I am sure you have heard it time and time again, but damn this year flew by fast! The time has come to reflect on the year 2016 of the best beauty products I have come across and coveted. Everything I list is in consideration to my skin type: Acne-prone, dry and dehydrated.
A month or so ago, a friend/colleague of mine messaged me to make one of her closest’s friend a skincare kit. She explained that her friend’s skin has become so inflamed, clogged, and agitated. This girl started wearing makeup, and not removing it properly, leading to more congested pores and breakouts. She receives a ton of compliments at work when she wears makeup though. This made her feel good, but at the same time, like she would never be called pretty unless her acne was covered. Her skin was so bad, her skin started to crack. Money is very tight for this girl, so more expensive products are out of reach. She does not know much about skincare, and doesn’t know where to start with healing her skin.
When I heard this, I thought of myself, and how I used to feel when I was tight on money (where I couldn’t afford a $40 phone bill and a metropass in one month), and how helpless I felt that I would never get clear skin because I was so damn broke. Makeup definitely boosted my confidence, but I also felt like a person that somebody would call a liar/fake for being good-looking if I went makeup-less and showed my bare skin (queue in, “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking” by Jenna Marbles). Going through this was a real emotional toll, and it felt like it would never get better.
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!