I have dry, sensitive, reactive, acne-prone skin. It sucks. Everything breaks me out. I was using L’oreal Go 360 for sensitive skin, but it (like everything else) wasn’t helping. My skin was dull, flaky, dry, broken out, etc. I found a Groupon for a local lady’s skincare place and bought it, and it was the best thing I ever did.
I use her products for my face, so you can’t buy them in store (though she will ship anywhere and can send samples–another Bee got some, but I can’t remember who it was), but they’re literally the best thing ever (for me), as well as the routine that she started me on.
First things first: she gave me a list of comedogenic/irritating ingredients. I much prefer this list because I can search it (and right click/Google), rather than having to search over a piece of paper. I avoid anything on that list that’s a 2+, so I had to make sure the makeup that I use wasn’t breaking me out. I also drink lots of water and wash my makeup brushes/face cloth/pillowcase once a week.
Then: I use Everyday Minerals foundation and ELF makeup.
– Wash face 2x per day with non-foaming benzoyl peroxide 1.25% cleansing milk; massage into wet skin and remove with a wet washcloth for gentle exfoliation (HUGE difference once my skin got used to this). My biggest issue before was over exfolianting because it causes the skin to protect itself by holding on to dead cells, thus creating dull, flaky skin. Using cleanser on wet skin that’s been softened allows the cleanser to actually get into your pores/skin and cleanser, as well as letting you use less.
– Twice a week, sub out facial milk for benzoyl peroxide 1.25% gentle exfoliant; massage into wet skin, rinse.
– Apply moisturizer to damp skin (seals in the water/sinks in better and holds moisture from the warm water softening/opening your pores). Apply as necessary (I typically do it right out of the shower/post-face wash and then again after I blow dry my hair [night] and before I curl my hair [morning]).