I! Am! Glowing!
That's too strong of a start but it's honestly how I've been feeling lately. Exactly thirty four days ago I started my new skincare routine and I have not stopped talking about it. If that wasn't enough, two weeks into my skincare routine I went to Cartagena, where I did not wear a drop of makeup for six days. I was relaxed, eating fresh foods, and getting so much exercise because of all the walking I did.
I decided to start a new skincare routine because I was constantly breaking out, had a ton of redness, and no matter what I tried (or what kind of combinations I'd come up with), I'd still end up with all this acne, dry skin, and no glow.
I want to clarify that break outs are normal and there are some you can't control- hormonal pimples, or sometimes redness due to the weather or stress. And it is ok! It's nothing to ever be ashamed of, and breakouts or not I was still posting selfies like it was my job.
Also, your skincare routine is a very personal thing. What works for me might not work for you, and I am in no way an expert. I just found something that has worked better than anything else in the past, so if you have dry skin, sometimes sensitive, prone to minor breakouts like me, this might help.
I had gotten myself a facial for Christmas and went in to use it (thank you Hush Beauty Bar!) The esthetician was so knowledgeable and sweet. She kept asking me what I was doing, and I was horrifying her with all the acids I would put on my face at the same time (lactic acid, glycolic acid, hylauronic acid, retinol, a strong glycolic foaming face wash and many times no sunscreen.) "You have dry skin, with a tendency for breakouts in certain areas. Know your skin and build your routine from that." She shared some recommendations. As much as I'd love to buy them, I cannot afford a $40 cleanser, but I left relaxed and with her words of wisdom on my mind.
Dry skin needs a cleanser that is moisturizing and that won't strip it's natural moisture barrier. I went with Cerave hydrating cleanser. I stayed away from foaming face washes or face washes that would make my skin feel tight afterward (I thought that meant it was "working"- clearly not.)
I needed something to take my makeup off, and makeup wipes are a huge no no- they don't actually take your makeup off, they just smear the dirt all around your skin and irritate it. I ended up choosing garnier micellar water and it worked out perfectly.
After cleansing, I apply pixi glow tonic to clean, dry skin. I'll wait for it to set.
This changes- typically in the AM I'll use glow tonic after cleansing, but in the PM I'll use The Ordinary's Advanced Retinod after cleansing instead. I do this because I love both products but do not want to mix them, since layering these acids can diminish their effectiveness. I finish up with Cerave hydrating moisturizer and then sunblock if it's my daytime routine.
AM- Cerave hydrating cleanser
Pixi glow tonic
Cerave hydrating moisturizer
PM- Garnier micellar cleansing water
Cerave hydrating cleanser
The Ordinary advanced retinol
Cerave hydrating moisturizer
ONE MORE THING:
This is going to sound silly, but I noticed that whenever I travel my skin clears up within like, two days. When I was in London for a few weeks, surviving off of essentially coffee and croissants (the cheapest things I could find), my skin was blemish free. When I came back from Cartagena last week, I did not need or want any makeup- I still don't. I've worn makeup maybe once or twice since coming back (for auditions.)
So, if you needed more reasons to travel... There you have it.
I also try to get one facial a month to clear my pores, have some me time, and reinvigorate my face. Even if you just get a 30 min facial for extractions, it will be worth it.
And I drink a ton of water, to the point where my mum constantly worries I'm going to get water intoxication. And try to stay away from fatty foods, greasy stuff, and sugary drinks (or have them in moderation.) Just those boring basics :)
I still have stubborn blackheads, the ocasional pimple, and a bit of redness, but it's nothing compared to what I used to deal with. If you're starting a new routine, give it 28-30 days to see if it is working. Figure out what kind of skin you have and use what works for you- and don't overcomplicate yourself.
Any skincare recommendations? Please please share!