If you’ve been following me on social media for a while or personally know me, you would know my skin has come a very long way. Around 16 years old, my skin became acne prone and sensitive. Not only that, I picked at it all the time. Between my anxiety and the fact that I hated having bumps on my face, I would pop or just pick at my skin which resulted in irritation. Then when I became pregnant, my acne became worst due to the change in hormones. I was literally desperate to find products that worked for me, and I’m glad to say I finally have some that keep my skin clear, smooth and glowing at affordable prices. The only time I really will breakout is during “that” time of the month and if I alter my diet. So before I really go into depth what I use daily (morning and night), I think its important to note that just because it worked for me does not mean it will work for you. Also, my skin is not perfect yet, but like I said is drastically different. I still have texture from time to time, as well as scars from picking at my skin for years but I hope my recommendations help you and if they do please let me know!
This rule does not deserve a number because it out ranks them all: DRINK YOUR WATER! Replacing juices and sodas in your diet with water will help your skin more than any product. Your body will thank you, trust me.
1. In the mornings, during showers and before bed I wash my face with cerave hydrating cleansing bar. Its gentle, doesn’t dry my skin out and cheap. I prefer the bar option but they sell it in a foaming cleanser as well.
2. I exfoliate once a week to keep my skin smooth and get rid of dead skin. Rather than buy a pre-made exfoliant or risk using a product thats super harsh, I make my own. In a small dish I mix about a table spoon or two of brown sugar with equal parts raw honey. It’s not as harsh as some store made products because the brown sugar grains are small and the honey is also good for your skin.
3. If I have a pimple or I can feel a breakout under the surface, I’ll spot treat it with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil proved to be the most effective way to stop a breakout for me in comparison to other products.
4. Following spot treatment, I use oils on my skin. Like I mentioned earlier my skin is normal to dry, but I love to keep it moisturized and hydrated. Even if you have oily skin, don’t run from oils! They’re amazing, and applying oils to your face wont increase your production of oil. My current favorite oils are carrot seed oil,Almond oil, rosehip oil and jojoba oil ;If I had to rank them that would be the exact order. I don’t use every single one of them daily but I keep them all on hand depending on what my skin needs that day.
– I enjoy carrot seed oil the most because its extremely hydrating, yet it doesn’t leave a oily residue. I also enjoy the weird smell. I found this to be the most effective for my scars/dark marks. After only one month of continuous use, I noticed a change.
– Secondly, I like almond oil because it doesn’t have a scent at all. This was recommended by a fellow oil user (thank you Jas!) and I instantly fell in love. I use it all over my body for a healthy glow, as well as use it as my primary oil everyday.
– I like rosehip oil because it’s more of a dry oil so it penetrates into the skin without leaving the oily feeling. Its one of the more hydrating oils and paired with carrot seed oil, I found that its the perfect prep for makeup.
– Lastly, jojoba oil is one that is not as vital but I use it when my skin is super dry. It seems the heaviest of the four in my opinion so if I feel like giving my skin a little extra attention, I’ll massage it into my skin for a minute or two.
5. Most days, I’ll stop at oils and let them penetrate. As soon as I get out the shower or wash my face I will pat my face dry and while damp, massage them in. If I feel like I need a moisturizer for the day, my preferred moisture is Embryolisse . It’s amazing and can substitute your primer for makeup application. Since its rather thick, an everyday moisturizer option that is light weight is the CeraVe Moisturizer. Like I said, I usually stop at step 5; I’ll only proceed to these moisturizers if my skin is really needing some extra attention.
Lastly, two extra optional components that I noticed worked for me are steaming my face as well as how I remove heavy makeup. About once a week I’ll steam my face with a facial steamer then proceed to steps 3-6. Don’t feel the need to purchase a steamer, putting your face near your sink with a towel over your head works just as well but for convenience and comfort I purchased one. Also, when I wear a lot of makeup, the only way I will remove the make up is by using coconut oil. I’ll take some coconut oil and rub it into my makeup to break it up then using a cloth or paper towel, I’ll wipe it off. Once I have wiped it off, I’ll proceed to my normal cleansing steps.
I really hope if you try my skin care regime you’ll find it works for you as well. It’s important to make sure your doing your steps in the correct order so that you can see the most benefits. If you have any suggestions or product holy grails you use, let us know in the comments! Let me know if you want a post on face masks as well!