Current Skincare Routine (December 2016)

I've struggled with my complexion since my late elementary days. I have very sensitive, break-out prone skin that flares up especiall...

I've struggled with my complexion since my late elementary days. I have very sensitive, break-out prone skin that flares up especially from stress, hormones, and lack of sleep. You might ask me, "You were 11. What had you to stress about?"

Shhh. I stress out about a lot of things, okay.

Anyway, since then I've realized that the best routine for me is a minimal-but-quality one, consisting of only five (and soon four) products:

  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - I use this for days when I wear makeup, particularly ones of the waterproof variety. It's very gentle, and I appreciate that it doesn't give me that "squeaky clean" feel that means my face is completely stripped of moisture.
  • Skipping Stone Sunset Orange soap - This is just my daily face cleanser. It's a hand-crafted, natural soap brand based in Toronto. I'm big on supporting local brands -
  • Camp Filthy Rich Face Cream - -bringing me to my night moisturizer, which is also from a locally based company. This is a little heavy to be my daily moisturizer, especially under my makeup, but I love the way it makes my skin feel so I use it every night before bed instead to keep my skin hydrated.
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - This is the moisturizer I use daily because it dries down to a less greasy feel than the Camp cream, and it works well under my makeup.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Toner Pads - As the name suggests, I use this as a toner/chemical exfoliator, but once this runs out, I don't think I will be repurchasing this. It's a little overpriced for the results I get. I try to make the most of it by 1.) storing it upside down and 2.) cutting the pads in half to double the usage.

A few tips I've learned along the (long-ass) journey to find a good routine are:
  • ALWAYS PATCH TEST - I always do one section of my face for about a week when testing out a new product to prevent an all-over break-out.
  • TRY NOT TO USE TOO MANY PRODUCTS AT ONCE - It'll be easier to target which one is breaking you out if something in your routine does go wrong.
  • FIGURE OUT WHICH INGREDIENTS WORK FOR YOU AND WHICH DON'T - Like I mentioned, Salicylic Acid and I are not friends, but it's praised very highly in general skincare talk. As with all things, there's not going to be that one thing that's universal.
  • BUY TRAVEL SIZE - Cheaper, and if you end up not liking it, you're not stuck with it for too long.
  • DON'T STRESS OUT - At the end of the day, your main goal is to allow yourself to feel good, and be able to confidently present the best version of yourself and taking care of the physical skin you're in is just one step in that process. Besides, if you're like me, stress = lack of sleep = break outs, so that's a downward spiral we want to avoid, mon amie.

It's been a good long haul of trying out different products (anyone who has acne-prone skin, but I think I've finally found a routine that I can be satisfied with, and products that I'm sure will not let me down. My skin does not respond well to Salicylic Acid, and there are certain ingredients that I don't feel should be in my skincare routine, so I make sure to check the label for every product I use. My skin still isn't perfect, but it's a long way from what it used to look like, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

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  1. I love First Aid Beauty! I was first introduced to the brand when I received an ultra repair cream from an ipsy subscription. I actually made the most out of it when we went up the mountains on Thanksgiving weekend. :D

    1. I've actually been trying to look for an alternative because while I LOVE First Aid Beauty, it's really quite pricey! I've been looking at the Oatmeal line from Aveeno because it has somewhat of the same ingredient make up but for a smaller price point. :P

  2. I definitely agree with you on minimizing skin care products! I used to try a very thorough routine. But then my pores started clogging and I can't pinpoint what caused comedones. So I just ditched some products that my skin could live without. I feel so bummed about it because they were quite expensive...

    1. I totally feel you! I got caught in those expensive serums I tried form samples and bought the full-size of! Then I realized long-term use started to do more harm than good. I use it as a very expensive hand cream now HAHAHAHA

  3. Buying something travel size is a great tip! :) I never thought of that. Definitely going to do that instead of buying the full size, it's such a waste of money if you end up not liking the product.

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