due to high volume of requests, i went ahead and threw together myskincare routine.
my skincare routine is pretty irregular— i start and stop using products often. i’m not a model citizen when it comes to skincare: i sleep in my makeup a lot, i’m unpredictable at best and i’m always ready to slap a random product on my skin if it’s free and vegan (see: every time i hang out at a friend’s house). i have dry skin, but i rarely moisturize, and i don’t change my pillow cases enough (i’ve got one set and clean underwear always wins over clean sheets when i’m low on quarters at the laundry mat).
it’s a miracle my skin isn’t constantly breaking out. i have a few things to thank: one, i’m mostly out of puberty at this point; two, i’m a constant water drinker and my diet isn’t too shabby (going vegan changed me from having acne and a peely nose to having almost no skin issues whatsoever); but maybe the most important is— three, i’ve gotten really good at getting my skin back into a good place whenever i’ve been slacking off and start to break out (which is every two months or so).
if you’re attempting to stop active breakouts or restore your skin to a good point (pms, anyone?), this is my routine:
- only wash once a day. your skin is way more delicate than you give it credit for. i do it in the morning, usually. i use black african soap with oats (this is great brand). take your makeup off at night with your favourite makeup remover and rinse with cold water instead of putting soap on it again.
- use a good toner. i use witch hazel and usually put my own herbs in it, but here’s a good brand with rose water in it already.
- have a bedtime routine. overmoisturizing will just freak out your skin, even if it’s dry. it’s best to moisturize (for me) in the evening because i can use more than usual and my skin has time to soak it up— plus, it’s nice to be glowy. i use a little bit of coconut oil (i use it on my lips too, just make sure it’s organic, unrefined and raw— trader joe’s has it for cheap. do research on coconut oil to see if it’ll work with your skin type!) and dab pure vit e oil on healing spots so they won’t leave any dark marks. they also tend to heal 2-3x as quickly.
- use a facemask once a week. aztec secret clay mask is kind of the best thing ever. you can use it for spot treatments or a whole face kinda deal. it’s drying, so do it before bed. you can mix it with water or ACV for a more intense affect. it’s expensive-appearing, but it’s a huge tub that averages out to be like $.20 a facial & can be used on your whole body.
i have most of these available in a package here.
for maintaining agreeable skin, less is better, IMO. it’s even more simple than the last one:
- wash your face once a day. i use a silicon scrubbie for around my nose (you can get something similar here), and a gentle moisturizing cleanser from Yes To Blueberries (here— it’s for dry skin, so i’d suggest the Yes To Tomatoes one here for oily skin).
- moisturize at night. i use the All Bright Hydrating Night Cream from the Boots Botanics line, which is mostly vegan, entirely cruelty free and mostly organic.
otherwise, if nothing’s working, there’s a few things you can do to make sure your skin is at its full potential:
- drink lots of water. the results are repeatedly astounding. you can figure out how much you should be drinking here. if you are prone to forget, make sure to get a good water bottle (my favourite is the bobble, which has a filter built in; i’ve had mine for a year) and get an app that’ll remind you.
- go vegan. that sounds intense, but it’s the best thing you can do for your skin if it works with your lifestyle. at first i thought it was just me, but then as people around me went vegan their skin started glowing, acne scars healed, etc. otherwise, try to cut out dairy and see what happens.
- eat less sugar. here’s an article that sums it up better than i.
- keep at it. most skincare routine overhaul failures happen because you just didn’t stick with it. typically, if your routine involves any exfoliation (aka, anything that isn’t just moisturizing) skin tends to purge for 4-6 weeks after you start a new routine, so be sure to wait it out before switching products.
i hope this helps and answers some questions. otherwise, feel free to contact me! :)