Ahh, the pursuit of flawless. For me — it started in my early twenties (while battling adult acne and hyperpigmentation)….A few years later I started my blog and the social media flood gates opened and that lead to this breakneck pace of needing to ‘flawlessly’ maintaining 930,747 social platforms without missing a beat…yikes, the pressure! And then came Beyonce and her can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head track, “Flawless”. Oh, and did I mention that I now have a 13-month old baby girl? So you see, the #struggle to stay flawless is real. And no I am not being overly dramatic when I say “#struggle”. The struggle juggle of it all it is enough to give a girl a mild, why-didn’t-my-pic-get-more-likes panic attack. Seriously.
But freaking out has never helped anyone…so let’s chat staying flawless despite life’s daily stressors and triggers.
One major area of stress is my skin. It’s good now…but it took years of trial, error, discovery and re-discovery to understand my skin’s needs and how to properly care for it. So while it’s pretty much under control now (minus the occasional hormonal disruption) I still love trying new products and sharing the results on my blog…because obviously we’re all in pursuit of flawless skin. So when I learned of Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future, I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl. I mean, “Flawless Future”?…have you ever met a more promising-sounding product?
For the last few weeks I have been using the entire Flawless Future collection: FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Caplet Serum, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 and FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel.
What’s unique about the line is that the products are all formulated with barrier supporting Ceramides – a protective protein complex that boosts skin’s overall radiance and helps to counteract early signs of aging skin. When life gets stressful, it shows in my skin. My chin, literally, goes bananas when I am stressing. Flawless Future targets signs of stress in skin, working to energize and visibly improve tone and surface texture.
Of the three piece collection, I most enjoyed using FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel and FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. Over the years I’ve learned that a hydrating eye cream is essential for skin over 25. But, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel not only hydrates, it also illuminates and leaves a luminous, healthful glow….diminishing the look of stress and fatigue in the eye area. The silky lightweight gel immediately absorbs into skin and wears beautifully under concealer, foundation and setting powder. FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is my second favorite product from the collection. I’m never without a daily layer of sunscreen…it’s truly the most important step to maintaining flawless skin. But here’s where FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 achieves high marks – In addition to broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 contains special skin brighteners and pore refiners that immediately refine texture and increase radiance. With Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future, achieving and maintaining flawless skin just got a little bit easier.
As for keeping the rest of your life flawless, here are my best tips:
UNPLUG A LITTLE
I’m not saying you should pack up and move to a cabin in the woods, but I do think it’s important to unplug just a little each day. For me, this means putting social media away once I get home with my family. Aside from hosting the occasional evening Twitter party, I try to unplug from social media at a certain point each night. I also try to get through as many emails as possible on my commute home…so that once I reach home, Phoebe has my undivided attention and I am not stressing about the emails of the day.
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
This one is easier said than done. If we’re being honest, I think we’d all agree that it’s human nature to occasionally covet what others have. It happens. But the daily and ongoing stress of coveting other’s possessions, lives, things, etc. is completely unhealthy. Instead, I try to channel my energy into being grateful…for just one or two things per day. In doing this, I’m able to focus on my own accomplishments and not be so stressed over The Jones’s.
I’d love to hear your best tips for staying flawless despite the daily stressors of life. Please share in the comments or tweet me!
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