Tips for Immortality

Why You Should Throw Out Your Air Fresheners – From a Self Professed Scentophile

March 20, 2018

A few weeks ago I did something kind of scary; I, a born and bred Miamian with cafecito and humidity in my bloodstream, went to snow-covered Vermont in the deepest part of winter. I expected to experience a forested mountainside blanketed in snow but also I encountered something else I would have never expected…breathing!!

I’ve had asthma on and off throughout my life and while it’s not life-threatening it’s definitely a constant discomfort when something triggers that lung-constricting feeling that burdens my breathing and makes me hope my inhaler is near. While I hate the feeling, I figured using my inhaler once or twice a week was just my life and thus something I’d have to contend with basically forever. 

Then I spent a month in a cabin in the woods of Vermont and realized, even though I was sharing the space with 4 long haired pets, a good deal of dust and a few other major asthma triggers, my inhaler was practically untouched for the entire trip. The whole month. Just 1 use out of my normal 5-8 uses a month. 

That one use was what made me realize how environmentally dependant asthma is. I lit up a scented candle and had it on the table near me; something I’d done a million times before, yet this time I felt my lungs reacting in slow motion, that chest-tightening feeling rising up in me once again. My reaction to this candle was the difference between night and day compared to all this free and easy breathing I’d been doing.

Suddenly everything was so obvious; the air quality on a forested mountainside in Vermont felt like freshly cleaned white linen compared to the air of a traffic-filled city like Miami. The house I was staying in had a total of 0 air freshening products, save for that one candle, which immediately triggered my asthma, but my own house had an assortment of air fresheners in basically every room, plus I love lighting incense as well. I realized that the bulk of my allergies and breathing issues were environmental, not just biological. 

The minute I realized labored breathing and allergies weren’t just my burden in life, they were actually my body’s natural response to dirty air and products filled with harsh chemicals to create artificial scents, I couldn’t wait to get home and completely rid my house of all these toxins. 

Just as I had thought, removing as many artificially scented things as was possible (you’ll find artificial fragrance in things you would never expect once you start looking) improved my asthma symptoms almost immediately. Within a few days of opening my windows and letting any built up artificial scents filter out, my breathing felt less constricted. Breathing more easily after removing certain items from your space is the most bright and clear sign that those things are harmful. 

The Science Behind The Spite

No, I don’t just irrationally hate air fresheners, although I do really, really hate them. It just pisses me off that companies will use ingredients in their products that are proven to be detrimental to people (i.e. their customers!!) and actually charge us to be poisoned. Yes, I’m mad about it, but here’s the less angry sounding more science sounding reasons for my anger towards air fresheners.

  • Air fresheners don’t get rid of smells; they just mask them with artificial fragrance or by interfering with your ability to smell. The latter is done by coating your nasal passages with an oil film or releasing a nerve-deadening agent.
  • Known toxic chemicals that can be found in air fresheners include formaldehyde, camphor, ethanol, phenol, petroleum-based artificial fragrances (which contain their own mix of toxins) and benzyl alcohol. 
  • These chemicals can cause symptoms like headaches, rashes, dizziness, migraines, asthma attacks, mental confusion, coughing and more. Some of the substances in air fresheners are also known carcinogens and others are hormone disruptors (the latter which cause issues with obesity, diabetes, female reproduction, male reproduction, hormone-sensitive cancers in females, prostate cancer in males, thyroid, and neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine systems as well as the healthy development of a fetus).
  • Severity and triggers, as well as symptoms, vary from person to person. But when used in a confined area like a house, the intense amount of toxins in a small area can be especially problematic. Children and animals are particularly susceptible to harm from chemicals in indoor air.
  • Asthma is a major problem related to air fresheners and perfumed cleaning products. In a 2007 European study, researchers found that using air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults.
  • In aerosol form, the dangers of these products are multiplied because of the micro-particles that are created of the chemicals.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 of 14 brands of common household air fresheners contained phthalates (chemicals that are used to prolong the length of time that scented products maintain their fragrance).
  • Regular exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of experiencing endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems. Some of the brands that tested positive for phthalates did not include phthalates on their lists of ingredients; some of these brands were even labeled as being “all-natural” and “unscented.”

