The updates just keep on coming and this past week (week 2) was extremely tough as I had a huge craving for hot fries and Starbucks…Yes I wanted them together. And while I am doing a lot to help with the inside, my outside break outs are still equally important. With my skin, my routine will never be just washing my face and going to bed or even washing my face and going to work. I had to put together a routine based on the problems I was having with my skin. This can get frustrating as I went through many products and many errors to try to get the best routine. The easiest step was giving up on foundation and concealer. This should not be a shocker at all but it can also be the hardest. The first thing we like to do is go for our cover up to do simply that…cover up the imperfections. But that was only adding to my problem, and piling on top of my break outs only caused more break outs. So now that I don’t wear any heavy cover up I had added motivation to take care of my skin. For me my night-time routine is important because I have such long days that I want to refresh my skin as much as possible. These steps are a walk through of my face routine right before bed:
Step 1: Loosen the dirt. I haven’t given up on make up completely, I still fill in my eye brows and wear eyeliner and mascara. So before I wash my face I take my Sephora soothing cleansing milk (Sephora, $7) and take about two pumps and just rub it all over my face. I focus around my eyes, gently rubbing the mascara and eyeliner off. It loosens up all that make up and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.
Step 2: Wipe away the dirt. So after I have loosened up all the make up I like to take my Walmart brand exfoliation wipes (Wal-mart, double pack 120 ct. $6.97) and wipe the make up and loose dirt and oil away. These two steps are just what I consider my pre wash and I think add to a really deep cleanse to my face.
Step 3: The wash cycle. Now I’m ready to wash my face and this step kind of changes because I use different face washes. For the sake of another post right now I will just mention my Garnier clean, black head eliminating scrub (CVS, on sale $4.96). I just remember this buzz going around not too long ago about the products with charcoal in it and how it polishes and detoxifies the skin so when I found this on sale at CVS I thought I would give it a try. In this step I like to apply the product directly to my dry face very lightly. This is an exfoliating cleanser so i don’t want to scratch the surface of my skin. I do see and feel a difference in skin when I apply this to my face dry as opposed to applying it after I have wet my face. So i lightly rub the cleanser onto my dry face then I rinse my face and pat dry with my face towel. I do have other charcoal products and they all really do polish the skin.
Step 4: Drying out. Okay so this next step is a little unconventional. I use rubbing alcohol on my face, BUT only on my bad break outs. I mentioned before in a previous post that I get huge white heads and irritated red pimples from time to time due to stress and my period and what ever else they decide to pop up for. So this step is when I use my astringent but first I like to take a little bit of rubbing alcohol on one of my cotton pads and just dab it on my pimples. Again, I am not using it all over my face as this would dry out my face terribly! But this on my problem areas and then followed by my Biore blemish fighting astringent (CVS, on sale $4.96) has shown me results over night with my problem pimples both in size and redness reduction.
Step 5: Moisturize. This step is self-explanatory. After I have cleaned my face and dried out all my pimples I still want to take care of my over all surface with a little moisture. My Clean & Clear dual action moisturizer (Target, on sale $2.50…and included face wipes) both treats and moisturizes which I think is needed when you have problematic skin. You want to have products that give you a little more than just the basic moisture or cleanse. For me, having a product that treats my acne even after I have washed my face is a huge thumbs up.
Step 6: Medicate. So my final step ties in with my previous step, where it is basically treating the acne after the fact. The large white heads or irritated, itchy red pimples I cover with this store brand Benzoyl peroxide gel (Target, Up and Up brand, $3.74). The gel dries and hardens similar to a mud mask and wipes off easily in the morning when I wash my face. With this I am drying out the pimple and reducing the scarring.
After I do this last step then I can finally call it a night and head to bed. The best advice I can give is sticking to your routine. I know sometimes we have busy schedules or think you don’t have time to do all this but if you really want to see a difference and continue to see a difference you have to really commit to it. There are times when I just want to wipe off my face and just go to sleep but I know the difference it will make to just go through all my steps. Everything worth having takes commitment…yes even healthy skin!