! I own multiple cookbooks and I love to follow your fun and interesting life!

    I work at a Medical Spa in Atlanta and I LOVE Revisions Revox 7 for post microneedling. It’s a blend of 7 different high potent peptides and does wonders. They also make a wonderful sunscreen call Intellishade and they have a “matte” version for oliy skin types. I’m not sure if your esthetician’s practice carries this line but it is definitely be something you should check out. Their line is wonderful!

    Keep being awesome 🙂 xoxo

    1. juli says:

      thanks for the recommendation!! she carries a ton of revision products so i’ll have to ask!!

    2. juli says:

      totally bought revox 7! so excited to try it!

  2. Jackie F says:

    How much does a profractional usually cost? What I’ve seen online has been so varied!

    1. juli says:

      i’ve seen it really range, $350-900. my esthetician is on the higher side

  3. Samantha says:

    Hey Juli! I’m sorry if you have already answered this question, but in regards to the Dermaplane, did it help with the redness of your acne scars? I also had cystic acne in my early twenties, took antibiotics then accutane, I had good results for years. I recently had a terrible breakout and am finding it hard to get the redness to settle down. My dermatologist recommended Dermaplane before this rescent breakout and was wondering if it will help with the redness and appearance of scars.

    1. juli says:

      no, it’s not for redness or acne scars, it’s simply for removing hair and dead skin. i haven’t seen it make any difference with acne scars. the profractional and lasers is what has made the biggest difference!

  4. Julie says:

    Do you now use Tula in addition Vivant? Or rotate them?

    1. juli says:

      yes! i use both of them daily!

  5. Suzie says:

    Okay this absolutely nuts but I am flying from Houston to Denver to see Shawn and get profractional, after all the things you’ve said about it, I’ve wanted it for awhile but scared to trust just anyone! But I am freaking out because I am literally flying in and out the same day! Did you put anything on your face the night of the treatment? Anything I should buy to have on hand? Also, I’ll have a few hours in Denver before my appointment any must dos for a first timer?

  6. Sarah says:

    Please don’t kill me if I’m blind, but who is your Botox person in Denver? I know I’ve seen it posted before but I don’t think it was one of the 2 people listed above? Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      no worries at all, it’s hard to find all the info, especially when i change who i go to. i’ve been going to Tricia Stephenson (Rewind in Cherry Creek 303-601-6533) and she’s AMAZING!! you can just text her at that number for an appointment!

  7. Sarah says:

    Hi Juli,

    You mentioned your previous acne was somewhat related to hormonal issues (and also linked to working out?)—can you expand on this some more? How did you know it was related to hormonal issues? What hormonal issues specifically were going on? Asking because I have a hunch my acne is hormone related, but my doctor says my blood tests are normal! Don’t totally understand how 1 blood test can draw that conclusion, given its just a picture of my hormones at 1 snapshot in time, and I would guess my hormones are doing all sorts of different things throughout the month. Any insight or personal experience you can share would be really helpful and appreciated!

    1. juli says:

      my hormonal tests showed up normal as well. so i don’t know exactly what hormone issues i was having but i’m guessing it was the over production of testosterone which screwed up other hormones. and i definitely screwed up my cortisol with over stressing the body from working out too much and stressing about my weight constantly.

  8. Denise says:

    FYI the profractional link is broken.

    1. juli says:

      all fixed for ya!

  9. Sara says:

    I just got my first “sensitive skin” chemical peel yesterday and noticed hyper pigmentation (or maybe it’s a burn?). I noticed you got burned on a chemical peel, how did you heal it? Did it fade on its own or did you have to do lasers or other procedures to get rid of it? Right now it’s a gross red/brown spot on my cheek and I’m really nervous it won’t go away. Definitely not going back to that clinic!!

    1. juli says:

      it faded over time but it probably took 6-8 months for the redness to heal completely. it just faded on it’s own.

  10. Stephanie says:

    HI Juli!! Thanks for all this great info. I live in Denver and remember you had a blog post about this so come and checked it out today! I want to ask for a some of these treatments for a Christmas gift and was wondering what you would recommend to start with? Like the very first thing that might help with acne cars and making my face look nice and fresh again? Thank you for your time!

    1. juli says:

      i am all about profractional nowadays. it makes the biggest difference in the skin with the least amount of down time