Hey there! Well it’s been a while since my last blog post (a busted laptop and life will do that) but I’ve replaced my laptop and am ready to get back into it with a renewed enthusiasm! I have a lot to catch up on.
One thing I’ve been wanting to share with you is my latest skincare routine. I’ve been sticking to my newer routine pretty regularly for about a month and using the same products consistently. It’s a tad simpler and more streamlined than it had been (if you can believe it lol), but time will tell if it’s truly meant to be. My skin type is oily and prone to hormonal breakouts, so I use products that will (hopefully) control that situation. As a side note, another skincare goal is to possibly downsize my products, in particular my cleansers and makeup removers. I like everything I have but I don’t know if they’re all necessary to have at the same time, but it’s also nice to have options. The struggle, as they say, is real.
Anyway. You may recall that I had some success going dairy free recently in an attempt to help my skin, but now I’m only cutting out some dairy, not all. So at this point I started noticing clogged pores in places I never really used to get them, and was trying to decide if that situation, which comes and goes, is more dairy or skincare related.
Conveniently enough, skincare videos started popping up on my YouTube home page-this video by Haley’s Corner and a few others (linked below) led me to change some things around. Though I do have other products in my skincare stash that aren’t mentioned here, these are what I’ve been using consistently over the past month. So in addition to taking it a little easier on the dairy, here is my updated skincare routine!
Step 1: Not cleanse. Yep you read right. I now skip using a cleanser in the morning and splash water on my face to keep my skin’s natural moisture barrier in tact.
Step 2: Tone. I use moisturizing toners (or at least gentle ones). Right now I switch between Poppy Austin’s Rosewater or the Balancing Force toner by Ole Henrickson, and it’s all I need to get my skin to feel clean and not stripped.
Step 3: Serum. If I remember. I have three in rotation to pick from right now: No 7 Lift & Luminate serum, an Avon Power Serum, and a Clinique Acne Solutions serum. Eventually I’d like to just have one. I’m not 100% sold on any but they’re fine for now.
Step 4: Moisturize. I mix a few drops Now Grapeseed Oil (from Amazon), into my e.l.f. Daily Hydration moisturizer with SPF 15. I gotta say I love grapeseed oil. It’s so much more nourishing and pure than other moisturizers, and NO fragrance! Thank God, I can’t deal with strong fragrances in my face products! It’s great for oily skin too since it doesn’t clog pores.
Step 5: Under eye cream if I remember! I currently use one by Avon.
This is similar to my morning routine but at night I use a makeup remover with a cleanser (unless it’s Purpose which does both) or a scrub, and I use a different eye product.
Step 1: Remove Makeup. I have different options for this that I plan to minimize. My holy grail is the Purpose gentle cleansing wash. I also like Garnier Micellar Water but don’t love that I have to use two cotton pads (front and back!) to remove all traces of makeup. I’m also trying to use up what’s left of my Clinique Take the Day Off balm (not bad but this one is old and I don’t find the container very sanitary).
I also like using cleansing wipes for convenience. Right now I’m using the Kleenex Facial Cleansing wipes-they’re OK but the Simple Micellar wipes are my favorite). Sometimes I like using the cleansing oil by International Face Station (full review here), just haven’t really been reaching for it lately. I have to use a follow-up cleanser with that one for sure, which brings us to the next step…
Step 2: Follow with a gentle cleanser or scrub to get rid of residue left behind (I may skip this step if I use the Purpose cleanser to remove makeup). I’ve been using Alba Acnedote cleanser (recommended by Haley’s corner on YT) and love that it’s a natural product that isn’t harsh. If I choose to use a scrub, I’ve been loving Clinique’s 7-day Scrub Cream. It’s pretty gentle for a scrub and my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards.
I sometimes use my Clarisonic facial cleansing brush at night for a deeper clean. Mine’s a bit old skool (around 10 years old) but it does the job when I feel like my skin is congested and needs more love.
Step 3: Serum (if I remember, same products as above).
Step 4: Nighttime under eye gel or cream. Right now I’m using Garnier Skinactive Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel at night.
Step 5: Moisturize only with grapeseed oil, I don’t mix it in with anything at night.
I try to do a mask at least once a week (twice would be ideal but that rarely happens these days). My skin feels so much smoother and rejuvinated afterwards. Of all the ones in my stash, I’ve been reaching for the L’oreal pure clay masks most frequently (I’ll spare you the long names and just say I have the black, red, and green ones lol). They definitely refresh my skin and feel great (the red one has exfoliating granules) but I wish they weren’t so heavily fragranced. I’ve enjoyed Korean sheet masks so I may start using those more, experiment with some DIY masks, or do some research on other ones. I will keep you posted if I find anything else I really enjoy (or you can let me know what’s worked for you)!
I still get small zits here and there (and sometimes larger annoying ones), or pick at my skin. It happens no matter what. This may be a little weird but instead of using a zit cream, I now use Neosporin overnight on those bad boys! I got that idea from this video by The Melea Show that I stumbled across and I’m so glad I did. I don’t use band-aids over the spots like she did just because I couldn’t be bothered (mine never stayed on and I felt like I was wasting them) but even without band-aids I swear this works better than any zit cream I’ve ever tried in terms of flattening them out and healing them- especially the really painful ones (UGH)! If you’ve never tried Neosporin on a zit I definitely recommend it!
I’m always interested in certain vitamins or supplements you can take for your skin. So what the heck is L-Lysine?! I’m not going to get into all the scientific stuff but it’s an amino acid you can find in your vitamin aisle. The more educational YT videos like this one by Organic Olivia were super informative and she talks about different deficiencies or culprits that could cause acne (dairy included). In particular, the lack of L-Lysine was a big cause for most, and taking those supplements helped a lot of people.
I started taking L-lysine pretty much every day and my skin seems to have improved (breakouts aren’t as intense and heal quicker), but it’s tough to say if that alone or my new skincare routine is the reason, or maybe both. Of course, please do your own research on anything you take and make sure it’s safe for you, though I’ve taken it and my limbs haven’t fallen off. Yet. I’m looking into vitamin A as well since it’s supposed to curb dairy effects on the skin if you choose to eat dairy. I dunno, we’ll see! I’ll keep taking L-Lysine and see if anything changes if I stop!
After all is said and done…
I can say that with this new routine, my pores are less clogged and any full blown zits I may have had are much smaller and go away a lot quicker. My skin seems clearer and smoother so I’ve been pretty pleased. Again, it’s not perfect and stuff pops up, but the turnover rate is faster than it had been. A consistent routine with better (and sometimes fewer) products seems to be the key for now. As my needs or preferences change which I know at some point they will, I’m of course open to rolling with it. But for now I’m happy with this routine and the products I’m using!
Have you found a skincare routine you swear by or products that work for you?! I always love to hear what people like so leave some comments below 🙂