Many people walk into their local drug stores simply to stare at the variety of skin care options and wonder what to purchase or what will work. I have to admit; it is a hard decision to make – until you learn what actually works for you. Everyone’s skin type is different and it can change on its own (like mine did), but I am going to share with you what facial skincare routine works for me at the moment and which products I recommend!
The Perfect Daytime and Nighttime Skincare Routine
My routines stay pretty much the same as I go from day to night, aside from the occasional facial masks that I do. It is important to evaluate the kind of skin you have before going out to purchase your products because what you choose can help or hurt your skin. I used to have normal skin – not dry or oily. However, since moving to Bulgaria where the weather by the sea is damper and the air is humid, my skin got oily.
The change of climate also made me break out after 6 months of being here which was super unusual for me considering I probably got 1 small blemish once a month since I was in high school. Even that wasn’t guaranteed
While my skin is still adjusting to the climate, so am I with my skincare routine. However, I have finally found one that is consistently working (so far). Here are the steps that I take:
This is something that I follow absolutely every single day. I really like sticking to the same routine and changing things out here and there when needed, but not often. Here’s what I do!
Step 1: Wash Face
I start my day off by washing my face with a Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. Since my skin started breaking out, I figured I would switch over to a more sensitive option that would still do the job, but not irritate my face. The one that I use is specifically for normal to oily skin which is perfect for me. I highly recommend it if you have any allergies or sensitive skin!
Step 2: Toner
Once my face is clean, I pat it dry with a towel – it’s crucial to pat and not rub. I put some toner on a cotton pad and clean my face with that – a step you don’t want to miss. You get all of the leftover dirt and other stuff sitting on your face and in your pores. The toner that I use is Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner which is one that I swear by. My sister told me about it a couple of months ago and not only is it cheap, but it works! I am super upset it is not available in Bulgaria so I always stock up big while I am home…or ask that someone brings it to me when they visit!
Step 3: Anti-Age Cream
It is important to start anti-aging routines when you are in your mid-twenties, simply as a precaution. At 23, I have smile wrinkles under my eyes (at least ones that I can see) so I use a Total Eye Care Concentrate to prevent eye wrinkles as a whole. The product that I use is one that I got at a Rose Store in Bulgaria and it is made from all natural rose ingredients. Just a tiny pump of this cream goes a long way and it sure does do the job!
Step 4: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
I cannot stress this step enough. Moisturize all over your face. It is important that your face is hydrated. I use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer and I love it! It definitely keeps my skin from getting dry and it has that much-needed bit of SPF which helps me especially in the summertime since I am constantly at the beach.
My nighttime skincare routine is pretty similar to the daytime one, but I figured I would still go over it. I can’t ever go to sleep without washing my face and just using cleansing wipes doesn’t cut it for me. It just feels like I am missing something.
Step 1: Remove Makeup
I always start by taking off my makeup. Generally, I have on concealer or foundation, bronzer, and mascara, but no matter how much or how little I have on, I HAVE to take it off. For this, I use either Neutrogena makeup wipes or any other brand from the DM or Lilly drug stores here. Since I wear waterproof mascara, I use a specific kind of eye makeup remover – Eye & Lip Makeup Remover – it’s from a makeup store here in Bulgaria called Radiant. I ran out of my favorite from Benefit (They’re Real Remover) and haven’t restocked. They both do wonders and remove SO MUCH (waterproof) eye makeup with one cotton pad!
Step 2: Wash Face
I use the same Cetaphil cleanser to wash my face and get off any leftover makeup.
Step 3: Face Mask
Typically, I do a face mask once every few days because doing it too often will just irritate my skin. I use the Clear Skin Rescue Mask for Oily/Acne Prone Skin with Tea Tree Oil from Seventeen which stays on for about 10-15 and really helps control and prevent acne. I also like the bubbling face mask with Volcanic Ash or Charcoal because it leaves my skin super soft and clean.
Step 4: Follow Steps 2-4 From My Daytime Routine!
Step 5: Jade Roller/Beauty Roller
My sister got me a Jade Roller/Beauty Roller for Christmas last year and I use it almost every night. If you don’t know what a Jade Roller is, it’s basically a stone massaging tool that removes extra fluid in your face and gets rid of puffiness. I think it really works for me, especially in my eye area since I have really puffy eyes!
Taking care of your skin is not easy, especially when you are a female with stress, hormones, and in my case: are addicted to chocolate/sweets. There are a lot of factors that can affect your skin. My skin isn’t perfect and it is still recovering from the bad breakout period that I had, but I found a facial skincare routine that works (again)!
Let me know what your favorite skin care products are in the comments below!