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