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Tuesday, April 30, 2019


This year has been FLYING by! A little while ago, one of my classmates dm'd me on Instagram asking about my skincare routine. When I sent over my last blog post on my full skincare routine to her, I realized it's time for an update! I'm constantly trying new products and so my skincare routine changes a lot, but there are a few things that are too good to stray from. Keep reading for my breakdown!

A little about my skin: my main struggles are with sensitivity and acne. My skin type is extremely oily and easily irritated. While I'm pretty good at keeping my facial acne in check with my routine, I struggle with acne on my shoulders and back. I have stuff that I do, which I'll talk about below, but it feels like no matter what I always get cyclical acne flareups on my shoulders and back no matter what. Sigh.

My skincare routine is not as strict as it has been in the past, and this is mainly because I'm working full time now and sometimes I'm just too tired to do all my skin stuff. I'm all about taking time for me and pampering, but most nights I'd just rather spend that time watching my shows or out with friends.  If you're busy like me but don't want to totally sacrifice your skin because of it, then a lot of these products will definitely work for you!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
This has been my go-to facial cleanser for almost two years now. I was surprised when I first made the switch over to this because for YEARS I had been using the harshest acne fighting cleansers I could find. Everything had to have wither benzol peroxide or salicylic acid. This cleanser is famous for being one of the gentlest out there, and it took some getting used to the fact that it doesn't really foam up on my skin and doesn't strip off every ounce of oil. I like that this seems to remove excess oil on my face from the day but not all the oil, feels more balanced.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
This is my default moisturizer. This formula is moisturizing enough for me and never gets greasy on my skin. The moment I apply it it soaks in right away. It's a bummer that this doesn't have SPF inside, so I'm definitely considering buying an additional product to give me that daily protection (since I normally don't wear foundation everyday). This lotion has never made me feel like it's clogging my pores or causing breakouts.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
I received a Caudalie set from an event around the holidays which included three minis (this and the following two). Caudalie is a fancy shmancy brand to me and I hadn't tried any products from their brand before this. I started using this trio of products in the morning and night about three weeks ago to see how I like it. I think this serum has definitely improved the brightness of my skin and maybe even lightening some acne scarring. I do think sometimes this can be a little too much for my skin and cause some rogue breakouts, so if you're very acne prone then maybe steer clear.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
THIS is the real standout product from that trio! I always wondered why this stuff is so pricey, but the moment I tried this I realized it's because it's LUXURY! I love that this spritz is a superfine mist and leaves the most refreshing minty feeling on my face. The scent is like rosemary and mint, and normally I'm not into herby-smelling things but I find this calming. I spray this after the serum and before applying moisturizer. I think I'll have to splurge and buy the full size of this, it also makes my skin look dewy and beautiful.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
Cetaphil is my reliable standard moisturizer, but this is a treat. The "sorbet" in the name refers to the fact that the texture is a very interesting gel/mousse type of thing. A little bit of this goes a long way, and I find it literally melts into my skin. This is so expensive though... and when my Cetaphil does the job, I just can't see myself buying the full-size of this.

I had a really awful experience that happened not once but TWICE that left me with permanent scarring. I get these blackheads on the edge of my lips that drive me insane and I always think they're easier to pop out than they really are. On separate occasions, I tried popping one and it made it completely irritated and into a full blown deep rooted whitehead. Each time it was on one of the peaks of my lips, and also each time I had a dark red scar left from the marks. I use Bio-oil to help fade the marks, and while it does take consistent application and the course of a few months, this does work! (If you want to read more about how I treated those horrible breakouts, click here)

Freeman Beauty Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask
Freeman Beauty mud masks are soooo consistently amazing. For three bucks, this mask is a total steal! I find that the charcoal and black sugar mud mask absorbs excess oil from my skin and helps prevent breakouts. The best way to deal with breakouts is to try and stop them before they become full blown, and I always feel like this mask soothes bumps that are potential pimples.

St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask
I think I've featured this product a million times on this blog already so I'll try and keep things short! This is not the St. Ives Apricot scrub you used to use in middle school. The oatmeal scrub is very gentle and never feels like it has stripped your skin bare. I use this about every other night now while I'm in the shower. I apply it on and let it sit on my face a few minutes to let the steam combine and work its magic. This scrub helps keep my face very soft and rids of any dead skin that could dampen my glow.

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil
If you don't have a little bottle of straight tea tree oil, go get some immediately! This is a staple item for dabbing onto acne spots. Even under the skin pimples seem to dissipate after I dab this on at night and wash off in the morning. This little bottle has lasted me years, and I think I picked it up from Marshall's for only $7.

Proactiv+ Emergency Blemish Relief
For when I need a little extra oomph, I bring out these big guns. Even though I'm off the Proactiv+ system (have been for three years now), I keep this spot treatment around because I think it's amongst the best on the market. After removing blackheads, I smooth on a layer of this stuff to prevent any whiteheads from popping up. When I have a really bad pimple that doesn't seem to be responding to my tea tree oil, I use this and it usually does the trick.

Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment
At the beginning I mentioned how most of my acne concerns are actually on my shoulders and back. I don't know why I'm so prone to breakouts in that area but it's been like this for years and doesn't show signs of changing. Back in high school, I was actually avoidant of outfits that would show those areas because it used to be a lot worse. Nowadays, I keep breakouts at bay as much as possible by using this treatment. After coming out of the shower each night, I smooth this over my shoulders and back. I found this to be too harsh on my face back in the day, but for the thicker skin on my body it's great!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I use this rosewater to spray my shoulders and back after applying the treatment above. One of my hunches has been that my body lotion might be irritating the acne prone areas on my shoulders and back, so I started spraying this on top to give my some moisture. Remember, moisturizing is not your enemy just because you have oily skin! I used to think moisturizer on my face was to be minimum since my skin was so oily, but actually that lack of moisture can prompt your skin to overproduce oil in an effort to compensate for that deficit.

Nügg Face and Sleep Mask
This is a product I only recently started using, and you can read way more about it here. Two nights a week, I use this mask overnight to give my skin a little moisture pampering. I apply this onto my skin after washing my face and let it dry. It feels like a gel moisturizer and I find it's enough to keep my skin feeling supple, but usually I add a few sprays of rosewater for good measure.

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