Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's your skin care routine?

If you're like me, you've had some problems with oily skin and blemishes, some that might have left a few scars... physical and emotional!

When I got my first facial, I also got a lesson in skin care that I've really taken to heart.  While I do recommend a product like ProActiv for moderate acne (it worked wonders for me, and many others I know!), a good skin care routine can help you maintain healthy, bright skin.

And it doesn't have to cost you a ton of money.  I used to buy into the pricey products (I still have a weakness for Estee Lauder's Idealist), now I use a simple four-product combo that has really made me a happy camper!

My Routine...

(1) Daily Cleanser:  Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($14).  It comes in a HUGE pump bottle (you won't buy this often!), and it sits right on my sink. This is my morning and evening face wash, when I don't use my exfoliator.  Use cold water so that your pores don't open up!

(2) Astringent:  Witch Hazel (~$3).  Just buy it generic at your drugstore, put it on a cotton pad, and spread on your face.  I should do this daily, but I usually only get around to it every few days.

(3) Exfoliator:  St. Ive's Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub ($4).  I leave this in the shower, and use it instead almost daily instead of my Cetaphil so I can slough off that dead skin!  It's their 'gentle' formula, so I don't have to worry about it being too harsh.  I love this, and it's so affordable!

(4) Daily Moisturizer:  Eucerin Everyday Protection w/SPF 30 ($9).   This sensitive-skin face lotion is my daily moisturizer and sunscreen in one!  If my face is raw and dry, it's the only thing that doesn't make it sting and burn.  I love it, and the scent is mild, like sunscreen.  I discovered it at a drugstore, and now I won't buy anything else.

The grand total for all of these products?  I spent $30.  That's it!  HALF the price of even a little bottle of an expensive department store bottle of anything.

I still have my occasional hormonal breakout, but I really think this has improved the way my face looks, and it gives me a great blank slate to work with when I'm applying makeup (always start with primer, like the Smashbox Photo Finish one I use!)

What's your skin care routine?


  1. I just started using Cetaphil and I love it!! I continue to use Proactiv to clear off dead skin, and I'm a big fan of Biore pore strips.

  2. Cetaphil is GREAT! And that huge bottle isn't too expensive, either! I definitely loved Proactiv, but ended up with so much product (even after changing shipping patterns) that I just cancelled it and moved on.

    I am going to have to give Biore pore strips another try; I didn't have a lot of success a few years back, but I'm trying to find a good solution for blackheads!


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