Hey guys, I’ve been having a lot of conversations about skin care lately and thought I’d bring the blog into it and share a little about my skin care journey. I don’t know about you but being a working girl I don’t have the time to cover up with makeup all the time so I’d rather work hard on making my skin look good.
I grew up with quite a lot of skin issues. My skin is very oily, like very oily and throughout high school and most of varsity my skin would break out ALL the time. I feel like I literally tried everything I could find out there for my skin but yea as most people who breakout know it never ends.
So when I was doing my honors (2015) I found out about the Garnier Pure Active range which I started using. I will say though I did experience ‘the purge’ (when your breakouts increase before getting better) for like a month, but after trying a million products I was already used to that. My breakouts SIGNIFICANTLY decreased a few months after I started using it and I’ve been using it ever since.
The range only helped with my breakouts though and not my oily skin so I’m still trying to figure out something for that. It also didn’t do much for my blemishes but since I was breaking out less I got less new scars and marks. Since last year I’ve been investing more time and a little more money into my skin care and there’s been such a huge difference. I use the precision pore cleansing pad from Swiitch Beauty every other day and use face masks at least 3 times a week.
My favorite masks are:
- Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1: I like it because it’s a quick 5 minute mask so when good for when I’m in a rush or not feeling indulgent.
2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask: It kind of tingles when you use it which can be overwhelming but it’s done wonders in removing my blemishes
3. L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask (Detox): They give you a little test at Clicks to decide which one of these masks is best for you, fun. I’m still fairly new at using it but the first time I used it, it actually pulled all the blackheads out of my skin (I could see them on the surface) and the more you use it the less you have and smoother my skin feels.
4. My homemade turmeric mask (courtesy of my sister): just use 3 ingredients turmeric, yogurt, a little honey. this one is great for when I have pimples bubbling under my skin (you know the pre-pimple phase). In a day or two they’re gone and never surface.
I’ve also now incorporated into my skin care routine a homemade lip scrub. I got the recipe off the internet somewhere and it is super simple and only contains 3 ingredients:
How much of each you use is completely up to you. I mix up a bunch of it and keep it in my fridge and use it as and when I need it. I don’t use it because I have dry lips, I just like the way lipstick looks when my lips have been exfoliated. And it tastes good :).
All in all what I’ve learnt about skin care is:
- Lots and lots of water. Dehydration shows on your skin.
2. Wash your face twice a day!! Especially if it is oily like mine. If you’re having a lazy day use some micellar cleansing water. I use the Garnier Pure Active one, mainly because the bottle is huuuuuge for the price and lasts forever. I haven’t really tried others. I also use it as toner.
3. Washing is not enough. Exfoliate, tone, use a mask. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.
4. Try to eat healthy. This is my weak spot but the times I’ve done healthy eating diets or cleanses my skin completely changed.
5. The most expensive product is not always the most effective one. Learnt that one the hard way.
I hope you found this helpful and feel free to share your skin care journey’s I’d love to hear them. Oh and let me know if you know any secrets for oily skin.