According to the EPA, air freshener contains four basic ingredients: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, and p-dichlorobenzene.

Formaldehyde can cause a number of health effects including:

  • Watery eyes
  • Burning eye, nose, throat and other mucous membranes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Asthma attacks

Petroleum distillates come from petrochemical manufacturing, which contributes to air, soil, and groundwater pollution. The effects on human health include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Asthma
  • Chemical pneumonia
  • Pulmonary damage

Aerosol propellants can harm earth’s ozone layer. Likewise, they can damage human health including:

  • Increased cancer risk
  • Breathing problems
  • Development of chronic health issues

Paradichlorobenzene (p-DCB) is often found in mothballs and may cause:

  • Anemia
  • Skin Lesions
  • Liver damage
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes to the blood

So basically, air fresheners are literally made out of poison. It just kind of blows my mind that companies are selling scented poison and charging people to pollute their own air. Is there an Anti-Air Freshener bumper sticker? Because I really want like 5.

If you’re jumping to throw out all your air fresheners but love having a beautiful smelling home, don’t hesitate! I’ve often said scent is one of my favorite senses, so I’ve taken great measures in finding ways to keep my home aromatherapeutic without actually poisoning myself and others. Check out my guide for how to make your own essential oil based room spray or try to make your own homemade potpourri. These are so safe you could actually consume them and be fine; your air freshener could never.

homemade room spray

Let me know if you’ve felt any nastiness from air fresheners like I have or what you think about the production of these perfumed poisons. I’ve actually noticed that my sense of smell has become more fine-tuned since abandoning artificial fragrances; now I can’t stand how synthetic they smell!



How I Travel (Mostly) for Free

March 15, 2018

Traveling is really my hobby at this point; I do it every chance I get and it brings me joy every time whether in the form of a lovely experience or a challenging one that helps me grow. It’s something I can’t recommend enough for other people to do if they’re hoping to develop as an individual because it’s the fastest way to become aware of your subconscious worldviews and comfort zone, things that are major obstacles when trying to improve as a person. 

Naturally, something so beneficial and enjoyable isn’t easily accessible. I’m not wealthy by any means, but I’ve been able to do more traveling than most people my age or in my situation. There absolutely are ways to help you afford traveling at least slightly more than you currently do. 

In this video, I explain the one thing I use that completely cuts out the most expensive aspect of traveling: accommodations.

Let me know if you have any questions and what you think of my method in the comments or here and here on social media!


My Work, Photography, Wanderlust, Writing

A Country Named Mother – (For La Liga Zine)

March 8, 2018

I finally took a trip I’d been planning for years. I knew it would be a different kind of trip, more serious and personal. In some countries more than others, maintaining contact with family is difficult. Historically, Cuba has been one of the more difficult countries, as home phones were a luxury shared between several neighbors and communications are still monitored and intercepted as seen fit. Through a burgeoning access to the internet, my own family, now living in Miami, was able to make contact with family members still living in Cuba, after 30 years of silence. 

Staying in the home of family members I had only known through my mother’s stories felt like watching figures of the past come alive. In the short week I spent on this tiny island with a massive world presence, I came to know myself through knowing the many women of my family who call this country mother. 

I’ve written one of my most personal essays yet for La Liga Zine. You can read it here. 

A Country Called Mother

The niece of my abuela, my “new abuela.”

La calle my family lives on in La Habana

Cuban art with Cuban resources

Staying vegetarian in Cuba was much easier than one might imagine!

