Growing up, I used to have tons of acne. I mainly had pimples on my forehead, but occasionally I would break out on my cheeks or chin.
Overtime, I learned the significance of having a proper skincare regime to improve not only my acne, but also my overall skin texture and tone. Taking the time out of my day to wash my face is one of my favorite methods of self-love (plus, it only takes 5 minutes tops!). Practicing proper skincare has cleared up my complexion dramatically and has immensely boosted my self-confidence.
Please remember that these products may help you or may make your breakouts worse. These are merely the products that I use on a daily basis. Also, an important note to keep in mind is that I have normal to oily skin, so the majority of these products are geared toward oily or acne-prone skin.
If you struggle with severe acne or blackheads, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss all the options out there for your specific skin type and condition. I am no skin expert for all people – I am just a skin expert on, well, my own skin.
Without further ado, here are the products I use in my everyday skincare routine:
- Makeup Remover: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleaning Oil ($25 at Ulta Beauty)
The first step of my skincare regime is to remove all the makeup that’s been sitting on my face the entire day. For this, I use the Facial Cleaning Oil from Philosophy.
If your face is remotely oily like mine, you’re probably wondering, “What the heck is she doing to her face? It’s oil!” But trust me when I say that this product does NOT break you out or clog your pores! I have been using this cleansing oil for nearly half a year and, if anything, it has only facilitated the makeup removal process for me and has never worsened my skin. So if that’s what you’re afraid of, I highly recommend giving it a try and seeing if it works well with your complexion!
Another wonderful aspect about this product is that it’s super effective at picking up all traces of waterproof mascara and liquid lipstick, two of the most difficult makeup products to remove. It removes all your makeup super quickly; all you need to do is massage your face with the oil and wash it off with water!
- Cleanser: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Acne Cleanser ($8.49 at Ulta Beauty)
I’ve been using this cleanser ever since I was in middle school, and it has remained my #1 cleanser for years! It smells just like pink grapefruit – which smells heavenly – and clears up any breakouts I may have on my face. Although this cleanser is amazing for my skin, beware if you have dry skin! This product may dry out your complexion even further, so if you do happen to have dry skin, I would recommend sticking to a cream cleanser instead.
It is, however, super painful if you accidentally get it in your eyes, so be sure to avoid getting this product into/near your eyes as much as possible!
- Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner ($6.29 at Walgreens)
Toner helps pick up any excess sebum or makeup that your cleanser may not have caught, while maintaining just the right pH balance for your skin. I use this toner by Dickinson’s, which is completely natural and non-drying. It also makes my pores appear much smaller than they actually are, which is an added bonus!
I use this product by applying it on a cotton pad first, and then going over my entire face with the pad.
In my opinion, the only con to this product is that it does have a particular smell that may take some getting-used-to, so be aware of this prior to purchasing it!
- Morning and Night 1st Moisturizer: Clean & Clear Dual Action Skin Moisturizer ($6.99 at Walgreens)
The fourth step of my makeup routine is applying moisturizer. I typically use two moisturizers in the morning and in the evening (the second moisturizers will be revealed in the next two steps). This ensures that my skin is soft and supple for the rest of the day, with or without makeup on my face.
Just like the Neutrogena cleanser, this Clean & Clear moisturizer has been one of my favorites since middle school days! It not only ensures that your skin is smooth without feeling oily, but it also helps your skin clear up overtime. Plus, it’s extremely lightweight, making it easier to massage it into your face.
However, I wouldn’t recommend this product to people with dry skin, simply because it is not creamy or thick enough to give your skin the proper moisture it needs for the rest of the day.
- Morning 2nd Moisturizer: Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Combination/Oily Skin ($10.49)
This moisturizer is phenomenal! It offers sun protection while softening your skin without feeling too shiny or greasy. I mainly use this product as my second moisturizer in the morning (I use a different moisturizer for nighttime).
The reason why I use two moisturizers is because I want to ensure that I’m using products with different beneficial properties – my first moisturizer helps treat my acne, whereas my second moisturizer protects my skin from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.
- Night 2nd Moisturizer: Danielle Laroche Vitamin A & E Firming Moisturizer Cream ($12.08 on Amazon)
I’m shocked about how many people don’t know about this product – it’s truly one of the loveliest products I’ve ever used. It smells delightful and makes your skin feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom!
Unlike a few of the products I’ve mentioned, this would be perfect for dry skin! I use it every evening to ensure that my skin feels nice and moisturized for the following day.
If you do decide to use this moisturizer, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. I use about a dime-size amount, which is plenty of product for my entire face.
And those are all the products I use on a daily basis in my skincare routine! I know it isn’t a huge amount of products – and they definitely aren’t the most high-end products out there – but they still work perfectly for my personal complexion. Unlike the past, I don’t have any more pimples and my skin feels wonderful!
I highly encourage all of you (girls AND boys) to find out which skincare products work well for you, and to incorporate them into your daily routine. Your skincare routine should feel like a treat – never a burden – and should always help your skin look and feel significantly better!
As always, I will write again soon! My next blog post will (hopefully) come as a surprise to many of you – and a good one, at that ♡