Let's talk SKINCARE

As skincare has slowly become more and more popular, I have become more and more obsessed. And my skin and I have gone through a little ~journey~ in the last few months, so I wanted to share that with you guys!

For the past two years, I have had to go to my dermatologist to have a mini procedure done that eliminates my personal worst enemy: milia. If you haven't heard of it, milia is the diagnosis for multiple "milium cysts", which are small white bumps that occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin (source: Healthline). Mine come in right around my eyes, SOO annoying.


After I went to get them removed last spring, I decided I was going to research and do everything in my power to prevent them from coming back. Here's what I found would help: chemical exfoliation, eye creams, and oil-free everything. So that's what I incorporated into my new and improved skincare routine.


Links to products are ALL in orange!! XO


My Products:

- I have been using Cetaphil face wash for years, I don't have any reason to change it so decided she'd be staying around through the revamp.

- I swapped my old face moisturizer for an oil-free Cetaphil one, it has SPF 15 too—bonus!

- Grabbed a new toner, witch hazel with lemon for extra breakout clearing power: it's this Thayers one

- As one of my birthday presents, Tyler got me The Littles™ 4.0 collection by Drunk Elephant and I am obsessed. I haven't completely changed my routine to use these products because I'm slowly seeing how my skin reacts to them. Getting into this in a sec.

- I replaced allll my basic makeup products with Neutrogena's oil-free SkinClearing line, made a huge difference to use fresh, clean products! Will share details on everything for this. BTW drug store makeup and skin products may get a bad rep, but they are inexpensive and if you do your research you can find perfectly clean products you'll love. We <3 a budget.

- For extra love (and aesthetic) I have my jade roller and gua sha tools...linked here


OK NOW quick Drunk Elephant breakdown:

The package I got contained little bottles of the line's most necessary products.

As they put it, "8 Littles to get your skin in line. Take a #drunkbreak by using this exclusively to reset your skin to a healthy, balanced, and truly glowing state. Our small - but mighty! - Littles deliver unparalleled results when used together as a system."


THIS SET CONTAINS:

-30ml Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

-8ml C-Firma™ Day Serum

-8ml B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

-8ml T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

-8ml Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

-15ml Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

-NEW! 15ml Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

-5ml C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

-And an adorable neon travel bag to store the goodies


Source: drunkelephant.com


To be honest, I haven't even tried every product, I'm still trying to learn kinda what goes where and when, lol. But so far my favs are the hydration serum and the facial oil. Maybe I'll do a full review on the whole line once I'm more of a pro with them. We're used to drug store products over here, ok? Don't judge.


I'm slowly using this new set of products, so you'll see them scattered throughout my "routine" but mind you they are new additions.


OK now I'm gonna get into my morning, night, and makeup routine and break down the details of how I use my products. I also will share my Sunday night ritual of more extensive skincare that I do only once a week. Keep in mind I'm no dermatologist or esthetician, this is what I have found works for me!


Morning:

In the morning I honestly don't do much. The products I put on the night before might still be working their magic, so I don't ever wanna completely strip my skin down, ya know? All I do is cleanse with Cetaphil facial cleanser and hydrate with Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer.


New info tho: Now that I've gotten my new Drunk Elephant products, the other day I tried layering my Day Serum and my Polypeptide Cream (in place of moisturizer) and loved it!!!! But I'll be honest if we're talking basic EVERY DAY routine, Cetaphil is my girl.


If I want a mid-day cleanse (lately it's been after I wear my mask for a while!!), that's where I'll usually use my toner on a clean cotton pad.


Night:

Nighttime routine starts with washing, usually with my Cetaphil (I'll stop using that word soon I promise) ((Cetaphil, sponsor me?))


If I have makeup on, a rarity, I will use a light cleansing water (I use the Water Rose Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier SkinActive) to remove makeup and then cleanse with face wash after.


I have found that the Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser is amazing for removing all makeup and dirty stuff, while cleansing super well too, I tried out the new bottle and LOVED IT. Like seriously it was great.


Anywayyyyyy, after makeup and yucky stuff is off, I use my moisturizer, and now have been incorporating a hydration serum and facial oil. When I apply the facial oil, that's where I use my pretty little jade roller, applying light pressure and always making upward motions, my products are evenly distributed plus a little facial massage to help the blood flow!


I'm a big fan of layering up a LOT of hydration and moisture before bed. No one is seeing you, so who cares if you look oily af, and you will wake up SOFT AND HYDRATED OK?


Night night!


Makeup:

OK here's where I'm scared. I'm pretty bad (trying to get better!!) at makeup so I keep it simple and TRY to keep learning and improving. I've recently found that applying my facial oil to a clean face right before I start my makeup routine makes a huge difference, everything applies so smoothly and evenly, and the extra boost of moisturization adds brightness and glow!!


To start with makeup, one of my staples is my Neutrogena SkinClearing mineral powder, with salicylic acid, which is one of the ways to achieve the chemical (active ingredient) exfoliation I'm looking for. I use a combo of this powder and the SkinClearing oil-free liquid makeup (salicylic acid too!) to even out my complexion and both products are a great base to start.


I'm a big fan of blush and have been using this cream blush product by Peek, and I like to dab a little on the highest part of my cheekbone and blend upward, and dab the remaining pink on the tip of my nose!!


This reminds me: I do close to the same with highlighter if I want some extra glam, and I use The Multiple by NARS.


For mascara, I have been using Neutrogena healthy volume for a basic lengthy and fuller look. I have no eyelashes so I'm kinda hopeless here, I've tried a lot but if you have any recs PLS SEND.


Fav/last part of makeup: brows! Still living by my NYX Control Freak eyebrow gel...10/10.


Weekly:

Last thing I wanna share with you guys is basically how I pamper myself one time a week and go full on at-home facial session. Here's how it usually happens (on Sundays btw):

  1. Cleanse face

  2. Apply toner

  3. I steam my face for five mins with a facial steamer, here's a link to mine, recommended by Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential

  4. I read about how you are only supposed to steam once a week, so that's where this little routine came about

  5. Moisturize

  6. Serum or oil applied with jade roller

  7. Gua sha facial massage...apply more oil if needed!! Can't have dry skin for this step

  8. The gua sha is the second pink tool in the picture of my products above. It's like a circulating/massage tool for the face. (Go with upward movements with the curved side, not too much pressure)

  9. Refreshing face mist to finish! Mine is The Body Shop Mandarin Energising face mist

There's truly nothing like some SELF-CARE. And skincare for me has become a huge part of that. It's relaxing, refreshing, and will make you GLOW✨


OK guys I know that was a bit all over the place (me!!) but that's all of it. Again, this is what I have been liking and what I find works for me, everyone is different, so let me know what your favs are too!!! XOXOXOXO.


Laur