Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Current Skincare Routine + Fav Products

Good morning friends, and happy Thursday! It's almost TGIF time and man, am I excited! Myles and I are running in our first 5k this weekend and our families are coming in for brunch after to celebrate, so even if it rains it should be a great time! In other news though, I'm back today with my updated skincare routine. I haven't done one of these in a while, and lots of things have changed, so I wanted to share what I'm loving lately. I have dry, sensitive skin, so it's quite hard for me to find things that can deal with break outs but not dry me out. I also have trouble exfoliating, but it's the number one thing you can do to keep healthy, glowing, young looking skin, and I think I've finally found the perfect skincare routine for me!

To Clear My Skin:

I normally have fairly good skin, I just deal with redness mainly, but dear Lord my skin freaked out this winter. I changed up methods of birth control and my hormones went bizerk. I tried so many different things, which I think only made it worse, until I finally landed on these three. They don't dry me out but they nip problem spots in the bud very quickly. I cleanse with the BiorĂ© Baking Soda cleanser, rub the Clean&Clear astringent (toner) all over my face with a cotton ball, and then spot treat with the Clean&Clear Salicylic Acid gel after I moisturize. I usually only do spot treatment at night unless I'm having a no makeup day, in which case I apply some after moisturizer in the morning too. 

To Moisturize: 

If you've followed here for a while, you know the absolute craziness that I've gone through trying to find a good, inexpensive moisturizer. I don't mind spending on skincare, but I also don't see a need to buy $100 face creams. I've been using and loving the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizer for years, but found that this winter it just wasn't enough. I picked up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost serum on a whim and have loved layering it under my Garnier Moisture Rescue. The combination makes my skin feel wet at first, but soaks in really nice and moisturizes all throughout the night without feeling sticky. I use the Clinique moisturizer under my makeup in the morning because it is lighter, but helps combat redness, which I love. 
The texture of the Moisture Rescue is very much a gel, but don't let that stop you from trying it. It's very cooling and light once you rub it in, but it also forms a nice layer to keep all the moisture from leaving your face while you sleep. Plus, it's a dupe for the more expensive Clinique version

To Exfoliate:

Y'ALL, if you try nothing else from this post, this should be it. If your skin feels like you scrubbed it all away when you exfoliate, you NEED this. I am always wary of trying physical exfoliators (scrubs with the beads) because my skin feels like it's falling off and is red for days after. The lady in Sephora tried this on my hand once and I was hooked. I can't explain how the magic of this thing works, but it is a gel that chemically removes your dead skin and then uses that skin to exfoliate the rest of your face. I know that sounds disgusting, but it leaves my skin softer than anything I've ever used and doesn't irritate it one bit. I've actually exfoliated with a mask right before using this and I still had tons of dead skin come off, which tells me it is way more effective. It is also great for people with breakouts because it does not open your breakouts and spread those germs around your face like physical exfoliators do, so it helps you clear up and smooth your skin. I 100% recommend you give it a try! 
 

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So that's my whole skincare line up these days! I use an extra step here and there if I'm really having an issue, but other than the odd face mask, this is my dream team! My skin is looking much better than it was in January and I am feeling so much more confident going outside without foundation or concealer. Do you use any of these products? Do you have any amazing ones to recommend? Please leave me a comment below!

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