I never really had any skin issues growing up.I had few pimples and blackheads here and there but nothing too horrible. Though, the few times that I would get a pimple, they would be deep, painful ones. (Yum, I know) In middle school I made the decision to take daily care of my skin in fear that I would slowly end up as another pizza faced preteen.
Over the years, my skin has changed with exposure, stress, motherhood and so on. Moving from California to Oklahoma has definitely affected my skin as well. I don't have a bad complexion persay; but my skin does have it's issues. My forehead tends to get really dry and painful in the fall -winter due to eczema which sucks because it's always sore and raw feeling. It's incredibly sensitive and most products tend to burn it really bad. My chin tends to get the occasional breakouts due to stress, that time of the month, or just because. Here are some great things that work for me.
That amazing little thing resting on top is my Clarisonic Facial Brush from Olay for $23.95. I really enjoy this little guy! this mechanical exfoliating brush in accompany with Nitty Gritty helps my face feel fresh, smooth and new. This brush helps remove the dead skin cells from my face, revealing fresh new skin underneath. I would recommend this to anyone with mature, normal,acne, combination, or oily skin. I would not recommend this to anyone with dry skin, this will also have a harsh effect to the skin.
After cleansing and exfoliating, I like to tone my fresh skin with Sea Breeze Sensitive Skin. This bad boy is a product my mother and aunt told me about. They both used it as teens so I figures What-The-Hey and gave it a try. I'm super glad I did. This astringent helps keep my ph balance in check, preventing my skin from going haywire during the seasons change. Plus it smells like cologne. :P I would recommend this to acne, normal, oily or combination skin. Again I would not used this on dry skin due to the alcohol content.
I bought this 2 weeks ago and I really like it! Now I don't skin to a certain face mask. I change them up due my the changes in my skin during the changes in season. But for right now I am currently digging this face mask. This is a 2 in 1 face mask. It is a mask as well as an exfoliant. Active charcoal is really good for the skin. When activated, the charcoal acts as a sponge drawing all the dirt and toxins to the surface of your skin, and purifying it. I have skipped my Nitty Gritty before and gone straight to this then toning afterwards. If I do use Nitty Gritty beforehand I will pat this on my face to avoid over scrubbing my face which can cause tiny abrasions which make it easier to obtain an infection. I got this for a steal of $6.99
After my mask, I like to use Benzoyl Peroxide 10% as a spot control if I have a breakout. Benzoyl Peroxide can help dry out a pimple, reduce size and redness. This I recieved from a dermatologist and I highly recommend to acne and oily skin types.
So there it is. My skin care routine as of now. It is constantly changing just like the seasons. I'm sure I'll have another updated routine on here once summer hits. Also more reviews of face masks!