The proof is in the pudding. A good skin care routine makes a world of difference.
Before you even get into this post I’ll keep it all the way 100. This is one of those multip-step, takes your whole night, damn do I really have time for this routines. I know you see girls on the gram and Youtube taking their whole life to wash their face, and I’m here to tell you that most of it is really beneficial. My skin is super oily. My dad’s skin is super oily. My Granny’s skin was super oily. The oils have seemed to trickle down my family tree and culminate directly on the beautiful face of mine. Some days I don’t mind because most people think I’m
My skin is super oily. My dad’s skin is super oily. My Granny’s skin was super oily. The oils have seemed to trickle down my family tree and culminate directly on this beautiful face of mine. Some days I don’t mind because most people think I’m at least 3 years younger than I actually am. Some days I do mind because it feels like I go through a whole compact of translucent powder in one month. Either way, it’s mine and I have to deal. Switching up my skin care routine and really sticking to it has made a big difference. No, it hasn’t taken all of the oil out of my skin, but it has helped to balance it out and do a few other things like:
- improve discoloration
- reduce or remove scars and dark spots
- brighten & give a healthy glow
- reduce and/or get rid of acne
About a year ago I got really sick. I was in the hospital for awhile and put on quite a bit of medication. As a result, I was left with multiple dark spots all over my face. I cried all of the time. Nothing I tried was working, and I had to take my full cycle of medicine in order to be 100%. After a long talk with my best friend Amber about how she got her skin to glowing perfection she put me on to her Korean beauty routine. I tried it faithfully for about two months, and the results are what you see above. I was truly blown away. I thought I was going to have to deal with those marks for the rest of my life and I could not even fully process that in my mind.
The full routine was a little much for me though. Some of the steps didn’t really vibe with my skin, and some of them just seem pointless. So, I changed up the routine to fit my needs and my skin type a little better.
I wear makeup 4/7 days of the week, and if you’ve seen any of my Instagram stories then you know I be layered up. LOL! My first step with makeup removal is coconut oil. This step is a major key. I oil cleanse in the winter, but using coconut oil as a makeup remover has really changed my game up. Before I started doing this step I really thought washing my face with soap was removing all of the makeup and dirt from my skin. Girl, was I wrong. Taking this extra step helps to ensure that everything is really gone. If you don’t already know, coconut oil is a bad bitch. It has amazing properties that literally pull the nasty stuff from your pores. It is also amazing for removing tough makeup like mascara and eyeliner.
After doing oil remover I use a foaming makeup remover. My favorite right now is Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. It gets the job done and is very gentle on my sensitive skin. I pump one pump into my hand and then fil it with water, rubbing to lather it up. I apply the foam directly to my face using my hands. Last wet a wash cloth and use it to scrub and remove the suds.
So if I’m not wearing makeup I don’t do the two above steps. There really isn’t any need. Instead, I just cleanse using Yes to Tomato Activated Charcol Bar Soap. I not only use this on my face, but it’s also what I use on my body. It’s “Detoxifying Charcoal helps to balance and detoxify with its amazing ability to naturally remove and absorb impurities and oil from the skin”. I love it because it leaves my skin super clean without completely drying it out. I’m always smooth after using it. I can also see a big difference in my skin since using it. To apply I use the same method as above: lather with hands and remove with a wash cloth.
Listen, in all honesty, I used to think that toner was only for white people. Growing up I didn’t know anyone who looked like me that used it, so I didn’t think I needed it. Basically, toner is the cleanup crew. It collects all of the left over dirt and film from cleansing products, leftover oils. As previously stated I am a grease monkey. I like this layer because I know I’m clean and I’m also dry. Toner also reduces redness, soothes skin, balances PH, and preps skin for what’s next.
The toner I use is Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. To apply I shake a little on a cotton pad and rub it all around my face. I pay special attention under my eyes, above my lip, and on my chin.
This step I don’t do every time I do my face routine, however, if I do it I typically do it before I tone. I incorporate one of these two usually twice a week. So, my week will be: routine Sunday-Saturday with Sunday exfoliating and Wednesday face mask.
Exfoliating great for keeping skin looking refreshed by removing all the old, dead, and possibly peeling skin. If, like me, you have a few hairs on your chinny chin chin exfoliating also helps with keeping away bumps and ingrown hairs. Because exfoliating remove dead skin it keeps new skin from having the chance to go over hair. The current exfoliate her that I use is just a cheap Walmart apricots scrub I’ve been using this since I was in high school and I really love it.
Face masks are beneficial for a few different reasons. Depending on which one you choose they can help firm skin, cleanse your pores, peel away dead skin, reduce acne, and so much more. I alternate between two different mass. I love the Queen Helene Masque Mint Julep because I can feel it working. The mint in it is just like coffee for my face. After removing my skin feels perky refreshed and clean.
The other mask I use is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This is a powder so I have to mix it before use. I have a little trouble getting the consistency right, but when it’s correct it goes on fairly easy. It dries super crusty and is a little hard to get off, however, the results are lovely. The scrubbing it takes to remove leaves my face a little red, but having all the blood flowing really wakes my face up. Once the redness dies down my face is bright and super soft.
The only oil I use on my face is rose hip oil. Rose hip oil offers several benefits when applied externally due to its primary constituents: essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A. The essential fatty acids in rose hip seed oil can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration. It’s a thicker oil so I typically only use one pump for my face. The smell isn’t the best however its benefits overshadow that.
This is the final step in our process and also my favorite. I order these Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet from Amazon they come in a pack of 24 for about $15. Originally I bought them just to go along with the Korean vibe of the routine, but I liked them so much that I kept purchasing them. I’m also a fan because they have no color on them. This is important to me because whatever ink or dies that are use for the decorated ones is not getting on my skin. I’ll keep it bun, I don’t exactly know the specifics on the different formulas nor do I see or feel a difference when using them, however, they are super hydrating and nourishing. Sometimes I throw them in the fridge a few minutes before applying for a cool. refreshing spa like feel. as I mentioned before the process can be pretty long but I’ve seen so many benefits of my skin because of it I’m not flawless so there are plenty of nights and I only do a few stops so forget the process altogether but most of the time I make sure to do it all in the morning after my routine or use water to do a light cleanse followed by told her to remove any gunk brought on from my pillow at night some of the other routines I’ve seen and read about involve essences and other oils but they weren’t beneficial for me
As I mentioned before the process can be pretty long, but I’ve seen so many benefits of my skin because of it. I’m not flawless so there are plenty of nights and I only do a few stops, but most of the time I make sure to do it all. I typically do my routine at night, and in the morning I use water to do a light cleanse followed by toner to remove any gunk brought on from my pillow. Because of my results, I think everyone should find a routine and take great care of their skin. Do a little research first and see how things will affect your skin, then build the routine that works to give you healthy, happy skin.