Beauty

My Skincare Routine

I wrote about my skincare routine/products back in the summer but I wanted to talk about it again because it’s getting to be winter soon! Of course, winter is drastically different than summer and therefore, you take care of your skin (and your body in general) differently. Winter tends to be a lot drier than summer so your body requires way more hydration and moisture. Surprisingly, my skincare routine has only changed slightly from summer to winter but it’s made a major difference in the look and feel of my skin.

One of the major things that  changed since the last time I talked about my skin was my birth control. I’m not going to sit here and advocate for birth control or anything because I think it’s a very personal choice and affects people differently. For some people it’s extremely helpful in many different ways and for others, it can be harmful to their physical and emotional health. In my case, I feel that I’ve found one that works very well for me but after several years of trying different ones. I switched to Kyleena, which is an IUD, back in August or September and once my body adjusted to it, I think it’s made a huge difference. My mood has definitely improved (with help from some of the other changes I’ve made in my life) but it improved my skin tremendously. It took about 3 months to really see the difference but now I just have the occasional breakout before or during my period and some scarring left. I think that if your struggle with acne, birth control is solution to consider as long as you understand the side effects that might come with it.

So now for the routine part of it, I still use mostly the same products. I start by washing my face with the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in the morning. Then depending on what my skin is doing, I’ll either tone with the Neutrogena Pore-Refining Toner or I’ll use the Neutrogena Oil-Elimintating Astringent if I’m breaking out. After that I’ll use the OleHenriksen Truth Serum to keep my skin bright and glowy and then moisturize with the OleHenriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer. In the morning, I keep it pretty simple because I don’t usually have time to do much more. 

At night I do a little bit more with my skin because that’s when your body is recovering from the day and preparing for tomorrow. At night is when I like to exfoliate and really get all the gross stuff out of my skin, especially if I’ve worn makeup recently. I exfoliate every 3-4 days or twice a week. I usually do this in the shower so that the steam can open my pores even more and I can really get all the dirt and oil out. I’ll use the same cleanser with my cleansing brush from Ulta. If I’m exfoliating, then I’ll use my Glycolic Acid solution from the Ordinary followed by a lactic acid solution from the Ordinary. Obviously this is a really intense exfoliation but it makes my skin so soft and smooth the following morning. After that I’ll use my Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel to help with my acne scarring and my BareMinerals Eternalixir Skin Volumizing Oil Serum. This oil serum also makes my skin super soft and glowy when I wake up so I absolutely love it. After that I moisturize with my Origins Night-A-Mins moisturizer.

And that’s it! It’s not very different but trust me when I tell you it’s made a major difference in my skin. Now I want to know, what are some of your favorite skin care products?

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Beauty

Skincare Products I’m Loving

Now, I’ll admit that don’t have anything close to perfectly smooth and clear skin. I have acne scars on my cheeks and always get breakouts on my jawline, but my skin hasn’t felt this good since I was probably a baby. When I was young going through puberty and unknowingly creating bad habits through high school and college, I used to get breakouts all over and I never really knew what to do about it. I just sort of left it because I thought it would just get better on its own. I would wash my face every morning and maybe every night after I maybe took my makeup off from the day. But now that my life has gained consistency and I’m getting a little older and more mature, I have a greater concern for keeping my skin healthy and glowy. I hardly wear make up most days, partially because I can’t be bothered and partially because I just love the way my skin feels when it’s totally free from makeup. Not to say that I NEVER wear makeup, because I do also love a glamorous full face look too. I think now that I’m  focused on my skin care, I’ve been able to find a routine and products that I really love and work well for me right now. I’ve been using these products for about 3 months consistently together, but a few are holy grail products that I can’t live without. I hope you enjoy!

Cleansers

This one is pretty easy. I am currently using the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash and it’s my number one beauty product. I love it. That’s it.

Toners

Toner is one of the most important parts of skincare because it’s your last chance to really make sure you’re pores are clear of any dirt and oil before you moisturize. Right now I am using the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner and it’s great so far. I am still on the hunt for one with acne treating ingredients, but haven’t settled on something just yet. There’s also good old witch hazel, but I like to experiment when it comes to my toners.

Moisturizers

This Ole Henriksen moisturizer has saved my combination skin. It’s got aloe and oatmeal in it to calm my skin, but it also keeps my skin balanced and matte ALL DAY. For night time, I really like this Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins moisturizer. It’s oil-free too!

Serums & Treatments

Recently, I decided to try out some serums from The Ordinary and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! Their no nonsense branding is great because they tell you exactly what’s in the product and there’s no confusion. Once you learn what the product names mean, it’s easy to figure out what you want to use. I love using their Vitamin C serum for brightening up my acne scars and their Granactive Retinoid oil for anti-aging (because it’s never too early to start!) I also am LOVING this GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream from Origins. It works wonders to brighten and depuff my tired eyes.

Exfoliators

I, personally, think exfoliating is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Because no matter how well you think you washed your face, your cleanser will just not be able to get rid of all that dirt and grime that gets stuck deep inside your pores. I like to exfoliate 2-4 times per week (which seems like a lot but I’ll explain) depending on what I have going on that week and if I was wearing a lot of makeup or traveling. I also like to alternate the types of exfoliators I use, because they all give you different levels of exfoliation. That’s why I exfoliate so often. My personal favorite is using a chemical exfoliator such as a glycolic acid toner, like this one from the Ordinary, with a lactic acid serum right after. I use the acid exfoliators twice per week. I also really love using a vibrating brush exfoliator, sometimes before I do a chemical exfoliation if my skin is really unhappy. Right now I use this one from Ulta, but I honestly wish I invested in a really good one like the Clarisonic. This one was really inexpensive and I think the battery life is proof! Finally, there’s really nothing like a tried and true classic. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub is always a favorite when you want a good old cream exfoliating scrub. I like to use the brush orthe scrub 1-2 times per week depending on how my skin is feeling.

Can’t forget SPF!

SPF is so important no matter how young or old, black or white, girl or boy. Skin cancer does not discriminate! I’ve recently decided to start using a sunscreen that’s specifically for my face to avoid heavily clogged pores after sweating in the sun all summer long. Right now, I love this ultra sheer one from Drunk Elephant. I’m really interested in testing out some new products from this brand in the future!

 

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