If you’ve ever talked to anyone at Sephora about makeup, skincare is going to come up in the conversation at some point. Now while you don’t need every little cream and toner there is on the market, you should invest in taking care of your skin, especially on your face.
I don’t have great skin. I have really bad acne and my face breaks out at the slightest inconvenience. It’s one of the biggest things I struggle with about my appearance. I cover it up with a full face of makeup daily so people don’t see my blemishes and flaws, but that isn’t necessarily taking care of the deeper issue. It’s only been in the last two years that I’ve really started looking into and discovering a skincare routine that works best for me.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s still important to make sure that at the end of the day, you clean off all of the dirt and oil your face has accumulated since you woke up. Here is my personal routine that helps me combat my acne and take care of my face.
- Remove all oil, dirt, and product
Like I said, I typically wear a full face of makeup so by the time I get to the end of the day, my face is begging for a breather. To make washing my face easier and gentler on my skin, I start by removing my makeup with my FaceHalo, my reusable makeup remover. I just get it wet and take off my makeup; I also do this on days I don’t wear makeup just to get the initial layer of excess oil and dirt off the top of my face so my face wash can get into my skin deeper.
Somedays, if I’m not wearing makeup, I’ll swap this step out for a facemask. It’s a chance to kill two birds with one stone; you can get rid of the initial layer of dirt and pamper yourself.
- Face Wash
I personally use Tatcha The Deep Cleanse as my face wash because it’s really gentle on my face, but still is powerful enough to unclog my pores and get rid of some blackheads. I use lukewarm water and wet my entire face before putting some product onto my hands and rubbing them together to create suds. I then rub the soap all over my face making sure to get into all the little creases on my face, especially behind the nose and in the lines around my mouth. Rinse it off and pat it dry. I try to avoid rubbing my face dry because it can cause skin irritation.
I’ve always been told not to wash your face in the shower. You’re supposed to wash it in the sink with lukewarm water. The reason why is because typically most people shower in hot water; hot water isn’t great for your skin because it dries it out and strips off the natural oils you need to keep your face healthy, or so I’ve been told.
I typically use witch hazel for this step. I’ve been told toners are good for your face because it prevents oil build-ups and helps prevent acne. You should use this before any lotions or creams because it’s a thinner product and your face will be able to absorb it better.
- Acne/Scar cream
I have really bad acne and at one point in my life, I was prescribed Differin gel by my doctor. It’s available over the counter now so I still try to incorporate it into my routine. I like to do it after the toner so that my skin can get all of the good acne-fighting things it needs before I put anything else on my face.
- Eye cream
The area of skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and needs to be taken care of just as much, if not more than the rest of your face. Tarte C-Brighter Maracuja Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is the product I use, mostly because I have like 900 samples packets of them. It’s very moisturizing and is nice and gentle on my skin. Plus it smells great.
We’re almost done. My second to last step is to take about a pea-size amount of face cream – I use Tatcha The Water Cream – and gently rub it into my face. This always leaves my face feeling refreshed and super clean. This is definitely a step you don’t want to skip because moisturizer makes sure your face is nice and hydrated.
- Face oil or sunscreen
If I’m going to sleep, I will take my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea deep-sea collagen super serum and my jade roller and roll the product into my face. The jade roller is helpful is letting the face absorb the products easier, increase blood circulation, and reduce swelling in the face. If I’m just starting my day, I’ll make sure to put on sunscreen on my face to protect it from the sun. My foundation also has SPF in it, but I like having extra protection because I burn easily.
My face has cleared up so much since I started using this routine and I’ve gained a lot of confidence because of it. I do want to say that I’m not an expert on skincare and I can’t say that this routine will work for you as good as it has for me. I do encourage you to experiment with different products and brands to find things that work best for you and your skin. You only have one face; you should take care of it.
Kristaleagh Walthall is the author of Millennial Whiskey, a blog dedicated to helping millennials connect with one another over shared interests and struggles. She works full time as a bartender in Central Virginia where she lives with her husband Ryan and their two cats, Dobey and Ember. In her spare time, you can find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, bullet journaling, or snuggling up with the kitties on the couch.