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Skin Care for the late 20-something…

To skin care or not to skin care?

This feels like an age-old question, specifically for me. I am 28 years old, about a month away from turning 29. As a millennial woman about to be leaving her “20-something” age, I have been hit hard with the skin care bug. I have never been the type of girl to stress over the perfect skin care routine, however lately that has shifted to the opposite extreme. That is when I went from just washing my face in the shower only, to trying new products and devices to have the best skin I can. I have found some amazing new products, but also some products that made my temperamental skin even worse.

No trash talking… but…

I am a firm believer of not trash talking, so I will only leave my negative comments as short and direct as possible. I switched from Simple skincare to ELF’s new skin care line. Truthfully, I switched because Simple is better suited for teens and young adults, and my skin needed something more specialized. Simple worked for me for years, but now I needed more than they offered. I still use the Simple Micellar Water, so it is nothing against the line. ELF, however, was a horrible mistake for me to try. My skin quite literally revolted with a full-on mutiny.

I began to getting blackheads and whiteheads for the first time in my life. I got acne that was larger than normal, and painful. That acne left acne scars on my temples, which I have never had before. I stopped using most of the line, and the few products I do use I am only using until I can find a suitable replacement. I will not be purchasing their skin care products anymore, returned most of them, and pitched the rest. (That is the extent of what I will say, because I’m not trashing any line of products, stating my facts.)

What am I currently using, you ask? I’d love to share…

So, yes, I have found some new “forever products” that I use every-day, or even scheduled throughout the week. I have a couple products that aren’t meant for every-day use, i.e. scrubs and clay masks, etc. Honestly, I don’t want to go into a large amount of detail on this post because it will become boring, and no one wants that. I will just give you two simple lists, my every-day products and my scheduled weekly products. In this post I will let you know when I use my weekly products. I hope you find this post useful or at least interesting.

My Every Day Products… Must Have’s for Me…

1. Biorè Baking Soda Face Scrub
2. EcoTools Facial Cleansing Brush
3. Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner
4. Burt’s Bee’s Complete Nourishment Facial Oil with rosehip seed extract
5. ELF Facial Serum (needs replaced)
6. ELF Eye Cream (needs replaced, and I have a product to try so fingers crossed)
7. ELF Night Cream (needs replaced, also don’t have a day cream yet or an SPF moisturizer, although I may have an SPF moisturizer to try.)

My Weekly Must Have and Must Use Products…

  1. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
    a. Use Once Weekly typically Thursday or Saturday (Since I am almost out.)
  2.  Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age-Defying Exfoliator
    a. Use Twice Weekly, typically Monday and Friday.
  3.  Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal and Regular Pore Strips
    a. I use these two – three times a week, usually like Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
  4. Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizing Scrub for Oily Skin
    a. I use this every third day… as recommended
  5. Say Yes to Tomatoes – Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask
    a. Use once a week (switch between Sephora and Karuna)
  6. Karuna Hydrating Sheet Mask
    a. Use once a week (switch between SYtT and Sephora)
  7. Sephora Sheet Face Mask
    a. Use once a week (switch between SYtT and Karuna
  8.  Sephora Gel Sleep Mask
    a. I use about once a week, as needed, and which-ever formula I need

Well, there you have it, my current and hopefully soon to be revised, skin care routine.

Do you have any recommendations for additions to my routine or amazing substitutes?

I am always looking for new stuff to try so please leave your skin care favorites, must-haves, and amazing substitutes in the comments below. Feel free to leave those recommendations over at one of our social media pages as well… by CLICKING HERE


27 thoughts on “Skin Care for the late 20-something…

  1. I like to learn about other people’s skin care routines. Mine is very minimal! It consists of face wash (basis), moisturizer (olay complete with spf) and powder (merle norman). I have tried using toners and other things in the past, but I just don’t take the time to keep it up regularly. I like burts bees products so I may check out the oil you listed. Thanks!

  2. Wow, so many products! I maybe have 3 thing I use lol But you made a good point about switching products, beware any adverse reactions and be careful. Sorry you had such trouble!

    1. Exactly 🙂 just because a company is good with makeup, doesn’t mean they are good for skin care… but I don’t use everything every day … hahahah I just like the idea of at-home spa stuff to maintain good mental health and self care lol

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  3. I’ve never really paid much attention to my own skincare routine but I know I should…seeing what you use has prompted me to think about it a bit more and to look into some of these. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’ll be 26 and just recently have gotten into a daily/nightly skin care routine. I should have been doing this for years! You make great points! I also love that you seem to use a lot of charcoal products! I have a slight obsession with the charcoal products lol

  5. I’m 43 and I’ve never really had a skincare routine… I just wash my face in shower and I’m done… you have inspired me to be more mindful of my skin….

    1. If anything I’d say look into a toner and at minimum an spf moisturizer… you’d be surprised how many people end up with skin care because they don’t have spf on their face everyday… glad this helped you 🙂

    1. I thought about trying cetaphil when I was searching but on impulse tried my biore baking soda first and loved it lol but that was what I was on the hunt for.

  6. This is great information and just what I was looking for! Thank you for all the details:) I have a pretty simple face plan that I use but I defiantly have been wanting to try some that are on your list! Like the different sheet masks especially the charcoal one. 🙂

  7. I’m in my mid-thirties so probably need a bit more help than you but i’ll be trying out some of these. I’ve actually had the Biore baking soda face scrub unopened on my shelf so i’ll have to open it and give it a go. thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m so glad you found this useful 🙂 I’d absolutely break open the baking soda scrub… it’s so versatile… the more water you add the thinner it is so if your sensitive you can customize it. I use it a little thicker at night and thinner in the morning 🙂

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