Land of the mamoncillo

The iconic Flamboyan trees of the Caribbean

The most photographer-friendly country I’ve been to

These photos and this essay are extremely close to me and as such are that much more important for me to share. I know the feeling of being part of a diaspora and tracing your lineage isn’t exclusive to Cuba, so I’d love to hear how you personally relate to this experience! I’d also love to hear any and all feelings A Country Named Mother brought you, so please share either in the comments or on social media here and here!


Adding Beauty to Your Life

Recipe for Essential Oil Room Spray (5 Minute DIY)

February 22, 2018

homemade room spray

I decided to make find a recipe for essential oil room spray after traveling in Vermont and realizing the difference between fresh mountain air and my once artificial fragrance laden home in an already pollution-ridden city. I tossed out everything that could be contributing to bad indoor air quality and I learned about all the shocking garbage that companies put in air freshener products. I decided my home should be the least polluted place I spend my time in, not one of the most. 

But of course, I had all these artificially scented items in my home because I truly enjoy beautiful smells. So that left me with the dilemma of trying to keep my home smelling wonderful without all the harsh chemicals used to do so. Thus far I’ve found these to be the most healthy and effective ways of scenting my home:

  • Homemade essential oil based room spray
  • Essential oil diffusers in every room
  • Homemade potpourri

Look, no option is going to smell as strong as an artificial fragrance just as most unprocessed foods don’t taste as sweet as refined sugar. Once you break down your tolerance to scent by weaning yourself off artificial fragrances, you’ll find that these natural methods are more than enough to have a lovely smelling home. Plus, it’s worth dialing down the intensity on your home’s scent if it means removing your exposure to cancer-causing and all around health degrading chemicals.  

Recipe for Rosemary, Vanilla, and Orange Blend Room Spray

I personally love this blend because it has that clean citrus smell with the sweetness of vanilla, plus rosemary is beneficial for respiration. 

These recipes are for a 4 oz. spray bottle, but of course they can be doubled or halved as needed.

homemade air freshener

  1. There’s just 1 step: pour everything into your spray bottle and shake it each time before spraying!

If you’re a taking the optional step, just add enough of whatever ingredient you choose into your bottle so that it’s visible. This is mainly an aesthetic principal but infusing the live ingredient with your mix will also strengthen the scent. 

I’ve put together a small list of other awesome essential oil blends that you can substitute into the above recipe for different scents. There are some blends based on desired scent and others based on holistic benefits.

It’s a good idea to invest in a bulk purchase of several different essential oils so you don’t run out anytime soon and you’ll be able to experiment with making your own essential oil room spray blends. These also make amazing and easy personalized gifts.

I recommend the brand “NOW” as they have every essential oil you could imagine for a really fair price. This brand has several different kits you can choose from, but this one is the best. For the recipe pictured above, I used a different brand for the first time and it was also great quality.

essential oil air freshener

Spiced Chai Blend

Forest Blend

Almost Eternal Sleep Blend

Focus & Get Shit Done Blend

Anxiety-Away Spray

Stank Fighting Power Blend

essential oil room spray

As someone who’s super sensitive to smell and loves being in wonderfully scented spaces, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this totally-natural-no-unnecessary-garbage air freshener works. I actually decided to make my essential oil room spray pretty randomly but didn’t even have to buy anything beforehand; it’s so simple and easy you really can make it in 5 minutes if you have even just one bottle of essential oil. 

Let me know if you try any of these recipes out and how you like them; I’m also curious as to what led you to the decision to go for all natural air fresheners. Mine was breathing mountain air so clean it practically cured my asthma!


My Work, Writing

Paying for Our Own Destruction – (for La Liga Zine)

February 16, 2018

I was recently given the opportunity by the incredible creators at La Liga Zine to write about what I’m terming the New Genocide in Latin America. The New Genocide is colonialism raised from the dead and dressed up no longer in the clothes of conquistadors but in those of consumerism. It’s through this deeply embedded capitalist lifestyle that colonialism has risen anew and is actively exploiting Latin America’s indigenous populations all over again, through a barrage of one billion tiny cuts. 

