Post # 1
I’ve never really done much for my skin, other than a rare mud mask or an occasional splash of toner (and loads of sunscreen when I go outdoors). The only time I specifically wash my face is whenever I have makeup to remove. I have a habit of picking at my face, too. Needless to say, my complexion has suffered, and lately I’ve been feeling self conscious about it. I’d like to get into a skincare routine, but there’s sooooo much different info and so many different products out there, that I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions or resources that I can look into? What’s your skincare routine and how soon did you notice a difference?
Post # 2
kiram : What’s your skin like? Dry, oily, combo? What are some specific skin concerns you’d like to address (scarring, aging, dullness etc.)?
Post # 3
Check out the subreddit skincareaddiction! It’s got so much information. My skin improved vastly after I started some research and implemented a few small changes.
Like you, I don’t really wash my face unless I wear makeup (rarely). So what I started doing was using acne (salicylic acid) pads in the AM, followed by a serum and moisturizer. I live in a dry climate, so need all the moistuire I can get. In the evening I will use glycolic acid pads (wrinkles), followed by my serum and moisturizer. The biggest thing for me is that I can’t do a 20 step routine and keep with it. So I needed something easy, and work my way up lol. I didn’t notice a day to day difference, but after probably 3 weeks I looked in the mirror and noticed my skin looked so much better.
You can find various info on that subreddit depending on your skin type and concerns. For me it was closed comedones, reddness and fending off wrinkles.
Post # 4
wineosaur : Hmmm, perhaps a combo. My skin is obviously more dry during the winter, however my forehead and nose tends to get a bit oily. I’d like my tone to be more even, right now it’s quite blemished. My pores seem a bit large, and I still get acne around my mouth/chin…I don’t know, it just doesn’t look healthy. I’m not dealing with aging effects yet, but if I keep up with this absue I’m sure I’ll start seeing that soon too, lol.
jellybellynelly : Thanks! I’ll check that out. I think I could really benefit from a moisturizer, but again there’s so many on the market…it’s a bit overwhelming!
Post # 5
I used to have a really extensive skincare routine, but over time I have narrowed it down to a couple of products for everyday use. A cleanser, a moisturizer, a toner, and sunscreen. At night I wash my face and put on a nice thick moisturizer. In the morning I rinse my face off with water and then use a toner (usually just witch hazel on a cotton pad). Once that sinks in then I apply a sunscreen. I love the Cotz Face Natural Tint SPF 40 for my face and then I just use a basic one (Walgreens brand) for my neck, chest, and hands.
For reference, I have normal skin that tends to just breakout during that time of month.
Post # 6
STOPPING PICKING YOUR ZITS. You may well end up scarred. And please wash it before bed whether or not you wear make during th day. Your skin is getting bombarded with dirt; make up or no make up.
Post # 7
I’d start washing your face daily, at least at night. I use an oil cleanser that removes all of the makeup and other junk from the day without stripping my skin. I just rinse with water in the morning. Cleansing daily will likely help with the breakouts around your chin.
You’ll want a good moisturizer, too, if you don’t already have one. Adding in a hyaluronic acid serum will help keep you moisturized, as well, without making your oily spots worse.
Alpha arbutin is great for lightening pigmentation and fading scars. A niacinamide product should help lessen the appearance of your pores, in addition to helping even out your skin tone.
Using chemical exfoliant (AHA or BHA) a couple times a week will help with cell turnover and also help the products you use work better. It should help with acne, too.
The Ordinary has a lot of these products at very reasonable prices. I also like Asian skincare brands. Like PP mentioned, r/skincareaddiction on Reddit is amazing, as is r/asianbeauty. Keep at it with the sunscreen!
