Love the skin you’re in.

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“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” 

Okay, so…as much as I love make-up products and getting “glammed up” I cannot wait to get home and take it ALL off! The key to flawless looking make-up is clear/healthy skin and obtaining clear skin requires having a consistent skin care routine. Many factors go into achieving and maintaining clear skin; the food we eat, how much water we consume daily and stress endured. Put it like this…whatever you put into your body reflects your outward appearance. Although sometimes it’s difficult to stay committed to a daily routine, it really does pay off and your skin will thank you!

A few skin care tips:

Know your skin type. Do you have dry, combination or oily skin?

Here’s the name of the game:

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Moisturize/Sunscreen

MY SKIN JOURNEY

Maintaining clear skin has ALWAYS been a struggle for me…for YEARS! From Middle/High school to post College…even moving into my adult years I’ve had an off and on battle with acne which I absolutely despised! I found it to be a major confidence-crusher. Even mild breakouts would make me feel less-than confident. I would have the worst breakouts to where I wouldn’t even want to socialize or be seen! I remember so vividly crying to my mom (I’m emotional) as a teenager about how awful my skin was and praying for it to improve. The day I had my first dermatologist visit (and wouldn’t be the last) was so exciting to me because I knew it was one step closer to having clear skin. I’ve been prescribed everything under the sun including the infamous “Differin Gel” that seems to be the universal treatment for anyone with acne.

To some, acne is often thought to be a trivial problem compared to other health issues/diseases. But for those who have it- it’s a real problem that can actually effect major social, psychological and emotional ramifications for many teenagers and adults. Having acne definitely took a toll on my self-esteem growing up and I know many out there can relate. It has been an ongoing goal to achieve clear, flawless skin and I’m still working on it at 30 years old! So…What do I have to do to achieve healthy/clear skin?

Here are a few tips:

  • 8 glasses of water daily
  • Eat healthy
  • 8 hours of sleep daily (that never happens)
  • Exercise at least 3 times per week
  • Reduce stress (easier said than done)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try sleeping on a silk/satin pillowcase

For more severe acne problems, consult with your local Dermatologist.

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

First things first, ALWAYS remember to take off your make-up every single night! I totally understand, some evenings you’re tired and had a long day or maybe partied a little too hard and just want to crash. Either way it’s best for your skin to remove any make-up and impurities before bed. Allowing make-up to stay on your skin overnight results in clogged pores which leads to breakouts (no bueno!).

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My go-to for removing my make-up are Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They are super effective and gently removes all dirt, oil and makeup in just one step. I keep a pack of removal wipes in a visible place so I won’t forget to take it off at night. This product is pretty amazing and I have been using this brand for years. I usually purchase mine from Target because it’s always a great deal. Try it out!

CLEANSE

After removing my makeup, I cleanse my face with Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator or KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser. Now…I’ve been using Proactiv off and on since my early/mid 20’s. I first tried it as a teenager, but it didn’t quite work for me until giving it another shot in my young adult years (adult acne is the worst!). The second time around I was so impressed with my results, I got hooked. It still works pretty well for my skin and helps me maintain clear skin with minimal breakouts. The only downside is it’s a little on the pricey side which is why I don’t use it as often so I can stretch the products out as long as I can. I only use the  Proactiv line 3-4 times a week (mostly at night). I alternate between that and other milder facial products (featured below).

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I recently started using the KIEHL’S line after being recommended by a friend and really like it so far. 

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For more of a deeper cleansing, I pull out my Clarisonic Mia 2. I’ve been using my Clarisonic off and on for years. I stopped using it for a while because I found with daily use I experienced my skin purging (breaking out) more than clearing up. I’ve read in reviews that purging of the skin may occur. However, my skin at that time just wasn’t clearing up the way I’d imagined it would. So…recently I’ve been using my Clarisonic and loving it! I use it 2-3 times a week for a deep cleansing; using the “Sensitive” brush head. It really does leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and looking radiant! This bad boy retails at $169…expensive? Yes, but we are investing in our skin, right?

EXFOLIATE 

What I love about the Proactiv line is the cleanser has gentle exfoliating beads that gets rid of any dead skin; leaving my skin nice and smooth. If I’m not using the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (acts as a cleanser as well) I use St. Ives Blemish Control exfoliator which works wonders at getting rid of dead skin!  

TONER

Next, I use toner. Some may skip this step in their daily skin care routine but for someone with extremely oily and acne-proned skin (that’s me) it’s necessary. It removes oil and traces of dirt and grim; soothing the skin. I use KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser which works very well. The Proactiv Pore Targeting Treatment is not exactly a toner, but acts as one.

MOISTURIZE

I use to always avoid really moisturizing my face because I already have super oily skin…why add to the greasiness?! In fact, neglecting to properly moisturize your face could actually lead to more breakouts! We don’t want that, do we? Absolutely NOT! Knowing your skin type is crucial when deciding on which moisturizer to purchase. I use either Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator or CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. Both products are light, gentle (for all skin types) and leaves your skin feeling refreshed to take on the day!

Have you developed a daily skin care routine? Do you know your skin type? What products work best for your skin?

Until next time!

♥Traci

 


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