My Skincare Routine
I'm finally getting around to spilling the beans on my skincare routine. It's been a long hard road full or trial and error, but I think I finally found a regimen for my oily, porous skin.
First things first, if you have dry skin this isn't the blog post for you. But, I can direct you in the right direction by request. Secondly, I am not a dermatologist. I am just telling you what works for me. What has worked for me may not work for you, but if you suffer from oily skin like me I think anything is worth a try. My first suggestion is to read reviews on products before you try them.
So, let's talk about my journey, this will be pretty short. When I was younger, more specifically in middle school I had acne prone skin. I had pimples everywhere and they would hurt. I honestly can't remember if my skin was oily, but I know it wasn't dry. I tried everything from Proactiv to prescribed medicine and nothing helped. As I got older my acne subsided. I do still get pimples here and there especially when I'm coming on my cycle, but other than that I'm good on the acne side of the spectrum. But, now that I'm an adult I suffer from severe oiliness and my pores are huge, which I believe are from acne scars and popping my pimples when I was younger. I've tried everything regarding trying to control my oils, I haven't found anything that's mind-blowing, but I will tell you certain products and remedies that I've tried below.
Diet: You know the saying "you are what you eat", well it's very true. Pretty much anything that is unhealthy will cause my face to create oil or form a pimple. So, my suggestion is to eat your fruits and vegetables, plus drink tons of water.
Moisturizer: I used to think that people with oily skin didn't need to use moisturizer because that would make the skin oilier. Why add moisture to moisture? But, as I got older I learned that that's actually the trick, to add moisture to moisture. Your skin produces oils because it thinks it's dehydrated, so it produces the oils on its own. So, if you continue to add moisture it will produce less oils. Also, moisturizer gives the skin water not oil. Your skin needs water.
Oil-free products: When it comes to my skin, any product that says oil-free will work for me. You don't want to use oil on your skin unless it's to take off your makeup. I use coconut oil to take off my makeup, it allows my makeup to slide right off, instead of tugging your skin, which will cause wrinkles.
Masks: I love using masks to rejuvenate my skin. I use masks that add moisture on certain days and some days I'll use masks that work for oily skin. Charcoal masks work very well for me.
Serums: Serums are my best friend because moisturizers can be to thick for my skin. Serums seep right into my skin. My favorite serum to use is any hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid keeps the skin plump, helps the skin retain moisture, and has anti-aging benefits.
So, those are so tips that will help oily skin. Now, let's talk about this system I've been using that has changed my skin tremendously. The system is from NXN Beauty. I've been using the 30-day '4-Piece Zero Shine System' and it's amazing. It comes with a foam cleanser, mask, oil-free moisturizer, and a primer. I tend to go for foam cleansers, they make my skin feel like it's getting very clean. The mask is my favorite it feels like the oils are getting sucked out of my face, but it's not overdrying. The moisturizer is a gel formula which is the best for my skin. It seeps into my skin in about a minute. The primer reminds me of the Porefessional Primer from Benefit Cosmetics, which is a great thing. I suggest you try it. They have systems not only for oily skin, but for acne prone skin, and dry skin as well.
The last and most important tip I can give you is to never sleep with your makeup on and my holy grail product is Milk of Magnesia, I know it's an antacid/laxative, but it's the best "primer" I've ever used. I use my finger to put on a thin layer. It goes on wet and dries instantly. Sometimes it dries white and that's when you can start your makeup process.
I hope this helped. Ask me any questions in the comments below.