Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a great week. Today I wanted to share about something that has been requested quite a bit… My skincare routine!
After years of trying all sorts of different skincare routines, I’ve finally found what works for my skin. Before I get into sharing the details, I want to stress that point because as we all know, we are all so incredibly different. People can swear by specific products and routines but we’ve all been there… We’ve tried those said products and routines and have been disappointed when it doesn’t work for us. Do you want to know why? BECAUSE WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT! Skincare aside, that applies to everything! If I hear one more time that this or that diet will work for everyone…….
Anyway, my point is that this is what I’ve found works best for my skin right now. I say right now because I’m also sure you all know how great hormones are and know that they can go from one end of the spectrum to the other end in a couple of months. Well heck… Days. This has literally been years and years of trial and error in the making and for some reason, my skin enjoys this so I’m sticking to it. If you’re someone that is still struggling to find a routine that works for you, maybe some of this will help. Like I said, it took me a long time to figure it out. Maybe it could even be better! I’ve just been too afraid to mess with it after having minimal issues so this is how it’ll stay for a while.
As for my skin, I think it’s safe to classify it as oily-combination skin. I have dry patches that pop up around my nose from time to time but in general I think it leans more towards the oily side. I’ve gone through periods of my life where I break out really badly and if I do, it’s typically on my forehead and chin. Nowadays, aside from the blackheads I’ve had practically my entire life, I rarely ever get blemishes unless I haven’t been drinking enough water, haven’t been eating well, or a couple of weeks before my TOM (in these photos, for example), which is why this skincare routine is not going anywhere for me. The two things that made the biggest difference in my skin are:
The sulfur soap I mention below!
Washing my face morning AND night. I used to believe I was fine just doing it once a day but my skin changed immediately when I started washing twice a day.
Wash. In the morning I wash my face either with the sulfur soap or charcoal soap. I keep the sulfur bar in the shower (which I do daily) and the charcoal soap next to the sink so it just depends on if I’m showering in the morning or not. Either way, I’ll use each of them once daily. The sulfur soap has worked wonders on my skin. My friend from Miami suggested I try it and I’m so glad she did. It has cleared up my skin tremendously. It doesn’t necessarily smell the greatest but I got used to it really quickly and quite frankly didn’t care because my skin felt so clean. You can also use this on your body if you have acne in other places and under your armpits if they’re well, stinky.
Pat dry. Dry your face with a towel. “They” say to pat your face dry to minimize wrinkles so I try my best to remember to that.
Tone. Add a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton ball or cotton pad and ‘gently’ rub it all over your face. I typically fan my face afterward to get it to dry faster.
Serum. Vitamin C serum is said to improve collagen production, brighten skin tone, provide sun protection, and prevent dirt from getting into the skin throughout the day. I typically do a drop on my forehead and one on each cheek. A little goes a long way! Don’t forget to rub it into your neck as well. The instructions on the bottle say to let this sit on the skin for a few minutes so it can be absorbed. I typically will put this on and then go change into my work clothes before going to the next step. If I don’t have time I’ll fan my face for a bit and move on.
Moisturize. This might sound crazy but I read somewhere (I believe it was on LMB) about using oil to prevent the skin from producing more oil. I’ve tried to combat my oily skin with products that dry the skin out and my skin gave me the middle finger every time so I eventually got to the point where I just had oily skin and moved on with life. But when I read this I thought, “Hmm… Maybe this will work for me!” Sure enough, it worked really well. It was weird for me to get used to but after about a week of using it, I realized that my skin wasn’t as oily throughout the day. I also didn’t have breakouts from this stuff which I was really surprised about. The reason I don’t use an SPF moisturizer is because my makeup has SPF in it and the moisturizer + the oil was too much on my skin.
Wash. I’ll use whatever soap I didn’t use in the morning.
Remove makeup. I keep a jar of coconut oil next to my sink that I use as makeup remover. It’s by far my favorite way to remove makeup! It does a really good job at removing everything, is inexpensive, and I kid you not my eyelashes are longer since I started using it.
Under eye gel.
Every couple of weeks I’ll use the Tinkle Razors on my face. They remove all of the peach fuzz which makes my face SO SOFT and makes my makeup go on easily and looks really smooth on my skin. I try to remember to use a face mask at least once a month. I love how great my skin feels afterward.
I hope this helps some (or many) of you! Let me know if you have any questions! As always, thank you so much for your support.