Post # 1
So, I am starting to get a little annoyed with my skin at the moment, and I think I need to start taking better care of it, especially because my wedding is in 4 months. I have combination skin… It’s flakey in some areas, oily in other areas, I get a lot of blackheads on my nose which has led me to have enlarged pores, I also get blackheads above and below my lips / chin area, I am also breaking out a lot lately and getting many pimples…. Nose, Chin, Cheeks, Forehead, and even on the back of my neck!
I am just wondering what products, rituals, spa treatments or therapys should I consider?
When I just put makeup on and took a photo with the flash, you can see how flakey and blotchy my skin is and it looked horrible. Plus the foundation & powder clogged up my pores and it was super noticeable!
Just really wanting to make sure my face is perfect on the day and looks wonderful in my wedding photos. Any help and advice is much appreciated 🙂 thanks.
Post # 2
What brand of foundation and powder do you use? Do you also use a primer under your makeup?
Post # 3
A face wash with glycolic acid (maybe try salicylic acid first since it’s milder) might help exfoliate that dead, flakey skin. This has worked for me in the past, your skin will be smoother and your makeup will apply and stay better.
Post # 4
diana5763: I use maybelline foundation and loose powder, no I don’t use primer!
Post # 5
I always preach the same thing because it works 99.9% of the time.
1. Cut out dairy
2.Retinol (OTC) at night
3. Vitamin C for the day
4. I also did a skin needling treatment and woahhhh….wonderful…but of course, that isn’t necessary.
For me (just me), the face wash doesn’t matter as long as it’s ‘basic’. Surprisingly, I just baby wash as a face wash for me.
Post # 6
Your skin sounds very similar to mine, and here’s the routine that works best for me:
1. LUSH cosmetics Herbalism cleanser
2. DIY Tea Tree Water Toner
3. Moisturizer with spf
1. DIY oil cleanser:1 part castor oil, 1 part jojoba oil, 1 part grapeseed oil, 1 part avocado oil, and a couple drop of tea tree oil (you may want to do some reasearch on the oil cleaning method before jumping into this)
1. salicylic acid scrub
2. Embryolisse moisturizer (basically a heaver moisturizer, more like a night cream)
I essentially alternate between the two night time routines, and once I week or whenever I’m feeling especially oily I use Queen Helene’s Mint Julep face mask.
Post # 7
Butterfly6: Great suggestions!
OP, I’d add that don’t buy retinol or vitamin c products if they come in a jar. Light and air break down the ingredients. Look for something that comes in a pump bottle.
Also, consider wearing sunscreen during the day in place of a moisturizer. Sun damage can really creep up. I started using one from Algenist recently and I like it a lot.
Post # 8
missmetal666: I would use an oil at night for sure, especially on your dry patches. I currently use Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil. I’m also thinking your foundation isn’t sitting on your skin properly. Try using an illuminating primer underneath (it won’t make you look greasy, but it will make your skin glow).. my favourite is Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.. it feels sooo nice on and makes a HUGE difference. Also, the powder you are using could be too heavy and cling to your dry patches, so maybe try something lighter such as Nars’ Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder… its translucent and i find it doesnt settle into any specific area (I have very dry skin sometimes). Also try applying your makeup with something like a beauty blender sponge, I find this is easier to control where you apply your makeup.
If it is still an issue after some of those fixes, then it could probably be the foundation you are using. I know it sounds expensive but if you do have a Sephora near you go in and ask for some samples of different foundations. Treat yourself to something nice… sometimes if you spend a bit more you will get better quality and longer lasting products, which is what you would want for your wedding day.
Post # 9
missmetal666: hydrate hydrate hydrate! Drink lots of water and eat healthy! As for products I really don’t have any recommendations, but i do use a spray bottle with water and 5 drops of peppermint oil as a toner in the morning and a touch of coconut oil as moisturizer at night!
Post # 10
Why don’t you visit a dermatologist and see what he/she recommends? I did microdermabrasion and got on antibiotics leading up to my wedding.
Post # 11
Apple cider vinegar as a toner (dilute with water to your preference)
argan oil as a facial moisturizer. You can add in other essential oils for your specific needs to combat other symptoms.
oil cleansing method with coconut oil.
Post # 12
1. See a dermatologist! I went years ago because of acne along my chin and jawline and was diagnosed with Roseac. I was given a cream and cleanser that worked wonders.
I have large pores and an orange peel texture which he thinks is from the RosaceA. One reason why I use the CeraVe moisturizers and cleansers to help rebuild the skin barrier.
2. Make sure your skin is clean at night. I use a Micellar water (garnier), then a CeraVe cleanser then my perscription cleanser.
3. Use a glycolic acid toner. This will help clear your pores. I love the Dennis gross ones but due to price, I’m currently using the first aid beauty pads.
4. exfoliate 2xs a week. My fav is exfolikate(but it is expensive).
5. Even though you are oily in areas, use a moisturizer. I am combo as well and just started using the CeraVe daytime moisturizer with sunscreen every day. I also use the the pm version at night but i wake up greasy so not my fav.
6. Use a primer. You can find some good ones that will help with oil. I am currently using the makeup forever step 1.
Also…my favorite foundation is the Estée Lauder double wear. Loreal infallible is great as well but the shades didn’t work for me.
i am 41 so having aging issues…I started using the timeless vitamin c serum (you can get a $5 off code on hotandflashy YouTube). This stuff is awesome and has decreased my sunspots. I use it twice a day.
Post # 13
HoneysHoney: Exactly! My vitamin C comes in a pump jar…I was told to do this by my dermatologist.
Post # 14
Butterfly6: I agree. The one I use does not come in a pump, however, I put half of the new bottle in my old bottle (after finding and drying), wrap up the rest of the new bottle in tin foil and keep it in the fridge. This way I can drag one bottle out to 5 months of use. What I use is clear so once you see it starting to yellow, toss it and grab the new bottle.
Post # 15
My skin is similar to yours (combo) but I’ve always been obsessed with skincare. Blackheads are annoying! It has been really helpful for me to boil a pot of water over the stove, turn off the heat, and drape a towel over my head for 5-10 min with my face a few inches from the water. The steam helps to loosen my pores. After that, I use charcoal nose strips (Purederm Charcoal Nose Pore Strips are really good) and an exfoliating toner (like MISSHA ENZYME PEELING SOFTENER – sorry for caps). Using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil is also good… too much scrubbing and washing might lead to oil overproduction. Last case scenario, it could be hormones acting up and could be worth talking to your gyno about adjusting your BC method/hormone levels.