Over the past few years I’ve been really trying to hone in on my skin care routine. Entering my 30s has blessed me with many things including persistent acne and onset wrinkles. While finding the perfect matching cover up and flawless foundation are beneficial in concealing these “blessings”, it really does start with skincare. Here I’m sharing the key products that have helped me in my skin care journey.
Raise your hand if you’ve been a victim of St. Ives Peach Scrub <raises hand>. This stuff ravagedddd my skin in my teen years and early twenties. I really thought that scrubbing my face everyday with harsh beads was the key to clear skin. Fast forward to now and I’ve learned to be more gentle with my skin on a daily basis. Abolene Moisturizing Cleanser is an amazing oil based cleanser that removes dirt and makeup. Acne is often caused by stripping the skin of essential oil. This old school cleanser is gentle and moisturizing giving it holy grail status for me.
Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion contains hylauraonic acid which attracts moisture to your skin. Lack of moisture is one of the main causes of wrinkles, which is why this ingredient is essential when it comes to anti-aging. I use this right out of the shower while my skin is still damp for extra hydration.
I’ll admit I partially tried Herbivore’s Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask due to the pretty minimal packaging and striking blue color but it has quickly become my favorite masks to use. It contains acids that work to resurface dead skin cells and soothe irritated skin. Not to mention, it smells AMAZINGGGGG. My skin literally glows with this ish.
Despite all of my best efforts, of course I still break out here and there. I mean even Kendall Jenner is subject to a pimple. That’s where Bye Bye Blemish comes in. Ignore the cheesy name and infomercial style packaging and you have the BEST spot treatment. Pro tip: do not shake it and use at night. It works to dry out even the worst of breakouts.
Rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin C which brightens skin and reduces the appearance of acne scars. It makes my skin soft and supple. It’s also great as a makeup primer. Especially with the dry winter, my skin gulps this down. I use Botanics Organic Facial Oil -it’s cheap and gets the job done.
Another old school classic-Vaseline. Contrary to what you may think, this stuff does not clog pores. I apply this after the rosehip oil to particularly dry patches on my face at night and wake up with hydrated skin. It also is great for chapped lips and cuticles.
There are tons of articles about the wonders of Retina A for skin. The Retina A prescription Tretinoin has been another holy grail in my crusade against wrinkles and acne. Some things to note: I experienced some serious “purging”-basically all the oil comes to the surface and can cause some serious breakouts. It can also be very drying so proper moisture is key. BUT if you can stick it out during this purge phase, the results are truly amazing! Start with small dosages and use every other night to start. This topical will make your skin more sensitive to the sun so bump up the SPF!
Have you tried any of these products? Any suggestions on ones that are rocking your world?