I know I’m suuuper late with posting my skincare routine since you voted “yes” on Instagram a long, long, long, time ago, but! You know how it is, life happens, it was summer, and also I have never done an article of this magnitude before so I wanted to invest some time in it and get it right. 🙂
The good thing is that my skincare routine has not changed at all in the past few months. I use the same products that I discovered work for me or that my dermatologist suggested I use & I abide by a few very strict rules in order to get that healthy, glowing skin.
I have very oily, sensitive skin, prone to breakouts and I have seen many a dermatologist since I started struggling with acne at 14. The fight is not over, but my skin has cleared out remarkably well in the past 2 years after I met a good dermatologist. If you have any skin issues, it’s best to find a good health care professional to help you and suggest the best care for your specific needs.
That being said, here it is: my morning and night time skincare routine.
Cleanse | Protex Fresh
I start the day by washing my face with an antibacterial soap. I use Protex Fresh after my dermatologist recommended it. There’s a lot of debate regarding whether soap is good for your skin, the consensus being that it dries your skin, robbing it of all its natural oils. Personally, I do not find that to be true. My skin is very oily and this soap has helped by keeping all that oiliness under control. After using it my face feels squeaky clean.
Moisturize | Ivatherm AQUAFIL LIGHT Mild Cleansing Milk + Pixi Jasmine Oil Blend Serum
It is important that you moisturize your skin well after using any kind of cleanser. Because I have very oily, sensitive skin, my dermatologist recommended I use a very light, milk or water-based moisturizer. In that sense, I use the Ivatherm AQUAFIL LIGHT Mild Cleansing Milk. Technically it’s not actually a moisturizer, it’s a milk-based cleanser, but I found that it hydrates my skin very well without having any feeling of greasiness, and without my skin getting dry or having dry patches even in the winter time. If I had to pick one wonder product that I currently use in my skincare routine, this is probably it.
A few months ago, I received a few skin care products from Pixi which have also worked pretty well for me. So I started to include them in my skin care routine. In the morning I mix three drops of the Pixi’s Jasmine Oil Blend Serum with my Ivatherm moisturizer. It claims that it helps “skin recover from loss of moisture and dullness. It helps to repair damage as well as calm and restore stressed and unbalanced skin.” One thing is for certain, it helps me get that beautiful morning glow without clogging up my pores.
Using oils is another one of those debates: should you or should you not use oils, especially when you have oily skin? I bet you heard a lot about what a miracle coconut oil is! In my experience, it really, really depends on your skin and what you know works for it. I suggest you use them and see how your skin reacts. In that sense, you should definitely check out this comprehensive comedogenic chart or just google for one, there are plenty of them.
Comedogenic oils are those with elements that get stuck in your pores (consequently trapping dirt, bacteria, and other impurities with them). Clogged pores are breeding grounds for acne-causing bacteria and are one of the main causes of breakouts. Non-comedogenic oils will not clog your pores. The comedogenic scale ranges from 0 (won’t clog your pores) to 5 (will definitely clog your pores). Coconut oil has a rating of 4, which means it will most likely clog your pores and people with acne prone skin would not tolerate it very well.
Jasmine oil, the main ingredient in Pixi’s Jasmine Oil Blend Serum has a very low rating on the comedogenic scale. No wonder it works pretty well for me.
Treat | Ducray Keracnyl Repair Cream
My dermatologist recommended I use Ducray Keracnyl Repair Cream in order to both prevent acne & repair the skin as it helps with acne scarring. I use a drop of this after step 2 above on just the problematic areas of my skin, on the jawline and below. It is a very light paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic cream.
Cleanse & exfoliate | Protex Fresh + MARK Coffee Coconut Scrub
First, if I’m wearing any makeup, I remove it with a makeup removal wipe. Then, I wash my face with the same antibacterial soap I use in the morning, most days mixed up with the MARK Coffee Coconut Scrub. Using a light scrub every day is also something my dermatologist recommended. The scrub removes all the dirt, makeup & dead skin cells and so all the follow-up products (oils, serums, creams) get better absorbed into the skin.
Is exfoliating every day bad for your skin? The answer is: maybe. Exfoliating every day can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause all sorts of problems from irritation to breakouts to wrinkles. How often should you exfoliate? Answer: enough so that you stay on the right side of smooth, polished skin. In other words, if your skin becomes irritated and inflamed, you should use it less often or switch over to a lighter, less abrasive scrub.
In the beginning, I used to decide if I should exfoliate or not based on whether my skin was as smooth & as polished as it should be after washing my face. If it wasn’t, then I used the scrub. Now, with a little bit of experience, I notice very easily when my skin is loaded with impurities and therefore when it needs a good scrub.
