Hi Loves!! There was a request on my IG (Hey Kay!) to talk about skin care. Now I was a little hesitant to do this topic because I have really struggled with my skin in the past. The reason I even started to wear makeup was because I wanted to hide how bad my skin was. However, as I got more into it I realized good skin was the key to beautiful makeup. So now I wear makeup because I WANT too, not because I HAVE too. The picture above is my bare face, and believe it or not that’s how I am 85% of the time! So first things first a little history…
The picture on the left is from 2012 my senior year of college. My skin was in pretty bad shape. #1 reason STRESS!! Engineering at Northwestern…yea enough said. Also lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and lets be honest.. it was college so I’m sure the alcohol to water ratio didn’t help! I was also very inconsistent with my skin care routine always looking for a quick fix and switching up products all the time. Once I graduated I vowed that I would get my skin together. I no longer wanted to rely on makeup. The picture on the right is from 2015. Lets get into the products that helped me get here.
My skin routine is fairly simple. I will break down my routine in four sections: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturize, and Treat.
To clean my face I use Noxzema Bacteria Fighting Cleanser. What I noticed about the face wash I used in college was it was stripping my face of all its natural oils making it very very dry! This wash is creamy in texture. It gets my face very clean without drying my face out. Most break outs are caused by bacteria build up on the face so this really helps combat that. I use this once a day in the shower.
The other “cleanser” I use is the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. I use this in the mornings instead of washing my face. I put it on a cotton round and wipe my whole face. The reason I started doing this is because washing my face with a cleanser twice a day was drying my face out. I have oily skin so when my skin gets dry it will produce even MORE oil. The oil was clogging my pores causing breakouts. Witch Hazel is a natural toner that cleanses your face but is not harsh and does not irritate my skin at all. When I went down to cleansing my face once a day I truly saw a difference.
This was a step I was completely missing in college. I realized that I needed to get rid of that layer of dead skin. At first I was using St. Ives Apricot scrub, but that was too harsh on my skin effecting the overall TEXTURE. So I switched to the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. Again this scrub is very creamy to the touch. It’s a gentle exfoliate that has a cooling sensation when you wash your face. I use this two to three times a week in place of my Noxzema. I seen a huge difference in my skin when I started using this.
I LOVE the Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer! Finding a moisturizer that was oil free was important. I like this one in particular because it also has salicylic acid in it which is a acne medication. So this moisturizer helps with acne but also moisturizes my face. LOVE it!
This step is very important. To really get my skin healthy I had to start treating the issues I specifically had. So the first thing was to treat current breakouts. I’ve tried the really expensive spot treatments and the drug store treatments, Target’s Up & Up Benzoyl Peroxide Gel worked the best. Once I feel even the smallest bump start to form, I put this on my face and it is clear in two days. It just works well for me.
The next thing I needed to treat was my dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation is very common in women of color especially from old acne scars. I was using Ambi’s dark spot corrector but I honestly didn’t see results and I also HATED the smell!. I’ve been using the Garnier Dark Spot Corrector for almost two years and you can see it has worked WONDERS! It does not break me out, its moisturizing and it gets rid of those dark spots. It is more expensive then the Ambi but it truly does work! I use this everyday after I moisturize my face with the Clean & Clear.
The last treatment I use is a mask. I have used a lot of mask in the past but my favorite is the GlamGlow Supermud. Since I wear makeup often I like to make sure I “deep clean” my face every week. Just to make sure I am getting rid of anything that is left behind. After every use I feel like my skin is brighter, smoother, and looks so youthful.This little jar is expensive as hell! So I do use a foundation brush (flat synthetic brush) to apply this to my face. This ensures I do not apply to much and I get a nice even coat.
Those are all the products I use on my face and I stand by them! All our skin is different and these exact products may not work for you but here are some simple tips I think can help anyone:
- TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP! I cant stress this enough! At night just take a makeup wipe to your face, your skin needs to breath!
- Try drying your face with a paper towel after every wash. I noticed once I started doing this I got a lot less breakouts. Towels can hold bacteria.
- Stop touching your face. I know its hard but stop doing it! Never pick at pimples either!
- WATER WATER WATER! Drink more water then you do now. Also your diet has an impact on your skin. Keep that in mind.
- Change your pillow cases at least once a week and wash your bonnets and scarves. These carry oils in them so you want to make sure they are clean.
- Get a routine and stick to it! It will be hard to know if a product is working for you if your inconsistent and you switch it up all the time. Two weeks of consistent use will tell you if something is working or not.
I know this post is long but good skin care is so important to a great makeup routine. Remember we love makeup because it enhances an already beautiful face 🙂