There is a bright side to this new enemy that’s both its strength and weakness; there is no leader, only millions of individual people who must decide to help. You can see how this new form of war is both an optimist and pessimist’s playground; decide whether you’ll be one more person, or whether you’ll be only one person.  

You can find my whole essay at La Liga Zine: Paying for Our Own Destruction. Please share your thoughts and feelings with me in the comments or on social media.

Paying for Our Own Destruction

                               A Guarani woman (Photo courtesy of Sarah Shenker/Survival)

Disclaimer: If you feel that for some reason your situation does not allow you to change any aspect of your diet, even if that is simply a vegan Monday, then use this essay for its educational value to help those who can change their diets and store this knowledge for the day you might be in a situation where you too can change your diet. This statement is not meant to erase the existence of poor vegans, those vegans living in food deserts and all the others who despite a popular narrative to the contrary, still eat with ethics in mind.

Veganism calls to mind white people with dreadlocks who spend their trust fund at Whole Foods and thousands on a trip to India to discover the virtues of poverty. These people do exist, but just as white women are unfairly often the face of feminism, just as white men have become synonymous with rock music, we know that a lack of representation does not mean a lack of contribution.

 The idea that something is not “for” your race or ethnicity is a tool of limitation. One that, once broken down, allows for the creation of a beautiful and unique interpretation of something that previously was lacking, something that was smaller before you took a piece of it, molded it and added your own vision.

Reasons such as environmental destruction, health, and animal welfare are relevant to and can be sympathized with by all identities. To say otherwise is to grossly underestimate a human’s capacity for care. There exists an extensive list of the ways in which animal agriculture exploits not only animals but humans as well, however, I will focus on only one of these ills now: the violation of indigenous rights.

To fill the demand for meat, Latin America is being forced to exploit its own resources once again. While the destruction of one of Latin America’s most precious resources is tragic in and of itself in addition to the loss of animal habitat that leads to extinct species as well as the loss of an important environmental balancing mechanism that mitigates climate change, there is yet another loss in this situation, that of human life.

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            Vegan Cuban-inspired sweet potato and platanos maduros bowl

Do you have any tips for cutting down on our consumption of animal products? What do you think is the best way to fight against the usurping of indigenous lands from afar? If you’re in a rough position of your own and unable to make any ethically minded changes, help share this article with others who can!


Adding Beauty to Your Life

Your 10 Year Plan for a Remarkable Life

January 27, 2018

I’m sure everybody’s thought about what their future will look like at some point, but how much have you really, really thought about it? I mean in serious detail, like up to what kind of sheets you’ll have on your bed.

Most of us also tend to fantasize about our futures without a specific date in mind. We just kind of imagine our future as happening…in the future. But how would your answer change if you had to imagine this future on a specific date, like exactly 10 years from now? First off, just doing the math as to how old you’ll be in 10 years already kicks your ass a little bit. But a specific date sets your future at a measurable place in time, making it that much more real.

I found out about this little writing activity on the Tim Ferris podcast, from his guest for that episode, Debbie Millman (check it out here). An exercise that originated with Milton Glaser and is said to have a magical quality due to the way it tends to come into existence in the writer’s life, as a planner thumper I thought it sounded like fun so I transcribed the instructions as Debbie explained them. Basically, it’s a prompt that asks you to write out your future as it will be 10 years from now with no fear of failure in mind and with a level of detail I guarantee you’ve never attempted before. 

The usefulness of this activity is in how vividly it forces you to imagine your life 10 years from now. Creating a picture of what your goal looks like and setting it on a timeline is a pretty standard tool in goal achievement, but this writing exercise really takes it to the next level by having you imagine the most detailed goal post you possibly can. It’s going to shock you when you see how much of your future you haven’t actually given much thought to.

Besides the usefulness of this exercise for goal planning, it’s actually really fun to sit and think so deeply about what you want your future to look like. Just give it a try, you can literally just open Notes on your phone and start writing away at this; I think you’ll find it extremely illuminating and enjoyable. Good luck!

