Sep. 16

My Skin Routine

Category > Beauty

I sat down this weekend to write about my makeup routine, but I simply couldn’t proceed without discussing how I ‘prep the canvas’. I am not one of those girls blessed with perfect skin. I had really nice skin through my teenage years, turned wonky in my twenties. As such, my skin routine is very important for me because I am in the pursuit of having it look flawless and it all starts with taking care of it. After trying many different products, here is what works best for me and I doubt I will ever stray far from them.

Makeup Removal & Cleansing
‘Bobbi Brown – Cleansing Oil’: this is a ’2 for 1′ formula that gently removes ALL traces of makeup  (including waterproof) and cleanses skin while maintaining natural moisture levels. You need the tiniest amount (which is nice because the bottle lasts forever). I use about 2 pumps and apply to a dry face gently rubbing it all over. Be warned that it is the most foreign feeling ever and it feels kind of gross, but trust it. After you’ve gently worked it all over your skin, proceed by rinsing with luke warm water and watch the makeup just vanish. Since I’m not keen on leaving a slightly oily film on my face, I follow up with another cleanser by Dermalogica. I learned about this one from one of my dearest friends, Jenn (thanks Doppleganger). As I was visiting her last year, I figured I would try it and fell in love with it right away. As soon as I got home, I went on a mission to find a salon that sold it. I use the ‘MediBac Clearing’ system and the cleanser is called ‘Clearing Skin Wash’. Dermalogica is a skin care system researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute…they obviously know their stuff, because this is like a miracle wash for my problem skin. I have tried other products, including the popular Cetaphils, Neutrogena, Clearasil, Origins etc etc, but I found that all of those “skin clearning” washes over dried my skin causing it to over compensate by producing too much oil which led to a breakout. It took me a long time to realize, but I feel I’ve finally met my match. Before I move on, I need to give honourable mention to ‘La Roche Posay – Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel’. I used this one for a couple of years, still love it and it’s a great price point.

 

Exfoliator
I use an exfoliator about 1 – 2 times a week or as needed. I use the ‘La Roche Posay – Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub’. This product smoothes and deeply cleanses skin, while respecting its physiological balance. It comes in a small bottle, but you don’t need a lot of product per use, so it should last for a while.

 

Masques
Staying true to my love for Dermalogica,  I buy two different masques they make - ‘Sebum Clearing Masque’: a cooling masque with oil-absorbing clays which helps clear and prevent breakouts while detoxifying skin. Salicylic Acid stimulates natural exfoliation to clear pore congestion, and cooling botanicals help purify, refine and eliminate excess oils. You really can feel a cooling sensation on your skin when you apply it. The other that I use is their ‘Skin Refining Masque’ which lifts surface impurities and wicks away excess oils that can trigger congestion and enlarge pores. It’s refreshing and calming without over-drying for smoother skin texture.

 

Moisturizer
I use the ‘La Roche Posay – Effaclar H – Compensating Soothing Moisturizer’. This one is made for oily skin weakened by drying skin care products – which is my exact profile. While I don’t have naturally oily skin, the products I use do contain salisylic acid, which tend to dry it out a bit. This moisturizer is perfect for rebalancing me. I use it every morning under my makeup.

 

Eye Cream
While I don’t have any deep wrinkles (yet), I am convinced it’s because I take good care of my skin. For example, I have been using an eye cream since I was 18. I love ‘La Roche Posay – Redermic [+] Eyes’. It is an intensive daily anti-wrinkle firming fill-in cream. I strongly recommend an eye cream, no matter what your age.

 

Blemish Blasters!
Okay, I saved the best for last (actually…not really because I love everything on this list equally). When I was having skin issues and getting super frustrated with it, I saw my doctor to get a referral to a dermatologist. After seeing my dermatologist for the first time and battling with him over not wanting to take medication because I simply felt as though my problem skin wasn’t that bad (+ he hardly gave me the time of day – he was so quick to write down a prescription without even really looking me in the eye), we finally agreed on a topical treatment. He prescribed me something called ‘Clindoxyl Gel’. I apply a very thin layer to any affected areas at bedtime. It took about 2 weeks to start working and I continue to use it as a preventative treatment. I stopped using it for a few months because I ran out and I slowly started seeing some issues creep back, so I quickly got a refill and vow to never run out again. Discuss this option with your doctor if you’re interested. Alternatively, I also always have ‘Dermalogica – Special Clearing Booster’ on hand. Only use this as a spot treatment because it is pretty strong. It’s fortified with Zinc Sulfate, Tea Tree and Sage, to help accelerate breakout clearing while soothing aggravation associated with breakouts – pretty much a miracle spot treatment.

 

While the following isn’t a list of products, they’re just as important as they are some of the all time best things you can do for your skin:

  • Clean your makeup brushes regularly! I can’t stress this enough
  • Cleanse your face every night and never sleep with makeup on
  • HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE: Drink tons of water to help rid your body of toxins
  • Exercise: it helps the blood transport vital nutrients to cells in the body. It can also dampen the testosterone-related hormones that result in breakouts.
  • Curb sugar (not just those sour keys, but all highly refined carbs too): A chemical process known as glycation from eating sugary foods diminishes the elasticity of collagen in your skin
  • Fish oils are fabulous for your complexion because of the Omega-3′s which help replenish your skin’s natural “bubble wrap” of lipids. If you hate fish, you can purchase capsules
  • Take shorter, cooler showers. I am notorious for taking long, boiling hot showers and I’ve found that it dries the heck out of my skin, causing it to overcompensate by producing oils leading to acne
  • Treat yourself to a facial at a quality salon
  • Don’t touch your face. I often have found myself deep in thought at work with my face resting in the palm of my hand. No matter how much sanitizer you use, or the # of times you wash your hands, they’re still filthy dirty. Also, if you have a problem arising on your face, leave it and don’t pick! This can lead to prolonged healing time, makes it worse than it is and also can infect it or leave scars.
  • Use sunscreen!
  • Subscribe to this blog :)

What are your favourite products? Do any of you use my favourites? Next up, MAKEUP!

xxxo

26 comments
BODYBUTTER
BODYBUTTER

Finding pure natural products! That product is animal cruelty free. This is also pure natural products and that built your fairness.

