Beauty Routines and the Working Mother


I used to be obsessed with cutting steps from my beauty routine.  Not anymore. I have discovered the musings of facialist Caroline Hirons. I love her blog. She has skincare cheat sheets and recos and more. She’s also the first British beauty blogger I started following. I now follow her plus a few other blogger/vloggers from across the pond. I swear between the BBC shows I devour on Netflix and my British beauty bloggers, I am going to start speaking with a Madonna-style Brit accent any minute.  Anyway, I now have a routine, darlings. Here it is:

1)      cleanse with an oil-based cleanser
2)      second-cleanse with a gel (non-foaming because suds+chemicals)
3)      tone with an acid-based toner (to restore the acid mantle of the skin—who knew?)
4)      hydrate with a spray toner
5)      apply a water-based serum/gel
6)      apply an oil or cream moisturizer

If someone told me that I would be doing all this a few months ago, I would have laughed at them. Even now, I take all these steps and am amazed at myself for sticking with it. But you know what? There is a reason they call it pampering and there is nothing wrong with showing yourself some TLC.  I have not had a mani in two-plus years—since having my glorious son—and let’s not even talk about time for getting waxed. As a friend said: the working mother is hairy. Or she shaves because it’s faster. Pedicures happen in summer only. But my nightly routine? That I can do.  Every night. In my pajamas. Without an appointment. In ten minutes or less.  Exhale.

The products I use in this routine are in transition. I started it before “greening,” so I am finishing up some things and hoping to replace them with other options. I’ll get to all of them. For today, I am going to focus on step 4: toning with a hydrating spray.

I started out spray toning with Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Hirons and the whole internet are big fans. So I got it in the travel size ($18 for 1 oz…yes, you read that right). I didn’t want to love it. But the scent—herbal and minty-fresh; the fine mist sprayer; the cooling effect it had when it dried… Oh wait. That cooling effect? Alcohol. As winter set in, we had to part ways. So I did some searching for an alcohol-free, clean, hydrating toner.

Enter Zen Society Skincare.

Zen Society was founded by master herbologist and certified holistic health practitioner Kaitlyn Lockman. From Zen Society’s website: “Zen Society’s goal is to foster a world free of chemicals and toxins and to promote overall well-being. Kaitlyn’s healthy formulas are created with ingredients from the roots of nature and are 100% Pure (Preservative Free).”

I can get behind that. Zen does a Hydrating Rosewater Mist ($22 for 4 oz) with organic rosewater, witch hazel, and jojoba. That’s it. It has three things in it. One of them is oil, yet it doesn’t feel like it has oil in it at all. It smells light and rosy—not at all in an old fashioned kind of way. The sprayer sprays a fine mist. This is great because in addition to toning with it, I like to spritz it on after I use powder foundation. It helps it feel and look less dry. It’s a lovely product. Their site directs you to spray 2-3 times on your face and body. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. You’ll want to spray more than that! Good job, Zen Society.