After posting a few selfies on Instagram, I had a few requests for my skin care and make up routine. My basic skin care primarily focuses on getting rid of acne scars; however, I like my make up to take five to ten minutes after that. These days I am much less about finding a foundation with maximum coverage and more about taking care of my skin first. All told, my routine probably takes me about 15 minutes, including washing my face!
I go into the uses and more in depth reviews for each product in my YouTube video, but here is the whole list:
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser: I have used this stuff for years. The bottles last forever which is why mine is so tattered looking in the video. It costs a little more than some drugstore cleaner, but it is worth it for how wonderful this makes my skin feel. I haven't used a foaming cleanser since I switched over to this and I don't regret it.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub: I exfoliate about 4-5 times a week which may be more than some skin types need. However, when you're trying to get rid of acne scars exfoliation plays a pretty big role. I like this because it is gentle but effective. Even when I use the Aveeno scrub, I still wash my make up with the Cerave first. As I said in the video...you can't scrub your eyeballs.
Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel (available for bulk discount here): You know how the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding uses Windex for everything? This is my beauty version of the same principle. On your face, it will clear your pores and moisturize at the same time. It also soothes bug bites and sunburn. Once again, I love that this is a drugstore product.
Cremorlab Essence Tonic: I am still getting used to the idea of having two toner type products but they both do their job. This essence tonic from Peach and Lily is where my routine starts to really focus on brightening. This is extremely moisturizing and provides the perfect base for the rest of the products. It makes my face feel great and looks noticeably brighter.
Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector: I plan on doing a full before and after review on this once I have used it for over a month, but I am two weeks in and I love it. I have had a hard time sticking with other serums because of the texture, but this immediately sinks into my skin and doesn't affect the way my make up wears.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30: Wear sunscreen every day no matter what your skin type! That's my common sense skin care tip of the day. But seriously, Vitamin C is a great ingredient for those fighting acne scars. This is pretty heavily fragranced, though, so if that typically irritates your skin there are plenty of other moisturizers with SPF out there.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost: This is basically the product that lets me get away with not wearing foundation. It's a radiance booster and texture refiner that looks great with or without make up, but I recommend wearing it with either a translucent or colored mineral powder.
Aromatica Neroli Brightening Facial Oil: At night I use this Neroli oil instead of the skin boost. This is all natural and smells heavenly. I focus on my cheeks and the sides of my chin where I have had the most break outs. This doesn't clog my pores at all. I have definitely seen an improvement with this since it is what I have been using the longest out of the topical steps in this routine.
This was my first foray into the whole YouTube thing, but fortunately I have a background in video editing from my college classes. Please let me know if you have any questions and remember to use the hashtag #strongerthanscars and tag me on Instagram if you decide to follow along with my routine (selfies highly encouraged!).