My skin-care routine and journey with skin self-love

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Like most people, when I hit my teen years, I started to struggle with acne, blemishes and occasional under-eye circles thanks to those late-night study sessions.  And, when this started, I didn’t always know how to fight those problems and keep my skin clear and glowing. In middle school and early high school I suffered immensely from insecurity related to these problems.  I didn’t even feel confident leaving my house. So, I used heaps of foundation… which only made my skin worse. Now, after years of trials and errors with tens of different cleansers, exfoliants and moisturizing products, I know what works for me, I love the skin I’m in, and I’m ready to share those tips with all of you!

Start your plan of attack by putting together a skin care regimen that’s right for your specific skin.  Is your skin oily? Is it dry? Do you have combo skin? First, figure out that issue because you’ll want to use the specific cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliant, and acne treatment products that work for your skin type. And remember, everyone’s skin is different, so don’t be alarmed or confused if the products that work for your friends don’t work for you. How can you figure out your skin type?  If you already have a dermatologist, ask your doc! If you don’t have a professional to talk to, you can talk to a skin care expert in a specialty store like Sephora or Ulta. But, what you’ll probably end up doing (like me) is a lot of trial and error. Checking out several of the “What is my skin type?” articles online is a great place to start. For me, it actually took years – yes YEARS – to discover the best skin care regimen and once I found it and got into a rhythm, I saw a drastic improvement in my skin.

My skin care routine is simple and only requires a few products. What I learned over time is that the fewer products you pile onto your skin, the better. (I will attach links to each product so that you can order them.)

My morning routine (I’m a combo skin girl):

Wash my face with: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash: this cleanser is light and gentle on your skin.

Moisturize with: Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer: stick to a moisturizer that won’t weigh your skin down, oil-free is usually the best way to go, unless you have extremely dry skin.

Spray face with: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with rose water: I love this product! It doubles as a setting spray for makeup and smells so fresh.

My evening Routine:

Remove my makeup with: Micellar-Cleansing Water: This product not only cleanses, but removes makeup from your face and doesn’t feel harsh on the skin.

Wash my face with: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash.

Dab some toner onto a cotton ball and evenly swipe all over my face with: Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner: Just like the facial spray, this toner is light and removes any extra traces of makeup that my makeup remover didn’t pick up.

Two to three times a week I use an exfoliant and face mask treatment.

Here are my favorites-

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment: While this product is very expensive (about $55), it really does work wonders and I would definitely suggest it for a splurge.

Formula 10.06 Detox Facial Masks: This is a great inexpensive mask that works almost as well as GLAMGLOW.

St-Ives Apricot Scrub: This is my tried and true product that always leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft.

Having a trusted skin care routine won’t be the magical cure to your skin care problems. It’s important to take good care of yourself too, which includes your body and what you eat as well as your mental health. Try to mix in nutritious and healthy foods and drink water as much as possible. Of course, getting enough sleep is vital, but I know that as teenagers and young adults, that literally never happens for us. So, focus on your mental health and let yourself have days where you pamper yourself! Do a detox from school, work and friends and just relax with a facemask.

While your acne may make you feel nervous and self-conscious, remember that you are your own worst critic. Nobody cares about your skin as much as you do. Most people are too focused on other things in their lives to think about or notice your skin and complexion. I really hope these tips help! Thanks for reading and I wish everyone clear skin and happiness.

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