MY SKIN CARE STORY
Alas, I struggle with breakouts and blemishes just as much as the next girl. We all know acne is no fun, let's just be honest here. My skin care regime really has become a part of my daily routine. But... it wasn't always that way. Back when I was around fourteen years old I began experiencing pretty good breakouts, but for some weird reason I didn't really care all too much. I was of the opinion that makeup was that magic stuff you used to cover blemishes and make your face look perfect. Fast forward about two years-- my acne had gotten bad enough that my face was beginning to scar. That was my wake-up point. Up until that time I had done absolutely nothing to prevent my breakouts, and it was time for a change. I began seeking out different methods for getting rid of my acne.
Today I want to share with you what has worked for me over the past couple of years. Taking care of my skin is extremely important to me. This is my routine two times daily. Getting started with a daily skin care routine may seem daunting, but it's essential for clear, healthy skin.
PRODUCTS I USE
Typically I use four products- a salicylic acid facial wash, an all natural exfoliating scrub, an acne spot treatment and a moisturizer in the mornings. This month I am introducing a charcoal soap and cleanser into my routine. I've heard rave reviews about these two products from Destiny Botique, and I am so excited to see how they work for me. I will be doing a follow up review at the end of the month, so keep an eye out!
WHAT CAUSES BREAKOUTS?
In my case, there are a few things I can name off specifically that cause breakouts. #1 and worst of all-- not washing my face, especially after wearing makeup all day. I cannot skip one morning or evening wash without waking up the next day with a face full of blemishes. This definitely helps to motivate me to stay on top of things. #2- touching my skin. This may sound a little bit off the wall, but if I touch my face a lot during the day, it has a profound effect on my acne. #3- high sugar intake. And this is the hardest one for me! I am a sugar fiend, no shame here, Girls! However, I do notice a difference in my face from weeks when I eat more sugar. #4 and finally, stress. This is a big one for me. Sometimes I get so busy with work, school and my social life that it causes stress, whether I realize it or not. This is one of the primary causes for my breakouts.
DAILY SKIN CARE RITUALS
For the mornings, I will wash my face with my salicylic acid wash (always be sure to wash all of this off, otherwise it can cause breakouts if it sits on the skin), and then dry my face thoroughly with a clean, dry towel. Next I was my face again with my exfoliant- this step is especially essential for my dry skin. The products I use to prevent acne really dry out my face, so exfoliating helps to make my skin soft and smooth. Finally I apply a generous amount of moisturizer before applying makeup.
In the evenings, I do everything essentially the same, except I skip the moisturizer and use an acne spot cream- basically you just squeeze some of the cream onto your finger tip and pat it onto any blemishes on the face.
If it's a makeup day, I'll go onto primer and liquid foundation. I am trying a new one out- I still love my Kat Von D foundation, but the super matte finish wasn't jiving with my skin type. During my last Sephora visit, they recommended the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation. It still has a matte finish, but looks a bit more natural while maintaining a full coverage. I'm still in a mental trial period with this makeup- I do love the coverage, but I'll have to report back what my final verdict is. I like to set my liquid foundation with a powder.
Finally, a little lip balm! I like to do lip balm early on in the makeup process so that my lips are moisturized and ready for lipstick before I walk out the door.
I've put together a little video for you girls- you can see here that I'm actually trying to clear up a pretty gnarly recent breakout- it's second semester of senior year, and my face is feelin' it!
Let me know what works for you! What do you like to use in your skin care routine? Any particular products you love?