Skin First


Hi everyone, welcome back to ”Skincare Saturday”! Skincare is something that has always been important to me and I have tried more products than I would like to admit to find the perfect skincare routine for my skin. All throughout Middle School and High School I battled the oiliest skin. An hour after putting on makeup I already would have to blot my face. I found products that helped to combat the oiliness and help my makeup stay matte.

In the last six months my skin turned dry almost overnight. I went from one extreme to the other. Because of this I had to change my entire skincare routine. Now I look for products that are hydrating and moisturizing. I also look for products that give my skin a glowy appearance, something that I took for granted when I had oily skin. Below I am going to share with you my favorite products for each skin type. The best part about these products are they are budget friendly!

1. The first step in my oily skin routine is taking off my eye makeup. I looked for products that did not have oil in them as any extra oil on my face would cause a major breakout. I found the Equate Oil-Free Makeup remover to be the best. It took off the makeup with a swipe of the remover, with no harsh scrubbing. It also was not irritating to my eyes, which was something hard for me to find.

2. After taking my eye makeup off, I wash my face. For a face wash I looked for a fragrance and oil-free wash that did not have any harsh irritants. I tried many face washes over the years that had salicylic acid which caused me to have a red and inflamed face. Liquid Neutrogena Face Wash is the best I have found as it is gentle and made my face feel fresh immediately after.

3. After washing I liked using a toner. Using a toner on your face cleans your face from what your face wash did not clean and also minimizes the appearance of large pores. I used Witch Hazel as a toner as I felt that even though it is a toner it also helped diminish the appearance of my unwanted blemishes.

4. For years I never put moisturizer on my face as I felt that it would make my face even more oily. I was wrong. As my dermatologist explained to me, not put ting moisturizer on your face causes more oil to be produced to help any dry spots that may be deep in the skin layers. I love Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer as it does not make your face feel oil and truly does control the oil. As an added bonus it also has SPF to protect your skin from those harsh rays.

5. The last step to my skin care routine is Retinol Cream. I put this cream on at night three times a week. Retinol cream is typically used for decreasing the appearance of fine lines, however I felt that it helped with some of the blemishes that I dealt with when I had oily skin.

Links For Oily Skin

Moisturizer/ $14.00:

Face Wash/$6.62

Makeup Remover/$3.97

Witch Hazel/$6.93:

Retinol Cream/$10.34:

1. Taking your makeup off each day is essential. I was looking for a gentle make-up remover when I came across the microfiber make-up remover cloth. This cloth is simply a microfiber washcloth that requires water. Simply after getting it wet, wipe it over your make-up and watch it come off with ease.

2. Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser is my favorite product in this skin care routine. It feels as though I am washing my face with a lotion. It is extremely thin, light weight, and definitely hydrating.

3. After cleaning my face I caved and tried Derma-E Vitamin C Serum, which I wish I would have tried years ago. This serum truly allows for my moisturizer to be soaked in and it also adds a glow to my skin, something I took for granted when I had oily skin.

4.The holy grail to hydrated skin is a good moisturizer. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is the best lotion I have found and it can be found anywhere. It it lightweight, but oh so moisturizing. I put this on every morning and wait at least 10 minutes before putting foundation on over it.

5. The last step and one that I feel makes all of the difference is the Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream. This cream I put on every night before bed and I wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin. I would advise against this cream if you have oily to normal skin as it does tend to be heavy and a tad greasy.

Links For Dry Skin

Makeup Remover Towel/$6.99:

Face Wash/14.99

Day Time Moisturizer/$10.47:

Night Time Moisturizer/$15.00:

Vitamin E Serum/$24.00

If you only consider adding one of these products to your skincare routine, this is the product you should add. I have battled the driest lips for years, especially in the winter. I would slather my lips in chapsticks and balms and no matter how many times I reapplied nothing seemed to help. That is until I found the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, which keeps my lips full and moisturized. This product is unlike any other as it works over night to repair your dry lips.

Lip Link

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask/$20.00:




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