I’m really really really really not a beauty blogger but I felt like talking about skincare since I have a little friend growing on the lower half of my face this weekend.
My skin is far from perfect.
I’m going on twenty eight and have yet to crack my skin’s secret code to gaining beautiful blemish free skin (jeez that sounded like a tagline). Honestly, by now, I think it’s out of the cards for me to have such skin but I’m still blessed with decent skin. My hormones went into overdrive nearly two years ago as I stressed out about my move to WA. I was getting acne on my cheeks and large angry red bumps on my chin – places I would never usually get acne before. It became progressively worse when I finally made it out here and has only begun to calm down recently.
I try not to take my skin issues too seriously but I still sometimes feel insecure when I go out and a couple mounds are a-brewin’ on my chin. I have cutely nicknamed the angry below surface volcanoes: ‘chinples’. The chinples I get aggressively come when I’m approaching that time of the month when I turn into a monster. I’ll be honest, when I’m approaching my period I’m way more tired in the evening than usual and I fall asleep before I can get to my night time skincare routine. I tend to fall asleep while watching tv on the couch and find it too difficult to move my ass into my bedroom. Trust me, I can already hear the tsk tsk tsks…not only do I sleep in my make up but I have actually fallen asleep while wearing my contacts more times than I care to admit. I’m trying to make it a habit to wash my face and wear my glasses or in the least use a face wipe to clean off the majority of the little make up I wear when I get home from work. I’m pretty sure the lack of washing my face is causing these chinples to erupt thus having to be prescribed Retin-A and Clindamycin – Rx products I try using as rarely as possible.
I’ve been a longtime YouTube viewer and blog reader and have found various YouTubers who have the same self-proclaimed skin type as myself: sensitive, oily combination + hormonal acne. Occasionally I get dry spots at the tops of my cheeks and I’m slowly figuring out how to slough off the skin or moisturize better. There has been a lot of trial and error over the years and a lot of money down the drain but I really do believe that investing in your skin is uber importante. You wear your skin 24/7 til the day you die. I’ve been hard at work trying to find pretty affordable skincare while having the products be up to snuff.
H20 is the cheapest way to balance your skin. I have difficulties remembering to drink water during a whole work day and have gone as far as setting Google reminders to chug a couple ounces.
I love to find sales and majority of things I purchase are usually on sale or I have a coupon. I LIVE (seriously LIVED for the $3.50 off $10 drugstore items) for Ulta coupons especially when it’s 20% of drugstore & prestige items. I am a fan of Amazon (not everyone is, as I’m understanding) but I do find deals and steer clear of buying skin products because there are third party sellers who could potentially sell you knock off crap that could ruin your face.
With all the trial and error that I’ve encountered in the last few years I feel like I’ve found a skincare routine that works for me. I can’t dictate what skin reactions you’ll have if you try my routine but it’s always worth a shot to do your research on each product and make your own decisions.
Make Up Wipes
Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes || Target
Eyelash Extension Cleanser (because…yes, I wear extensions)
Lash Lounge Eyelash Extension Cleanser (www.lashloungenw.com)
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine || Soko Glam
Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Solution 1% || Prescription
Retin-A Cream (tretinoin) 0.05% || Prescription
Missha all-around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk 50+ SPF 50+/PA+++ || Soko Glam
Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey || Target
All of my skincare essentials are very much in the same order as I would use and apply. If I’ve applied more make up than usual I tend to use both facial cleansers. Depending on my mood and how difficult my skin is being I’ll choose between either moisturizer. I listed two eye creams up top but I don’t have any preference for which time of the day I use them and obviously sunblock is part of my daily routine… I feel that a lot of my skin care choices are dependent on the type of skin I’m having.
I really do hope you find the bright light at the end of your skincare journey.
Let me know what your skin has been loving!