Hi guys, I’m back with some additions to my skincare routine that I would like to share with you all. These products I believe are a must have and have drastically improved my overall skin health.
When thinking back to a skincare routine I never really did anything special to keep my skin rejuvenated, clean and fresh. To begin with I have never had any issues with acne or uneven skin tone on my skin. For the most part my skin has always been good up until now that I am getting older I see the effect of leaving my makeup on when I go to sleep. Let me start off by saying that my skin used to be very oily. My main area for perspiration was/ is my face. Over the past couple of months I have tried various things like oils, serums, different facial cleansers, exfoliaters and creams. None have really done the job or kept my skin clean and moisturized.
I noticed post-pregnancy my skin got dryer than it usually has ever been. During the months of November through December of 2017 I noticed a drastic increase in my skins dryness, specifically in patchy areas. I have now switched my facial cleanser from my Biore Charcoal Cleanser to the Biore Baking Soda Foam Cleanser. I like to go back and forth from the two as I have seen the results on my skin. I always feel extra exfoliated and fresh when using these products. They are not harsh on the skin and inexpensive. Because I do wear makeup throughout the day I find that these two products take my makeup off easily without having to scrub my face off. I prefer the foam cleanser as it’s easy to use the product in just a simple pump and I feel like soaks into my face better.
At the end of my day I like to soak my face in warm water to open up my pores. From there I like to pump the Biore cleanser onto my hand and rub it in my face. The second step I do is whip out my electric facial cleanser, pump out more foam cleanser onto the brush head and let the brush head do its thang on my skin. I really have felt and seen a major difference in my skin when using this product! I can tell that a lot more makeup has been coming off of my face when using the electric facial cleanser brush. Once I feel that I have gotten all of my makeup off I apply the following two oil serums. There are different home made masks that I like to use on my skin at least once a week or twice depending on if I feel my face needs the extra boost. Usually once a week works well for me, find what works well for you.
The two serums that I have been using on a regular basis is a Hyaluronicacid serum and a Vitamin C serum.
The Hyaluronic acid serum benefits:
- Locking in moisture
- anti-aging properties
- supports skin healing and ability to repair
- anti-inflammatory properties
- antioxidant defenses
- builds elasticity
Vitamin C benefits:
- promotes collagen
- reduces skin discoloration
- brightens and rejuvenates
- promotes faster healing
- anti-inflammatory properties
- anti-oxidant benefits
Both of these serums combined have immensely helped my skin feel and look 10x better. I apply the Hyaluronic serum on my wet face so that it helps lock in moisture. I then mix my daily moisturizer and add about 3 drops of the Vitamin C serum, mix it in with my moisturizer and massage all over my face. Because I like to be extra I usually like to run an ice cube over my face so that my pores close up as well as this helps reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
One of my favorite mists to use day or night would have to be the Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! Seriously cannot stop raving about this product. Even before I started using the serums I would mist my face every morning & night or whenever I felt my skin getting dryer & in need of moisture. For a little bit my face was also irritated from over exfoliating and this was the only thing that helped my skin feel better. Moving on, I will list a few of my favorite inexpensive home made masks. Most of which I learned through my mom and she learned through hers.
Honey & Lemon
- about 1 tbsp of raw honey (if it ain’t raw it ain’t good 😉 lol )
- 1/4 of a lemon
- mixing bowl
So gather your ingredients, I like to mix them in a small plastic bowl from there I usually like to do this once a week after I have washed my face. Typically wouldn’t recommend to do so after exfoliating as the lemon juice will sting and irritate your skin.
- anti-inflammatory properties (honey contains bacteria that helps tackle impurities deep in skin
- anti-aging benefits; reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Lightens skin
- Gives skin a glow
Egg White: Apply egg white to all of face, avoiding eyes.
- 1 egg white
- tightens skin & reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- minimizes large pores
you may or may not add honey & lemon to combine ingredients.
Aloe Vera (plant): Cut a portion of the aloe vera plant, cut in half to open up and rub all over clean face.
- heals burns & acne scars
- anti-aging properties
Lastly, I would like to list a small number of tips that have helped my skin that I wish someone would have told me from the start.
- Remember not to over due it when exfoliating! This should be done at least once a week. If you have oily skin twice a week might work for you.
- Remember after opening pores to close them. Wash face with cold water or as I like to do run an ice cube along all of your face to ensure pores are being closed up.
- Pat skin dry never wipe. Wiping can cause irritation to skin, inflammation and may break up capillaries
- When applying any under eye cream use ring finger as it applies less pressure than any other finger.
- Pat the face never wipe
Let me know if you try any of these products or decide to make a simple homemade mask! I’ll keep you all posted on the new products I try that I both like & dislike.