I think I have finally found my holy combination of skincare. It has been a long road, but I think I have finally mastered treating my dry, acne prone skin. I do the same regimen every night (sometimes skipping a product).
I’m going to start with one tip that I think is the most important: put your magnetizing mirror away! I have a horrible habit of looking at my skin then obsessing over pores and little issues. Once I get it set in my mind that I’m going to try to fix it, I get in a trance and pick and prod my skin until it is beat red. Not cute. So, that is how we are starting this off. Stop picking and obsessing, it will help in the long run.
To start off, I use the Clinique “Take The Day Off” oil. It doesn’t matter whether or not I wore makeup that day. I just apply it to my dry skin and massage it around. Every drop of makeup and grime loosen up, then I just rinse my face and it all disappears down the drain.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil $14 – $28
Now that my skin is wet, I take the Philosophy “Clear Days Ahead” Cleanser. I used to use a very abrasive exfoliator to get rid of my horribly dry skin, but I’ve found this works better. I apply it to my face and work it in circles until its almost dry (so for a minute or two), then I take a damp wash cloth and rub it off. This helps with getting the dead skin off without being too harsh. I personally use the wash cloths from Target that come in an 8 pack. They are rough, but not too rough.
Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Treatment Cleanser $22
Target Room Essentials 8 Pack Washcloth Set $4
Thirdly, I use the Nip + Fab “Dragons Blood Fix Pads”. These are marketed as a skin plumping product, they contain salicylic and hyaluronic acid which clean pores while fighting acne. They also have Witch Hazel which fights impurities and helps make skin look smoother. The combination of ingredients hydrates while helping. So, the entire Dragons Blood line is great for dry, acne prone skin.
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Pads $13
If I need to (which I normally do), I add a touch of spot treatment to my cheeks. That is where I generally break out, so I use it most nights. I started using the Clean and Clear “Advantage Acne Spot Treatment”, when I use it before bed I can see a drastic difference in the morning. When it comes to spot treatments, Im a “when it burns you know its working” person, and this fits the bill. You barely need a drop of this potent product to erase acne spots.
Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment $8
Lastly, this dried skin girl needs her moisturizer. At the beginning of summer I fell in love with the Dermalogica “Intensive Moisture Balance”. I barely need any of this stuff and it keeps my skin flake free all day. It doesn’t have a scent and it isn’t overly oily for such an intense moisturizer. I just put a small amount of it on my finger, dab it around my face then massage it in using circular motions.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance $43 – $64
PS. I have decided to switch my usual background. From now on, I am going to utilize my extensive magazine collection and use a different editorial each time. For this post I used “Two For The Show” from American Vogue March 2015.