I, like many, have acne that must be constantly tamed, and after years of trying products I finally put together a routine that really helps me keep my blemishes in check. I spent a long time believing that more was more, but as I kept trying products I realized I was drying out my skin worse by being too aggressive to my skin every day, so I cut back on the amount of products and tried to balance products that dry my skin with moisturizing ones. My skin is combination/dry. I have an oily T-zone but the rest of my face get’s very dry, so this routine works well for my skin.
Step One – Make Up Removal
I can’t say this enough, be gentle! I use micellar water to remove my make up and it works very well, but to allow it to do it’s job without irritation to your eyes you do have to let a soaked cotton pad sit on your eye for a few moments before wiping your cosmetics away. Scrubbing on your eyes isn’t comfortable and you’re much more likely to get products into your eyes this way. I remove as much make up as possible from my face and neck with the micellar water before going to the next step.
Step Two – Exfoliation
I use a bar of hypoallergenic soap, unfortunately the one I use is not available for sale because I make it myself. I can’t reveal all my ingredients but it has a bentonite clay base and it has soothing ingredients. I wash my face and neck with my hands, then use a wet washcloth to scrub my skin with the soap still on there. I use the washcloth as my gentle exfoliator, going over dry patches multiple times gently, never scrubbing hard. Once my skin feels nice and clean I rinse the cloth and remove all soap from my skin.
Step Three – Astringent
This is the point where my skin gets its first dose of a medicated product. I use the Clean and Clear astringent on a cotton pad all over my face and neck. I will warn you that this does sting a good bit, and if you’ve exposed acne while exfoliating it is going to burn.
Step Four – Moisturizing
Depending on the time of year I will use a moisturizing oil, but at this time my skin is happy using the Clean and Clear Salicylic Acid Moisturizer for my face and neck. Under my eyes I use hyaluronic acid as it helps keep it moisturized and firm.
My routine is very simple, as I don’t like extravagant routines, and I do have a once a week routine that is a little more aggressive in its exfoliation and moisturizing. My routine (including brushing my teeth and hair) takes less than five minutes and makes my skin soft and plump. Each individuals skin has its own needs, so please let me know your routine in the comments!