The Road to Going Bare-Skinned

I've been trying to make an effort to be more au naturel in my daily beauty routine, especially since I now live in the mountains and our nearest neighbor is two miles away.  It's hard, though, because I'm not one of those girls who can roll out of bed and look gorgeous. I look horrible without makeup and I'll always be the first one to say it.

My complexion is your usual blah, uneven, combination skin situation. (I even started noticing freckles on my face, which might work on Pippi Longstocking but is not cute on me.) Foundation was my safety blanket and I used it every day in New York. I have made some progress, though. Since moving here, I've switched over to a tinted moisturizer, and, recently, I went full monty, so to speak. 

Amazingly, my skin has been under control lately and I think it's because I've found a skincare line that works with it: Joëlle Ciocco. I ordered the Secret Clear cleanser and Lacteal Lotion and noticed a difference immediately after using both products. My skin looks smoother and more even. It's adequately moisturized and doesn't get too oily. And there's this pearly glow that I've never had before! I was so amazed with these results that I didn't want to cover it up with tinted moisturizer. (Instead, I documented it with a selfie.)

This skincare line is pricey, I have to say. The Secret Clear is $105 and the Lacteal Lotion is $81. Maybe it's because I'm entering my thirties, but I'm willing to make a little investment to have fresh-looking skin. Maybe what it is with getting older is you have more confidence and knowledge on how to take care of your skin so you don't need to wear foundation all the time, which, incidentally, makes you feel... Younger.