I've tried countless products over the years, and up until recently I rarely bought the same thing twice. This past year I decided to get serious about my skin, and I finally feel like I've nailed down a routine that works for me!
I've been using each of these products for a minimum of two months, and started incorporating them gradually in order to help determine what worked and what didn't. Keep in mind, I don't tend to have acne prone skin. I mostly suffer from combination skin, blackheads, and occasional hormonal breakouts on my chin. If you experience any of these problems, these are the products I feel have helped me be more confident!
1. Micellar Water - I've been using micellar water as my eye makeup remover for the past couple of years now, and really swear by it. Unlike other eye makeup removers, micellar water isn't oily and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh even if it's the only product I have on hand (ie. if I'm camping or traveling and packed lightly). From what I've experienced from trying a few different brands is that there isn't much difference between them. I frequently purchase Garnier or Simple.
Garnier actually makes two different kinds - regular strength and waterproof strength. The one pictured above is the latter, which I only use on the rare occasions that I'm wearing waterproof mascara or heavy eyeshadow/lip-stains. Because of the strength I have found that this version is slightly more oily and usually requires a water rinse after. I prefer the regular strength (comes with a pink lid) and use it everyday.
2. Glossier Milky Jelly - I usually follow micellar water with a cleanser to remove foundation, and my brow color. Milky jelly smells like rose water, and has proven gentle and light! I either wash as usual with a damp cloth, or use with my Clarisonic.
3. Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel - Witch Hazel is another product I've been using for years and have tried in multiple brands. I recently switched to Thayers after another blogger recommended it. I like that the Rose Petal mist still gives me the fresh feeling of witch hazel, while combining it with a rose water spray. I also choose the spray bottle over the usual spout, since it saves money on cotton pads, which I already use for the micellar water. I couldn't find a link to the spray bottle online, but I usually can find it in the skincare aisle of Target.
4. Glossier Priming Moisturizer - Moisturizer is hands down my favorite step of the routine. I feel like I've tried a billion different kinds, but have recently landed on Glossier's moisturizer after getting a sample in their Melrose store! The only downside is that it doesn't contain SPF. The upside is that you can buy it in a 3 pack with their cleanser and lip balm.
5. Aveda Energizing Eye Creme - Honestly does any one know if eye creams really work? I've been using this off and on since my facial at Origin Salon and haven't really figured out if I'm noticing a difference or not. This is one product I don't think I'll purchase again, but figured I should include since I've been using it more frequently lately.
6. Porefector - Besides my moisturizer, this is one step I can't go without. I discovered Porefector after the small business owner behind this solution messaged me about trying a sample, and fell in love with it immediately. Their website has a variety of uses listed, but I use it daily on my blackheads and whenever needed as a spot treatment. The black heads on my nose have been pretty persistent since middle school, and this is the first thing that I really feel has made an actual difference.
Plus whenever I experience the start of a hormonal breakout, I've rubbed a bit on the area twice a day until it disappears. Without Porefector, my hormonal breakouts would usually swell below the skin and stay there painfully for a few days, or appear bright red and obvious on my chin. Now I can usually feel them when I touch the area for a couple days until they're gone completely, but most don't ever get the chance to be visible and I haven't experience any that are painful. Unlike other strong spot treatments, Porefector hasn't ever made my skin dry or flakey, so it stays easy to apply my concealer and foundation.
*2.5. Glossier Solution - This product kinda throws a loop through my typical routine, but I use it when I'm experiencing extra dryness (which unfortunately happens more often in the winter). After my facial I stopped using exfoliants that scrub, since discovering it was making my dryness worse. I just pump a bit of solution onto a cotton round and lightly rub it on my face before moisturizing. On days when I use solution, I skip Porefector to keep from overwhelming my skin. Glossier recommends daily use if you have extreme dryness or are acne prone, but I've been using it maybe once a week or so.
I hope this is helpful! It seems like a lot, but overall it takes about 5-10 minutes each night. In the morning I do a three step program, with just the witch hazel, moisturizer, and Porefector before applying my makeup.
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