Monday, April 29, 2019

My Current Skin Care Routine

My skin is looking pretty good these days and I figured I would share what I have been doing to get it there. I use new thing all the time in order to review them, but when I find items that really work for my skin they become my "baseline" and I may sub out for a new moisturizer or cleanser for a moment just to see how it works but this is my baseline routine.

A little about my skin. I have dry skin. It peels on and around the nose, and even on the cheeks sometimes. I don't have a ton of acne, but I do have some on my jawline and the hollows of my cheeks. This routine keeps my skin hydrated and my acne at bay.

-Morning - 
Every Other Day - I exfoliate using the DermaE Microdermabrasion Scrub. I love this scrub because it exfoliates and feels great,  but has a really gentle grain, I don't have to apply hardly any pressure for it to it's job and a little goes a very long way. One jar lasts me 3 or more months.

Every Day - I start by using a microfiber wipe to just kind of clean any oil that I might have created on my face over night. I purchased a really nice set on Amazon from the Amazon Basics line that are super soft and amazing. I use these twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, so having a set of 24 is super nice. You can find the set I bought here. If I am going to exfoliate I do at this point in my routine. 

Then I use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% on freshly cleaned skin on my cheeks and jawline where I have acne. I love this product because it is so light weight and it truly helps, but it's also only $6! Don't be fooled though, the ordinary has some stellar products and direct acids, but some of their items have some not so great ingredients. I do however love this one.

Last I put on my moisturizer and I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer. I actually discovered this while researching oil free moisturizers for a different post on this. I was looking for the best drugstore option and putting all of my ingredients lists through various sites that analyze ingredients for you, and this one came up with no concerning or comedogenic ingredients on ALL of my sites! I had to try it right? So I picked some up for less than $20 at Walmart and I have been hooked ever since.

- Night -  

I start out my nightly routine by removing my makeup using a microfiber towel and warm water. Then I use a corner of the towel along with the Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover to get the rest of my mascara and eyeliner off.

Next I cleanse my face using the Lil Scrubbies Silicone Facial Scrubbing Pads. Here they are on Amazon, I picked mine up at Walmart in the makeup aisle but I didn't see them on their website. They are less than $3 for a set of two. I just love the gentle way that these help me to deliver product onto my skin without scratching it up. I am not a fan of most fancy expensive brushes and scrubbers, these $3 gems work perfectly for me. With my scrubbies I apply the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar. I love Shea Moisture. They use great ingredients, they are fair trade, and affordable! This bar is $5 and it's massive! It will take you a while to run out if you are only using it for your face.

After I wash my face with the cleanser I tone it. If I am exfoliating the next day I will often use a toner that is a little harsher and more drying that fights acne. I currently use The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution for those days. If I am not exfoliating I will use the Sei Bella Advanced Youth Revital™ Hydrating Toner. This one is another goodie. It smells like cucumbers and is so refreshing on my skin. I usually apply my toners with my hands, but if you prefer a cotton round I personally like the AOA Pure Cotton Rounds. They are afforda
ble and really gentle. My eyes get scratched easily and sometimes the rayon cotton blend cheap pads at walmart are just to rough on them.

If I am using a hydrating toner that night I will also moisturize, once again using the same Nuetrogena moisturizer that I mentioned before. But If I use the glycolic acid toner I do not. If I have a really bad break out sometimes I will treat the affected area with the Derma E Overnight Peel. I've never actually peeled form it before, but it definitely dries out and fight acne pronto. I do put it over the glycolic acid toner, and only use it on nights when I am exfoliating the next day.

This skin care routine has done me some good over the last several months. It keeps my skin looking super healthy, which is important because if I don't have a good baseline it makes it difficult for me t know whether the products I am using are working or not. Hopefully this gave you a little inspiration for your own routine.

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