Note: Depending on your age, you can adjust the time length of the plan from 10 to 5 years. Generally, if you’re over 40, you can set the plan for 5 years.

10 Year Plan For a Remarkable Life 

Dream big. Don’t edit. Be careful what you wish for. Full paragraphs. Read it once a year. The more care you put into this, the more likely it is to be affirmed.

Lets say it is winter 2028. What does your life look like? What are you doing? Where do you live? What does your home look like? An apartment, a house, in the city or the country? What does your furniture look like? What does your bedroom look like? What kind of sheets do you have? Who do you live with? Tell me about your significant other. Do you have pets? Tell me about your pets. Do you have children? Do you have a car? Do you have a boat? Tell me about your career. What do you want? What are you making? What are you reading? What excites you? What is your health like? What kind of clothes do you wear? What does your hair look like?

Write this one day, from start to finish, 10 years from now. One day, in the winter of 2028; what does your whole day look like? Start from when you open your eyes, to brushing your teeth to when you tuck yourself into bed at night. What does that day look like for you? Put your whole heart into it and write like your life depends on it, because it does.

Let me know if you enjoyed writing your 10 Year Plan and whether you had any realizations from it in the comments! I found it so enjoyable and it really showed me that I wasn’t planning for the future as much as I felt I was.


Foodophiles, My Big Important Opinions

La Fresa Francesa – Miami Restaurant Review

September 12, 2017

la fresa francesa I think this restaurant is adorable. It’s just lovely. From every thoughtfully placed doily to the curated French music playing, this restaurant takes the work of conjuring up a French bohemian atmosphere more seriously than you might think such a subject would warrant. La Fresa Francesa is not here to play games like some other restaurants that serve vaguely French food within the average white table cloth, dim lighting, and an otherwise style-less atmosphere. La Fresa’s decor shows such effort and attention to detail that even your boyfriend might actually notice.

La Fresa Francesala fresa francesaLa Fresa FrancesaWhat really made me want to shed light on this spot was that it’s not actually a traditional French restaurant; La Fresa Francesa bills itself as serving a hybrid of Cuban/French cuisine, and it’s located right in Hialeah on Okeechobee Road, no less. Of course, I didn’t hesitate to find out if someone was truly doing God’s work right in my own backyard and yes, La Fresa Francesa really is as amazing as it sounds.

la fresa francesaLa Fresa FrancesaLa Fresa Francesa First, let me state, I do have to take points off over their complete failure to offer vegan options. The only already vegan dish was one item from the sides menu: sautéed spinach. Listen, I am extremely lenient with who I levy this judgment against; I’m not about to go to a steakhouse and say the place sucks because there’s not a wealth of vegan dishes.

 That just isn’t the case with La Fresa Francesa. Crepes could not be an easier item to veganize; these type of substitutions are Veganism 101. Make a vegan crepe, add fruit + sugar + agave syrup – voila! You now have a completely vegan, stand-alone menu option. It really is that simple. Considering the owner and chef spent time studying and working in L.A., lack of exposure to the needs of vegan diners just isn’t an excuse. Y’all should know better. 

la fresa francesa  That being said, if you aren’t vegan, but vegetarian, or have no dietary restrictions, you’ll have a great experience. The menu is beautifully curated, taking a foundation of traditional French recipes and introducing traditional Cuban ingredients. It’s a wonderful formula that culminates in the type of addicting dish that makes you wonder whether these two cultures weren’t always meant to join: La Fresa Francesa’s Guava Creme crepe. Just the existence of this dish is an achievement in itself, but they manage to improve upon even this by sourcing their guava fruit locally; the guava they use in this recipe is grown right in Homestead, Florida.

