Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Skincare Routine


I thought I would share with you what I currently use for my skincare.

Here is an overview and history of my skin:
I have combo/oily skin with dry patches occasionally (worst combination ever).
I am acne prone and usually breakout due to stress, the monthly cycle, and eating foods with dairy.

Now on to what I use!




I purchased the Clarisonic Mia about a month ago and will do a whole post on that in the future (probably not for another month or two). As you can see I am almost out of Philosophy's Purity Face Wash. I love the cleanser itself but hate the smell! It's so strong (at least for me). I think I will be switching cleansers as soon as this is done. I got my Mia from Skinstore.com during a 20% off deal. Its seems they have these kind of deals regularly so check them out!

My daytime moisturizers: I love love love the Clinique one (it's a gel formula- great for oily skin!) but am almost out so I've been using the Philosophy Hope in a Jar (oil-free version). Once again however the Philosophy one has too strong of a scent for my taste. However both moisturizers are lightweight but moisturizing.. go figure xp 

My nighttime moisturizers: Cetaphil and Vitamin E Oil. The Cetaphil moisturizer is a thick heavy formula. I use it at night alone or in conjunction with the Vitamin E Oil and my skin feels super duper soft in the morning! I also use the Vitamin E Oil on my eyelashes, lips, and hands. Oh and the Vitamin E Oil doesn't clog my pores or make me breakout. It actually helps heal existing acne as well as acne scars, really reduces the redness! I imagine it would be comparable to Bio Oil or Jojoba Oil.

Sometimes I like to mix this in with both my daytime and nighttime moisturizers. Helps soothe my skin if it's feeling irritated.

My Acne Treatments: Acne.org's  Benzoyl Peroxide (2%) topical gel and Oxy's Salicylic Acid Cleansing Pads. Acne.org offers the most bang for your buck when it comes to purchasing BP. They sell such large quantities (as well as small ones) of BP and it costs less in comparison to the small tubes you get at the drugstore and roughly pay $5-$10 for. BP definitely helps get rid of and prevent acne. My only issue is it really dries out my skin and makes it feel kinda itchy which is why I go on and off the stuff. I use the OXY pads to get rid of bacteria on my face as well as use it on my chest and back. I don't usually use the same at the same time, I usually use one or the other.


Almost forgot about my eye cream! Honestly I haven't used any other one than the Clinique one...I am no eye cream expert. I just use it every night in hopes that is will prevent wrinkles.

Comparison of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and Clinique Eye Cream. Both are super thick in consistency.

My skincare routine isn't too fancy (I think at least ha) and for the most part has been the same for the past year. The only big change is adding the Clarisonic Mia and removing my last exfoliator which was Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel. But that's a story for a different day (will talk about in my upcoming Mia post!)

 I want to try accutane but A) don't have health insurance and B) am worries that once I stop using it have it come right back

What's your skincare routine like? Do you have/had acne and if so how do you or did you get rid of your acne?



42 comments:

  1. Yeah, I did this yesterday :), me time all the way!

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  2. Interesting and tatesful ideas!

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  3. I should try that eye cream, It's really time I used one since in the mornings I look like the crypt keeper :)

    Gems x

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    1. Crypt keeper lol! Unfortunately I'm no expert when it comes to eye cream! But I do like the Clinique one do far! (:

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  4. great tips!

    xx
    http://simplycynnnn.blogspot.com

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    Great post!
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  6. Love all of your product tips!
    And thank you so much for the sweet comment and for following my blog!! I am following you back with pleasure!!
    :)
    Allison
    afashionfiles.blogspot.com

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  7. I hate having combination skin :( it is the worse.

    I always use cetaphil after removing my makeup :)

    definitely following you my dear
    xox

    http://anotherprettyblog.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Isn't it though? Haha I just keep reminding myself that the oily part will pay off when I'm older (HOPEFULLY)!

