In order for our makeup to look good, we have to take care of our skin first! :) No matter how expensive your makeup is it will look really cheap and awful if your skin is dry, flaky, dull or oily!! I'm not a dermatologist, a beauty therapist or anything like that, but I've done lots of research and experimentation with my skincare routine over the past 8-9 years, so I gotta know something, right? ;)
So, a little bit about my skintype: I have combination/oily, acne-prone skin with really dry and flaky patches around my mouth and on the sides of my nose! I don't know why, since I don't use any harsh products on my face! I'll mention that to my dermatologist, because I have an appointment with her at the end of this month, but if you have any suggestions/tips for me, I'd love to hear them! :)
I usually wash my face once a day, because washing my face twice a day dries it out and makes it more oily, because it strips the face from its natural oils! I wash my face while taking a shower and then at some point during the day, when I'm feeling oily, I simply splash my face with some water and then pat it dry with a towel ! :) To wash my face I use Mey Vital Liquid Soap and every 8-10 days I use Mey Foam Cleanser for Oily And/Or Acne Skin, which is a lot more intense than the first one! Before getting in the shower I take a cotton pad, I pour some Garnier Pure Active Toning Lotion, which removes from of the dirt and oils from my face and "burns" my blemishes, and I gently wipe my whole face with it, except for the dry patches I mentioned above!
Once I get out of the shower I pat my face dry with a towel and then I take another cotton pad and I spray some rosewater on it, since I'm using it as my toner! It feels nice, it's natural, it doesn't irritate my skin and it soothes my dry patches! It's cheap too! ;) Sometimes I use my Avene Thermal Water as toner, it works great too! After that I moisturize my face with Avene Matifying Fluid Moisturizer, which as its name says is a matifying moisturizer and as far as moisturizing goes it's something between a gel and a cream! Before that I was using Avene Cleanance Emulsion Anti-shine Regulating Lotion, which is a gel-like moisturizer, but I found out that it irritated my dry patches, so I stopped using it! Plus it didn't leave my skin that matte!
For eye cream I have Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream, which is a really basic, soothing eye cream! I didn't choose any anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle eye cream, because I'm 26 and I feel like it's a bit early for me to start with anti-ageing products! By the way I rarely use my eye cream, I guess I'm too lazy to do it! lol I use it sometimes at night or when I'm using an under eye concealer! :)
Usually once a week I exfoliate my skin with lemon juice and sugar, which is all natural and a lot cheaper than the Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub I have! It actually does a better job than the Avene! Usually the next day after exfoliation I apply a face mask on my face! I got 2 face masks, Soothing Moisture Mask and Cleanance Exfoliating and Absorbing Cleansing Mask, both from Avene! When I feel my skin is kinda dehydrated, then I use the first one, when I'm during these days of the month (aka more oily skin) I use the second one! :)
I consider makeup removal part of our skincare routine, therefore I take it really seriously! Yeah I used to take my makeup off using makeup wipes when I was younger, but I NEVER slept with my makeup on! Taking my makeup off completely is really important to me now! Take a look at my current makeup removal routine if you want! Trust me, your skin will look much better if you take some more time to take your makeup off than just makeup wipes!
If you have any suggestions/tips/corrections on this blog post, please feel free to post them! ;) I would also love to know about your skincare routine! ;) Oh and one last thing, I've thinking about getting either iSkin or DermaNew, has anybody tried them?? Please let me know!! :) I'd love to get the infamous Clarisonic, but it's too expensive for me!