Updated Skincare Routine & Favorite Mask
Hellooo! I haven't done a skincare routine post in a while, so I'm kinda due for an update. Over time I have cut out the products containing salicylic acid because my skin has gotten so much clearer (thank god). I used an acne cleanser from La Roche Posay to clear it up, but it's not good to use products with salicylic acid long-term. Long-term, your skin will thin out and become dry!!
My morning routine is pretty light. I cleanse, tone and moisturize. At night is when it all happens!
For cleansing I use the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser with warm water. I take about a nickel size amount and lather it before applying. After massaging my face with the cleanser for about 30 seconds, I rinse it off with slightly cooler water (not too cold) to close up my pores.
The toner I've been using is the Thayers Witch Hazel toner in rose petal. I put some of the toner on a cotton pad and sweep it onto my face going from the middle, out and down to my neck.
After toning I'd usually either apply a mask, or if not, I would move onto my oils and serums. My current favorite mask is by Sephora! They come in different colors and target different skincare concerns. Here I'm using the White Clay Mask which is for re-mineralizing and soothing the skin. These masks are so convenient for travel and the packaging is really cool. The best thing about them is that unlike other clay masks, they don't dry completely. This prevents the mask from drying too much and sucking out all the moisture in your skin. They're about $8 each as well, so I bought 4 of them and I use them to multi-mask all the time!
Moving onto oils, this is a key step for those who have oily skin. Believe it or not, oil combats oily skin! Crazy right? I never would've known. That means you shouldn't skip the moisturizer, or the oils. The oils I've been using are by Sunday Riley and Odacité. The Luna Sleeping Night oil by Sunday Riley is great to diminish the size of the pores. I use Odacité's Pe + C for combination skin and BI + C for break outs.
Serum is something that I have some trouble with. I can't seem to find one I like and I'm always trying new ones. I literally have like 5 serum samples in my cabinet at a time. Some of the samples I've been using are Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance serum, the Balance Me Congested Skin serum and the Korres Golden Krocus Exlir. I'm going to be honest, I haven't really been paying attention to whether or not the Caudalie and Korres work, but the Balance Me serum is great. It can be used as a spot treatment or on the entire face. It does have a strong smell, but I don't mind as long as it keeps my skin clear!
Lastly, my night time moisturizer is the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water cream. I've been using this for a while and I can say that my skin does appear brighter to me. I use this only at night because I prefer to use a more matte moisturizer during the day. During the day I use Phytomer's Hydra-Matifying Control cream, which leaves my skin looking less shiny.
BTW, if anyone has any serum suggestions please tell me!