When I was in sixth grade my Mom started explaining the importance of taking care of my skin. She bought me a three step system from Clinique, and she made sure I used it every night. Ever since then, I have taken my skincare very seriously. I have combination skin, in the cooler months it’s super dry but at the same time oily (strange, I know), and I do have acne outbreaks.
I change up the products I use a lot, but here’s what I’ve been using recently.
It’s a lot, so prepare yourself!
I sometimes use make-up removed wipes, but I recently read an article about how awful they can be for your skin. I switched to using a more natural option, the Makeup Eraser. I am such a fan of this product because it removes my makeup with only the cloth and warm water. No chemicals added. Why would you spend hundreds on make-up remover wipes when you can pay twenty dollars for one washcloth that you can use over and over again. All you have to do is throw it in the washer and it’s good as new. I’m telling y’all, it’s worth the twenty dollars.
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I have used the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser for about three months and I LOVED IT. It smooths my skin, clears up my acne, but at the same time it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. It’s a tad bit expensive but it only takes a pea size amount to cleanse the whole face.
After cleansing once, I use my Pink Clarisonic (that my sweet hubs got for me) to deeply cleanse my skin typically 2-3 times a week. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible my skin feels after I use this thing. It’s absolutely AMAZING. If you don’t have one, I think it’s definitely worth the investment if you take your skincare seriously like I do.
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I don’t exfoliate often, I would by lying to you if I told you I did it weekly like I should. I currently use a sample of the Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant that my mom gave me from her Ipsy bag. It doesn’t break my face out and my face definitely feels smoother after I use it. I would consider purchasing a large size of it in the future, but I am interested in trying out some other skin exfoliants.
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I currently use the Obagi Nu-Derm Toner and it’s my holy grail. It instantly gives a cooling and clean sensation on the skin when applied, and it doesn’t dry my skin out at all. I feel like it really cleans my skin without over cleaning my skin if you get what I’m trying to say.
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I absolutely LOVE face masks. They’re one of my favorite things! I typically switch between two, but if y’all know of any more good ones let me know!!
I Love my Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Detox Mask for days when I’m broken out and feeling extra oily. If you suffer from acne this is a MUST. I can put this mask on in the evening and by the following morning I can tell a difference in my face. If you don’t have acne, it does a fabulous job of clearing out your pores. The smell isn’t the greatest because it’s a clay base, but I’m willing to suffer through a little bit of stank for some amazing looking skin.
For a less harsh mask I use the 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask by First Aid Beauty. It is is cooling, hydrating, balances the skin, and it leaves my skin feeling super clean as well as radiant. I love this stuff! My skin feels like a baby’s butt after I use it. First Aid Beauty says to leave it on for 7-10 minutes, then rinse it off. Not gonna lie, I leave it on for almost an hour sometimes.
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For my morning lotion, I use the Eiponce Lite Lytic TX. It’s a lotion that smooths the appearance of any type of skin texture you may have going on. It has helped in keeping my acne away. It’s light enough to wear under make-up and I love that’s it’s a lotion that will help my skins appearance all day long while under my make-up. While it does all of these things my skin has never been dry while using this product and that’s why I have fallen in love with it.
I use the Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Rejuvenation Skin Calming Lotion for my night time lotion because it’s heavier than what I would want to put makeup over. I love this lotion and I feel like it really hydrates my skin. I’m looking to buy another good, heavy night cream, do y’all have any suggestions??