Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Updated Skin-Care Routine!

If you've been following me from the beginning, you might remember my first skin care routine post. While it was a good regimen at the time and I used that same routine for a while, I have recently discovered much better products that are more natural, and that are working wonders for my skin! If you want to know what I slather on my face on a daily basis, then keep on reading!

STEP 1: When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a zombie. Let's just say that I am not a morning person, whatsoever. In order to keep my skin feeling clean and refreshed and make me feel human again, I like to wash my face with a delicate cleanser that will get rid of all the gunk that has collected on my face overnight from my pillowcase (gross, but true. Always make sure you bedding is clean). I always reach for Boots No7 Gentle Foaming Mousse Cleanser. It's super gentle, yet it cleanses my skin so wonderfully without giving me that tight feeling. It's soap free, which I absolutely love. It gets the job done and it gets my face ready for the day.

STEP 2: Moisturizing your skin is possibly one of the most important steps you can do in any skin care routine. Not only will it quench your thirsty skin, but it will also prep it for makeup.This product has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. It's light-weight, oil-free, and fragrance-free. It doesn't sting my skin or eyes and doesn't leave a film behind. It absorbs in seconds, and my skin is happy. I use this on my body as well. Say hello to Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

STEP 3: Sadly, I have acne prone skin, and it is especially susceptible during that special time of the month. I have found a miracle product that has seriously cleared up my breakouts in record time, and it works so well for me. I have tried everything, and this by far has given me the best results. It's 100% natural, and this stuff is magic in a little glass bottle. Tea Tree Oil has multiple uses and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic properties. The oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, which is native to Queensland, Australia. It has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of Australia to treat many things, such as colds, wounds, etc. This stuff is powerful, so a little goes a long way. Try diluting it with some water, and apply it to your blemishes with a cotton swab. Tea Tree oil is to be used topically only, as it can be harmful if ingested. Make sure you get 100% tea tree oil!

STEP 4: At the end of the night, all I want to do is get all my makeup off my face and turn into a zombie again. I like to shower at night, so I remove my makeup in there. My eyes are very sensitive, and many products irritate the hell out of them. Many years ago, my mom suggested I use Johnson's Head to Toe Baby Wash to remove my eye makeup, and that has been my go-to ever since. It's gentle, removes all of my eye makeup (surprisingly) and it doesn't burn my eyes. All I do is a apply a quarter sized amount in my palm, and lather it up into a foam, and remove my eye makeup. Oh, and it's cheap, too!

STEP 5: About 3-4 times a week, I like to exfoliate my skin. In my old skin care routine post, I had said that I liked to exfoliate every day. I have learned that I was basically abusing my skin and causing microscopic tears that were possibly causing more breakouts. So now, I use a much more gentle scrub, and only use it thrice a week. Exfoliating is great because it removes excess dirt, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. I love Aveeno's Skin Brightening Scrub.


STEP 6: A few weeks ago, I made my very first trip to Lush, and let me tell you, my skin was quietly yelling, "THANK YOU". The young man working there was super helpful and listened to every thing that was wrong with my skin. He told me about this magical soap called Fresh Farmacy, and my skin has changed so drastically. My skin is in the best shape it has been in so long, and I owe it all to this bar of soap. I have an uneven skin tone, with lots of redness and this stuff makes it disappear. It's extremely gentle, and my skin is literally squeaky clean afterwards. It contains calamine and chamomile extract to calm and soothe, rose and lavender to tend to dry patches, and tea tree to treat blemishes. It smells very herbal, which I enjoy. Another great thing about this product is that it can be used as a spot treatment for blemishes, and even bug bites! It's amazing, and I don't know how I have lived this long without it.

STEP 7: When I'm out of the shower and my skin is super clean and refreshed, it's in some serious need of moisture...it's parched by this step! Since I am in my mid-late 20's, it's crucial that I use a night cream with anti-aging properties. Prevention is key! I hate products that feel heavy on my face, so I really enjoy this night cream by Neutrogena. It's lighter than most night creams, and it doesn't smell too strong, which is a huge plus!

STEP 8: A deep cleansing face mask can make a huge difference in your skin, even just by using it once a week! It will give you a nice looking glow and make your skin appear much more radiant. It works it's way deep into your pores and removes any left over makeup, dirt and oil that your other products missed. There are many awesome masks out there that I love, but the one I'm currently digging is Catastrophe Cosmetic by Lush. It's loaded with real blueberries that are packed with vitamins that are essential for your skin. I love this mask for it's prevention properties, too!


