Skincare is something that I have been passionate about for a while. I have always had extremely oily, acne-prone skin. But now that I’m twenty-three, it is more combination, dehydrated, and extremely sensitive. I’ve had hormonal acne and just acne in general since middle school. I went through spouts of being able to clear it up by exercising, drinking more water, and using a hard scrub on my face. But nevertheless that stubborn acne always seemed to come back.
Honestly y’all, I have done it all. I’ve tried the oil cleansing method, I’ve used expensive kits like Rodan+Fields, and I’ve used every single product at Target that has the words clear skin, or acne in the title. I remember trying DIY masks such as lemon, honey, and baking soda to clear acne and lighten acne scars. Which let me tell you, it burns! In high school, I tried this with my best friend and both of our faces turned red!
I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup, barely any to be precise. I mean I have a minimal makeup collection and I’m considering downsizing it and making it all-natural/organic. Still, I didn’t try foundation until I was in my senior year of college because I received a press sample. I always thought that my acne would magically disappear if I didn’t clog my pores with makeup, and boy was I wrong. My skin didn’t care if I used foundation or not!
2016 was the year that I was determined to figure out a way to clear my skin, decrease oil, and limit the amount of gunk that I was putting on my face. I was sick of reading blogs, articles, or websites that said you need to use a cleanser, toner, acne cream, face oil, serum, mask, moisturizer, night cream, etc. Basically, I wanted results. At first thought, I wanted to go to a dermatologist (probably the best thing to do). But I didn’t because I was traveling for work and there weren’t any appointments on weekends. So, instead I went to my trusty Google (LOL) and researched as much as possible.
At first, I started creating an all-natural and organic skincare routine, but it wasn’t working. In an ideal world everything I use on my skin would be organic. But the only products that worked for me were over $50 and I was sick of spending that much for .5oz tube. So until I find products that work I’m sticking with this trusty routine. I worked on my skin night and day for five months. By trying out new products and going to stores I’ve never been to before. I’ve used a lot of samples before purchasing full-sized products. Because I’ve learned that just because something is expensive, or sounds like it will work doesn’t mean it will.
I’ve done it all. Nevertheless, I can finally say that my skin is clearer than it has ever been.
my current streamlined skincare routine:
in the morning
I start by using my Simple Kind To Micellar Water w/ Multivitamins on a cotton pad to moisturize, refresh, and rejuvenate my skin after a night of sleep. On Sunday mornings, I use a Nügg Hydrating Face Mask and it is glorious. Every other day of the week, I skip the face mask and continue with my other products. It depends on if I’m leaving the house that day, but if I am I always put on my Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. Otherwise, I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin. Lastly, I use a little bit of the Alba Botanica Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes Cooling Eye-Revive Gel by putting little bit on of of my ring fingers then I lightly dab it underneath my eyes and I’m done! Sometimes I apply a few products from my makeup collection afterwards. Otherwise, I brush my eyebrows and use a little bit of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Lip Repair Therapy.
in the evening
If I wore makeup that day, I will begin by using my Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes to remove any makeup. Then I continue on dry skin, yes – you read that right. I do not wet my skin first because this works best for me. I put three pumps of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser in my hand and I massage it into my skin in small circles for a few seconds. Then I rinse my skin with warm water using a face cloth. If it is a Wednesday evening then I will use the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Polishing Mask with Charcoal & Black Sugar as my exfoliant. On every other day of the week, I skip this step.
After that I put two drops of the Om She Aromatherapy Argan Oil Serum into the palm of my hands and pat this into my skin. I believe my skin has cleared up drastically because of this face oil. At first I was very apprehensive with using face oils because of my oily skin. But I’ve realized that my skin was no longer as oily as I thought it was. I also noticed that my acne scars began diminishing after one week of using this serum.
While I allow my facial oil to absorb into my skin I brush my teeth then use the Eco Lips Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub. Afterwards, I use a little bit of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Lip Repair Therapy, or Waxelene. I have very dry lips so this helps keep them moisturized during the night. Once my facial oil has absorbed I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin. Then I dab on a little bit of eye gel around my eyes and I’m good to go.
Other than the hydrating face mask and the exfoliating face mask. I like to use sheet masks and an eye mask. Other than Sundays and Wednesdays whenever I notice my skin needs a little extra love, I use a sheet mask. My current favorite is the Kocostar Deep Hydration Mask that I purchased at Anthropologie on a whim. Once it’s back in stock I will definitely repurchase this. A few masks that are currently in my rotation to try are the 100% Pure Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask and the Karuna Anti-Oxidant+Face Mask.
Whereas my current go-to eye mask is the Honest Hazel Eye Gels because they’re very moisturizing and include great ingredients like cactus collagen, vitamins C, E, and B3, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and aloe vera.
If you’d like to streamline your skincare routine keep three things in mind:
- keep it simple
- don’t overload your skin with too many products
- use face masks!
Obviously, I’m not a dermatologist or skincare professional, but these three tips and these products work great for me!
what are your must-haves in your skincare routine?