For 2018, one of my new year’s resolutions was to take better care of my skin. I am fortunate enough to be blessed with some pretty great skin and I can confidently say, I get it from my mama. Her skin looks like a pre-pubescent teenager. Completely untouched with all kinds of high cheekbones and zero wrinkles in sight.
Ever since I could remember, my mother always told me to wash my face twice a day. Also, to never rub your skin when drying it with a towel. Always blot, otherwise tugging at wet skin can cause wrinkles. I can still remember her buying the liquid Neutrogena gel as my first face cleanser. Just like any rebellious child/teen, I never listened to her. I hated washing my face, which now sounds really gross. I didn’t care when she would tell me, “you only get one set of skin and you need to take care of it.”
Fortunately, the powers have been in my favor and my skin looks pretty good! I never really invested in my skin and purchased a ton of beauty products. But good luck always fades at some point, right?
I once saw that my mom had this Aveeno face cleanser in her bathroom. I tried it out and was amazed that this liquid became foamy and cleaned my face! I decided I would buy and use it regularly. My skin looked great and glowy! And that’s basically how my skin journey began.
I have been using Aveeno’s face cleanser and moisturizer for YEARS and it has never failed me. My skin tends to be on the dry side so I always have to be care about what products I use. Once I find something that works, I stick to it. When I first started washing my face regularly, I rarely used make-up remover 1.) Because I hardly ever wore make up, so I never felt like I had a dirty face, if that makes any sense. 2.) Because I was lazy (still am on occasion).
Okay- back to my 2018 journey. I had to do some research to see what steps I was missing in my nightly routine. I needed to find something that wasn’t going to completely overdo my skin and dry it out. Here’s what I found!
5 Step Nightly Skincare Routine:
- Micellar Make Up Remover. Super important! Get rid of any possible junk that is on the initial layer of skin.
- Face Cleanser. Get in those pores and remove all the excess dirt to help prevent breakouts. I love foam cleansers because it’s lighter on my skin.
- Toner. I knew nothing about toners and what they do for skin until about two months ago. I found a product that doesn’t have too much acidity in it and won’t dry out my skin. I’ve read a lot that anything with rose water or rose petals is supposed to be fabulous. I like to use my fingers and pat it into my skin versus using a cotton ball and rubbing into my skin. As mom said, don’t tug at damp skin. Well and you lose a lot of the product in the pad and you have to re-stock much faster.
- Eye Serum. I don’t really have any dark circles or bags under my eyes. So I use this more as a preventative treatment. There are plenty of other serums out there that go just beyond eyes. But I just can’t afford it, so to hell with it.
- Moisturizer. Again- skin basically shrivels up anytime water comes near it. So I have to use a heavy duty cream to keep my skin hydrated throughout the night. Also check for products that have spf in it to protect your skin during the day.
Overall beauty time: 5-7 minutes
Exfoliate. I only do this once a week, every Wednesday. Exfoliation removes all of the dead skin cells and promotes new cell growth creating a younger fresher look. There are tons of different kinds of exfoliates out there, such as a polish or granular. I’m pretty sure I’m using some crystal shit I got from my FabFitFun box. Only do this once or twice a week-anymore than that can damage your skin. Apply before step 3.
Masks. Clay masks or water-gel masks? I love both. It just depends on how I am feeling or what I want to accomplish. If I want really clean out my pores, I go with the clay mask to help get rid of any extra toxins in my pores. If I want my skin to be extra hydrated, I’ll go with a water-gel. It’s cool and light texture will leaving you feeling like you just left an expensive spa-treatment. Apply before step 5 if using a clay mask. Apply AFTER step 5 if using water-gel mask.
Lip Scrubs: Your lips are just as much apart of your skin as your eye lids are. And no one wants to walk around with crusty, peeling lips. It’s just gross. Use your scrubs ladies and get ready to pucker up!
As I continue on with this journey, I will look into other products and treatments to see how I can improve my skin and truly make it look like Halle Berry’s skin on her worst day (joke-she never has a bad day), I’ll also share my story about my microneedling treatment from last year and whether or not I would do it again.
Until next time…xoxo!