So I'm not sure if it has officially been a week yet, but a few of you have been asking for an update so I will give it to you! I have made some edits to my skincare routine and they are as follows:
- I've switched my moisturizer to The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Moisturizer. I am also mixing a drop of lemon oil into the moisturizer prior to applying it to my face. This is to help with oil control and I've also heard it can be effective in fading acne scars potentially?
- I'm using baby wipes to pre-cleanse my face. This is mostly for make up removal, so I know that my skin is clean before I go to bed
So far I'm happy with my skin care routine, but I haven't noticed any major results yet. I'm happy with the routine though because I haven't had any adverse reactions to the products or anything like that. I definitely plan on keeping up with everything. I have notice though that I am still getting modest breakouts (maybe a few new pimples at a time at least a couple of times this past week, so nothing too bad). I think that part of this can be attributed to the fact that my skin has gone through the ringer over the past couple of months. Up until this past March I was using harsher products that contained BP, then my skin had a reaction to my old cleanser and I had to switch off of all acne products. Now I'm back on acne products so I think my skin is still adjusting to all the changes. Some of the product reviews for the overnight peel I'm using said that it caused breakouts, so this is something I'm monitoring for. It does contain vitamin c though, which I've found is actually helping heal my breakouts faster. But there aren't any ingredients in the peel that prevent breakouts, which I think s important to note.
I switched my moisturizer mostly because I wasn't happy with aveeno. I felt it was causing my face to be excessively oily. I'm using the tea tree moisturizer now, which I feel like it's helping in that area (especially with the lemon oil added to it). As for the BB cream I discussed in a previous post, I think it will be fine for the summer. I'm also still using it since it contains SPF and my moisturizer does not. I'm undecided though whether or not I'll repurchase it though.
As for the mattifying products, I've found the finishing spray works best if you still use a pressed powder over your foundation. That way it sets both, which means both will last longer. Yesterday I was able to wear my makeup from around 11:30-7 pm and I only had to blot a few times (it was humid out yesterday and I spent quite a bit of time walking outside, that's mostly why). I haven't really tried wearing my make up without the primer yet, so I'm not really sure still if it actually prevents oil production.