Treating My Stressed Skin Gently


Eva Amurri Martino stands in her master bathroom in a blue patterned summer robe and pink lipstick preparing to wash off her daily makeup

As we’ve figured out by now, the Beauty game is pretty much all about skincare.  Of course makeup is wonderful and fabulous, but problem skin is hard to hide even with the best makeup on the market– and beautiful skin always makes a person glow and look so rested.  This winter, my skin has been through some challenges.  First of all, it was our first chilly winter living on the East Coast.  Besides the frigid weather, our heat has been pumping in the house and totally drying out the air– and my skin! Even humidifiers haven’t been able to really change it much.  Add on top of that weaning Major– and the serious hormonal shift it caused– and my skin totally freaked out.  I got a weird mix of dryness and serious breakouts, which I haven’t had since I got pregnant with Marlowe over three years ago.  Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling great about myself!

Eva Amurri Martino's selection of Jason Gentle Basics skin care is arranged on the marble countertop in her master bathroom

Eva Amurri Martino takes a cleansing wipe out to remove her makeup

Eva Amurri Martino stands in her Master Bathroom using a Gentle Basics cleansing wipe to remove her makeup before bed

I knew that my skin needed a reset, but I wanted to do it gently and simply without lots of chemicals or additives.  JĀSÖN is one of my favorite natural brands– I love that it’s widely affordable and available, while also offering really healthy natural ingredients.  Their Gentle Basics line seemed like just the ticket to calm my stressed skin!  It’s formulated for sensitive skin that is prone to redness and drama.  As soon as I started using the Gentle Basics line, I could feel my skin relax.  I absolutely love how simple the process is.  There are cleansing wipes, a creamy facial cleanser, a Day Lotion, and a (thicker) Night Cream.

Eva Amurri Martino wipes her face with a Gentle Basics collection cleansing wipe

Eva Amurri Martino removes her makeup with a Gentle Basics cleansing wipe

I always use the wipes first, to take off my makeup.  I loooove myself some bright lipstick and lots of mascara, and these take it right off!  Once my skin is makeup free, I begin to cleanse.  I massage the cream cleanser gently in to my skin, then I wet my hands with warm water, and massage my face a little more to loosen dirt and impurities.  Then, I use a washcloth with warm water to gently wipe it off.  Next, I moisturize! I actually use the Day Lotion during the day and night! I take a small amount and massage in an upwards circular motion for good circulation.  I use the Night Cream when my skin is feeling extra dry, but otherwise I use it on my neck and as eye cream during the day and at night.  Moisturizing your neck is an often “missed” part of the process, and SO important to retain elasticity and avoid Turkey Neck as we age.  I was reading a very glam French fashion magazine many years ago and a superbly beautiful woman was quoted as saying that if she had one drop of her face cream left, she would always choose to use it on her neck because that is secretly the most important area.  I forget her name all these years later, but I’ve literally remembered that piece of advice for my entire life! Ha!

Eva Amurri Martino pumps a bit of facial cleanser in to her hand

Eva Amurri Martino massages creamy facial cleanser in to her face during her night time cleansing ritual

Eva Amurri Martino uses a warm washcloth to wipe away her facial cleanser

Eva Amurri Martino uses a warm washcloth to wipe away her facial cleanserEva Amurri Martino applies facial cream

Eva Amurri Martino takes a bit of Gentle Basics night cream from the container

Eva Amurri Martino applies Gentle Basics night cream to her neck and decollete

Having a face cleansing ritual helps me relax and to get a little bit of special time to myself.  I think that helps de-stress my skin as well!  This JĀSÖN Gentle Basics routine works perfectly for before I put on my makeup during the day (sans makeup removing wipe of course!) and gives me a reset before bed.  When my skin is healthy and glowing it gives me the confidence to spend my days without any makeup at all, and that feels great.

Eva Amurri Martino relaxes in bed wearing a blue and white patterned robe

Eva Amurri Martino relaxes in bed wearing a blue and white patterned robe

Do you have any tips for when your skin is having a tantrum? Please share in the comments below!

