Recently, I’ve been working on improving my skincare game. I used to be extremely careless with the way I treated my skin, especially with the makeup I had been applying. Ever since last year I knew it was time to fix it. No more breakouts, no more stressed skin. No more dryness.
My skin is a mix of oily and combination. I can get slightly but not too dry on my cheeks and forehead, but my nose can be swimming in oils. So, if you have oily to combo skin, this will help you for sure! If you have dry skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, or aging skin, worry not, because I will list backups for you!
Step 1: Cleansing Oil
It really doesn’t matter if I wear makeup or not, but I still add a layer of cleansing oil to get rid of impurities left behind. This is a product that benefits all skin types and the one I use is Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil from Julep Beauty. The oil is made from various natural ingredients (rosehip oil, grapeseed, etc.) and made to remove all impurities. I use this with my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes (which is said to remove 99% of makeup) to get everything off my face after a long day.
Julep’s Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing oil is $28 and is sold at Ulta Beauty.
Step 2: Cleanser and Exfoliate
To every skin type, you are in luck, because my cleanser is suitable for every skin type. I use the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It’s very soothing on the skin and it’s formula is made to cleanse, exfoliate, and cut out shine. Mario Badescu works with natural ingredients so you’ll find fruit extracts that helps boost the radiance. My brother and I use this every morning and every night and I’ve seen improvements on both our shine on the face.
The gel is only $14 and is sold at Ulta Beauty, Riley Rose, and Urban Outfitters.
Step 3: Toner
I don’t play any games when it comes to toner. Toner is formed by glycerin and antioxidants that help hydrate and remove oils and scum from the face while treating the skin. I like a toner that gets rid of the oils developed throughout the day, and not those toners that burn every time I have an acne scar.
I use both the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater along with the Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. The Mario Badescu spray is good for all skin types and does a good job hydrating and replacing the oils with nutrients. The spray can be used for dry hair, a toner, and a setting spray. Kopari’s toner consists of a vegan formula that tightens pores and hydrates thanks to the coconuts. When I combine these toners, I double the hydration while cleaning my oils and tightening pores. Nothing burns and it definitely removes more bacteria than my old toners ever did.
You can find both these products at Ulta Beauty.
Step 4: Treatments and Oils
Now hear me out when I talk about oils: your skin will thank you for the oils. Toner tends to remove the oils and when not hydrated afterwards, your face will build up oils faster. People with oily skin might not need an oil (unless stated by the product that it can be for those of oily skin), but more a treatment if they deal with breakouts (same goes to people with acne prone skin). Aging, dry, and combo skin, should try at least one oil during their skincare routine.
When I deal with small breakouts, I use the Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment. Use this product once a day, you will see the redness calm down and plenty of shrinking. This product works MIRACLES. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has annoying breakouts (but be sure to use a good moisturizer after because it also dries the skin a bit).
For oils I use the Julep What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk (a mix of five oils used to hydrate and treat the face, leaving your skin extremely soft), the Julep Boost Your Radiance Facial Oil (an antioxidant enriched oil used for brightening and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), and Tarte’s Maracuja Oil (used for intense hydration and firming). All three of these make my face feel very good. The face feels oily but it doesn’t feel dirty at all (everyone knows that feeling of having a dirty face, right?). I think the one that’s been showing the best results is the Facial Milk, considering it’s a mix of five oils rather than just the other two coming from roses and maracuja seeds.
All three of these products can be found at Ulta Beauty.
Step 4.5: Face Masks
I do my face masks once a week or when I feel stressed. I do the occasional sheet masks but when I don’t have time to buy them, I stick with my Algenist Alive Face Mask, or the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Mask.
The I Dew Care mask is made of hyaluronic acid and rosewater to hydrate dry skin and brighten. It’s also a peel off mask, so there’s no need for washing it off.
The Algenist Mask is good for all skin types and is a color changing mask! It goes from this seafoam green to a light peach color. This mask is good for detoxifying the skin and leaving the skin looking radiant.
Now these are just masks for radiance but there are others masks used for hydration (I love the Ulta Beauty Coconut Mask), pore cleansing, and more.
I Dew Care and Algenist can be found at Ulta Beauty.
Step 5: Serum
I cannot repeat myself enough times on how much a serum can change your whole skincare routine. My skincare routine was simple, but once a serum came into the picture, I have never felt more alive. The serum I use (that is also safe for those with sensitive skin) is the Murad Revitalixir Serum and I will never stop raving about it. The serum can be used on aging, dehydrated, and even stressed skin.
Now, for those who don’t know, stress has an affect on the skin and it makes us look older. With the right coping skills and the use of this serum, we wouldn’t have to worry about dark circles and those fine lines on the forehead.
The Revitalixir Serum is also safe for the eyes too, so anyone can use this to reduce the appearance of wrinkles near the eye or to help with those under eye bags.
For those with acne prone skin, I wouldn’t recommend using this, especially since it’s a product for aging and dry skin (oily can be an exception), but I would recommend the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum.
Juice and Murad can be found at Ulta Beauty. Murad can also be found at Sephora.
Step 6: Moisturizers
No one can go wrong with a moisturizer, especially if you cleanse your face so much. If your routine is so simple as cleansing and toning, you must always have a moisturizer to finish the routine or else you’re at risk of building up more oils. I like to lock in my serum with the Murad Nutrient Charged Water Gel and finish off with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Jelly.
Murad’s gel does a bit of plumping while smoothing, and all made of vitamins and peptides that are good for the skin. Believe me when I say your skin will feel so unbelievably soft after applying the product.
Clinique has three different moisturizers and all for different skin types. Their lotion is fit for dry skin, their gel for oil skin, and the jelly for all skin types. I used to use only the gel for my oily areas but after Clinique released the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Jelly, I decided to move there and use it on my whole face. Let me say that it’s been good and I wouldn’t move on to another moisturizer.
Both Murad and Clinique can be found at Ulta Beauty and Sephora.