Revealing the naked truth about my skincare routine today!
My Skin Story
First off, let me tell you a little about my skin & its journey.
I have oily skin. Not combo, or sometimes oily/normal, no. Just oily. Even though I would say my skin is pretty “good”, I still struggle with controlling the oils, trying to decrease my obnoxiously large pores, and keeping the hormonal breakouts minimal.
I had gone through struggles on and off throughout high school, and I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my skin routine and really learning what works for me.
When I was younger salicylic acid was the only thing that did anything good for my skin. Then about senior year of high school, my skin freaked out and I was having an issue with bacterial acne on my cheek. I took some antibiotics, and that cleared it up for the most part. But I would notice that that area would flare up every now & then, and this area left me with some pretty bad scarring. I noticed a huge difference in that problem area once I went gluten free that year, and I haven’t had that kind of issue since.
Let me tell you though, I’ve been through some skincare products throughout my skin journey. As of recently, I noticed I was breaking out a lot more than the occasional spots. And no salicyclic product I was using was helping, just making any spot super painful and red and they would stay way longer than any normal spot should.
I started examining my skincare routine, and it was just a bunch of harsh chemicals. Once I realized that salicylic acid might be doing more harm than good, I made an unusual switch. I had some leftover baby wash from my nephew, and thought if it was gentle enough to use on babies, it should be okay for my skin. It almost immediately cleared up the surface of my acne. I had been using baby wash for about 5 months, and even though it kept my acne at bay, I wasn’t getting a deep clean I wanted, and it wasn’t helping the oil problem.
Below are the products I’m currently using, and what have been skin savers lately.
Garnier Micellar Water: This stuff really works wonders for removing my stubborn makeup and really gets the makeup out of my pores. I’ve tried other micellar waters in the past, and they’ve all broken me out. This is the only one I haven’t noticed any problems with! And it gets everything off, trust me. I use this mainly at night, but also as a quick refresher after a workout, or throughout the day if I’m not wearing any makeup.
Cetaphil Cleanser: I’ve always heard of everyone and their mother using Cetaphil cleansers, but never thought it was for me. But since I was in the market for a gentle cleanser, that deep cleaned, this one really caught my eye because it’s targeted for the oily folks. I have noticed a huge decrease in my oiliness since I started using this, and it gets my skin cleaner better than anything I’ve used in the past. I wash my face morning & night with this & I use this little sponge here with it for a deep clean.
CORRECT & MOISTURIZE
Ole Henriksen ‘Enlighten Me’ corrector (no longer available)
This stuff is a miracle worker for diminishing my leftover acne scars. Unfortunately, they don’t make it anymore, so I’m going to start a hunt for a product to replace this one. If you guys have any suggestions for serums that help with scarring PLEASE let me know!
Sephora Eye Cream- updated product here
This is one of the products that I notice a difference when I’m not using it. Sometimes I’ll forget to use it, if I’m just ready for bed and only worried about getting my makeup off. I’ll notice my under-eyes will just not look quite as bright, and the little fine lines are just a little bit more noticeable. It’s super light in texture, but very moisturizing at the same time.
I feel like this product gets talked about a lot, and for good reason. It, like the eye cream, is very light weight, but super hydrating, and not greasy like most moisturizers are. I’ve noticed since I’ve been using it religiously the past couple of months, the overall tone and texture of my skin is more even and smooth.
My other beauty secrets
The perfect mask for when my pores need a good, deep refresher.
My favorite spot treatment that gets to the point and gets rid of the spot almost completely overnight.