So, before I get into my routine and the products I use, let me just give you a little back-ground story on my skin and how it has been lately…
In May of this year I stopped taking birth control simply because I had been on it for a few years and wanted to give my body a break. I figured there would be changes, like changes in my mood, but what I did not expect was a whole lot of acne. When I tell y’all I was HURT!!! My forehead broke out badly! I was getting pimples on places like my cheeks, chin, and nose! I probably sound hella dramatic cause it’s just acne right, but at the time it was a huge deal. I felt extremely unattractive and annoyed about it for weeks. Prior to stopping the birth-control I got like one pimple on my forehead every so often but that was it.
I read online that it was very normal to experience acne after quitting birth control because your hormones are adjusting. More specifically as your hormones adjust, oil production can increase. After reading that information, I felt a lot better and I came to the realization that I just needed to be patient with my body. Also, having acne is not the end of the freaking world.
Now we get to the point of the post… my skin care routine!
As my skin was changing I thought it would be helpul to change some of the products I had been using. Some of these products are old, but some are newer as I’ve been using them for a little over a month now. I’m very happy to say that my skin is getting back to being clear and my confidence is on 10.
Step 1: Cleanser
My cleanser was the first product that I looked to change. I was previously using Cetaphil but now I use Acure-Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream and Neutrogena- Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the cleansing cream because it leaves my face feeling both clean and hydrated. I do not use the exfoliating cleanser everyday although the directions state you can. It’s more like every other day in order to remove dead skin cells. While I’m cleansing I like to use the Beyond Belief- Deep Cleansing Silicone brush.
Step 2: Toner
I’ve been using Heritage Store- Rosewater Facial Toner for about 6 months now and will continue to do so because I am completley obsessed. I’m 99% sure that this product is the reason my skin tone is even. It’s also very hydrating.
Step 3: Eyecream
I’ve tried so many different eye creams over the past year, but about 3 months ago I found the Belif-Moisturizing Eye Bomb and love it. I can’t stand dry under eyes, and this product is very hydrating.
Step 4: Moisturizer
I was previously using an Aveeno moisturizer, but noticed it was way too heavy for my skin now that it was producing more oil. I wanted something light, so I got the Cerave- Ultra Light Moisturizing Lotion. I love that such a light-weight product can be so moisturizing. It’s also non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog your pores.
I also want to mention the Ancient Healing Clay-Deep Facial Cleanser although this is something I use only once a week. When I do use it, I use it after cleansing. This product is great for pulling out any dirt and oil that is deep in your pores.
Additional skin-care tips…
Stay hydrated. Take your vitamins. Use sunscreen (yes, even us melanin infused folks need to use sunscreen).