Hey everyone! This post is about products I have purchased from the brand Pretty Organic Cosmetics, a small Canadian skincare brand created by two sisters; one is a dietitian, the other a make-up artist and aesthetician. One of the sisters had suffered eczema, and both were on a constant hunt for products that would not aggravate the sister’s sensitive skin. This proved to be a tough feat, for many brands they have looked at were filled with cheap, irritating ingredients and preservatives. The two sisters decided to take matters into their own hands and create an all-natural skincare line with minimal, organic, high quality ingredients.
We all have a hard time finding the perfect routine that will fulfill our desire for perfect skin. There are many factors consider when searching for products, such as labels, packaging, price, ingredients, reviews (like myself)… Confusion! After many trials and tribulations, I have come up with a list of questions that I apply to myself when creating an efficient skincare routine to keep my face clear and my mind sane. I hope these questions also give you an idea of what you really need to look for when creating and perfecting your own skincare routine.
There was a time I was at my wits end with my breakouts – my chin, in particular. It would NOT STOP breaking out. I would wake up with 1-5 new superificial, dinky, poppable pimples every day! I went off birth control a few months before, so my skin started to freak out. I decided to buy this pricy little thing when a friend of mine recommended it as a holy grail item for her that she has repurchased for the past couple of years. Is it worth the purchase? I’ll let you know.
This post is dedicated to the routine that helped me achieve a clear face! After doing this routine consistently (even on the party nights) for almost a year, I went from breaking out less to none at all, my face was not inflamed and I could tell what my skin colour was again! It was a relief knowing that all these products were very affordable (save for the one obvious one I will mention below), easy to buy and comes from mother earth herself. Below I share my thoughts on the products that lead to better, brighter, clearer, GLOWIER, days! I have listed the daily routine done with CAD prices so you can get an idea of how affordable these products really are, plus they will last you months. Also, I will only be going into detail of the products I used daily; the miscellaneous items (masks, exfoliants, supplements) will be saved for another post! Now let’s get to the routine!
Having been a couple of years since using this routine, I thought I’d give an updated blurb on my feelings towards this post and some information I feel necessary to add so you understand my skin journey more (a more detailed post will be made in the future).
I still stand by this routine, because it really helped form the skincare routine I have today. I started this routine at the time I finished Epiduo samples my family doctor gave me, and began Diane-35 birth control. I never got the full size of Epiduo because at the time I had a real fear of going back to what my skin was when my previous prescriptions stopped working and didn’t know what skincare was (aka, the face full of cystic acne and a perpetual red face). I started breaking out again despite being on birth control; the BC helped control the number of breakouts, but I was still getting them on my cheeks, nose, and jaw (so looking back, it didn’t even work that much lol). At this point, I wanted to find a way to clear my face without relying on topical medication.
Since using this skincare routine, I’ve learned the importance of oil cleansing and finding a pH balanced cleanser, especially for the heavy makeup-wearers like myself. Toning is still a crucial step in my routine, but with a hydrating toner that offers more to the skin. I do not rely on facial oils as a serum or my main moisturizer. It just can’t work for me in a bustling city, where I need a more moisturized and protected skin barrier.
This routine down below was the start; It was simple, clean, I kept consistency and saw results. I overall learned patience and what to look for in my skincare (and how to look for it!) So when you read this routine below, keep in mind it’s a start, not forever.
If you’re wondering, I’m not on birth control anymore. Actually, I had an awful, inflamy, never-ending zitty chin once I got off of it! Skincare Series 1.1: My Daily Skincare Routine
Enjoy the read down below, I plan on doing an updated skincare routine in the near future!