Skin — something that is so personal to everyone, especially women. Unique in appearances, textures, reactions, movement, and the list can go on. It’s one of the first things people notice about you. Acne, dry, oily, pigmented, scared, smooth, wrinkled, freckled…. all words used to describe it.
Every single person skin journey is personal, special, and specific to them. Each one concocting their own routine, or lack there of, product line up, and makeup application. Hopefully acheiving whatever the desired results maybe.
I personally have had a very deep insecurity with my skin. I battled some pretty nasty teenage acne that has followed me into adulthood. Mine and my sisters acne was so bad we were able to participate in clinical trials for new acne medication. Long before the world of Differin gel and all the fancy prescriptions that they have now, I tried various antibiotics, topical creams, and hormonal pills to try and combat it. None of it really worked. So I would slap on as much salicylic acid as my face could take, get whatever non-acne producing cream my dermatologist would recommend and spot treat my entire face religiously.
As I entered into young adulthood and resources were more readily available, I started working towards not hating my skin and boy, has it been a journey.
Basic things to know about my skin, it’s EXTREMELY oily. Those Italian-Mediterranean roots are strong. I do still struggle with the occasional little breakout. I have SERIOUS dark under eyes; it’s definitely hereditary, and at this point it has a lot to do with the general shape/placement of my eyes on my face. Some discoloration (redness) and a little bit of acne scaring is about the only other issue. My overall goal is to protect, prevent, and maintain the overall health of my skin.
The other important thing to know? I’m cheap. fifty dollars on an eye cream? I don’t think so… I tend to do a lot of list scanning, asking my go-to skincare obsessed friends, and general research before I even remotely shell out that much money. Most of the time I’m looking for well rated, results-driven, wallet friendly products. There are some brands worth splurging on and definitely a few product here and there, but overall if I can get the results I want without breaking the bank, I simply won’t. I also want to say that while I have my routine down-pat, I do like trying new products and alternating in different things to try. Finally, like I stated above, everyone skin is uniquely different, what might be amazing for me might not do anything for you and vice-versa.
Here’s my current routine:
- Wash my face first thing (unless I’m working out) with MaryKay’s 4-in-1 TimeWise Age-preventing Cleanser (I linked to amazon, but you can always got to a local rep)
- The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
- (depending on what my skin needs…) MaryKay Oil-Free Hydrating Gel
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist Sunscreen Spray
- Remove any makeup — I don’t currently have a favorite makeup remover… I LOVE Lancome’s Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, but haven’t wanted to committed to the $$$, so I’ve been using MaryKay’s Makeup Remover until I run out and then I’ll be shopping again. MK’s isn’t bad, but it’s not as gentle as Lancome’s. I’ve tried a few other products I’ll review later.
- Wash my face again (sometimes twice to remove everything) with MaryKay’s 4-in-1 TimeWise.
- MaryKay’s TimeWise Replenishing Serum C
- And again just a little bit of spot treatment for any dry spots using MaryKay’s Oil-Free Hydra-Gel
A few things I want to point out. First, the Ordinary products are half the price at Ulta. Second, I did sell MaryKay products for a period of time, I no longer do, but yes I still love a lot of what they have to offer and no they stuff isn’t crap, it’s just from an MLM company. Lastly, the reason I am very light on moisturizing is not because my skin is oily, but because my dad has a background in toxicology and pharmacology and while he is in a different industry now, he originally started in the pharmaceutical/beauty/cleaning industry. He specifically ran clinical trials on the long-term continual use of moisturizer on peoples skin and basically he said that the more you use it, the more your skin starts to adapt and expect it as the barrier for moister on your face — i.e. your face stops producing it’s own necessary oils/moisturizer etc. Both my mom and I are very light on the amount of product we put on our face in general. The BIGGEST factors for deterring aging is sunscreen, retinol, diet, moisturizing (as needed), and genetics.
So what’s your skin story? Do you use any MUST HAVE products? I would love to know what! Remember, we are all beautiful in our own skin, created as image bearers of the true king.
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