- April 06, 2018
So winter’s finally gone, and it’s sweaty, pimply, ugly skin season woooooo. FML. I have just the most awful, acne-prone, sensitive skin ever and it has been a lifelong struggle for me to come up with a skincare routine that doesn’t make me want to peel my own face off.
If you have combination skin, that gets dry in winter, but then super oily and acne-prone during summer, then I think my skincare routine will probably do you a world of good. Now, before I start, let me stress on the fact that everyone’s skin is different and just because this stuff makes my skin look cute, doesn’t mean it’ll work as well for you. So make sure you follow your gut and stop using a product/doing a step if your skin isn’t reacting well to it.
There are 3 main segments of skincare – cleansing, moisturizing (aka feeding yo skinn), and makeup.
This step is pretty effing important if you want nice skin. I use a variety of products to cleanse my skin because I do have really large pores, which means that dirt tends to settle in them (and become ugly-ass blackheads) and also result in a lot of build-up on my skin (resulting in bumpy-skin). Here’s what I use to cleanse my face:
- MAKEUP CLEANSER – I use two cleansing products to remove my makeup. I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Removing Solution to remove my eye and eyebrow makeup. Then I take a little bit of the Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad and cleanse the rest of my face. I don’t use cream/oil-based cleansers because they clog my pores and make me feel greasy.
- BABY WIPES – If I feel extra greasy, I’ll also wipe my face with a baby wipe after using the micellar water, to make sure there is absolutely no trace of dirt or makeup on my face. I usually do this before going to bed. This makes sure that I don’t wake up with 26 pimples all over my face.
- EXFOLIATOR – I use a gentle exfoliator (the L’Oreal Go 360 Clean face wash for sensitive skin). It is a super super gentle facewash, that comes with a soft, silicone exfoliator, that rubs off all the dead skin and dirt off your face. I exfoliate every day, after working out. Generally, you should exfoliate once maybe twice a week. But this particular facewash is meant for daily exfoliation. So, make sure that the product you use is meant for daily use.
- FACE WASH – I use the exfoliator only once a day. Other times, I just use the face wash normally. Over-exfoliating your skin will make it feel dry and extra-sensitive.
I also use an apple cider vinegar solution to cleanse my face every day. I mix equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray it on my face, neck, and decolletage before taking a shower. I rub it gently into the skin, wait for 3-5 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water. Apple Cider Vinegar is god’s gift to mankind. It balances the pH level of your skin, closing pores, and keeping it from drying out. It also prevents pimples and helps reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes. Told you. God’s gift to mankind.
2. Skin Food
If you have oily/acne-prone skin, then the whole concept of moisturising your skin, is probably hella scary. I know I avoided using any creams or lotions for the longest time because I thought it would make my skin feel greasy and make me break out. NEWS FLASH! Moisturising doesn’t make your skin worse, in fact, you’re kinda doing your skin a major disservice by not providing it with the hydration and nourishment it needs.
The more you try to dry out your skin, the more oil it will produce to compensate for the lack of hydration. SO YOU GOTTA MOISTURISE MY DEARIES. In fact, I moisturise my skin every time I wash it or cleanse it.
- MOISTURISER – I really love Clinique products for my skin. They’re dermatologically tested, paraben free, and most importantly, fragrance-free (so no extra chemicals). I use the Clinique Moisture Surge hydrating gel to moisturise my skin whenever I wash/cleanse it. It is super super light and makes my skin feel plump, and smooth, and hydrated.
- SUN–BLOCK – On days when I know I’ll be out in the sun, I’ll use the Clinique Super City Sunblock instead of my usual moisturiser. It is pretty thick, but not greasy at all. It does create a slight white cast on your face, so make sure you don’t use too much of it. Also, instead of rubbing it into your skin like you would a normal moisturiser, lightly tap it into your skin with your fingers. It makes a world of difference. It is important to use a sunblock. Not because otherwise you’ll get tanned #fuckcolourism, but because the UV rays of the sun will damage your skin, resulting in premature wrinkling, dark spots, burnt skin, and potentially even skin cancer. So WEAR THAT SUNBLOCK KAY.
