Hopefully by this time you’re already caught up on the post, “How to Create a Basic Skincare Routine” because you’ll want to finish reading it before reading this skincare post we’re about to get into.
Since that post I’ve created an entirely new skincare routine while using the same tips and tools mentioned in the post. I always recommend changing your skincare products as the weather and your skincare needs change but I was ready to let go of so many of my longtime faves and look for new exciting… yet still affordable skincare products. You could try incorporating similar products that you can find on sites like natures aid if you’re looking to switch things up a bit, especially if you’re wanting to see better improvements to your skin during the winter.
What I really want to try are products from Korean brands like Rojank. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Korean skincare, so I am definitely interested in that side of it all. I’ll give it time, but I have a good feeling about it. Forewarning, this post might turn you into a skincare snob who is super keen to go out and buy bamboo makeup remover wipes because they’re softer on your skin. I didn’t go to school for esthetics and study the skincare + beauty industry for nothing. There’s a whole world of skincare products we haven’t explored that deserve attention.
The 2016 setback.
We already know how insane 2016 was but we lived to tell about it. All that stress did a number on my skin and most of the time I found myself being stressed, overwhelmed, and once that happen I neglected my skin the most. The results of that neglect was a terrible skincare setback. Years of money and time just kind of floated into thin air. I knew exactly what caused my breakouts:
- Not drinking enough water
- Eating junk food
- Not enough raw fruit and vegetables
- Stress speeding up the aging process
- Going to bed without washing my face which causes clogged pores (even on makeup-free days)
- Light picking that caused blemishing (hey anxiety)
Once I got over that long rough patch I decided to make getting my skin back on track, smooth and blemish-free, as one of my New Year’s resolutions. I made a plan, decluttered 95% of my stash, and purchase all new products. Once I purchased everything I needed from the list I set a rule; unless it’s a serious emergency purchase there will be not a single skincare purchase for at least 6 months. I also don’t have enough space for anymore products. So if I must purchase a product, I have at least 1 empty (recycled and/ or trashed) or giveaway/ rehome a product (that’s 2 rules but whatever).
What are my skincare goals?
Be more consistent
Prevent/ control future breakouts
Reverse sun damage and blemishes which is always an uphill battle since I’m blemish-prone. Simply put, my skin easily bruises after a breakout or pimple.
Anti-aging. I really don’t care about the aging process I just really hate dry, tired, dull skin. So I’m anti-ahsy.
Protect from future damage and setbacks.
Note: You still have a week to enter the skincare giveaway. It’s over $200 worth of products up for grabs and we’re not talking cheap products you can find anywhere. These are high quality products used by some of your favorite bloggers and estheticians.
We’re also hosting the #poppinskincare2017 Twitter chat Sunday, January 29 at 10:00 AM PST… get those questions ready!
Products in rotation:
2 x weekly // Sheet masks for 15-20 minutes max (too many to list here)
Moisturize + Protect // L’Occitane’s Shea Face Comforting Oil, Lancer The Method Nourish Moisturizer, Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer, DHC Beauty Lift Cream, Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Lightweight *in my bag at all times so needless to say I forgot to grab it for pics*
- Double cleanse with the above cleansers if needed, most mornings I just rinse with warm water and skip cleansing
- Exfoliate, sheet mask, or steam treat depending on my needs 2-3 times a week
- Moisturize every evening and protect daily
How long did it take to see results?
1 day, 2 weeks for full results once I incorporated the PMD which was weeks later because I didn’t want to shock my skin too much start with so many new products.