I’ve never really considered myself to be someone with particularly nice skin, so I’m a little surprised every time someone asks me about my skin care routine, but here we are. I’m supposedly a blogger now, and people ask me about skin care. Crazy times we live in.
The 16 year old me would be happy to know that my skin would eventually improve and that I’d be sitting here writing a blog post on my skin care routine seven years later. I had a bit of acne in high school, but that calmed down a lot when I was around 18, thankfully. I had tried every acne product out there short of those requiring a prescription, but the situation just calmed down on its own as I got older. It was just a part of growing up, I guess. My skin type now is normal to oily. I don’t break out much these days, but my skin definitely starts to get oily throughout the day.
Before I jump in to what products I use, I obviously have to cover all my bases and mention that nothing will help your skin like good sleep, lots of water, and a healthy diet. No amount of product that you slather on can make up for those three things. I digress.
Currently, I use a few products, but nothing too high tech or fancy.
- To remove eye makeup gently and effectively, I use micellar water and cotton pads. I love the La Roche-Posay micellar water, but I feel like micellar water can’t be that different from one brand to the next. When I don’t use this, I have to scrub my eye area a lot harder to get the makeup off, and that can contribute to two bad things- eyelashes falling out and wrinkles in the eye area.
- Next, I use the Burt’s Bees brightening cleanser. It is gentle and creamy, but really cleans the skin well and won’t leave you feeling oily. I’ve tried lots of other cleansers, and I’m mad I didn’t come across this one sooner.
- If I’ve got a stubborn pimple, I use the Proactiv spot treatment. The spot treatment is really strong, and I use it once every three or four months, so one bottle is lasting me forever. I will say, though, this stuff will bleach whatever it gets on. It is very strong. BUT, it helps any pimples go down, especially if I use it right when I first notice something.
- Afterwards, I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen on my face. I’ve done a sunscreen review post before, and this one will always be my favorite.
- For the lips, I love Burt’s Bees lip balm and Fresh lip balms. Both are amazing. The Fresh ones are a little less waxy feeling, so I like them for the summer, and the Burt’s Bees for the winter. I wish the Fresh ones were a little cheaper, but I haven’t found any drugstore alternative for them, so I guess I’ll have to keep shelling out because I love them so much.
- I skipped this step earlier, because it’s not really a part of skin care, but when I use sunscreen on my face, I mix in a couple drops of Origins foundation. The shade ‘latte’ from the Stay Tuned line matches my skin perfectly, and looks better on my skin than any other foundation I’ve ever tried. If there’s a reason anyone asks for my skin care routine, it’s because this foundation is SO good. I recommend going into one of the Origins stores during day time and getting matched, and then going by a window or outside to check that it truly is a perfect match before you buy.
My skin usually starts to get oily midway through the day, so I keep blotting film with me in my wallet. My favorite is the Clean & Clear oil control film, but the generic blue ones are totally fine too! I just think the film is way more effective than the the thin paper-y sheets.
I use LUSH dark angels once a week or so during the summer. I’ve always always always had oily skin, but during this last winter, I used this scrub every day, mistakenly thinking it was supposed to be used daily like any other face wash, and my skin became SO dry. I definitely stopped using the scrub for a while, but I realized that if I use it less frequently, it would actually balance out my oily skin pretty well. I would rather have skin that’s a little drier than oilier, so I was actually shocked (in kind of a good way) that a product could make my skin go from oily to dry in the span of a week.
This post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and this site should not be relied upon as health advice. I am a student, and share my opinions and experiences through this platform, but am not qualified to give medical advice, nor am I seeking to do so.