      Thank you so much! I will definitely stop by your blog in a bit! <3

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  8. Your routine sounds splendid! Seems like you really take care of your skin =) Thanks for sharing! Your blog is lovely =)

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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    1. Why thank you ma'am! I really really am trying to keep on top with it! Blogging definitely helps. I used to get so lazy sometimes.... xD

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  9. omg i have the same skin type! this post is amazing. i've been on the hunt for a good night mosturizer for ages, and one that doesn't clog my (large, sigh) pores. do you put vitamin e all over your face/don't you feel oily? hahaa. and i use aloe vera too! i just started, it leaves my face feeling really tight though so I use it with a moisturizer. but it's so mattifying! I'm going to try the cetaphil + vit e combo :D

    cocoandgarcon.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Kathleen! The Vitamin E oil definitely makes my face feel oily so I only use it at night. That being said when I use Benzoyl Peroxide, it really dries out my skin so it really helps combat that. Also the Vitamin E really absorbs into my skin while I'm sleeping. My skin feels so smooth when I wake up and it really really REALLY helps with my acne scars. I do recommend getting the one in the bottle instead of the individual pills. I had a bad reaction to the kind from the pill (if you aren't familiar with this it's a wee bit hard to explain). Basically it's a capsulated form of the oil and what people would do is to poke it with a pin to get the oil to come out and rub that on the face. That being said there was something in the capsulation itself that really irritated my skin. I would check out this forum here for more info!

      http://www.acne.org/vitamin-e-reviews/202/page1.html

      One essay later...basically it works great for me and a lot of users but (obviously) it varies with each user. However definitely recommend giving it a shot! And yes I love aloe vera too! I recommend purchasing the 99% or 100% versions, I feel like most aloe vera moisturizers feel drying because they tend to have alcohol!

      <3

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  10. Wow, so many products! Have you tried the three step clinique routine? It's super good and I really recommend it!

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    1. I've only tried the gel moisturizer which I love! I have been wanting to try the face wash so when I run out as well as my current face wash and bite the bullet to repurchase it I shall check it out thanks!

      Haha I feel like it's a lot too but I've seen people where they just pile on so much more than me!

      <3

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    2. owell! You look like you have such smooth skin so it's definitely working a gem! :))

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  11. Oh I'm curious how the clarisonic works, can't wait to read your review on it. I love clinique. Neutrogena is my go-to brand, they seem to work the best for not clogging my pores. Great blog, let's keep in touch! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Thank you ma'am! I will be sure to post on that on the near future! At the moment I do love it, but I want to make sure it's a long term love and not a short term love before I post!

      I'd love to keep in touch and will be stopping by momentarily! <3

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  12. Impressive skin care routine. I feel so ashamed.Compared to you my skin care routine is nothing. I only moisturise my face. That's it. I have the same Clinique moisturiser. It's great right? Basing on your near to empty one I think so. :) It's a saver for my dry, dehydrate skin along with my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge.

    I found your blog today. Would love for us to be blogger friends. I would love for you to come and visit my blog and follow if you like what you see. I always return the favor ;) Let's keep in touch through our blogs. :D

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    1. Yep I do love that moisturizer! Will def check out your blog!

      Thank you!

      <3

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  13. I pretty much have the same skin type as you do and hate dealing with it. Especially the acne. I've heard so many things about the Clarisonic Mia and can't wait for your post on it^^
    BTW I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog/Versatile Blogger Award^^ Check out my blog for the details :)

    mcmiki93.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. i love the clarisonic mia! helped my skin A LOT! c: you have such clear skin though! <3


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    1. My skin isn't quite clear lol..but thank you! <3

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  15. By the way, I awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award. Check it out :)

    http://simplycynnnn.blogspot.com/2012/06/kreativ-blogger-award.html

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  16. nice post!

    mind to follow each other?
    xx,
    http://blushinglady.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course will definitely stop and check out your blog later ma'am! <3

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  17. I have a lot of skin issues, this really helped I'll have to check out some of these products. Your blog is really cool, would you like to follow each other ?





    Love,

    S

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    1. Hello S(arah) not sure which you prefer to go by! I feel ya on skin issues! Glad it helps! And would love to follow eachother. Just sneaked a peek (I'm at work haha) at your blog and <3 it! Will stop by again later!

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  18. These are some great product tips!

    xo Andrea
    http://uskar-vor-inspire.blogspot.ca/

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  19. You look beautiful! <3 kisses :)

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  20. i recently got a Clarisonic Mia too and am obsessed with it. i'm convinced that it's cleared my skin!
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

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    1. That's awesome! & I get what you mean with the obsession! By any chance do you have a post on it? Either way I wi stop by your blog in a bit and check it out!

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  21. Hi, i came across your blog searching for oily skin care routines to go along my new clarisonic, i bought it with purity cleanser and hope in a jar oil free at sephora.. because i wanted to start a skin regimen and all... but i i dont know if its normal or what but hope in a jar oil free felt wrong on my skin.. like a little burning sensation.. not redness but the smell and texture where weird.. did you experienced something like that?? or is it just me.. do you still use it?

    love! catherine

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