Having clear and healthy skin is something I’ve always struggled with. It seems like there’s like a million different options just to get to the same one goal – clear skin. When I tell you I’ve tried almost anything and everything, I mean it; I’ve been overly acquainted with the skin care sections at stores like CVS, and I had a habit of hoarding a variety of products. I wanted to find something that works for me, and I could only do that by testing my options over time. Not every acne product works for your acne, not every moisturizer works for your type of skin. It is only until recently that I’ve found (somewhat of) a routine that allows my skin to not only look good, but feel good too.
Getting to know your skin:
The path to clear skin starts with a very important step: Knowing your skin. I’m guilty of blindly using a wide variety of products without knowing if it’s suited for my particular skin type. Because of that, I once used a facial regiment for people with dry skin, and that resulted in my own skin becoming too oily and I broke out as a result. A great way of knowing your skin is to not use any products except for light/gentle soap (like Dove) with any standard facial moisturizer (oily skin or not, you need to moisturize). I did this for about 2-3 weeks to see how my face was naturally. Now, I can tell you that I have oily skin, I know where my problem areas are with breakouts, and most importantly, I now know what products are better suited for my skin. If you already know the type of skin you have, feel free to skip this step.
Tips & Tricks:
- NEVER use the same cloth/scrub for your body AND face.
- I highly recommend a rotating scrub brush (sold at Walmart for about $7)
- Only wear makeup if you have to. Going out for a date night? – go ahead and get glammed up! Just running some errands? – let your skin BREATHE. If you wear makeup regularly because of work, USE PRIMER, and after work, fully wash make up off. NEVER sleep in makeup (I am guilty of it because sometimes, you just need to get in bed without all the hassle)
- For a face product to work, it doesn’t need to be harsh on your skin. I’m guilty of having the old fashioned mindset of “if you feel something/or it burns, that must mean it’s working”, but sometimes the most effective products are the ones that are the gentlest on your skin.
- Stress definitely effects your skin. When I’m stressed out is usually when my skin is the worst because you literally wear your emotions on your face. Find ways to manage stress because your peace of mind is everything.
- Most importantly – YOU DON’T NEED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY FOR CLEAR SKIN!
Products I have:
These are products I’ve used over time and how they’ve worked for me.
Routine I Created:
Daily – wash my face every day with an acne wash like the Neutrogena/Equate one listed on my product chart. Then I put some sort of toner (or witch hazel) on my face or a diluted apple cider vinegar mix (2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 16 oz. of water – equivalent to one full water bottle). You can create this mixture and store it in a container so you can use daily. I finish it off with moisturizer. I use my Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum (love this), or any oil controlled moisturizer because I have oily skin.
Bi-weekly – I like to do a face mask twice a week (or whenever I’m feeling stressed). If I’m breaking out heavily for some reason, I’ll use my Rodan + Fields facial regiment twice a week, but any type of regular acne wash usually keeps my acne under control.
Extras – I use my more expensive products sparingly. Whenever I feel like my skin can use an extra pick me up, I’ll use my Dermalactive products. Though, this product line isn’t necessary to maintain great skin from day to day.
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