Before & After
WINTER Routine - Combination Acne-Prone skin that gets clogged pores and irritation
Morning Routine: CLEANSE +MOISURIZE
1.Cleanse with avene ultra rich Soap-free cleansing bar *Never use a washcloth to rub or scrub your face - this causes irritation which can lead to enflamed skin/acne.
2.PAT dry with a soft towel and let the rest of the water evaporate from the skin
3.Apply Origins Vitazing moisturizer(if I want a slight glow) OR Olay Sensitive Skin Moisturizer OR Reversa glycolic acid 8% lotion w/SPF
Night Routine:CLEANSE+TONE+TREAT+MOISTURIZE *Always make sure your hands are clean before touching your face- That includes before washing your face.
1.Remove eye makeup (makeup-removing pads, lotion, oil,)
2.Cleanse with avene ultra rich Soap-free cleansing bar x2 (to remove all traces of makeup)
3. STEP 2. from morning routine
4. Gently wipe face with witch hazel on a cotton pad(as a toner) + Avene Makeup Remover Micellar lotion(use as a toner as well and it adds moisture back into your skin)
5.Gently apply a serum or cream to the eye area
6.Run a Q-tip under cold water and squeeze out the excess water from the tip - apply 1 drop of tea tree oil - dab on any spots or pimples that you have. Tea tree oil is antifungal, antibacterial and a Natural antiseptic. Wait for face to completely dry. ( This takes about 10 minutes and is ESSENTIAL for the next step)
7.Gently apply BenzaClin(prescribed acne medication which contains benzoyl perozide and clindamycin) *If my skin is feeling dry from this treatment I will skip BenzaClin for 1 night and continue the next day * I also alternate with Retin-A cream(also prescribed by my dermatologist - used for wrinkles, blackheads, whiteheads and promoting collagen) *BOTH of these creams can be extremely drying if not used correctly or overused. Listen to your skin and don't overdo it. Everything takes time. Your skin has to adjust to these medications * Also DO NOT share acne medications. They are prescibed to you, and you only. Consult your doctor before using these medications. 7.On the Nights that I don't use my acne Medications I will put on a light layer of Olay moisturizer for sensitive skin. Sleep - and let your body do its own healing wonders
>Once a week- Manual Exfoliation @ night time. Complete Steps 1 and 2 from Night Routine. While face is still wet, use exfoliating beads of some sort or try my favourite (baking soda+ pinch of sea salt+ brown sugar + honey). Follow with Steps 3 and so on. *use moisturiser instead of the acne treatment as skin is fragile after exfoliation.
>Once a week- Chemical Exfoliation @ night time. *Leave about 4-7 days between Manual and Chemical Exfoliation and NEVER exfoliate irritated or broken skin* Complete Steps 1 and 2 from Night Routine. Leave skin damp. I use a mask which contains glycolic acid(AHA) and Kaolin Clay(great for absorbing excess oil). Leave On for 10-15 minutes and gently rinse off.
-An alternate to this mask: soak a cotton pad in lemon juice(natural AHA) and apply to your face in a gentle circular motion. Leave lemon juice on for 5 minutes. Beginners be careful(maybe try 2 minutes at first). Apply a kaolin clay mask(I like the Freeman brand from the drugstore) to damp skin. Leave On for 10-15 minutes and gently rinse off. Follow with Steps 3 and so on. *use moisturiser instead of the acne treatment as skin is fragile after exfoliation. *NOTE: you MUST use a sunscreen during the day! AHAs make your skin extremely sensitive to sunlight.
Other masks that you can do during the week a few days after exfoliation day:
>Oatmeal+honey+water - mix all three together to make a paste. Quite messy but great for absorbing oil!
>Egg whites- apply to face and put on thin pieces of toilet paper overtop(pull one sheet apart so you have 2 thin pieces). Let the mask harden like paper mache. and peel off pieces. It works like biore pore strips from unplugging blackheads and what not
>Freeman cucumber peel off mask - hurts a little if u have little hairs on your face but it makes your skin really soft
Tips for Clear Skin:
-Always splash water on your face when cleansing, never rub or scrub the skin. This will help to avoid irritation.
-Gently splash water on your face, make a lather in your hands with your cleanser and gently glide your fingers over your skin - Let the face wash do the work, not your fingers.
-Drink plenty of water. Go to Google and type in Water Calculator. There is a neat site that calculates how much you need to drink per day. Don't drink this water all at once- divide the amount your body needs and drink several glasses throughout day.
-Eat a healthy balanced diet. A Healthy balance of all the essentials is key! Check out foodguides online to see what you need to eat for a healthier you!
-Get a good oil free moisturizer. Even Oily skin types can be dehydrated. We all need it!
-Wear SPF. This is so important- especially to prevent aging, pigmentation, and SKIN CANCER!
-Sleep.. your body needs sleep to heal itself and rejuvenate.. Thats why its called BEAUTY SLEEP! hehe
-Exercise.. sooo crutial to healthy skin. Sweating helps rid your body of toxins and impurities as well as getting the blood to flow. Not only is this good for your skin but beneficial to your whole body.
Last but not least, try not to stress yourself out.. Stress is a big factor when it comes to your skin's condition. Just relax, take a bath, read a book, go for a walk, hang out with friends, smile and laugh and BE HAPPY!!!!
This is my own personal routine and may not work for everyone but I just thought I'd share what works for me!
p.s. Will update when the weather gets a little bit warmer- Still Chilly here in Canada!