When I was younger, I had impeccable skin. I thought I was blessed, that I would never have to succumb to the uncomfortable middle-school days of raging breakouts and acne scars. But ah, that was a fleeting dream. Soon enough, come high school, I was victim to constant pimples and skin that couldn’t decide if it was hyper-oily or insanely dry. Instead of focusing on skin care, I decided to cover it all up with makeup. After all, if you can’t see it, it becomes less of a problem…right? Then came college, and I quickly realized that I just did not have the time, nor the effort, to continue covering up my blemishes and imperfections every single day. So I became engrossed in skin care and wished to finally reverse the damage that I had caused to my skin for so long. Finally, I’m proud to say that I go to class foundation-free, and only take the time to apply full-face makeup when I have an event. Of course, I need to add some concealer here and there on some minor breakouts, but this skincare routine has not only saved my skin, but has saved my confidence as well.
Morning: Since I have more dry skin than oily, I typically don’t wash my face in the morning. Instead, I just splash water on my face and pat my skin dry with a washcloth. If I wore a full face of makeup the night before, then I usually will wash my face with a very light cleanser. My favorite at the moment is the Purlisee Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser. This formula is super gentle and doesn’t make your skin feel tight and dry. It’s also a makeup remover, so it’s perfect for getting rid of those last remnants of makeup you may have missed the night before.
After, I simply apply Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment to any breakouts or problem areas I may have. I love to finish off with just a few drops of Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum to make my skin feel soft and hydrated as I start my day.
Evening: This is when I do some heavy cleansing in order to wake up to clear, hydrated, and with glowing skin. I like to remove my makeup with Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They’re super soft on the skin and do a great job getting rid of even the most stubborn makeup, like waterproof mascara. I then wash my face with my all-time favorite cleanser: Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. My skin radically improved after using just this cleanser alone; the charcoal works to pull any dirt or grime out of your pores and makes your face feel incredibly refreshed. Once that’s rinsed off, I then apply a second face wash, Neutrogena’s All-In-One Acne Control Daily Scrub. This formula really works to eliminate acne and acne scars, which is awesome for those of us who struggle with problem breakouts. I let this sit on my face for just a few minutes (usually while I brush my teeth) and then rinse it off.
Once my skin is dry again, I apply my trusty salicylic acne spot treatment once again. I then follow up with my absolute Holy Grail product. I’m not kidding; if you’re going to take one piece of advice from all of my beauty tips, it is to buy this product and use it religiously. This flawless product is Cococare’s 100% Vitamin E oil, available on Amazon. I struggled a lot with acne scars in the past, but once I introduced this gem into my arsenal, I have never looked back. All you have to do is apply the smallest dab of this product on current zits, acne scars, or dry skin, and then wake up in the morning to clear and gorgeous skin. Vitamin E oil works wonders; it’s one of those crazy natural products that does so much more than rigorous skin treatments for a fraction of the cost. Once that product dries, I finish up by rubbing a few drops of Jojoba oil into my skin as a moisturizer, and then I head to bed!
Maintaining perfectly clear skin is next to impossible; the perfect combination of products that will help you attain this goal is not the same for any two people. While I may have found the best solution for my skin, keep in mind that your skin may react completely differently compared to mine. I encourage all of you to keep searching for those Holy Grail face products that will give you the results you desire. In the mean time, check out some of the products in my own skincare routine! This routine has done wonders for me and can very well do the same for you.