For someone like me who suffers from genetic acne, having a daily skincare routine is imperative in controlling acne and getting closer to having clear skin. Stick with me and I’ll walk you through the basics on how to establish a daily skin care routine to help you maintain and achieve clear skin. Don’t forget though this post highlights a daily skincare routine that should only count for 1/3 of your skin clearing journey. To find out what else you will need to change or do in order to truely achieve clear skin I suggest you check out my first post “How To Get Clear Skin In 3 Steps.”
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Disclaimer: Always consult a professional or your dermatologist if you have any questions about your skin. Any products mentioned, I have tried personally on my own face as your at home guinea pig. What works for me might not work for you. Any recommended products or advice comes from me being your at-home guinea pig; trying these tips on my own face.
I am not a professional, so please try at your own risk.
If you are a fellow beauty enthusiast like I am … well, then I know how you ladies love to cake on the makeup! But if you don’t wear any makeup, you can just skip to the cleanser step. Word of advice! Don’t forget about your neck!
So to start off our Daily Skin Care Routine you will need to:
Step #1 Remove Makeup
To start the removal of el Makeup. My budget-watching self will go in first with baby wipes. The brand I use is the Parent’s Choice in cucumber or unscented but any brand will do.
Now if you want to be bougie, Neutrogena Makeup Wipes are excellent to remove your make. I purchase these every time I get the chance.
Step #2 Cleanser
Next, find a natural cleanser that will help eliminate oils, dead skin cells, makeup and any other pollution found on the skin. But most importantly, look for a cleanser that best suites your skin type.
I prefer the use of cleansing oils in combination to my soap cleansers. Since makeup is harsh, and engineered to last a long time, I find that regular soap cleansers alone just don’t cut it.
So, oil cleansers are made to help break down makeup left behind by the wipes. I personally love the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil. A budget-friendly alternative is the Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil.
The JB Cleansing oil is AMAZING! I found out about this one by one of my favorite YouTubers, Desi Perkins. This cleanser is super gentle, leaving your face feeling like a baby’s butt. The JB Cleansing oil is somewhat of a splurge, which is why I looked into alternatives, and came across the BB Cleansing oil. The BB Cleansing oil, in my opinion, is a dup for the Juice Beauty. It works the same but the formula is a little lighter. This might be a better option for my women with super oily skin. Plus! They are both cruelty free with organic ingredients! WIN-WIN.
But in order to use cleansing oils, you have to use them correctly.
So how do you use cleansing oils?
All you got to do is take a small pump in your hand and rub it directly on your dry skin. NO, DON’T WET YOUR SKIN YET! I meant what I said, you have to use it on dry skin first. Work the cleanser into your skin using circular motions. After rubbing it in for several seconds, completely rinse with warm water with the same circular motions.
P.S: If you want an inexpensive home-made, super organic, super amazing make-up remover alternative?…USE COCONUT OIL!
After, I go in with my Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and my Clarisonic for a quick rinse.
Step #3 Exfoliate
To be transparent this step always changes. I have really bad genetic acne, so I am always looking into different exfoliation methods. But, exfoliation IS A MUST. I can not emphasize enough on the importance of this step.
Exfoliation helps remove additional dirt and debris stuck in your pores. This step also helps with removing extra dead skin cells (what people would call the top layer of the skin). When Exfoliation is done correctly, your skin is renewed, fresh and smooth.
Even though exfoliation is important, every professional dermatologist out there will recommended to keep exfoliation to a minimum 1-3 times a week. Gauge your skin and customize your exfoliation to your skin type. Keep reading on my methods of exfoliation!
Depending on how I’m feeling, I would use any one of the following methods:
The PMD one of my preferred exfoliation tools. I use this tool when my skin is extremely dry or breaking out. The PMD helps remove the first layer of skin while suctioning your face. It can be intense and damaging in not used correctly. But, the PMD can be a huge life saver for those with bad acne and acne scars.
I have dedicated a whole blog post about the PMD. Is it worth it? Well click and find out!
I normally wax my face at least once a week. Waxing to me is somewhat of an unconventional form of exfoliation. When you wax, it’s often to remove hair. But, when you wax you also remove the extra dead skin sitting on top.The reason I wax my face is to remove the peach and lip fuzz. Waxing also helps me control any ingrowns that may cause acne. Plus, and honestly the BIGGEST reason of them all … by waxing my facial hair, my makeup applies flawlessly.
Once exfoliation is done, THE NEXT DAY I like to go in with my Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Peel. I do not use this peel on the same day I exfoliate, only because I feel like it’s a little to harsh on my face.
I happened to pick up this facial peel from Ulta one day on a whim and I fell in love with it. I noticed it helps remove any additional dead skin left over from exfoliation, especially in areas like my forehead and outer cheeks. Since it also contains vitamin c, I noticed a difference in how bright my skin looked after using it a couple times.
Step #4 Toner
After cleansing (and especially after exfoliation) I go in with my toner. I tone my face, or at least try to, twice a day. In the morning and at night.
Toners are made to help restore the pH balance of the skin. The right toner will also help with the following:
Be very careful though, because the wrong toner can actually cause more damage than good. You need to look for a toner that is alcohol-free with natural ingredients. Always do your research on what products fit your skin type.
My preferred toners are the Burt’s Bees Rose Water Toner and Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal with Witch Hazel toner.
Apply your toner using a cotton pad, then wait for your skin to absorb the toner before moving to the next step.
Step #5 Serum & Moisturize
Once my skin absorbs the toner, I lightly go in with a serum. I have yet to find a serum I’m obsessed with, so as of right now I have been using the TruSkin Vitamin C with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E Serum. So far, I have no complaints about this serum.
Serums are a must, because they help repair the skin by delivering active nutrients. I always use my serum daily and drag it down my neck (because the neck needs some skin care love too). Normally though, I use my serums in combination with my Derma Roller. I usually use my Derma Roller 2x a week because of how my skin scars up after acne. This is the ONLY thing I found that has drastically cleared even my most stubborn acne scars. It penetrates the top layers of my skin in order to force rejuvination.
You might be wondering what the Derma Roller is? Well, it’s a tiny handheld roller. Think miniature paint roller but for your face. On the “roller” part, the’re hundreds of special needles. These needles when rolled on the skin, help create tiny punctures in the dermis that increase collagen production.
I will be creating a much more in-depth blog post on Derma Rolling and how to properly use one in the near future, so stay tuned.
Once you PAT the serum in on your face, again allow it to dry. Then apply your moisturizer for extra hydration. The moisturizer I consistently use is the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. Just like the serum, I pat in my moisturizer, concentrating it mainly on the outer parts of my face since that is the driest area.
I hope you have found this post helpful and gives you an idea of how you should align your skincare routine. Everything I mentioned is the basic outline on how I carry my own routine. Of course, you are more than welcome to comment below on any insight, advice, recommendations or anything in general that can help! I would love to hear about anything you guys have done that has helped you on your skincare journey.
As well as, any professionals reading this post; feel free to comment any advice you may have for my readers and I! I am always looking for new ways to improve my skin.
Thank you so much for reading! xoxo