Tuesday, September 5, 2017

| My Skincare Routine | + My Favorite Skincare Products |



If there's one thing I learned growing up, it's that taking care of your skin is one of the most important things to do. Skin that is taken care of appears smoother and softer, and is without a doubt, healthier. 
I'm certainly not perfect and I sometimes skip out on my skincare routine, but I've been doing a much better job at taking the time to take care of my skin and the results have been great so far! Not only does my skin look better, but taking care of myself ultimately makes me feel better. 
I wanted to share with you guys my skincare routine, it's quite simple and easy for beginners to follow, and I primarily use drugstore products, so it's affordable too. 




My Skincare Routine



This is the routine I use primarily at night.

Remove Makeup

I always start by removing all of my makeup. I use the Simple Cleansing Wipes because they're great for sensitive skin and they actually do a great job removing all of my makeup. They also never leave a gross film on your skin, so you don't even need to rinse off with water after using these. 

Thoroughly removing your makeup at the end of the night sounds like a no brainer, but this is something I didn't do all throughout high school. Not removing your makeup at night before going to sleep can cause a whole list of problems including eye irritations and acne breakouts due to clogged pores. 

A little tip in case you tend to forget to do this is to keep a pack of makeup removing wipes right next to your bed, that way you're reminded to take your makeup off right before your head hits the pillow.

Cleanse 

I go in with a cleanser after to make sure I've gotten all the makeup off my face, especially on days where I'm wearing a full face, and to further clean my skin. Sometimes just using a makeup wipe doesn't get everything off and for me, a cleanser is to ensure my skin is clean and free of any dirt or makeup.

I love the Simple Foaming Cleanser because it's easy to use, it works well, it's gentle enough to use everyday, and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. 

Exfoliate

The next thing I do is exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin is important because it removes any excess dirt and dead skin cells from your face and creates a more even surface. 

Once again, I love using the Simple Smoothing Facial scrub to exfoliate because it's gentle enough to use every day! (I swear this post isn't sponsored!)

Mask

At the very least, I use a face mask twice a week, but sometimes more often if I feel my skin needs it. I switch up masks a lot but my favorite is a charcoal face mask for removing dirt and impurities and for unclogging my pores. If you have oily, acne prone skin then charcoal is the way to go!

I also love the Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask because it too works deep inside your pores to unclog them of dirt and makeup, it also always leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. 

Moisturize

Last, but certainly not least, I moisturize my skin every single night. Moisturizing is important because it helps your skin to retain moisture and prevents wrinkles, dry skin, and even helps to prevent breakouts.

You may think that because your skin is oily, you can skip on moisturizing, but that's not true at, it's actually the opposite. You should be using a moisturizer every single night - and mornings too! - no matter what type of skin you have. If you're afraid to use one because you have oily skin, look for one that's specifically for oily skin. 

My long time favorite is the Origins Night-A-Mins Moisturizer because it does the job right without being too heavy, also it smells amazing!




That's my (nighttime) skincare routine! I'm so glad I've been keeping up with taking care of my skin, I can see the results so far and they're amazing! What's your skincare routine like? Do you have any must-have skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!

Note: Remember that everyone's skin is different and what works for me, might not work for you. I'm sharing my routine as a sort-of general guide and to tell you guys a little about what different products do. If you're thinking about adding something to your routine or you're planning on using a new product, make sure you test it on yourself first or you contact your dermatologist, so you avoid irritating or doing any damage to your skin. I am not a skincare professional.

Thanks for reading!
XOA!




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