Growing up, I was never blessed with perfect, blemish-free skin. I have combination skin, which essentially meant that my skin couldn’t make up its mind on whether it wanted to be oily or normal (or dry for some people) so it decided to be both in different areas of my face.
Throughout the years, I’ve dealt with various degrees of blemishes, from pesky, hormonal pimples on my chin to painful, cystic acne on my forehead and cheeks. I didn’t really get into skincare until I went to college, and after 4 years, I have finally figured out a routine and found products that work for me!
My face is definitely still not perfect, but no new, uninvited friends have joined the club since I started this routine. I can’t guarantee that this will work for everyone, but if you have a similar skin type, this routine and these products might work for you too.
1. Wash face with only warm water
My face naturally produces some oil overnight, but washing my face with warm water takes care of that. Then I pat dry (don’t rub!) with a face towel. Cleanser is not necessary for me in the morning and can sometimes be too drying if I use it twice a day.
My current favorite is the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Cream. This product has a gel consistency, is moisturizing without being oily, and absorbs into the skin well.
3. Face Sunscreen
Don’t forget SPF! I apply facial sunscreen if I know I’m going to be going outside, no matter the weather or season. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not there.
I find a lot of facial sunscreens are very oily and make my face shiny, but the Kiss My Face Face Factor Sunscreen feels moisturizing without leaving an oily layer on my face.
1. Remove Makeup
If I’m wearing a full face of makeup (which only happens on special occasions), I will take off my makeup with a cleansing wipe like Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Normally, I only wear mascara and brow gel, and I like to take off my makeup with the Indie Lee Squalane Oil. One drop per eye melts even waterproof mascara off. You can also use an actual oil cleanser.
After removing my makeup, I wash my face with The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. This gel cleanser cleans my face without drying out my skin. Tea tree oil also helps to heal acne.
Another one of my favorite cleansers is the Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser; however, this one is more of a mid-end product, in terms of price.
3. Face Oil
At night, I use a face oil instead of a moisturizer. I use the same squalane oil that I used earlier to take off my eye makeup – I love double-duty products 🙂
Squalane oil is great for moisturizing, controls excess oil production, and is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. I use three drops after cleansing – one on my forehead and one on each of my cheeks and pat it into my skin.
I exfoliate with the Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System every other day to get rid of dead skin and unclog my pores.
2. Face Mask
I like to apply a clay face mask to detoxify my skin at least once a week, usually on a day that I’m not exfoliating so I don’t overstimulate my skin. Currently, I am using the Volition Beauty Detoxifying Slit Gelee Mask. I’ve also used and liked the Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask.
Thank you for reading!