Skincare routines can be so tricky, and I am always trying to find products that work well with both my skin and the other products that I use in my routine. It is important to always remember that it takes about 3-6 weeks for you skin to adjust to using new products. Depending on the ingredients, skin can go through a “purging” phase where breakouts and other situations can seem like they’re getting worse before they are getting better.
The most important step that I found when taking care of my skin is cleansing, and I am getting used to doing a “double cleanse” at night when I take off my makeup.
I always start with some kind of makeup remover to remove most of my makeup. The one that I have been using a ton lately is the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I prefer this method than using a makeup remover wipe because it is more gentle on the skin and seems to dry my skin out less. Plus you can use as much as you need on a cotton pad until you are satisfied with the amount of makeup that you have removed. This stuff can also be used to remove eye makeup without causing any stinging. Find it here
Recently I picked up a cleanser from Soap & Glory that I have been using with my Clarisonic after I remove most of my makeup. This stuff works really well and it smells great. It advertises that it is intended to really help clean clogged pores, which I feel it does a great job at. I also can appreciate how big the bottle is for this because you get so much for the price. It has been gentle when combining it with all of the other products that I use that are more harsh. It seems like it really helps remove whatever was leftover before I move on to the “treatment” part of my routine. find it here.
The next part of my skincare routine that I have added more products to are treatments. I have been trying to incorporate acids slowly into my regime since they work for so many different aspects of skincare. Acids are chemical exfoliants that work topically on skin. There are two different types: AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids). I am not a skincare expert (although I love learning about it), so I don’t know everything about all of them. I am familiar with some of the more popular ones such as:
Hyaluronic Acid: Does not exfoliate, but imparts moisture into the skin. This is ideal for oily skin types and acne prone skin.
Glycolic Acid: This is one of the more easily accessable AHAs. It mainly treats dull skin and hyperpigmentation. I feel like this would be the most “introductory” AHA, but it can cause redness and irritation if it is not used carefully when first starting out.
Salilyic Acid: This is a BHA and this does less exfoliating, but does more to unclog pores and kill bacteria when it’s used in 1-2% formulations. Many acne products have Salilyic acid as their active ingredient.
Lactic Acid: Is better for sensitive skin that have aging concerns but are prone to redness and dryness. Lactic acid is derived from milk so it is more moisturizing than most of the others.
Retinoic Acid: is available via prescription as Trentinoin (Retin-A), but retinols can be purchased that can be used instead. These will take loner for your skin to get used to, but have the most noticeable effects. It takes about 4-8 weeks for your skin to fully get used to a retinol, and it can be rough getting used to. I normally start out applying every other day until my skin gets used to it, and working my way up. I have always found to have some redness and peeling, but the acne clearing and wrinkle filling effects of a retinol are worth it.
I have recently started using a new Glycolic Acid in my routine that I found at Target. Pixi’s glow products have always been good, but I have never really fully checked them out until I got my hands on the Pixi Glow Peel Pads. After I wash my face, I run one of these pads over my skin and let it work for about 3-5 minutes and then rinse with cold water. The first time I used them I noticed some stinging but it went away directly after the rinse. I believe that these many be some of the stronger Glycolic Acids in the Glow line, but you can look at the strength on the bottle to determine what works best for your skin. Find them here.
The part skincare that I have always had a hard time with has always been moisturizing. I have always been nervous to moisturize my oily skin because I assumed that I had plenty of moisture. I have a few skin oils that have really saved my skin and have helped balance my moisture so it seems (to me at least) that I am producing less oil overall. I must admit that this is a terrifying thought to put oil on my skin since I assumed that I would wake up covered in more acne, but it is has really been a lifesaver.
I have been trying out Lapis Oil by Herbivore lately and I use it every night. The ingredients in this product work to balance oily skin and clear pores. My skin always feels great when I wake up after using this. I have been rotating between this and Sunday Riley’s Luna Oil. Luna is a (expensive) oil with a retinol so it is so great for those that want to use a retinol, but have concerns about how drying it can be. These oils are both blue, so you remember to use them only at night and they leave a slight blue cast on your face. They can both be found on Sephora
Lastly, I have been using GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Moisturizer religiously for everything. I use it on top of my facial oil to kind of lock everything in place. This is a pretty important step so everything is able to absorb into your skin overnight. Any mositirizer that is made for your skin type will work for this step, I am just partial to the GlamGlow one since it stays matte and doesn’t make me greasy looking. I also use this under my makeup everyday. Find it here