Even though my skin not perfect now, it’s much better than it has been in a long time and I have really been able to get my acne under control.
I’m a creature of habit and when I find something that works, I stick with it. I don’t like trying new products if what I’m using already works. I’m kinda boring like that
Things I learned
Natural is not always best. There is a huge green movement, ranging from skincare products using more natural ingredients to mineral powder foundations. The hippie in me wanted to embrace this movement,as well. And for a while, I convinced myself that natural was better.
The thing I learned is that I have to use that is best for my skin. I can try to incorporate more natural skin care products if it works for my skin, but I can’t force it. And sometimes, I need stronger chemical (gasp!) products to control things – such as my acne. There is nothing wrong with that.
Your skin changes. Something that worked for me 3 years ago, stopped working for me earlier this year, and I needed to adapt.
Education is key. I thought that I was fairly knowledgeable in skincare. After all, I had been struggling with acne since grade 7. But, this time, I still learned new things that I have been able to incorporate in my daily regime.
My New Regime
Includes more moisturizing. Since I use stronger products to control my oil and exfoliate my skin, I needed to make sure my skin was moisturized and protected.
I have combined the best of what my dermatologist has recommended with more natural and moisturizing products. I have also tried to avoid the products that Baumann did not recommend for oily, sensitive and pigmented skin types.
Cleanse with gentle cleanser. I use Spectro Jel. Tone with a glycolic acid toner. Acne spot treatment, as required. Moisturize dry areas – around my eyes and cheeks. Apply sunscreen then make up.
The glycolic acid toner helps slough away dead skin cells, and I moisturize in dry areas so that my face doesn’t go to overdrive and produce too much oil. I use more natural moisturizers because I find they absorb more easily into my skin.
Remove make-up. Apply serum all over face and neck. Apply acne gel all over face and neck. Moisturize with night cream in dry areas. I also use a bit of Vitamin E oil for spot treatments at areas of pigmentation, as needed.
Once a week (when I can squeeze it in):
Sour cream and honey mask. For exfoliation and soothing. I think honey also has anti bacterial properties, as well. And a hydrating mask and a clay mask. For hydration and reducing oil production.
What is your AM and PM skin regime? Do you use a weekly mask? Or have any DIY toiletries to share? I’d love to hear them.