Secrets to Clear Skin: My Skincare Routine
What’s the secret to clear skin? I’ve had many a skincare routine throughout the years and I learned very quickly that the key to clear skin is a catered-to-you kind of approach.
In other words, there’s no catch-all. Skincare is not one-size-fits-all because everyone’s skin is different. Personally, I’ve generally suffered from combination skin but when I was younger, it was much more oily. Now that I’m in my mid-20s, my skin ventures more on the combination side of the skincare spectrum.
When I was a teenager, I dabbled in so many harsh products because I desperately wanted something to work. I tried Proactive, every kind of Retinol the dermatologist could prescribe, and many grating exfoliants that probably harmed my skin more than they helped. But now, my goal for taking care of my skin is to use gentle products that are hypoallergenic, comedogenic, beneficial, and of course, effective.
Looking to find out which skin products keep my face clear and pimple-free? Keep reading!
(Photo by First Aid Beauty)
Step 1: Deep Cleanser
Twice a day — morning and night — I use the Bella Beauty Skin Solutions cleansing vibrator brush to cleanse my faec and open my pores. I wet the brush a bit, then add a dollop of First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser to the brush. It pulsates for about 30 seconds while I apply it in circular motions all around my face and neck. The best part about this particular cleanser is that it works well for so many varying skin types — oily, dry, combination, normal, and sensitive.
Step 2: Micellar Water
I became a micellar water convert essentially overnight. I love the extra step of cleansing, as even though I’m using my FAB cleanser and cleansing brush, I still see a lot of product coming off as I swipe on Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with a makeup pad. It’s cleansing, purifying, and even aids in removing makeup (hence the amount of product you’ll see on the cotton ball!). Another great quality is that you don’t have to rinse after applying.
Step 3: Toner
In the past, I’ve dabbled in many brands of toner but I haven’t discovered any that work better than the world’s simplest toner imaginable. It’s a natural astringent and inherently gentle: T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel conditions skin without removing too much of its natural, essential moisture and it works wonders on skin that’s oily, blemished, or inflamed.
Step 4: Exfoliator
Exfoliating is essential for promoting new skin cell turnover, causing it to make your mask work better. Yes, exfoliating makes masks work better! Why? Because the purpose of a mask is to purify and brighten skin; that’s an impossible goal if the skin cells on your face are mostly dead. Even with a mask, your skin will continue to appear to be dull. Exfoliating makes sure that you wipe away those excess dead cells and preps the skin for new ones that can really reap the benefits of a mask.
I’m on the hunt for a new exfoliant at the moment, so I’m currently trying out a few. When and if I fall in love with a new exfoliant, I’ll make sure to upload another updated skincare routine.
Step 5: Mask
I don’t believe in just one mask; I believe in different masks with different purposes. Here are the few that are crucial to my facial mask arsenal: Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty and Not a Spot Acne Treatment Mask. The latter is acquired at Target and is a mixture of basil and active charcoal; I apply this to spots only, then cover the rest of my face with Magnaminty, which has active ingredients such as honey, peppermint oil, and evening primrose seeds.
I do this about once a week, typically on Sundays because I’m a nerd and I love routines. Anymore than once a week, I’ve found can be too drying for my skin.
Step 6: Moisturizer & Eye Cream
Arguably, my favorite part of my skincare routine. After patting my face dry post mask or toner, I start by applying First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy A.M. Gel Cream underneath my eyes. Though the fragrance-free eye cream specifies it’s for the morning, I use it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Next, I apply First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer all over my face, then if it’s nighttime, I follow up with a thicker cream, First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.