I hope this post was helpful to you, and that you try out some of the products I mentioned! My skin is so problematic, and I know how frustrating it can be. It's only right to share with you guys the products that are working for my skin. So if you have sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin like me, then give these a shot! Hopefully they work as well for you as they do for me. Best of luck!


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21 comments:

  1. I have oily to combination, acne-prone skin, I think I'll definitely be trying some of those out soon, especially the tea tree oil. Thanks, this was really helpful.

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  2. Loved it! I always like to see what others are doing to take care of their skin.

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  3. awesome skin care tips.thanks xoxo

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  4. Great tips and recommendations, Ronnie! Personally I'm all about the trendy argan oil right now for moisturizing. But this post reminds me that I'm long overdue for a trip to LUSH

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  5. I've been using Johnson's to remove my makeup for YEARS!! It's so fantastic and cheap! I heard once a LONG time ago that prolonged use of eye makeup removers with oil in them (those shake to combine types) can actually block your tear ducts. I have no idea if this is true but I quit using them immediately and started using Johnson's. It's also amazing to clean your brushes. For natural hair brushes I use Johnson's with a smidge of conditioner or the Johnson's in the blue bottle (it's like.. conditioning for thicker hair or something?) so it keeps them nice and soft and less prone to breakage.

    Have you tried any of the night time use oils? I tried Argan, it seemed to sit on my skin and never absorb so I tried Tarte Maracuja Oil.. man that stuff has CHANGED my skin! I had "rosy" cheeks--evened them out, dry spots (psoriasis)--took care of those. I've also noticed some small lines forming on my forehead are less noticeable. Sometimes in the dry miserable Colorado winter I will even add a drop to my daytime moisturizer and it makes a huge difference.

    I'll definitely be trying that cleanser you use for the morning! I use some neutrogena naturals cleanser right now but that one sounds great. :)

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  6. Fresh Farmacy is nice, but Black Magic Soap by One Hand Washes the Other is a miracle worker. :)

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  7. i can say that tea tree oil really works and it won't stain your clothes like some other products do. i even use it to clean my earrings.
    i can't stand the smell either. there are tea tree oils that all ready have fragrances in them (like at whole foods) or you can get fragrances oils and mix with it. i use lemongrass in the day and lavender at night.
    ELF has a zit zapper that is pretty good, had tea tree oil, won't stain your clothes and is only $1. and bare minerals blemish therapy is good as well, i really like it.

    oh yeah, tea tree oil won't dry your skin out like other products do.

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  8. I actually quite like the smell of tea tree oil! I know a lot of people cannot stand it, but I tend to enjoy herbal-y smells. I need to try that zit zapper, thanks! :D

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  9. You are so very welcome! I love the Aveeno lotion on my face. It hydrates so well without feeling greasy!

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  10. OOH, I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. You're welcome!

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  12. OMG blocked tear ducts does NOT sound like a good time! Good thing I've never been a huge fan of those types of makeup removers. Isn't baby shampoo just lovely, thought? Works so well.


    I haven't tried oils on my skin for night time, but I am intrigued! I'll have to look into...I wonder if it'll clash with my already oily skin.

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  13. How is the argan oil on your skin? I want to try it, but I'm afraid it will make my skin even oilier than it already is...

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  14. You got it :D

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  15. You're welcome, I hope they help your skin :)

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  16. The Aveeno products and the Johnson's baby wash should never be used on your face! The skin on your face is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, ad many products for your body should not be used on your face. There are many brands that make moisturizers specifically for your face, and they are SO much better for your face than regular body lotion. As for the baby wash, that stuff is not supposed to go near your eyes, either. Again, there are many brands that make eye-makeup remover, though it is going to be more expensive than baby wash. Just be careful to find one that says it is oil-free or it will irritate your eyes.

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  18. I bought the Lush Fresh Farmacy soap and the Johnson's Baby Wash. The Baby Wash works amazingly at removing my makupe, but unfortunately the Fresh Farmacy soap hasn't fixed my acne, but it's not doing anything wrong either, which I guess is good.

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  19. Very good advice. :) Love your blog. I have been already following these tips for my skin care to reading this article.

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  20. I love Aveeno's Skin Brightening Scrub. face skin problems

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