Hello! My name is Audrey. I have sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin that leans on the dry side. And I hope you’ve all been staying well! I’ve been taking the time to re-evaluate my skincare routine these days. A lot of times we see blogs, videos, posts, etc. talking about a 10-step/12-step skincare routine and I’m here to tell you to listen to your skin, do what you can, and feel free to experiment. If I’m not following the 10/12 step routines, what have I been doing? I’m finishing my products, minimizing my routine, and paying attention to how the products work short-term and long-term in relation to other products I’m using. Here’s what I’ve been using –
Oil Cleanser – Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil
This is one of the most important steps in my skincare routine. Why?
Oil Cleanser Benefits:
· Deep pore cleanse (Great for Acne prone skin)
· Removing Oil-Based impurities (i.e. makeup)
How I Use My Oil Cleanser:
1. Apply to dry skin. This is extremely important as oil and water do not mix, and if you add water in the beginning, the oils on your face will not latch onto the oil cleanser.
2. Massage the cleanser into your skin in upwards circular motions for 3-5 minutes. You should start feeling grits and maybe even seeing black heads start to come off the more you do this.
3. I like to let the product sit for about 30 seconds – 1 minute before I rinse.
The Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is my go to cleansing oil. It is one of the more lightweight oils I’ve used and also leaves my skin feeling soft after use. The sesame oil in the ingredients is great for dry skin and the jojoba oil is known to help address breakouts. I used to use exfoliants like The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and SkinFood’s Black Sugar Scrub and they were too harsh. This cleansing oil has replaced those products and provides a gentle way to address my clogged pores while not stripping my skin from its essential oils.
Cleanser – D’Alba Peptide No-Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser
I love trying out different cleansers and seeing what cleanser is going to work with the products I’m currently using. There are a few things I tend to look out for when using my cleansers though such as:
A) How stripped does my skin feel?
B) Any leftover residue?
C) How gentle is it?
I’ve just finished my D’Alba Cleanser and I’m going to have a tough time replacing it. It is incredibly gentle, does not foam, and my skin feels nice and clean afterwards without feeling parched. I mainly just don’t want my cleanser to cause problems. I just need the product to cleanse without stripping and this cleanser gets the job done.
Toner – Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner
Another important step, and also the part of my routine I love the most. It’s that extra umph in making sure your skin is prepped for any other products while also being able to add any extra nutrients depending on the product. Personally, my favorite kind of toners are the rose toners.
Benefits of Toner:
· Clears any excess oil left over from cleansing
· Hydrates the skin after cleansing (check your ingredients for any drying ingredients)
· Can add extra nutrients such as anti-aging, acne control, hydration, brightening (check your product for any benefits to your toner)
Benefits of Rose Toners:
· PH Balancer
· Reduce Redness
The Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner is a great price for a great product. My skin always feels refreshed after using it and it really does soften up my skin. Rosewater products are not for everyone, so make sure you test whether floral products are meant for your skin.
Serum – Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
Vitamin C Serums are probably the most staple serums in my routine.
Benefits of Vitamin C Serums:
· Anti-Aging, reduce fine-lines and wrinkles
· Addresses Acne Scarring
Things to note before buying:
· Store your Vitamin C Serums in dark places. Vitamin C is sensitive to light, air, and heat and will oxidize causing it to be less effective which is shown when it starts to yellow.
· Use Vitamin C concentrations that match your needs. The higher the concentration may lead to more irritation so I recommend starting low.
· Be careful what other products you are using with the Vitamin C serum as it can lead to irritation or lead to the vitamin C/other product to be less effective.
· Wear sunscreen! It helps prevent the serum from oxidizing on your skin and too much sun exposure while wearing the serum can cause irritation.
The Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop is a product I buy over and over again. It is one of the lower concentrated Vitamin C products at just 5%. However, that is all I need for my skin to look brighter, for acne scars to start fading, and for my skin to start looking rejuvenated. I’ve tried higher concentrated Vitamin C products, but they’ve caused me some irritation. This product has an oily texture but once applied you don’t even notice. The only issue I have with this product is the bottle is clear so you have to make sure you hide it away to prevent oxidation.
Moisturizer – First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Choosing a moisturizer is honestly one of the hardest things to do. But why is that? I‘ve found it to be difficult because my skin’s moisture is easily changed through the following factors:
A) Skin type
C) Products you are using
D) Ingredients in the moisturizer
All these factors can change and also one alter can cause my skin’s moisture to dramatically drop. You want to make sure you are choosing a moisturizer that makes sense. Whether it’s a gel based, cream based, or even liquid based. Check the ingredients for things maybe you want or things you want to avoid. Some people may be using a lot of serums, essences, emulsions, etc. and may want a moisturizer that is simple without too much.
I use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream because my skin is dry and I live in a dry area. Most of the products I use focus on adding some hydration, but I’ve found even towards the end of my routine, it’s not enough. The colloidal oatmeal in this cream is great at locking down my skin’s moisture. The oatmeal also helps reduce inflammation and redness. It’s a nice thick cream but also not too thick where my skin feels trapped.
There you have it! My routine mainly focuses on hydration and redness as well as preventing acne and scarring. Previously, I was using 10-12 products on my skin every morning and every night just to get that “glow” and ended up overdoing it and damaging my skin in the process. Be informed on the products you are trying and also how it can effect the use of your other products and don’t be afraid to just use 3-4 products. Hope you all found this helpful and continue to take care of yourselves!
Hello! My name is Audrey! I spend way too much of my time browsing the internet about skincare and makeup and still end up a beginner. It’s a hobby I can’t stop & won’t stop! I love sharing what I’ve learned and what I’ve found throughout my journey and I’m excited to share it with you all. Some of my other hobbies include playing animal crossing, going karaoke, and trying different flavored teas.