Monday, July 8, 2013

Skin Series Part 1

Oily, Acne Prone, Aging 


This is the first of a few different skin types I want to cover. The first being my skin type! I have battled with oiliness and bouts of acne since - well forever! Now, I have the added joy of having to worry about fine lines and sun damage. Ugh! I FINALLY have my exact skin care routine down to a science.

I rarely ever break out now. I may get one or two pimples every other month or so (and of course only when I have a big event to go to). My oiliness is really not even an issue anymore, and I've actually come to embrace my "glow" now that I'm not a complete oil pit. I'm still working on fading some sun spots, but I think for my age (28) I have very few wrinkles (for how much time I've spent in the sun). Don't get me wrong I definitely have some fine lines here and there - but the products I use really have helped keep them at bay.

I have spent thousands of dollars, gone through countless bottles of crap, tons of useless dermatologist appointments, and now have found the perfect combination of products that keep my skin and I happy! 

Here ya go!



Here is my exact routine:

AM:

Step 1: Wash face with Proactiv Plus Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (Yes, I have no shame - I use Proactiv and I LOVE this facewash soooo much. I think it's the main thing that keeps me from breaking out - make sure it's the Plus)

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round (this is antibacterial and calming)

FOR STEP 3 ALTERNATE DAYS

Step 3: One day apply a small amount of Proactiv Plus Pore Targeting Treatment all over face. (Seriously - a little goes a long way so just do a couple small pumps. This does not irritate or dry out my skin whatsoever. I have never had any luck with Proactiv in the past - but their new Plus line is amazing - very gentle and I NEVER breakout anymore. I'm beyond thankful to have found this!)

Step 3: The other day I apply a few drops of Skinceuticals Phloretin CF all over my face and neck. I even put it under my eyes. (This stuff is like liquid gold - seriously it costs $185. The great thing is that once it's absorbed it stays on your skin for 72 hours. This is why I don't use it every day. Sometimes I go 2 days without using it. There is no need to use it every day! This is my anti aging weapon - it's basically a super concentrated antioxidant with anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.) Read more here!

Step 4: Depending on whether or not I want a tinted or non tinted moisturizer that day - I either use Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 or Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40.  Both never break me out and I love the texture of both and how they absorb. Love the slight glow my skin gets from the Aveeno and it gives me just enough coverage for daytime. I use the medium for summer and it matches my skin perfectly. The Josie Maran is nice and light - it absorbs really fast, the Argan oil is so nice and quenching, and it will NOT break you out! 

PM:

Step 1: Wash with Proactiv Plus Skin Smoothing Exfoliator.

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round.

Step 3: Use a Bliss That's Incredi-Peel wipe all over face. Wait 3 minutes until Step 4. (You can read my post I did on these to get a full description - click here.) 

Step 4. Moisturize with Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator. (I'm so in love with this moisturizer - I will use it forever and ever! It's so light and absorbs so quickly - yet it's super moisturizing. I also use this alone under my makeup if i'm going out for the night. If I'm doing full blown makeup I skip all the other serums and what not and just opt for this moisturizer only.) 

Step 5: Apply La Mer The Eye Balm Intense all over eye area. (This is ridiculously expensive and any eye cream you choose will be just fine! I splurged on this a year ago and it never runs out! I must say it is pretty fabulous though.)

Thanks for reading! I know it's a lot of steps, but this regimen truly works. XOXO
 
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