Is Makeup a Self Care Routine?

There has been so much focus on “self care” in the past few years. But what the heck does that even mean? I truly believe the adage that yes, you should put your own oxygen mask on first – but in that scenario I’d be pooping my pants in fear about the plane. That’s probably not the best self care scenario. Is self care just about meditation, yoga and taking a moment to journal about gratitude? Or can it be something as little as taking care of your skin, every night, and putting care into your skin products? I want to argue that a good skin care routine, including makeup, can be as much of a self care routine as journaling about how grateful I am…for awesome skin.

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Nightly Skin Care Routine

Gluten-Free Face Wash

Girl, wash your face. You’ve got to commit to using a face wash every night. Don’t go to bed with makeup on! I use DermaE cleansers at night. All DermaE cleansers are vegan, cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.

My favorite skin cleanses are

  • DermaE Vitamin C skin brightening cleanser (yellow top)
  • DermaE Hydrating gentle cleanser (blue top) contains hyaluronic acid.
  • DermaE Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser (red top) contains vitamin A and glycolic acid.
  • CLn Acne Cleanser (for acne prone skin, backs, and chest – something I’m struggling with during peri-menopause)
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Gluten Free Face Moisturizer

I have to moisturize every day to keep my peri-menopausal dryer-than-ever skin moisturized. My lack of estrogen has zapped my skin. It’s no longer plump and happy, but saggy and dry (ladies – aren’t you excited to grow older!).

I use DermaE moisturizing creams for both day and night. While I use their moisturizer both for day and night, DermaE also offers day cream and night cream for different uses during the day. Day cream is often lighter than night cream and can be used under makeup.

My favorite gluten-free moisturizers are:

  • DermaE Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer (helps reduce uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles)
  • DermaE Anti-wrinkle Advanced Antioxidant Moisturizer (contains vitamin A for surface cell renewal, best for sun damaged skin)
  • DermaE Hydrating Day Cream (moisturizes and plumps using hyaluronic acid)
  • DermaE Brightening Day Cream – SPF 15 (Best for skin showing signs of uneven skin tone from sun damage, age spots, dark spots, and freckles)
  • DermaE Vitamin C Intense Night Cream (helps reduce uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles)
  • Treat Yourself Inc. Sacred Beauty Balm (with hemp oil, sea buckthorn and prickly pear seed)

Gluten-Free Face Serum

To be honest, I had no idea what a serum was before I started my current skin routine. Do I absolutely need it as part of my skin care routine? I’m not sure yet, but I feel like it’s been helping my skin feel young through my transition into middle age.

You put serum onto a clean face (and neck – don’t forget the neck) before you put on a moisturizer. It’s basically a super concentrated moisturizer. I like to roll it on with a refrigerator-cooled jade roller.

  • Sweet Chef Ginger and Vitamin C serum shot (perfect for acne scars or pigmented skin)
  • DermaE Vitamin C Concentrated Serum (with hyaluronic acid, aloe, vitamin C and vitamin E)

Makeup Routine

Back when I was diagnosed I didn’t know that I had to use gluten-free lip products. While top celiac doctors say that you don’t need gluten-free products for your skin (as the gluten molecule is too big to pass through skin barriers), I don’t use any gluten-free products on my body – especially my hands (as they touch food) and my face (as it can get into my mouth). I also have topical reactions to many skin products that contain wheat. This is why I only use gluten-free skin care and makeup products. My makeup brand of choice for eyes, cheeks, and lips is Red Apple Lipstick.

Red Apple Lipstick is gluten-free, with all products tested for gluten. It’s also free from GMOs, preservatives, dyes, harsh chemicals, petroleum, lead, talc, and all products are vegan and made in the USA. Some products do contain nut oils, based on how they are produced (see Red Apple Lipstick ingredient list for more details.

I start by applying Rallye Balm to my lips and under eyes for intense moisturizing. I’ll go through my moisturizing skin care routine by putting on serum, then moisturizer. After that, I’ll use Red Apple Lipstick vegan Prime Time eye primer above and below my eyes. After I use the prime, I use Red Apple Lipstick eyeshadow, eye liner, and mascara.

The Lash Project mascara is actually a lash conditioner. It goes on dry and thin, unlike other wet and gloopy mascaras. But this mascara is all about healing – helping damaged eyelashes become healthy again with keratin stimulating ingredients and anti-inflammatory extracts. It’s my go-to mascara for daily use.

Red Apple Lipstick Review from Celiac and the Beast
You can see how much I love Red Apple Lipstick with this endorsement right on their page!

