To keep my skin looking it’s best at all times, I always say “simple is best.” What I mean by this, is that it’s not always in your skin’s best interest to pile on the products. Although there are hundreds of thousands of skincare products to choose from and a ton of different recommended skincare routines, it’s best to find the products that work best for you and to stick with them! If you’re changing your skincare routine every month or so and don’t understand why your skin is still breaking out, it’s because it takes your skin about three to four weeks to get used to a new product. So here is my skincare routine that I have been using for the past year or so and it has worked wonders for my skin!
I use probably the simplest face cleanser known to man. But surprisingly, it is what my dermatologist recommended last year when I went in for an appointment. I was getting these obnoxious, fleshy, red bumps on my face that were taking weeks to go away. So, I made an appointment with my dermatologist and he suggested using this cleanser. I immediately went to my local drugstore (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid) and started using the cleanser. Within days the bumps were gone and they haven’t returned since. I’ve been using the cleanser for a year now and I swear by it.
As for my lotion, my dermatologist also recommended a gel based cream rather than a lotion based. I must say, it has made a big difference in keeping my skin looking matte all day long. In the past, I have had problems with an oily T-zone, but this seaweed mattifying day cream from the Body Shop controls that completely. Lotion tends to clog my pores as well, leading to those unfortunate black and white heads. Using a gel based cream helps my pores breath suppressed from over-producing oils.
Sometimes, especially during the change of seasons from fall to winter, my skin can get really dry. The beginning of winter is really when my skin gets hectic. With all the dry air, my skin gets dry, tries to compensate by producing more oil, and ends up breaking out. To control the dryness I like to occasionally use this aloe soothing night cream from the Body Shop. Sometimes I feel like night creams can be too harsh and, when my skin is really dry, can burn my skin and harm it rather than help it. I play lacrosse outdoors and between the dry air and the cold, my skin can get extremely dry. I like this night cream because it’s made with aloe, which soothes and protects my skin in it’s most sensitive state.
When I need something a bit more tough on my skin (Cetaphil is a very gentle cleanser) I use this detoxifying black cleanser by Boscia. It’s a self heating cleanser which is awesome because it opens my pores while I’m using it which helps deep cleanse my skin. I also like to occasionally use the tea tree oil squeaky clean facial scrub from the Body Shop. Both of these products I don’t use daily, only occasionally when I find my skin needs a really deep clean.
As I said, my skincare routine is extremely simplified, but that is what works for me! I encourage you to do some research and find which products work best for your skin type. Everyone’s skin is different so I can’t guarantee that these products will work for you, but here are some skin tips that everyone should follow regardless of your skin type.
- As I said before, once you find a skincare product that works for you, stick to it! Constantly changing your skincare products puts a lot of stress on your skin and will do way more harm than good.
- Wash your face as the last step of your shower. This may be a given, but washing your face after you have shampooed, conditioned, and body-washed gives all the steam time to open up your pores giving you a way deeper clean than just leaning over your sink.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER! I’m sure you’ve heard this one, but it really is important to not only keeping your insides healthy, but also keeping your skin healthy as well.
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xox – Ashley