Wednesday, June 22, 2016

| TEACHING TUESDAY | How To Take Care Of Your Skin | AFFORDABLE Nighttime Skin Care Routine!

Everyone knows that makeup can make you look good and feel good. It enhances your features and hides some things that you'd rather not show the world, but did you know that the secret to looking flawless is about way more than just the perfect contour and winged eyeliner? 
The one thing almost every beauty lover agrees on is that it doesn't matter how much makeup you put on your face, if you're not taking proper care of your skin. It's so important to make sure your skin is being treated correctly. Just like brushing your teeth, taking care of  your skin should be something that is done twice a day, once in the morning when you wake up before applying any makeup and once at the end of the day to thoroughly remove any dirt or makeup.

For this weeks TEACHING TUESDAY post, I'm going to be showing you an awesome routine for taking care of your face. This routine will mainly include affordable drugstore products, so even if you're on a budget you'll still be able to afford to take care of your skin. This is also my nighttime skin care routine that I basically do every night, so I'll list the product, the benefits of using it, and when and how I use it. 

Now without any further hesitation, let's finally get into my Nighttime Skin Care Routine!
I hope you enjoy!

*Everything I use is $10 or under except for two products. Those two products have cheaper alternatives listed though.*

1. Makeup Remover

So first things first, I remove all of the makeup off my face, which is the most vital step. You can't take care of your skin if you have makeup sitting on it. I actually switch between using makeup removing wipes and a liquid makeup remover. 
My all time favorite makeup removing wipes are the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes. These wipes do a great job at removing all of my makeup plus they have no dyes or harsh irritants in them, making them very suitable for sensitive skin. They also don't irritate your eyes which is good because I've used some makeup removing wipes that made my eyes burn before. 
If I'm lazy and I forget to remove my makeup before hoping in the shower at the end of the day or if I'm looking to thoroughly remove my makeup well, I use the Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser . This is actually one of the most expensive product in my routine, ($24), but It's so amazing I just had to include it. I've been using this stuff since I was a freshman in high school and it's one of the products I couldn't live without. I just pour a small amount in my hands, while in the shower, and rub it all over my face and eyes. It removes your makeup so effortlessly. And it's another great product for sensitive skin. If you're going to spend a lot of money on a makeup remover, I highly recommend this one!

2. Cleanser

Next step is cleansing. So I basically use a cleanser after I use the makeup removing wipes to ensure I've gotten all of the dirt, oils, and makeup off of my face. I want to make sure there's nothing clogging my pores! I love using the Simple Facial Foaming Cleanser. [No, this is not a sponsored post, I just love this brand so much!] Many makeup removers double as a cleanser but if the one you're using doesn't, make sure you're cleansing your face as well.

3. Exfoliate

I exfoliate the skin on my face everyday.  Exfoliating is important because it removes all of the dead skin cells off your face and makes your face smoother! Depending on your skin type, you may or may not want to exfoliate everyday. If your skin is dry, you need to be careful about what type of exfoliating scrub you're using and how often you're using it. My skin is relatively oily so it doesn't irritate my skin as much as it would for someone with dry skin, so I do exfoliate everyday.
I actually switch between two different types. I use the Simple Smoothing Face Scrub and the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. The Simple exfoliating scrub is a more mild scrub, so it's much better for sensitive or dry skin. I use this one 4-5 days a week and I use the St. Ives, which is much rougher and not recommended for dry skin, 2-3 times a week.

4. Acne Spot Treatment

So this one really depends on whether I'm dealing with breakouts at the moment or not. If I have a pimple or feel one coming I take a small amount of the Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment and rub some on. It works overnight to dry out the pimple and bring the redness and size down.

5. Moisturize

Final Step is to moisturize. A common misconception is that you shouldn't put a moisturizer on if you have oily skin. Everyone should be using a moisturizer at night and in the morning. Moisturizing daily can actually help control the amount of oil on your face. If you're really concerned about your skin being too oily, look for a moisturizer with oil control, that's oil-free, or one that's specifically for oily skin. 
I actually like to use the CVS Oil-Free Moisturizer, it works great. I also use the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream. Not only was that a mouthful it's also pretty expensive ($43!), but once again I love this and if you're looking to spend a lot on a moisturizer I recommend this one. It's great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

That's my nighttime skin care routine. I hope you enjoyed. I also hope I helped you find some awesome affordable skin care products!
Just remember, what works for me might not work for you. Don't use a product just because I say it was a good match for my sensitive skin, everyone is different. Test a small amount on your skin first or use the product on a night when you know you won't have to go anywhere the next day in case of breakouts. Also, be sure to check with your dermatologist before using any new products on your skin if you know you have bad reactions to certain things. Be sure to check all products for ingredients as well.

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