Like millions of other people, I spent my early teenage years trying to combat the embarrassing outbreak known notoriously as acne. Over the past five or six years, I’ve (nearly) perfected a skincare routine that works great for both my skin and my budget. Do I still experience breakouts and bouts of redness in my skin? Absolutely. Ultimately, however, the condition of my skin is brighter, healthier, and smoother than ever. Obviously, what works for me may not work for you, but I’m happy to share my routine nonetheless. Many of these products are extremely affordable and easy to find at any drugstore, so enjoy!
The first step of my routine is to completely remove my makeup from the day. As you can see, I’m wearing some pretty thick full-coverage products on my face, so it’s important to me that I let my skin breathe and refresh as thoroughly as possible. To remove my makeup, I’m using the Beauty 360 fragrance-free makeup remover towelettes. I find these wipes to be very easy and soothing on the skin, making them ideal for me. My skin is both very sensitive and oily, so it’s crucial that I don’t scrub my face with anything that’s too harsh.
Next, I’m exfoliating my skin with a berry mud mask by Formula 10.0.6. I don’t use face masks every day of the week, but I try to use them at least twice a week to boost my skincare routine and practice some quality self-care. This particular mask smells delightful and has a smooth, creamy texture once applied. I really dislike face masks that dry too intensely on the skin, so I’m happy to report that this one actually feels quite comfortable! I leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes, then wash it off gently with warm water.
After I remove my mud mask, I’ll go in with the Bioré pore unclogging scrub. As I previously said, my skin tends to get quite oily by the end of the day, so I like to keep my skin as clean as possible. This cleanser also contains tiny scrubbing beads that give your face a nice, delicate massage, in addition to providing extra exfoliation. This cleanser also carries a cool, almost minty aroma, making it ideal for waking my skin up on early morning starts.
This cream is a benzoyl peroxide acne gel that I acquired through my dermatologist, which means that it might be a bit more difficult to find and probably a lot more expensive than the other products on this list. That being said, any benzoyl peroxide product can be a great solution for anybody that suffers from blemishes and breakouts. Because benzoyl peroxide is such a strong formula, I usually only apply this cream once a day. It’s fragrance-free, light, and goes on completely clear, making it ideal for my sensitive skin.
Finally, I am using the CeraVe moisturizing lotion all over my face and neck. I SWEAR by this product to everybody looking for a moisturizer- the formula is perfectly restoring and smooth. Ever since I started using this moisturizer years ago, I haven’t been able to part with it or find anything that tops it. After smoothing it all over, my skin feels rejuvenated and completely hydrated. I apply this product twice a day, but feel free to apply as much as you want.
With my skin now totally pampered, I’m finally ready to catch some Zzz’s. I hope this article was (in some capacity) helpful to you, and I’ll see you again on Friday!
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