Over the past several months I’ve been feeling very comfortable with my bare face. Of course getting to this point was more than skin deep but the products certainly helped as well! I used to think that I had to get an extensive amount of expensive products to achieve better skin but let’s face it…my time and money doesn’t allow that. So after some trials, errors, and research I’ve found a routine that suits me. I’ve also figured out some tips that you could keep in mind as well:
Tip #1: Don’t worry about the bells and whistles…stick to the point!
If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get distracted buy all the extras a product comes with…a lovely glow? A cooling sensation? Is that a gold bottle??? (oooh) What are the main skin concerns that you have? Aging? Acne? Dark spots? Focus on the direct purpose on the products…save the extras for later.
Tip #2: Read, read, READ!
This is more of a reminder. So many products claim to help many skin problems, but please be sure to check your labels. The first few products listed are the active ingredients so try to stick to the most natural and understandable ingredients possible.
Tip #3 (If you’re oily like myself) Don’t let moisture intimidate you!
I know the words “hydrating” and “moisturizing” can be the last thing some of us look for when it comes to oily skin, but in a lot of cases our skin gets oily due to lack of moisture and it relies on itself to produce more oils for protection which ends up in too much oil aka…greasy. A good moisturizer (I recommend a gel or water based product) can add some balance…give it a try.
Now on to the routine!
The first thing I do is thoroughly remove any makeup I may be wearing that day. My favorite remover is the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser ($4.99 at Target)
This stuff is amazing for breaking down makeup. It’s removes the majority of it and doesn’t make my face feel greasy or weighed down and my skin feels so soft! Just wipe away with a makeup remover wipe or a wash cloth.
Although the cream gets a good amount of makeup off, it’s still important to cleanse! So for the past several months I’ve been using Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel w/ Hyaluronic Acid ($6.79 @ Target)
This is a gel cleanser so it’s not harsh or drying like some other cleansers can be. And for those who may not know, Hyalronic acid can help with anti-aging and speeding up the healing process of scarring. I use it nightly and noticed a big difference with my newer acne scars fading away quicker as well as my older ones slowly fading as well…but be patient!
I don’t break out often, but to avoid it I dry my skin off with a clean towel or paper towel so I don’t place dirt and bacteria back onto my skin. The next two steps are done 1-2 times a week: a mask and exfoliating.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (Amazon; prices vary)
So I fell for the YouTube wave a few years ago and decided to give this mask a try. I admit I wasn’t sold in the beginning but then I decided to use it a few more times each week and I was impressed. This bentonite clay helps remove toxins, clears pores, heals the skin (including acne), and reduces inflammation. I noticed improvement in my skin’s texture and appearance. It comes as a powder so you’ll need to mix it with a proper amount of water, apple cider vinegar, or rose water (depending on your skin’s sensitivity). I would recommend starting out with water. Also this mask gets TIGHT on the skin so if your skin looks a little red afterwards that may be why.
This mask has been my FAVORITE scrub for the past couple of years. It has real sugar to polish the skin (not irritating microbeads) and charcoal to help remove any toxins. It smells amazing and warms up on the skin when you apply it. I use it as a lip scrub too.
Going back to my nightly routine, I use the Neutrogena Alcohol Free Face Toner ($5.89 at Target)
It’s a pretty basic toner, but since it’s alcohol free it doesn’t dry my skin out and it smells really nice and fresh. Just another extra step to get my skin clean.
Remember what I said about moisturizing? If you’re oily like me, I would recommend a water or gel based product. My favorite as been the L’Oreal HydraGenius Water Cream ($12.19 at Target)
It has a light floral fragrance to it (for those that are sensitive), but it gives me great hydration and absorbs right into the skin without feeling heavy and greasy. I find most cream moisturizers clogs my pores but this feels and looks great on the skin.
And finally for an extra boost of moisture (completely optional) I use the Garnier Skin Active Facial Mist w/ Rose Water ($6.99 at Target)
This is more of a pampering product for me– the rose water helps to soothe the skin, reduce redness, helps with breakouts, and it smells so good!
So this has been my weekly routine for the past several months and I can easily say it’s great for my skin (and my pocket). Thanks to this routine I’ve noticed a smoother texture, less breakouts than the few I already get, and a more radiance instead of tons of oiliness.
Have you tried any of these products? Or figured out a routine that works for you? Feel free to let me know!