A solid skincare regimen is hard to pin down. At least for me it always is. My face went through a period of excessive dryness recently, and I decided now was as good a time as ever to try out a new regimen. The main thing I wanted to work on was adding moisture. However, although my skin was dry I also had very clogged pores (especially on my nose). With oily skin a big misconception is thinking that the skin needs to be as bare as possible at all times. However, constantly stripping your skin can cause an excessive production of oils or the opposite, dryness. So I decided to go as basic and simple as I could to reduce oil and combat dryness.
Equate Beauty Daily Facial Cleanser
I was using the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleaner approximately twice a week for months prior. I felt like it got the job done, but stripped my skin too much to use on a daily basis. When my face went wonky and dried out a week ago, I knew that I needed to switch up my cleanser. So I needed something that would cleanse my skin but not strip it. The Equate Beauty Daily Facial Cleanser is compared to the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (very identical yet cheaper). The cleanser has been great at removing dirt and oil from my face, but it does not leave my skin feeling depleted of all moisture.
DG Brands Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is known for being an inexpensive and effective toner. I’ve never been consistent with my usage of witch hazel. I felt like now was a good time to include it into my new skincare regimen. It’s very simple which is always a good thing. According to an online article on Prevention;
Besides witch hazel being an astringent that decreases oil and redness, the antimicrobial properties of tannins can reduce bacteria growth on the skin.Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules. – Prevention
A trick that I picked up from beauty influencer Jackie Aina, was to place the toner in the refrigerator and when it’s time to use it the toner will be cooling to the skin and also aid in closing up pores after cleansing. I apply my witch hazel to a cotton ball, but you can also place it in a spray bottle and spritz it onto your face.
Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector
What’s a good skincare regimen without a good moisturizer? I’ve been without a legit facial moisturizer for years. I know you’re probably like, “Well, duh Keshia. That’s probably your problem,”. I’ve been using the same lotion that I use for my body post shower. Although that lotion works fine on my body it is proving not to be sufficient for my face. The Formula 10.0.06 Perfector was the first item I purchased when creating this regimen. I stumbled through the skincare aisles at Ulta for 30 minutes before deciding on this moisturizer. The product contains blackcurrant, licorice, cranberry, and aloe. I had no idea that blackcurrant and licorice were great for skin. The duo is both moisturizing and aid in reducing blemishes. I’m using it twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Within a week of using it my face feels and looks so much softer.
Additional Regimen Tips
- Silence The Sweet Tooth – My sweet tooth can get out of hand sometimes. Sugar can affect the body in so many ways. One of those ways is it can cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is not good for acne. Kicking sugar is a difficult thing to do. It’s in everything! So, I’m not quitting sugar totally. I’m just restraining myself from eating too much processed sugar (ex. candy, soda, etc.)
- Dairy Free – Everyone reacts to dairy differently. I personally don’t have an issue with small amounts of cheese or coffee creamers. However, ice cream causes problems for me internally and it often shows on my face. Also milk, for cereal, is a no-go for me too.
I hope my skincare regimen helps any of you struggling with the same skin issues. What is your skincare regimen? Let me know in the comments!