Summer is here and we are all looking for that J. Lo Glow. I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for the perfect highlighting cream, powder and glow-y bronzer to make me look like I just came back the most epic vacation ever. And, apparently strobing is now a thing. But, the main ingredient for glow-y skin is actually healthy skin. If your skin isn’t properly taken care of, your makeup won’t look as great as it should. Before I jump into the products, let me first introduce my skin. My skin and I have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. I have combination, acne-prone skin that suffers from hyperpigmentation. Definitely, too much going on. However, following this regimen has helped my skin immensely.
Step 1: Cleanse I must admit, before going to my dermatologist, I would buy all these fancy face washes that were targeted to acne and hyperpigmentation. I mean the only things left for me to try were unicorn dust and fairy feathers! These face washes with all their fancy ingredients served only to irritate my skin or do nothing whatsoever. When I received a sample of the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser from my dermatologist, I didn’t have any high expectations because it seemed very…basic. But, that was exactly what my skin needed. This is a no nonsense/ no frills cleanser that helps to get my skin clean without irritating or drying out my skin. I use it every morning and evening along with my Foreo Luna Mini and my skin has been thanking me! (To see my thoughts about the Foreo Luna see my pose here).
For days when I wear a makeup, I use the Boscia Makeup-Breakup cool Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup. I find that using a cleansing oil to remove my makeup is less irritating on my skin than most of the makeup cleansing wipes that I have tried. I take a pump of the cleansing oil and rub it on dry skin over my makeup. I know it sounds weird and it felt weird the first couple times that I did it but the oil is great at breaking up the makeup, even stubborn mascara and eyeliner. I then use a damp, warm washcloth to remove the cleansing oil and makeup from by face before going in with my Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser. Another great cleansing oil/balm option is the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.
Step 2: Tone For me, toning has made a large difference in the condition of my skin. I started using the Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion about two and a half years ago when I was suffering from severely clogged pores and uncomfortable itchy skin and this toner helped to address both issues. This toner has witch hazel, which serves helps to unclog pores and remove dirt and oil from the skin. It also has aloe and seaweed, which help to soothe irritated skin. It is also alcohol-free and non-drying. To boost the anti-acne/ anti-inflammatory effects I add about 25-30 drops of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil to the bottle of toner. I apply this morning and night after I cleanse.
Step 3: Treat The Clinique Custom Smart Custom-Repair Serum is currently the real MVP. It has made a HUGE difference in the dark spots that I have left over from acne. This product has made more difference in the 2 months that I have used it than some products have made in 2 years. I apply this product morning and night right after my toner. I’m not gonna lie, it kinda smells like something you would clean your bathroom with, but the smell does not linger for long and the results are incredible. If you have issues with hyperpigmentation I highly recommend that you go out and grab you a sample from the nearest Clinique counter or Sephora.
Step 4: Moisturize The final step in my skincare routine is to moisturize. The skin under my eyes can get very dry at times but that area of my face is also very delicate. To moisturize that area, I typically use eye creams since they are specifically targeted for the eyes and are less irritating. I got the Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/ Sculpting Eye Crème as a gift with purchase and I really like it but the price of the full size ($62) makes my bank account weep so I don’t think I will be purchasing that anytime soon.
For my face, I use two separate moisturizers for day and night. For the daytime I like to use the Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 because it provides much needed sun protection without clogging my pores or irritating my skin. At nighttime I like to use the Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM which keeps my skin hydrated due to the hyaluronic acid but is not so rich that it causes me to break out. I know this is a lengthy post but if it can help one person on their skincare journey it would have been worth it. I have had struggles with my skin and I know how emotionally taxing it can be. If you are struggling with your skincare routine I hope this helps!
What are your favorite skincare tips/ products? If you have any skincare advice or questions please leave them in the comments below!
*I am not a licensed dermatologist or aesthetician.
*All products were purchased with my own money.