Summer is right around the corner so it’s only right that your skin is POPPIN! So today I’m going to be sharing my current skincare routine and some items I’ve recently transitioned from.
So before we get into the products I wanted to share a little history about my skin and what I look for when I search for new items to include in my skincare routine. About a year ago I decided to really get serious about my skincare routine and try to figure out what I needed to have the best skin I could possibly have. Prior to getting serious, I was a big-time black soap and shea butter only fan, which does work. But once I started to regularly use makeup I did start to notice a few extra pimples pop up here and there. This made me realize that I probably wasn’t doing the best job of actually clarifying my face and making sure my pores were dirt free. So with that, my journey began.
The first thing I did was take a trip to sephora and do their skinIQ test. The skinIQ test is a lot like their colorIQ test, they take a device and apply it to several parts of your face, take a scan then tell you your skin type in those areas. I learned that I have regular skin in the middle of my face, dry skin on my forehead and VERY dry skin around my mouth and chin region. Along with those results from the test I let the consultant know I wanted to ensure whatever items recommended also treated acne and hyperpigmentation. From that she was then able to recommended a few products for me to try.
I started out using a few Murad acne clearing products and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum to aid with discoloration. I quickly learned my skin was way to dry for those products. It was then recommended that I try the Sunday Riley line. I used their Space Race line minus the mask, Luna sleeping oil, Tidal and Good Genes to treat my hormonal acne, hyperpigmentation and very dry skin. I used this routine daily for about 9 months or so. Those items did work for me but I didn’t think they worked enough for their high price tag. On average I was spending around $300 every time I needed to re-up products and was not seeing a very significant improvement.
So instead of restocking all my products last month, I decided to find some alternatives. Now when I say alternatives these items are not considered dupes to what I was using they are just products that aim to either treat the same conditions or items that contain very similar ingredients.
I start off my routine by washing my face with Camille Rose’s Turmeric Cleansing Bar. Camille Rose’s Tumeric bar aims to remove blemishes and gently exfoliate the top layer of skin. It also helps treat eczema, acne, psoriasis and stimulates blood circulation keeping the skin soft and smooth. I then follow that up by applying The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid all over my face and neck. Hyaluronic Acid is great for people with dry skin because it aids in replenishing moisture. You only need about 2 drops of this stuff because it’s pretty thick but it does absorb into the skin pretty quick.
I then apply Bahi’s Galore’s Garden Vitamin C Serum, which aids in fading dark marks and brightening skin tone. It contains vitamin E, Vitamin C and Orange extract. I then finish up my morning routine by applying Bahi’s Sunflower Sweets Serum which helps with unclogging pores, reducing breakouts and evening your skin tone. This Serum can also be used as a moisturizer containing vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Turmeric Oil, Orange Extract, Grapefruit Extract and Grapeseed Oil.
I repeat this same process at night but add The Ordinary’s 5% Lactic Acid as my first step after washing my face. I really like this item because it’s a chemical exfoliator and leaves my face feeling soft and smooth in the morning. I honestly think it may work just as well as Sunday Riley’s Good Genes but I won’t jump to conclusions just yet.
So that’s my current skincare routine and so far I really like it. I don’t get as many pimples and I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the texture of my skin. I would say texture is probably the biggest improvement I’ve seen overall. There has also been an improvement in my hyperpigmentation and dark marks, on average it takes about 3-4 weeks for new scars to fade completely.
I wouldn’t mind adding a more deep cleaning face mask to my routine but I haven’t personally used one that doesn’t burn my face so maybe that’ll be something I can recommend in my next skincare post. Well, I hope this was helpful and if you’ve tried any of these items let me know your opinion on them. If you have any product recommendations please put that in the comments section below.
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