La Fresa FrancesaLa Fresa Francesa They have a menu for savory crepes too, the Champignons dish was one that my sister loved and has ordered more than once. I would advise that you not waste your money on the bread. Two mistakes are made here when there should really only be one, at max. If you’re not offering a complimentary dish like bread, at least make the dish you’re charging for great. If you’re going to offer nearly inedible bread, then at least make that dish complimentary. La Fresa broke both of these rules. They will charge for what was arguably the worst bread I’ve ever tried to consume.

la fresa francesaLa Fresa Francesa✯✯✯✯ (4/5)

 Disappointing bread aside, every other item I tried from the menu was enjoyable. They have enough variety that you’ll want to come back several times just to try different dishes. If you’re a tea drinker, they have a great offer of an entire tea pot of two different tea varieties for only about $4.50 (my preference is the chamomile but only over the green ginger by a bit). Regardless of what you decide to try, let me repeat, they have a guava crepe…guayaba in a crepe. It’s impossible to go wrong.

la fresa francesala fresa francesa Have you been here before or are you planning to try it out soon? Comment and let me know!


My Work, Photography, Wanderlust

A Week in Naples (The Other Naples)

June 28, 2017

NaplesI took a road trip by myself to Naples, where I stayed in a house that came with a little dog who, albeit suspiciously, tolerated my company. The house was tucked into a quiet gated community, where I quickly blended into everyday life, taking out the trash and walking the dog as if I wasn’t actually from the chaotic North Caribbean metropolis that is Miami.

NaplesThough it’s only about an hours drive away, Naples and Miami share mostly physical geography and that’s about it. The first sign that I was not in Hialeah anymore was the abundance of those simple flashing lights that save lives: turn signals. People actually used turn signals and moved out of the left lane after passing! I quickly got used to this foreign cultural custom. Now when I talk about visiting Naples, I always mention the regular use of turn signals as if it’s some famous local monument you have to see. Driving on the Palmetto just changes a person.

NaplesIn many ways, Naples is your stereotypical Florida beach town; lots of old people and postcard worthy beaches. It’s quiet, shiny and sandy, making it a popular vacation spot amongst Floridians. Naples has a strange secret though; it’s actually one of the richest cities in the entire United States. Little old Naples with it’s population of less than 30,000 people holds 6th place in highest per capita income and a lot of those 30,000 residents are living in some of the most expensive homes in the country, with some houses selling for upwards of $40 million. Now I understand why everybody seems so pleasant here.

NaplesReally though, the people of Naples are extremely nice and at the most basic level, they actually seem to give a shit about you. Being a semi-introverted inhabitant of a major city, friendliness beyond the reach of general social niceties makes me a little nervous. The people here were so outgoing and chatty it started to ware down my anti-social armor and I found myself being…friendly. I even caught myself stopping to help a family take a vacation photo. Luckily I had progressed to this serious stage only by my last day there and a quick drive through Miami Dade county restored my callous exterior.

NaplesNaples is a strange mix of money, Florida and tranquility. The beach and sunset demand you take the time to really observe the gorgeous shows they put on everyday. My stay in Naples was so peaceful and the openness people exhibited towards me brought me to reevaluate how few words I use in my everyday interactions with others. Things move slower in Naples. At least, the people definitely do. Naples

Have you been to Naples before or are you thinking about going? Let me know what your impression of the town was or why you’re planning to visit in the comments! Start your search for the perfect Airbnb away from home here.



Top 5 Best Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

February 3, 2017

best skin care productsFor as much as I enjoy make up, skin care is my first love. Since I was young I’ve struggled with acne, so skin care was my introduction into the world of beauty. As someone that has desperately searched for the best skin care products for acne prone skin for years, I’ve got a lot of experience to share on this topic. I’m so happy to be able to say that eventually I did find a great skin care routine that’s enabled me to have what is easily the best skin of my life.

best skin care products

I’m sharing a list of the top 5 best skin care products that I consider must haves in my routine. They’ve all made a world of difference in my skin in some way or another, but first…a non-product related skin care tip:

Do not squeeze pimples, blackheads or anything on your face!! Do not touch your face unless it is to apply or remove products – the end!!

