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My Skincare Routine and Tips

I love trying new face products, and over the last few years I’ve discovered some great ones that work with my skin. For those of you with sensitive skin, trust me, I understand that it’s not always easy to find cooperative products!

When buying a facial cleanser, toner, lotion or spot treatment, we want to know how it  improves the skin…does it clear existing dirt? Does it add moisture and glow?

All products have their purpose. To heal. To clean. To remove makeup. To eradicate imperfections. What’s worse than buying a product that ends up backfiring and amplifying a pre existing problem?

With trial and error, (and backfiring breakouts) I now have a regimen that has been helping me. Especially for those sensitive skin people, I’d love to share some stuff that works!

At one point, my skin was so troublesome I opted for a procedure that saved my skin (I’ll talk about this in a future post). So, this is my current daily skincare routine including my favorite products.

1. Remove the makeup

Whether morning or night, I use a makeup-removing wipe before washing my face. The amount of dirt and oil on the skin is more than you can see, and this helps ensure that the dirt is gone! I use Equate Beauty Sensitive Cleansing Facial Wipes or Neutrogena Makeup Remover Fragrance Free Cleansing Towelettes. For the eyes, I use Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover. You can buy each of these at Walmart for less than $5 a piece.

The Equate facial wipes are not fragrance free, but they are hypoallergenic and work for my skin. If you need something fragrance free, try Neutrogena. 

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2. Cleanse

After that, pick your cleanser. I switch between a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, an exfoliating cleanser, and a hydrating cleanser.

Benzoyl peroxide cleanser

This is an acne-fighting product that can be harsh for sensitive skin, especially if used everyday. Start with use every other day and ease into daily use.

One side effect of this product includes drying of the skin, and therefore possible breakouts upon initial use. When you strip your face of natural oils, the body overcompensates by producing MORE oil. If this happens, don’t fret, just decrease use and gradually increase. Clear skin will begin in 2-4 weeks if not instantly. Good things take time!

I use Equate Purifying Cleanser (Step 1 in the Acne Treatment System available at Walmart), comparable to Proactiv. It’s so affordable and lasts me a few months. Use a dime-sized amount on face and neck.

The benzoyl peroxide Purifying Cleanser is Step 1 in the Acne Treatment System


Hydrating Cleanser

The reason I rotate between a hydrating cleanser and a benzoyl peroxide is to prevent the drying effects of the latter product. Hydrating cleanser brings a smooth, elastic texture back to my skin, and Burt’s Bees has some wonderful skin-nourishing products. I use Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser and Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cleanser. Burt’s Bees is by far my favorite line of face products.

*Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

This cleanser, made with cotton extract, is fragrance free, hypoallergenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. It moisturizes and reduces redness as it cleanses! Read more about this $8.89 cleanser in the link above: available at Target or most grocery and drug stores.


*Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cleanser

Made with the moisture-trapping clary sage plant and with probiotic technology, this cleanser will leave your face smooth and clear. This $7.99 cleanser is available at Target and other grocery and drug stores.


Exfoliating Cleanser

It’s also important to exfoliate your face every week to remove dead cells that may be blocking your pores. I use Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub for $8.49 at Target. This scrub contains Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark as well as jojoba beads to naturally exfoliate and refine pores.

3. Tone

Toning after cleansing removes any trace of dirt and oil, while restoring the skin’s pH balance! I use Equate Rejuvenating Toner (Step 2 in the Equate Acne Treatment System pictured above) or Burt’s Bees Toner.These are my go- to favorites. Use a cotton ball to apply and air-dry!

*Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Toner

With Salicylic from Willow Bark and Lemongrass, this product clears and soothes the skin.You’ll feel great in no time. $8.99 at Target.


4. Eradicate Bacteria

Since all that cleansing didn’t take place for nothing, it’s important to make sure we kill existing bacteria and prevent new bacteria from appearing. I use prescription clindamyacin antibiotic wipes before applying Equate benzoyl peroxide lotion (Step 3 in the Acne Cleansing System pictured above) or Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Lotion for finishing. The antibiotic isn’t necessary for everyone but it’s an extra step that I’ve taken to keep acne at bay. I get this from my internal medicine MD.


5. Moisturize

It’s so important to choose a daytime moisturizer with spf protection. Skipping this step is just allowing photo-aging to happen. Lack of sun protection allows skin to age quickly, and we don’t want that!

My favorite moisturizers are Lasercare Moisturizer and CeraVe.

The Lasercare daily moisturizer is only available at the Lasercare Skin Clinic, in the Doctors Building on South University. This formula has zinc oxide, protecting and healing skin simultaneously. Zinc oxide calms redness, irritation, and inflammation while absorbing UVA and UVB rays.

CeraVe AM daytime moisturizer (click the link and scroll for a $2 off coupon!) is gentle with an spf of 30, and the PM nighttime moisturizer helps restore skin while you sleep.

Other Tips

*sleep- this is when the skin heals and renews! Missing out on sleep means more facial imperfections

*drink less alcohol – alcohol dehydrates us, leaving no moisture in our skin which causes our body to overproduce oil…and result in blocked pores and imperfections!

*hydrate – water is a natural detoxifier, flushing away imperfections from the inside out. It also adds much-needed moisture to our elastic skin

*eat less dairy – eating too much dairy can cause deep acne in the face. For those who eat too much of this or have a sensitivity, extra dairy from our diet leaves deposits in our skin

*eat more mangoes and avocados – include these foods for radiant skin

*wash your makeup brushes – brushes contain so much bacteria if not regularly washed. Aim to wash once a week with mild soap and water

Comment on this page with your own tips and favorite products!


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