Marie
Marie

I just bought the Dermalogica and love it!!!

Jess
Jess

Does anyone know where can you get Dermalogica in Ottawa?

SamanthaB
SamanthaB

Hi Maya, I LOVE your blog. Came across it from Veronika's Blushing and so glad I did. Really love your healthy food section - please do some more soon! Especially 'whats in my lunchbox' type feature. I'm a teacher so the inspiration for what I can take into school for my lunch is very much needed  :-) From Samantha in rainy South-West England

Christina
Christina

I'm a huge fan of La Roche-Posay, I never breakout but I have combination skin and every moisturiser/cleanser Ive used has either made me feel like I had sandpaper skin or given me that ''sunscreen'' kind of feel. L R-P is the only one that's got it right. I think I might even buy the eye cream now, seeing as you recommended it and have been using it for so long! As for Bobbi Brown, I'll def. be trying it, I've yet to find a good makeup remover and I'm hoping this will do the trick!

eredick13
eredick13

Great advice - especially the "subscribe to this blog" one. Free, but such an important part of any skincare routine. ;)

Sara23
Sara23

Hey girl! I am a full time student and with homework/ housework I am tired and unmotivated to workout. Do you have any tips for me to boost my energy ( any vitamins you recommend? or tricks that help you?

 

Thanks so much

Sara
Sara

Hey girl! I am a full time student and with homework/ housework I am tired and unmotivated to workout. Do you have any tips for me to boost my energy ( any vitamins you recommend? or tricks that help you?

 

Thanks so much

DawnAutuori
DawnAutuori

Great post!  Thanks so much for sharing.  

 

After years of having clear skin, I recently went off of birth control and my skin has been a bit of a nightmare ever since, regularly breaking out.  I tried sticking with the same regimen I had been accustomed to, but still the breakouts came.  Then I began the vicious cycle of trying other products, breaking out further, and going back to my old standbys. I haven't had any luck with the La Roche Posay line, but I'm hoping that perhaps Dermalogica will be helpful.  After reading your post, I definitely plan on checking them out.

 

Looking forward to your makeup routine post!

 

-Dawn

Doppelganger
Doppelganger

LOVE Dermalogica- thanks for the shout out my love! Best stuff ever- you can use their website and do "face mapping" and it'll help direct you to the correct product line.

As I said- best stuff ever!!!!!

 

You look amazing!

 

XOXOXOXOX

Doppleganger

acm08206
acm08206

Great Popst. I love Dermalogica too!!!!

Nancy82
Nancy82

I am in love with your blog and your tips!

Great post;)

BeautyStyleGrowth
BeautyStyleGrowth

Great tips on skincare. Touching my face has gotten my face into a lot of trouble.

k at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Check to see if you have a venere spa in Ottawa or just google 'Ottawa, Dermalogica' and it will populate all the locations for where you can find it. I know that they definitely sell it there because my friend who got my addicted lives in Ottawa xo

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Samantha! Thanks so much for the feedback - today is your lucky day because I just posted a lunch post :) xoxo Keep in touch

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

So glad to hear the love is shared! Check with Bobbi Brown for samples to test if you like it. Keep me posted :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

@ChloeElizabeth - that's the plan dollface!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Sara23 Hi Sara. I've definitely been there - and have experienced your situation. It's hard to believe, but honestly working out in itself will boost your energy levels. You just have to grunt through the initial bit and as soon as the endorphins start flowing, you'll feel much better and will power through your workout. 

 

Although I am not in University anymore, I work full time, go in extra early every day and have a long commute to and from. I would have to say that making time to exercise has not become a question of whether or not I'm feeling up to it, but rather something I HAVE to do. Once you get into the routine, it will feel natural (it will take about 3 weeks for a routine to start feeling natural). Set dates for yourself. For ex. say that you will commit to doing 3 days per week. Every Mon, Wed, Fri (or whatever makes the most sense with your schedule). Then stick to it - no excuses - it just simply needs to happen. In addition to packing my lunch every night before I go to bed, I also pack my gym bag and have it sitting in the car. As soon as I am done work, I usually go straight to the gym - this eliminates ever "opting out".

 

Lastly (really sorry for the long message), if you simply can't get there because you're in middle of finals or behind on schoolwork etc, always remember that the little things add up. You don't necessarily need to do a full workout in 1 go. Take a study break and get up to do a set of squats, lunges, crunches. Then go back to work. This will also help your creative juices when doing homework :)

 

If you're ok with the discipline of it all and it's just feeling sluggish and low energy, check your diet - make sure that you're eating consistently and not too low on carbs. Also, don't ever skip a meal or snack. If your on track with all the above, check with your doctor to make sure that your iron levels and vitmain D are in check. 

 

....I know I said 'lastly' above, but one more thing. CAFFEINE - for me, I never drink caffeine. When I do have a coffee in the morning, I end up feeling hellish in the afternoon around 2 pm. If you can ween yourself off of having any caffeine (caffeinated teas included), it may help.

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @DawnAutuori Would love to hear how you like it - keep me posted and also if you have any questions :)

Sara23
Sara23

 @hautepnk  @Sara23  Also, when is your makeup post going to be up? I am so excited for it :)

Sara23
Sara23

 @hautepnk  @Sara23  Thank you so much! what snack items do you recommend for me to take to class?

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