I’m not exactly sure what I did . . . but the last few months my face has hated me. I’ve never had a problem with breakouts, even throughout my teenage years when my hormones were going crazy. Now, all of a sudden, my pores have decided to become clogged and I’ve had some pretty regular breakouts. Nothing serious, but definitely annoying. It seems as though once one breakout goes away, along comes another one to replace it. I used to call each new blemish that appeared on my face my new “friend,” but now I’ve started to call them “family” as it seems they are here to stay . . .
I can’t exactly pinpoint what is irritating my skin, so I’m doing some serious skin care revamping.
I LOVE trying new skin care products, but until I can figure out what is causing this issue, I have to put my obsession on hold (sigh). I’ve stopped using face masks, moisturizers, and serums to see if that will help.
Next, I’ve swapped out all of my old skin care products and foundation. I am trying to apply the bare minimum amount of products to my face. I’m trying a different foundation, a different face wash, and a different makeup remover. My main objective is to let my skin breathe.
Here is my new simple and minimalistic skin care routine that will hopefully get rid of these obnoxious family members.
Cleanser: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
I use this in the shower every morning. I simply massage it into my skin with my fingertips to remove any oil that may have accumulated on my skin the night before. I rinse it off immediately and finish up my shower.
Sticking with my goals of minimizing the number of different products I’m applying to my face on the regular basis, I figured this foundation might do the trick. It is supposed to act as a concealer, foundation, and primer, all in one, while also including SPF. Although I have only tried this product a few times, I have really liked it so far (bonus points for coming with a pump). I probably could have gone a shade darker, but I’m making it work (thank you bronzer).
As for the rest of my makeup routine, I use a little bit of concealer, a light dusting of translucent powder, a swipe of blush and highlight, and a little bronzer. I try to avoid placing products on my breakout-prone areas, i.e. my chin and inner cheek area. I’ve also put a hold on using my oil control setting spray, as I’m worried that may be making things worse too.
At night, I just started using the Garner Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water. Again, I’m just trying these new products out to see if they make a difference, but I LOVE this product so far. There has been a lot of buzz about micellar cleansing waters, so when I saw this I just had to pick it up. Contrary to the old makeup-removing wipes I was using before, this leaves my face feeling really clean and healthy. It doesn’t burn or sting my eyes, it doesn’t have a harsh scent, and it actually removes way more makeup than my wipes ever did.
I try to use this as soon as I get home to minimize the time I have makeup on. Right before I go to bed, I use my Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System. I use the same cleanser at night as I do in the morning; I just apply it to my Mia2 rather than washing my face with my hands.
Now this was an investment, and I’m not sure what my opinion is so far. The Mia2 claims to clean six times better than your hands can do. It is supposed to remove impurities that generate from deep within your pores. There is, however, a “purge” period in the beginning. The purge period can last anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two, depending on your skin. Because it is cleaning your pores more deeply than any other method of cleansing, it is bringing to the surface dirt and oil that is trapped deep in your pores, which can cause breakouts. However, it claims that if you keep using it through the purge stage, your skin will be better than ever. I think I am finally getting toward the end of the purge stage, where I am seeing less breakouts than before, but definitely still some. I’m not sure if I have seen a tremendous difference in the condition of my skin, however I do notice that after I remove my makeup with a wipe and then use the Mia2, the brush head ends up being covered with makeup that the wipe missed. This was a large benefit to me.
I am going to stick to this routine for the next couple of weeks and see if I can notice a difference. I’d love to know what products you’re currently using in your skin care routines!
xo, simply jess