My Daily Face/Skincare Routine

Hello friends!!

Today i’m super excited, because i think i’ve finally perfected a routine that has produced the greatest results for my face!

As i’ve said before, i have combination skin and my main struggles are my chin and t-zone. I repeat this routine, almost exactly, every morning (before/if i put makeup on) and every night (after i take it off).

First, I start with an oil cleanse. Because i got my tax return, i finally ordered Banilla Co’s Clean-It Zero: Purity, but it won’t be in until next month :/ Right now, I’m just using

1. Unrefined Coconut Oil (Wegmans- Organic brand)

Wegmans stores, Buffalo NY. $7.99

 

It’s super creamy and it melts on your skin 🙂 I use a cotton pad to get my makeup off my eyes (it dissolves smoothly even waterproof mascara) and all over my face.
Now, i know i was super freaked out at the idea of putting oil on my already messed-up skin, but how it works is, when it’s used before a foaming cleanser, it cleans oil-based blemishes and dirt without stripping your skin dry 🙂 it’s super awesome!
While it does have a bit of a coconutty smell, I’ve also used refined oil which doesn’t smell as strong, but it has a tendency to get hard and flakey and doesn’t work nearly as well. Go unrefined. Is your face smelling a bit like a tropical island for a few minutes really the worst thing that could happen to you? 😛

2. Vanicream Cleansing Bar 

Walgreens – $3.99

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So i’m not sure if this is actual “soap” but its designed for sensitive skin and leaves mine feeling super light and clean! I foam it up and make sure it gets all the coconut oil off my hands and face.

3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash – Pink Grapefruit Cleanser 

Walmart – $6.96

i smear this right on just my chin and nose usually; no need to do it anywhere else. it starts as a gel, but foams eventually.
Water temperature is usually lukewarm to very warm (not hot).

4. Stridex Sensitive Alcohol-Free With Aloe Pads

Walmart – $3.97

Stridex Daily Care Alcohol-Free Sensitive with Aloe Pads, 90 count

The pads come in a can and are a little smaller than the palm of my hand. Because i -again- only use it on the spots i need it and not my whole face, i usually cut each pad into quarters and it makes them last even longer! 🙂 Sometimes i only use these once a day instead of two, because even tho they’re marked ‘sensitive’, my skin will dry out if i’m not careful.

5. Witch Hazel

Walmart – $3.64
T.N. Dickinson's Face & Body Witch Hazel Astringent, 16 fl oz
This stuff is a great toner and it just smooths everything out really well, without being too harsh! It comes in a huge bottle and i usually put a little bit on a cotton pad, all over my face.

*These next two steps are interchangeable in order; I’m pretty sure i do it differently every time hahah*

Vanicream Lite Lotion

Walgreens – $13.99

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Although compared to the rest of my products, this one’s a little hefty in price, don’t skimp on it. Moisturizing is SO important, and it’s honestly not bad for a 16oz bottle. I start to gently massage it on my face before the witch hazel absorbs/evaporates. Moisturizer basically works as Saran Wrap for your skin, so if you want to keep it soft, it’s best to try to trap the moisture as close to your skin as possible.

Yadah Anti-Trouble Spot Cream – Soothing

Memebox.com $13.00 (on sale for $10.00)

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I love this stuff so much!! I’m allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide and can only take salicylic acid in small amounts. The active ingredient in this cream is wintergreen extract and it soothes inflamed skin while also helping decrease acne! 🙂
Again, a hefty item, price-wise, and it gets even more expensive when memebox.com doesn’t have it on sale, or at all. But the 15 grams lasts a while, and you don’t need all that much 🙂

That about does it! 🙂 If i’m getting ready for the day, i top it all off with some BareMinerals Foundation and Mineral Veil (but that’s for another blog post). If i’m headed to bed (like i am right now haha) i’ll schmear some Vasaline on my lips and be on my way. 🙂

FREEBEE – 

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes – Sensitive 

Wegmans – $5.99


For a busy morning/evening clean where i really am on a crunch for time, these are amazing! I usually will put some moisturizer on afterwords, and if i’m out the door, makeup, and be on my way! ^_^

That’s it! This is something i’ve been working on for almost a year, and i’m really proud to have finally found something that works well for me and hopefully others with sensitive skin! 🙂

Hit me up if you need any info about ingredients or have any questions! ^_^ Everything is mineral oil and benzoyl peroixide- free.

