Hello there! I hope you guys had a nice weekend. Brett was out of town visiting his family so I decided to head to my folks house to relax and do a whole lot of nothing. I did manage to prep a few blog posts so I hope you enjoy!
I went off the pill earlier this year. No, we aren’t trying to get pregnant right now. Thinking about it but having a puppy sort of delayed things because I realized what a handful she is at the moment. Anyway, I think going off the pill has caused me to get spurts of hormonal acne on my forehead and jawline. That and my skin tends to get oily in the summer.
I talked to an esthetician from Bluemercury a few weeks ago and she had a few great tips that I felt was worth sharing with you! Essentially when it comes to fighting acne it all comes down to keep you pores clean which means washing your face and exfoliating while keeping your skin well hydrated.
#1 Double Cleanse 2x a Day: This seems to be a hot term in the beauty industry right now. Essentially what it means is you use a makeup remover before cleansing your skin. I actually use a micellar water after cleansing. Micellar waters are basically makeup removers but they are oil based making them effective in grabbing all the oil and dirt off your face. I am not sure if the order matters but the whole point is to make sure you get all the makeup and dirt off your face so you don’t clog your pores. Only using makeup remover or a cleanser just doesn’t do the trick. I use La Mer The Micellar Water as a second cleanser/makeup remover. I also like Darphin’s Micellar Water and I’ve heard great things about this Bioderm micellar water which is cheaper.
#2 Use Glycolic or Salicylic Acid Cleansers or Treatments: There are multiple products out there that contain either or both of these ingredients. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates the top surface of your skin and even teaches the skin to generate moisture making it a great ingredient for dryer skin types. It is also a powerful ingredient to use to regulate lines and even skin tone so it’s often used in anti-aging products. I use M-61 Power Glow Peel from time to time to exfoliate and brighten blemishes. I’ll take the pad and blot it on my blemish only. It is also great for cleaning up the dead skin off of to prevent blemishes or clean up the top of blemishes to decrease inflammation. I often only use the peel when I break out though as my skin can get sensitive if used too much. This cleanser is one of my favorite glycolic based cleansers.
Salicylic Acid is an oil-soluable Beta Hydroxy Acid that deeply cleans pores making it a better option for oily skin types. It is the more common ingredient found in acne fighting products. While salicylic acid is a powerful ingredient for fighting oil clogging pores and acne it can leave your skin feeling dry so make sure you’re adding in a moisturizer to your routine. I am currently using Skinceuticals LHA Cleanser which contains both glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. I find it works great in the summer when my skin tends to get more of an oil build up. I like how this cleanser leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth after using it. If you’re looking for a more powerful solution these PowerSpot Pads contain both salicylic and glycolic acid and offer a great treatment for those with acne-prone skin. They are similar to the peel pads but are better for oiler skin types.
If you are using glycolic or salicylic acid make sure you are using SPF because your skin is more exposed and more likely to get damaged from the sun. I would also recommend using the acid based cleansers for milder cases of acne and only adding in treatments like acid-based peels or serums for for serious breakouts and blemishes. It all depends on how sensitive your skin is though. I find my skin to get sensitive so I use the peel pads sparingly and on an emergency case basis.
#3 Apply Lightweight Moisturizer Under Makeup For Daytime: I don’t recommend packing loads of skincare products for the daytime in the summer so stick to only applying a light moisturizer after you cleanse to avoid clogging your pores. I have been using La Mer’s The Soft Moisturizing Cream this summer although I prefer the Creme de la Mer. Even though it is a thicker formula I just use less of it in the summer. I also find it has more of a softer matter finish than the Soft Moisturizer which has more of a dewy finish. If you are looking for a moisturizer with a lower price point, I like Skinceuticals Emollience for dryer skin types and M-61 Supersoothe E Cream an oil-free formula for oilier skin types.
#4 Save Your Treatments for Nighttime: Another pro tip I got from the esthetician is to apply your treatment serums for nighttime as to not irritate the skin during the day since it you get more exposure to the sun and heat. I started applying my vitamin c serum and retinal treatment (also love this one) at night. Don’t apply these together btw…I apply retinol 1x per week and vitamin c 2-3x per week and never on the same day. I’ve noticed this has helped my skin get less of a reaction during the day by keeping my daytime routine simple with less product. BTW I use vitamin c to even out my skin-tone/prevent future aging and retinal is a multi-purpose product that improves looks of fine lines, skin tone/texture, and even acne!
#5 Use a Topical Detox Mask as Needed: I was recommended to use this hydrating detox mask which cleans out the surface of the skin while also providing optimal hydration. I love the citrusy smell of the grapefruit from this mask. It feels like the extra soothing boost my skin needs for a little weekend pick me up. This mask is good for normal to dry skin. If you are oily, I really like this Caudalie mask or this Revive mask because they both deep clean but don’t make your skin dry. I’ve also heard good things about Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque.
#6 Opt for Powder Based for Oily Skin and Liquid Based Makeup for Dry Skin: When it comes to deciding the type of makeup you use on your face always remember powder makeup does a good job of keeping oily skin at bay while liquid makeup is best for dryer skin types. My skin gets more oily in the summer so I have been opting for powder blushes, bronzers, and this setting powder on top of my tinted moisturizer.
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