I‘ve never really been good at implementing and sticking to a proper skincare routine. Sure I’ve washed my face (almost) every night for the last decade and I’ve always applied moisturiser religiously but I’d never really put much thought into what was going on my skin, how it would help or hinder it, or whether it was really the right product for my skin type and concerns.
My entry into the skincare world started, probably as many of yours did, with the Clean & Clear 3-step system. I liked that it was a simple ready-to-go, no thoughts necessary, kind of system but I’m not sure it actually helped my skin all that much. I had really problem acne when I was a teen – I’m talking so problematic I saw my dermatologist almost as much as I saw my friends. Acne and severe dryness is not an ideal combo – especially since most acne medications dry out your skin to the point of your lips peeling. By the age of 18 though my skin was all cleared up – hallelujah! My dermatologist warned me that in 3-5 years my skin may flare up again and I’d need to go back on medication – I laughed at the time, looking in the mirror at my perfect skin.
About a year or two ago my skin really started breaking out – turns out my dermatologist was right – must be why he cost so much! I was (and still sort of am) determined not to go back on medication. It’s all worth it if your skin is very problematic but in all honesty mines not that bad, it just bothers me. At the moment my skin is feeling dry, really bumpy and textured and makeup just isn’t lasting long at all!
Late last year I thought enough is enough, I’ve never really taken good care of my skin and it’s starting to show. I’m 23 so now is a good a time as any to start. I decided to start trying products, only one or two at a time, to see what really works for my skin. I’m paying more attention to what’s in the products I use and what the products claim to achieve. I’m staying away from things not for my skin type and trying things that are. I’m also thinking more about what goes into my body and how that affects what my skin looks like but that’s a whole other story for another day.
My venture into proper skincare started with the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm (which I reviewed here) and the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (which I’ll review next week so keep an eye out). I also love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir I’m now trying out the Clinique 3-step system – the one especially for dry to very dry skin – so far it’s going well but it’s only been a week or two. I purchased the travel sized pack as a way to try them out without investing $100-$200. I’ll do a proper review when the bottles are all empty but so far I’m loving the toner and the moisturiser but I’m still making up my mind on the cleanser.
I’d really love to know how you take care of your skin. If you’ve got any recommendations I’d love to hear them – if there are any sensitive and dry-skinned girls out there (who are also prone to breakouts) please send your tips my way!