As a scrub, my dermatologist actually recommended I use cornmeal mixed with wheat bran every day, as both cornmeal and wheat bran are very light, natural and do not contain any other ingredients that can irritate your skin. I used this combination of products until I switched over to the MARK Coffee Coconut Scrub, mostly by accident. I took a shower one day and realized too late that I had run out of cornmeal/bran combination. Since I needed to exfoliate I thought why not try it on my face? It does smell pretty amazing!
Moisturize | Ivatherm AQUAFIL LIGHT Mild Cleansing Milk + Pixi Overnight Glow Serum & Primally Pure Beauty Cream
In the evenings, I use a mix of the same Ivatherm AQUAFIL LIGHT Mild Cleansing Milk that I use in the morning and a drop of Pixi’s Overnight Glow Serum. The Overnight Glow Serum is a product that Pixi sent to me and that I fell in love with ever since the first use. It’s supposed to “exfoliate & soothe skin while you sleep to reveal a brighter complexion; help reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time.” And “is enriched with cucumber & aloe vera extracts to calm skin and vitamins A, C & E to nourish.” It has worked pretty well for me ever since I first used it. It really does exfoliate my skin and I wake up with soft, polished, bright skin even when I don’t use an actual scrub.
The Primally Pure Beauty Cream is essentially a face cream that was sent to me for review a while back. I found it to be a bit too greasy for my face, but that it works pretty nicely for my under-eye area. It nourishes the area very well, and as with most Primally Pure products, it smells amazing. All Primally Pure products are organic, made with as few ingredients as possible and contain no preservatives.
Treat | Mask Plus Gel + Pixi Glow Mist or Primally Pure Geranium Complexion Mist
The Mask Plus Gel is a leftover of my last dermatological treatment that I still use from time to time whenever my skin gives me problems, something that happens usually around my period. It’s one of those products that you can feel right away that it works. It dries out blemishes overnight and reduces inflammation.
I use it right after cleansing and just let my skin be for the night, without any moisturizer or serum or oil of any kind. If I do feel my skin is a bit dry, I either apply a little bit of the Ivatherm moisturizer first or follow up with the Pixi’s Glow Mist or the Primally Pure Geranium Complexion Mist.
Pixi Glow Mist is a face mist made out of different oils and fruit extracts. Pixi says it “hydrates, protects and nourishes, sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin, refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow.” I apply it on the face and chest area and I feel it hydrates my skin in just the right amount. I wake up with soft skin and no trace of greasiness.
Primally Pure Geranium Complexion Mist is a spray that acts both as a toner and a bit of a moisturizer. The aloe vera in it makes sure your skin is hydrated, and the witch hazel, an astringent, acts as a toner. Plus, it smells very relaxing and is perfect for when I’m ready to go to bed.
Lips | Ivatherm Multi-Performance Lip Balm or Aloha Coconut Chapstick
I use lip products in the morning, before I go to bed, and whenever I need to during the day. I either use the Ivatherm Multi-Performance Lip Balm or Aloha Coconut Chapstick, depending which one I happen to have with me at the time.
The Ivatherm Multi-Performance Lip Balm is a very nourishing, thick lip balm that has no taste or smell. I have been using it for a while and it works great during both the summer and the winter time.
The Aloha Coconut Chapstick is another great option. It hydrates well while being very light on the lips. It leaves no greasy streaks and it smells ah-mazing!
Every now and again I like to use a face mask and I try to do it weekly. I find that a good mask hydrates my skin and makes it extra smoother. Not only that, pampering, in general, makes me feel better overall. Here are my latest go to masks that I love to use:
These serum infused masks come in pairs, one for the morning and one for the evening. The morning one hydrates, de-puffs and tones sleepy skin, while the evening one is very thick and nourishing, calming the skin. Ever Beauty masks are free of nasty stuff such as alcohol, perfume, silicones, mineral oil, parabens, colors, phthalates, triclosan, toluene, SLS, siloxanes, and hydroquinone.
Dr. Jart+ Wrinkless Solution is another super hydrating sheet mask that leaves my skin exquisitely smooth. It works for all skin types and is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
The Glow O2 Oxygen Mask is a 5-minute mask that immediately tones and detoxifies the skin and makes it feel super tight. I love applying it in the morning before doing my makeup.
You’ve probably noticed that I like to use light, water or gel-based products that do not leave the skin feeling oily at all. These types of products work well for people with normal or oily skin, and probably not so well with dry skin. Either way, if you have any kind of skin problem, find a good dermatologist. It will do wonders for your skin.
I cannot pinpoint to one particular product in my skincare routine that has definitely and without any doubts cleared my acne, but all these products combined have certainly given me the clear, healthy skin I wished for.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my skincare routine! If you have any questions or comments, or you’d like me to try some product or other, let me know in the comment section below!
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