When I stopped picking at my skin I noticed a change bigger than any product has ever made. You cannot pick at your skin and have clear, healthy skin. Now onto the game changing products to add to your routine.

Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

best skin care products

 I try to do this face mask at least once a week and it’s always my go to mask as soon as my skin starts acting up. I would be careful not to over use it if you have dry skin, but this is a particularly great face mask for oily skin as well as combination skin. The price might seem a little steep, but this mask lasts forever I swear. It’s also a great product to have on hand for spot treating surprise zits. 

Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA Exfoliant with Glycolic Acid

best skin care products for acne

One of my main skin concerns as someone that has struggled with acne is pore size. Your pores stretch from being clogged and you get acne from having clogged pores. So this is a good product for dealing with the aftermath of acne that is enlarged pores. It’s extremely hard to shrink your pores without using some kind of laser treatment, but that costs thousands of dollars. This product has the most noticeable affect on smoothing your skin texture overall. A liquid exfoliant is the only type of exfoliant you should be using. Anything with little beads, sugar scrubs and the like are like grating sand paper against a flower petal to remove some dirt; dramatically harsh and damaging! Just one word: micro-tears. So please love yourselves and make this your one and only exfoliant and set fire to that Nutrogena Deep Clean scrub please!

Rosehip Oil

best skin care products

I started using rosehip oil in my beauty routine as a dual use tool to combat dryness that was becoming chronic on certain areas while also alleviating some of the redness that comes with rosacea. Rosehip oil contains vitamin A, E and essential fatty acids that are key ingredients in skin care. It’s not a fully proven claim, but because rosehip oil contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it makes it a possible remedy for controlling rosacea. A small bottle is cheap and it lasts forever as you only need a few drops. I honestly feel like it makes my skin much more healthy and bright looking; I’ve even started applying it to my neck and décolletage. Plus, I feel like it’s kind of a goddess move to lather yourself in rosehip oil before bed.

Elta MD UV Clear Board- Spectrum SPF 46

best skin care products

One of the most important and simultaneously overlooked tools in your skin care regime is a moisturizer/sun block. This lotion by Elta MD is a power product. It’s a significant SPF 46, so giving your skin great protection against early aging via UV rays. It also contains zinc oxide, which is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, meaning it’s going to work to calm redness while also helping to prevent breakouts from bacteria that ends up on your face throughout the day. It’s an all around awesome product for normal skin, rosacea affected skin and sensitive skin. If there’s ever a product to splurge and invest in, it’s your moisturizer.

Murad Clarifying Skin Cleanser 

best skin care products

 Straight up: I’ve been using Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser for over 3 months now and I barely ever break out anymore. So it’s an obvious win. However, keep in mind that this is a product formulated for acne prone skin, not just normal skin. I actually only use this cleanser once a day, to wash my face in the morning, while at night I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. You really only need maybe less than a dime sized amount when washing your face because this product. is. strong. Used in conjunction with a great moisturizer, this product is the equivalent of sending your out of control child to military boarding school.

Honorable Mention

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

best skin care products

This facial spray by Mario Basescu is just plain pleasant to be totally honest. The ingredients are definitely useful; aloe and rose water are wonderfully calming ingredients and for skin that is easily irritated or redness prone, this spray is a perfect way to keep your skin refreshed and calmed. It might not be the most necessary product, but it’s just so fun to spritz your face in the middle of a hot day with this cooling mixture. And yes, I photographed an empty bottle for this post because that’s just how much I use this.

best skin care products

These are basically all the products in my bathroom cabinet that I’m regularly using as of late, aside from a few masks and other treatments. I genuinely think these are the best skin care products for acne prone skin; I truly love them and have seen them help my acne affected, redness prone skin to look it’s best. I’m really excited to share this list with you guys and I’d love to hear which products you’ve tried or what tips you have for keeping your skin under control!