Eva Amurri Martino relaxes in bed wearing a blue and white patterned robe


Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

** Many thanks to JĀSÖN for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed above are entirely my own


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  1. Jess says:

    Great tips and LOVE this robe! Where is it from?

  2. Tara says:

    Eva, you look so beautiful in all of these photos!! Just had to say! I’m also one of the many, many women who admires and loves your honesty about the ups and downs of parenthood (and life!), and I hope your healing continues smoothly. Oh… Your skincare advice has been super helpful through my pregnancy, too. I always look forward to your updates!

    • Thank you, Tara!! And congrats on your pregnancy 🙂 xo

  3. Carly says:

    Wow…that’s a lot of pics of yourself!

    • Annalise says:

      I won’t be reading your blog anymore because of all the photos of yourself. A few would be fine, but it’s too much.

      • Emily says:

        Seriously? What’s the point of a blog if you can’t put up pictures of yourself? It takes 3 seconds to scroll through if you don’t want to look at them. People never cease to amaze me with the things they find to complain about ?

  4. Kristin says:

    Hi Eva,

    I have problem skin and it doesn’t help that I live in a sunny, humid environment. Sun damage, mild acne, and dramatic combination skin (super oily, super dry) are my issues.

    I find that I typically have to “zone” my face with different products for good results 🙂 A gentle cleanser that calms things down is a staple for me though. I’ll be checking out the Jason wash as I’m always on the search for a magic cleanser. My goal is to rock less makeup with confidence one day.

    • zoning your face is a great idea! Facialists often do this during treatment and it’s a great idea to continue that at home!

  5. Hi Eva- where did you get this robe, it is fabulous! Thank you in advance. Also, great post, and great website!

    • Katie says:

      Yes, I’d love to know too. Sooo cute!!

    • Roberta Roller rabbit!! xoxo

  6. Angela says:

    The robe matched the color scheme on the bottles. I like

  7. Alex says:

    I’m obsessed with vitamin C serum. Amara Organics has helped mine with tone and firmness immensely. But when my skin is throwing a fit, I go without make up for awhile. Let my skin breathe:)

    • I also try to skip makeup when my skin is stressed! Helps to let it breathe!

  8. Bridget says:

    Love your blog..I’m makeup and skincare obsessed and love trying out new products. I recently tried philosophy purity cleanser and I am in LOVE. Takes all my makeup off , even eye makeup. Skin feels so nice after..

  9. Erin R. says:

    She said on her Instagram that the robe was from Roberta Roller Rabbit! (Try to say that five times fast…) ?


  10. Liz says:

    Thanks for the tips and product suggestions! Will give them a try… my skin has been freaking out after a bout of food poisoning (and I think stress too!)

    • Ooooof! NOOOO!! That sounds horrible! Hope you feel better soon

  11. Britta says:

    Thanks for the interesting post, didn’t know that Jason made face products, but I love their rose scented body wash.
    I found my new favorite face products when I was on vacation in LaJolla in Feb with some girl friends. Have you ever heard of the brand French Girl? The rose lip scrub is amazing for seriously dry lips and I love their face serum and cream. Great smell and 100% plant ingredients and vegan friendly 🙂

  12. Lizzy says:

    When I’m dealing with redness and stressed skin I love to take off my make up and put coconut oil on my cheeks (and lips). I’ll let it soak in for a couple of minutes and then wash it off with my regular cleanser. It makes my skin feel so much softer and smoother before bed.

  13. Donna says:

    Where can we find this product jason . Love to try it

  14. Diana says:

    Do these products help with the breakouts you mentioned? I love Jason products and would give these a try… I am 20 weeks pregnant and have been dealing with some breakouts. I took your recommendation on Jason shampoo and conditioner a while back and really enjoy. Thanks!

  15. Becca says:

    Love the photos! Thank you for sharing!