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Clean-Faced Enthusiast

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“…I really wanted to write K-beauty addict, but “addict” would imply something negative, and Korean beauty has done nothing but improve my life.” -Coco Park 🙂

Seriously, tho, my face hasn’t felt this soft since i switched to all-natural products because my skin was too sensitive for the ClairSonic and benzoyal-peroxide-loaded skin cleanser i was using!

I’ve been washing my face for the past six months, twice a day.
But the past couple weeks, i’ve just been making slight changes to my normal routine, and daring myself to use less harsh products, taking the risk that my face could break out.

So here’s a Broke Kid’s Beginner Guide to better skin, the K-Way. ^_^
note: My only frame of reference is my own skin…I have very sensitive, light with some small freckles (Irish) combination skin. My trouble areas are my chin and T-zone, and i’m prone to stress-related acne.

  1. I’ve been adding coconut oil to my Dove bar soap. (because i don’t have an oil-based cleanser yet.) I use it all over my face, just small, light circles (no scrubbing) with my hands, even in the trouble spots, twice a day. I’ve noticed improvement in two days. ^_^ Even if i do get a whitehead or two, i’m pretty sure it’s either stress or because my face still isn’t used to less harsh products. It’s all about teaching your body what’s good for it. 🙂
  2. I use Neutrogena pink grapefruit foaming acne cleanser. I’ve started just using my hands (small circles, no scrubbing) instead of vigorously going at my face with a washcloth to get rid of the acne/blackheads. Tho it’s a good, gentle cleanser, no need to use it all over your face, just in the trouble spots (for me, my chin and t-zone)
  3. My local grocery store was Hannaford , back when i lived in Maine. When i was there, i bought a large jug with a pump of something called everyone lotion – face, hands, body. It’s full of essential oils and kinds of good things, and the one i got was inexpensive and lasts forever!! I use it on my face, and usually add a couple drops of vegetable glycerin or one drop of tea tree essential oil.
  4. Tea tree oil is also super good for black/whiteheads as well, because while it is all-natural, it’s will dry them up without destroying your skin. Just put a drop on a cotton swab and put it right on the blemish. ^_^ And unless your skin is more sensitive than mine, you should be just fine 😉
    Some people aren’t a fan of the smell of tea tree oil, but, hey. It’s all about teaching your body what is good for it.
  5. A big goal before going to bed is making sure you have enough moisture on your skin that it won’t dry out overnight.
    I have been using 1 part raw vegetable glycerin to 10 parts water (For Western measurements, i use 1/2 tsp glycerin to 3 1/2 tsp water. That way, it fits in a plastic 2oz condiment cup, and it’s perfect! Not too little, not too much…) Just spread it on your face before bed! ^_^ It absorbs the water in the air, and it’s super hydrating. It does also leave your skin a little sticky-feeling, almost, tho, so I’d only recommend putting it on before bed. It reduces the amount of dirt, airborne stuff and anything else from sticking to your face, out in the world.
  6. Last but not least!! hydrate, Hydrate, HYDRATE. Right before i moved, i was drinking 2-3 quarts of water a day, and it really does help clear your skin.
    Rule of thumb? Drink until you feel like your eyeballs and stomach are floating 😛 Drink straight tea, (hot water and tea bag) and add a lemon wedge or two to a quart of water (my personal preference is TrueLemon; packets of real crystalized, dehydrated lemon). At first, it will be hard, because your stomach won’t be used to it; it almost will feel like you have a strange stomach ache at first…and getting up to pee every 10 minutes will be annoying, but it’s ALL ABOUT TEACHING YOUR BODY WHAT’S GOOD FOR IT. Almost every human in America is dehydrated on a consistent  basis; don’t be a statistic.
    A delightful little bonus is that it’s also can help you lose weight, because when your stomach is full of water, you don’t eat out of boredom. ^_^
    note – When my mom was pregnant, she drank 2 gallons of water a day. She doesn’t recommend drinking more than that, because it will flush all the electrolytes out of your body, doing more harm than good. 2-3 quarts a day is plenty to see significant improvement. :)So there you go!! Have clean faces, friends, because they’re the only ones you’ve got 🙂 And it’s well-worth the time and effort!

    p.s – I made my first purchase on SoKoGlam yesterday!! MISSHA pore-correcting toner and 2 KLAIRS Soothing Sheet masks! ^_^ It just shipped today and should be there in 3-5 business days!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!! 😀