My Skin Care Routine

A lot of you have been asking me for a while now what I do to keep my skin looking clear. Everyone is prone to having breakouts at some point. But there are things we can do to keep our skin looking clear and healthy. Keeping your pores unclogged and free radicals off your skin is very important. Making sure you clean your skin thoroughly will insure healthy skin as well. Today I am going to show you the products I use and what I do to keep my skin looking and feeling healthy.

Cleaning

  • Clarisonic Brush – clarisonic.com, Amazon
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash – Can be found at any drugstore or at Target and Amazon

The first thing I use, and I have been using this for years, is the Clarisonic brush. Every dermatologist and esthetician I have been to recommend this or something like this. There are several versions of this on the market ranging in price as well. I use this with a cleanser that is compatible with my skin, for me that’s the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash as I have acne prone skin.This has a small amount of salicylic acid in it to help fight breakouts. If you have more sensitive skin you may want to find one that is more suitable for your exact skin type. I use this with the clarisonic brush every morning to help clean my skin and make sure my pores are clean as well.

Mask

Using a facial mask is an important part of any skin care routine. A good mask will help draw impurities out of your pores and then close them leaving the skin firm and clean. I like the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I do this about twice a week in the mornings after I have washed my face with my clarisonic brush. Simply apply the mask and allow it to sit for approximately 10 minutes then wipe it off  with a soft cloth.

 

Serum

Serums go deep into the skin than a regular moisturizer and allow nutrients to go into the skin where a regular moisturizer isn’t able to reach. Apply serum to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing your skin to get the full benefits. The one I use is Ole Henriksen Vitamin C serum. This has a light orange scent that is not overpowering and feels wonderful on the skin. The vitamin C in this is great for producing collagen and antioxidants. I only do this in the morning after I have used my Clarisonic brush and I allow it to sit for several minutes to give it time to fully penetrate the skin before moving on to a moisturizer.

Moisturizer

s great for not clogging my pores or leaving my skin feeling greasy. It also has Niacin in it which helps with anti aging and rejuvenating the skin along with helping anyone with acne prone skin like myself. Because I have drier spots, like my forehead, I use something more intense. For those areas I use the Dermaquest K-Q10 Rich Moisturizer. I get mine from my dermatologist but you can order it online as well.

 

Eye Cream

Eye cream is vital in helping to prevent crows feet and wrinkles from forming around the eye area. I use the Clinique All About Eyes and I use this right before going to bed. This helps keep aways those dreaded bags and is an overall great moisturizer for using around the eyes.

 

Retinol

This is the final thing I use in my skin care routine and it’s the one you have to be the most careful with. Retinol gets rid of dead skin so that your skin can renew itself and produce more collagen. Basically, it encourages skin cell turnover. When you first begin you need to start off using .05 %and work up to .1 % and just use the product 2 -3 times a week. I have worked up to using it every night but this is gradual and takes time as not to harm the skin. I use this after I have washed my face and applied my moisturizer at night time. It’s best not to use this during the day because it does promote new cell turnover you don’t want to expose the new skin to the sun or it will damage it.

So that’s my skin care lineup. I hope this helps you all in getting and maintaining your skin so it can be the healthiest skin you can have. Also remember, it’s important to hydrate from the inside out so make sure you drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as it really does make your skin so much healthier. As always stay happy and healthy!

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