For my lips, I don’t use a lip liner. After my Rallye Balm application, my lips are ready to go – using any Red Apple Lipstick lipstick or lip gloss. Most of the time if you see me out, I’ll be wearing a bright red lip – my signature look. Check out this how-to guide on finding the perfect red lip.

Even just the Rallye Balm makes me feel like I’m treating myself to a little self care routine! It’s made with gluten-free vitamin E, SPF 8, in castor seed oil.

I practice self care by making sure that my skin is in top shape – even if I don’t feel like my life, or my body is in any sort of shape! Taking a few minutes each morning and each night just to focus on me – that’s my idea of self care. My skincare and makeup routine are part of how I spend each day feeling better about myself. The work I put into my skincare shows!

Win Red Apple Lipstick

To celebrate self-care during celiac disease awareness month, we’ve partnered with Red Apple Lipstick on two big giveaways! You have two chances to win – once right here on this blog, and another chance on Wednesday’s Twitter Party!

First, I partnered with Red Apple Lipstick to give away $50 to RedAppleLipstick.com right from this blog post. Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and you’ll be entered for your own choice of self care – from Rallye Balm to lipstick to eye primer or mascara!

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Treat Yo Self Twitter Party

To celebrate self-care during celiac disease awareness month, we partnered with Red Apple Lipstick for a self-care Treat Yo Self Twitter Party on Wednesday May 29th. RSVP to the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win!

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Comments: 23

  1. Amanda Schaefer May 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Are the serum rollers really necessary?

    • Erica Dermer May 30, 2019 at 8:35 am Reply

      No, no they aren’t. They’re just cooling for an anti-inflammatory effect.

  2. charlotte May 27, 2019 at 5:22 pm Reply

    My typical self care routine is to work out at the gym 4 times a week and to eat as clean as I can. Both are tricky LOL!

  3. Julie May 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm Reply

    I try to take good care
    If my skin, I have specialized products for day and night and use a weekly mask

  4. Julie n. May 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Self care .. besides my regular skin care routine morning and night, on sundays I like to polish my nails and a terrific skincare mask, a great herbal salt scrub detox soaking bath , while having some aromatherapy time .

  5. LR May 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm Reply

    I use apple cider vinegar as a toner for my face and conditioner for my hair.

  6. CorreyHOPE May 27, 2019 at 10:22 pm Reply

    rest and relax

  7. Cindy Padgett May 28, 2019 at 3:35 am Reply

    I wash my face in the morning! I have been looking at Red Apple products for a while, but haven’t ordered yet.

  8. Tim H May 28, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply

    My self care routine is very simple since I am a guy, wash and moisturize my face. My wife on the other hand has all kinds of things she has to do since she has sensitive skin.

  9. Adrienne Demboski May 28, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply

    My self care routine includes ginger lemon cayenne juice shots a few times a day. 🙂

  10. Anne Schantz May 28, 2019 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Yay RAL! Such pretty lip colors, and I definitely want to try the Rallye Balm.

  11. Sandra L Locke May 28, 2019 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Always wanted to try Red Apple products!

  12. Kathy K May 28, 2019 at 3:08 pm Reply

    It’s not very involved because I have a chronic pain issue but I always make sure to moisturize well!

  13. Nancy G May 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm Reply

    What’s your typical self care routine? Right now it is basic. I wash my face when I shower and before bed.

  14. Mandy-Faith May 28, 2019 at 6:50 pm Reply

    I’m very interested in trying Red Apple Lipstick products. I used to use Clinique, but I’ve recently had had reactions to their line. The only face wash and lotion I can use right now is Vanicream. I miss having makeup options! I’m curious to try DermE too.

  15. Michelle Catallo May 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm Reply

    My typical self care routine is facial steaming, essential oils mixed with carrier oils, and DermaE skin care lotions.

  16. Mikayla May 28, 2019 at 11:23 pm Reply

    My favorite self care routine is using Mahalo and Honua skincare after a hot shower at the end of the day. I’ll read a book or watch a light-hearted movie with my cats on my lap. These days are so soul-filling!

  17. Georgette Coan May 29, 2019 at 5:19 am Reply

    I’m dealing with this drier than dry perimenopausal skin you speak of. Thanks for the recommendations. I will check out derma E.

  18. Christina May 29, 2019 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I love their mascara and the lip balm! Best stuff ever!

  19. donna porter May 29, 2019 at 7:31 pm Reply

    I do a routine of cleanser, toner, moisturize.

  20. Kristine Paull May 30, 2019 at 3:52 am Reply

    Cleanser I use is Aveeno then follow up with a good moisturizer which is also Aveeno

  21. Diane Estrella May 30, 2019 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Very little as I don’t like to use too many products on my skin. I love to use organic when possible.

  22. Cassandra D June 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Soak in warm water with epsom salt.

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