Just like coming up with different outfits and trying on new makeup, skincare is something I enjoy messing around and experimenting with. I am constantly seeking new ways to minimize my skincare routine and get the biggest bank for a buck. (No spending $50 on an eye cream, at least not yet.) Skin, especially on the face, is quite a tricky surface to mold. This or that product might break me out or make my sensitive skin flare up. It’s a balancing act of ensuring that I am caring for all of the needs that are important to me, while not piling on too many products each morning and night.
What’s also important about my skincare is that it’s easily accessible. When I am at school, I am in a very small town in Indiana and the choices for buying skincare are limited to Walmart. If I run out of something, I want to easily be able to run to the store to pick it up and not have to order it online and have to wait several days for it to come in, especially for products that I run through rather quickly.
Some of these products featured today, I’ve recently rediscovered. Other ones I never tried before, but they have taken a necessary seat in my skincare routine. Because skincare is different for every single person, I’m not saying mine is perfect for you or even for me. I’m still working to find the best concoction for my skin. With that being said, I wanted to share a few recent favorites I can’t get enough of for skincare.
Face scrubs can be a real hit or miss for me. With my sensitive skin, I often find face scrubs to be too abrasive, leaving my face a bright red after I have cleansed. The constant struggle is the hunt of a gentle scrub that will still do the job. After I came across the St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub, I’ve bean reluctant to try anything else. What’s great about this scrub is that it is super inexpensive (only a couple dollars at the drug store)! St. Ives products tend to be a lower cost brand, but I have found I really enjoy them.
This scrub is great because the small beads in it (which now, by law, are required to be able to dissolve #ProtectTheFishies) aren’t too harsh on my skin. I love the pretty green color of it too! I often use this product when I’m going through a rough patch with my skin. If I have a few more breakouts than usual, I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup, or I’ve just been failing to keep up with my skincare routine, this product does a great job at coming in and saving the day. I like to use it right before a face mask to ensure that the mask can dig deep into my skin and freshen it up. I will use this product about twice a week on average, but I really just like to focus on my skin and what it needs.
This past winter, my under-eyes went through a sort of dry patch. I’d never experienced it before, so I wasn’t quite sure out to react. I spent several weeks trying to find an eye cream that would do the job but not break my skin out. I finally came across the Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream. Since using it, I’ve noticed that applying concealer under my us is such a smooth process. I can always tell when I skip out on the eye cream because my concealer just doesn’t look as flawless as usual.
In generally, I really just wanted to start using an eye cream for general eye care. I know that the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and the first place on the face to show aging. I was happy to find an eye cream that I could easily fit into my routine but that wasn’t too heavy.
I have also noticed a slight different in the pigmentation of my dark circles. Mind you, I have incredibly dark under-eye circles, but this helped just a little to make them less horrifying to my sorority sisters as I walk downstairs for breakfast in the morning.
I love the applicator on this product as well. It is a very easy to use click pen with a brush tip. It makes putting on eye cream super quick, which encourages me to continue to keep it in my routine. Eye creams are all very different to everyone because everyone has different preferences, but I have really come to enjoy using this one and the benefits it has provided for me.
Something I have come to notice with my skin is that because it is so sensitive and lightly pigmented, most if not all of the breakouts on my skin leave some sort of scar. It is something that really made me feel down about my skin because there wasn’t even an active breakout anymore. It was the scare left over. I really wasn’t sure what to do about it, so I started to do research. I came across a few product that claimed to fade the marks on my skin.
I first used this product last summer, but I had failed to pick it up again once I ran out because I had a hard time finding it. I came across it again, and it has quickly made its way into my every day skincare routine. The Ambi Scincare Fade Cream is such a fascinating product and the kind of advancement in skincare that I didn’t know was possible. After using this product again for a couple of months, I have seen a significant difference in the pigmentation of my skin. The scars on my chin have faded, and I feel much more confident.
What’s important to keep in mind about this product is that it isn’t instantaneous. These products almost always take several weeks if not months to show a significant difference. Because I have noticed that difference in my skin, I continue to use this product. I only have to use the tiniest amount as well, so I know that this tube will last me a very long time.
This is another old reliable that I have brought back into my routine. During the summer, I tend to wear a lot less makeup and just put on a little sunscreen. I know how important it is to protect my face from any sun damage. I also know that the sun can accentuate any leftover scars from acne. In order to prevent this, I put sunscreen on my face every morning.
This Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is great because it wears very well under makeup, which was an important factor for me. I knew I wouldn’t wear it regularly if it felt quite greasy under my makeup. I have also tried out Neutrogena’s sunscreen meant for acne prone skin, but I really didn’t have any problems with the regular sunscreen breaking my skin out so I stuck to it.
I prefer to just use the SPF 30 because any higher SPF really isn’t much different than 30. It’s not necessary to use a higher SPF, especially if it is more expensive. This sunscreen isn’t the cheapest sunscreen there is, but since I just use it for the face I am willing to spend a little bit more on something that I know I will use every day.
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