a skin update

January 19, 2012

A little over two weeks ago, I sent out a plea to you asking what you could recommend for my troublesome skin. As the responses kept pouring in, I could not believe the amount of people who gave me tips and advice on what skin care worked for them, what didn’t work for them, and what they thought I should do. I researched all of your advice for days — I was seriously overwhelmed with your advice! Which is why it took me about a week to actually make a decision.

Let me summarize what I told you a few weeks ago about the problems I had so you don’t have to switch back to that previous post.

  • my skin had been breaking out along my jaw line/chin and I have a lot of blackheads
  • i have very sensitive skin — fragrances really mess with it
  • My skin is oily in the summer, dry in the winter — it also “flakes” a lot!
  • $40-$50 for the entire routine
  • looking for products that would be more on the natural side and not too harsh on my skin

There were a lot of different opinions on what skin care lines would be best, and there were a few that really stood out as lines that were recommended a few times. Some of those included:

  • Clinique
  • Arbonne
  • Philosophy
  • Neutrogena
  • Cetaphil
  • Mary Kay
  • Clarasonics
  • Natural route: baking soda + water, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil
  • Proactive
  • Dermalogica

Other than the products you all recommended to me, a lot of you gave some great advice as well, ranging from “only wash your face at night” to “make sure you use an SPF for anti-aging”. One of the comments also reminded me that the places where I tend to break out have a lot to do with hormones, which as we all know, mine are out of control. I apparently cannot change the fact that sometimes my skin acts like a 12 year olds’ because my hormones are whacko.

Taking everything that was said into account (and there’s much more where that came from too — I honestly read each and every single one of them), I used a great website many of you recommended to me as well — Beautypedia. It is a site that scientifically reviews a large amount of beauty products out on the market. I researched almost all of those products everyone told me about, and it took me forever to make a decision.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to stick to this exact regime, but for now I want to give it some time. So far, I’m liking it!

I’ve decided to do something different in both the morning and evening — mainly because my needs at each time of the day are different. In the morning, I have been doing two things — cleansing and moisturizing.

I decided to go with Neutrogena — it’s cheap, it always gets good reviews, and the naturals line is made with 90% natural ingredients. I’m down with that. I chose the purifying facial cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer with spf 15.

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At night I am doing something completely different. I start out by using Neutrogena’s oil free makeup remover (which I have been using for a while now) and the purifying pore scrub.

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Then I have been using apple cider vinegar as a toner and coconut oil as a nighttime moisturizer.

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I love the last two steps at night — I feel like the apple cider vinegar really cleans deep down into my pores (even though it smells) and the coconut oil really moisturizes well. My face is not oily during the day even though I am using this and all of my dry spots on my face are gone.

I’m probably going to tweak this a little bit, and I’m still having random breakouts, but at least I have found something that is kind of working. Only time will tell — as I said, I’ve only been using this routine for about a week or so, so it will take a little bit of time to see if this works for me!

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