- ANTISEPTIC MOISTURISER – You know those days when you can FEEL that you’re about to break out? Yeah, I get them pretty often. On those days, I wash my face, exfoliate, and then instead of a normal moisturiser, I use my trusty Nivea Men’s Sensitive Aftershave Balm. This stuff is the shidd. No joke. It’s alcohol-free, so it won’t burn your skin or dry it out. But it is anti-bacterial and hella hydrating. So, it’ll moisturise your face AND prevent pimples. Also, it’ll dry out a pre-existing pimple without leaving behind a scar.
- BEFORE BED – I’ve recently been using a skin serum from a K-beauty brand called It’s Skin, as a moisturising serum before bed. It’s the Power 10 Formula Li Effector (with licorice) serum. It is a very light, non-greasy serum, that hydrates your skin, erases acne scars, and reduces the appearance of blemishes on your face. I use it after cleansing my face. I legit just need 4 drops (one on either cheek, one on my chin, and one on my forehead) and I just gently work it into my skin with my fingers. I use soft tapping motions, to help my skin absorb it properly.
- FOR SHITTY DAYS – On days when my skin is feeling a bit meh and needs a little something extra, I’ll just use one of the bazillion sheet masks I got on Nykaa (they were on 50% off stop judging me). I love love LOVE the sheet masks from The Face Shop. They’re called The Solution face masks, and there are 5 billion different types of masks that you can choose from. My favourites are the Radiance mask (with Vitamin C), the Pore-care mask (with Tannis) and the Nourishing mask (with Propolis). They really do make my skin look smooth and radiant, and are an excellent pick-me-up on days you feel extra crappy and ugly.
For starters, no, makeup is not bad for skin. Bad makeup is bad for skin. In case you didn’t know, I’m just a teensy bit obsessed with makeup and I do like to wear makeup every single day. Now, one thing I learned, is that if you have crappy skin, but enjoy wearing makeup, then it’s going to cost you. Literally. I personally would not suggest you opt for drugstore foundations, BB creams or CC creams. While there are LOADS of really awesome drugstore foundations, they don’t do a lot for your skin. Especially foundations like Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation, on the Wet & Wild Photofocus foundation. Frankly, just stay away from any full-coverage foundation, because their main job is to completely cover all your blemishes, fill your pores, etc. That means that they’ll probably clog your pores and make you break out.
So, I would suggest you invest in a good foundation (if you like wearing base makeup). I love using the Armani Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation because not only is it hella light, it also doesn’t clog my pores. It is super hydrating and has SPF 20. However, if you wear foundation on special occasions, then you might as well go for a good drugstore foundation. Just make sure you cleanse your skin properly and get all the gross bits off your face, cuz otherwise you’ll have a pain-in-the-butt pimple on your face within the next couple of days.
So, this was my entire skincare routine for summer. Aside from doing ALL this crap, I do also drink at least 3 litres of water every day, and try to eat leafy vegetables at least 5 times a week. I also work out, which has really helped clear up my skin. So, basically, you gotta lead a healthy life, and really make an effort to take care of your skin, if you want nice, glowing skin, cuz not all of us are lucky enough to have smooth, glass skin AIVEYI.
Now, let me be clear. I don’t think pimply skin or scarred skin is ugly. I just wanted to share with you guys my personal skincare routine, because I personally want my skin to be acne-free and smooth. I have struggled with acne and blemishes for the larger part of my life, which gave me severe self-confidence issues. So, taking care of my skin, makes me feel better about myself, and that’s legit the only reason why I put in so much effort into doing it
I know this blog post has been just way too fucking long, but I do hope it helps some of you on your journey towards nicer, more radiant skin!
See you next time!