Post # 8
kiram : breaking out around your mouth and chin could be related to a hormone issue. I would speak to a dermatologist about that and they can prescribe you products to help. Using products with sunscreen can also make your skin break out more . It sounds like you have combination skin that changes with the seasons. In the winter I’m using products with ceramide to fight dryness: https://sokoglam.com/products/cosrx-honey-ceramide-full-moisture-cream. CeraVe also has good face washes and moisturizers for dryness. Using sheet masks with essence also help- there are plenty of cheap ones, they feel great and you wear it for 15-20 min.
In the spring/summer, my skin starts to ramp up oil again, so I switch to a gel or foaming cleanser, use a toner (La Neige has a good one), and either an essence or light gel moisturizer.
Yeah, stop touching your face. The bacteria from your fingers gets transmitted to your pores and makes it worse. If you feel your skin looks dull, using an exfoliant helps (The OrdinaryOGlycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – 240ml)
Feel free to dm me if you want product recommendations!
Post # 9
I’ve been using Paula’s Choice products for the past 2-3 months and have noticed an improvement. You can filter by skincare concern on the website. It helps narrow down the product selection to what is more suited for you. I was overwhelmed with all the options initially too! I’ve been happy with the Resist line.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
jellybellynelly : Ahh I’m addicted to r/skincareaddiction and r/makeupaddiction! I’m pumped to see you follow it too!
kiram : So you have combo skin with some acne and want to even out your skin tone and reduce blemishes? What kind of budget are you working with?
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
The first step to beautiful skin is washing your face every morning and every night. Just because you don’t wear makeup doesn’t mean you don’t get air polutants, dirt and germs from touching your face all over.
Second, drink lots of water!
My routine is fairly simple and cheap:
Morning – Wash my face with Freeman’s Apple Cider Vinegar scrub. Apply a little Vitamin E and Argan oil. Then I put on The Body Shop’s Vitamin C moisturizer with SPF.
Night – Wash my face with same product. Spray Humprey’s Lilac Witch Hazel all over my face, spray Mario Badesco’s Green tea toner all over my face. I let those dry a little and then I put a ton of rosehip oil on my face (I highly recommend this oil for anyone and everyone. I’ve tried a few brands and they all work great. The purer oil the better). Then I spray my face with Mario Badesco’s Rosewater Spray.
Post # 12
sarathemermaid : Your Routine sounds so interesting!! What specific skin issues did you have when you started that routine? Are you satisfied with it?
Post # 13
I currently use mostly Mario Badescu products, except my moisurizer which is Perfectly Posh since my Mario Moisturizer just was not doing enough for my dry skin. Oh! And my eye serum. Mario Badescu’s website has a skincare finder quiz where you enter your concerns and it recommends products. They used to send you samples of all of their recommendations for free but now I think you have to pay a nominal shipping fee.
My daily routine:
- Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cleanser
- Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
- Mario Badescu Rosewater spray
- Perfectly Posh Never Grow Up Serum (trying this out. It’s not 100% in the routine yet)
- Perfectly Posh Never Grow Up Moisturizer
- Perfectly Posh Impish Eyes de-puffing serum
- Mario Badescu drying lotion on any zits (nights only)
I typically exfoliate and mask 1-2x a week using an “off mask” (Perfectly Posh Pore Chores or Pineapple Pick Me Up) and an “on mask” (Perfectly Posh All Avo Ever Wanted, Perfectly Posh Hot and Gold, or a Tony Moly sheet mask. LOVE the ceramide one but I am dry AF, especially now that it’s getting cold).
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
rockclimberbride : Luckily, I’ve always had a naturally good complexion. I don’t really get pimples or acne. I just wanted to do something to make my skin as radiant as possible and to make sure I’m getting the vitamins I need for my skin.
I also am already looking to keep my skin healthy for anti-aging. And I always am open to trying affordable, more natural products.
I have oily skin too so taking care of my skin makes sure it doesn’t get out of control!
Post # 15
DrAtkins : Yes! I actually found it because someone on here recommended it haha. I really like the idea of looking at ingredients vs brand names. I also don’t think everyone’s skin does best with the traditional routines, so getting tips on experiementation was awesome.