Hey hey hey! I hope everyone is well and feeling good!
Now, if you are from my Instagram page, you'll know that I had complained of experiencing dryness and spots on my face since the lockdown started, but it has improved a lot over the past two weeks so I thought I'd share my updated routine.
There is a video directly on my instagram showing my morning routine, so check that out now if you haven't already @aaliyahiona, and read below for my tips and tricks!
First, and foremost: listen to your skin. Is your skin continuously, dry, oily or breaking out. Stop, and look at what you're using, eating and drinking. I think it can be too easy to write your skin off as just "bad"when in fact there can be a lot of variables affecting it. Once you understand what you're doing or not doing, take one step at a time to research what can be done to relieve your problems. Finally, once you've located the issues, take action. Don't upkeep bad habits and for sake your skin. Our skin is with us for life, be kind to it now and it'll benefit you in the years to come.
Don't panic buy, and give your skin time: If you are looking for a new cleanser or scrub, don't go into panic mode and buy several. First let your skin do it's thing. If it has worsened over the course of say two-three weeks then look at purchasing a new product. Do research, ask for testers (where applicable) and give it one-two weeks to see improvement. It can be very hard to see whether or not a product is working when you are using more than one so be patient. Similarly, decide whether or not you need to adjust your diet or skin care first, and give that time before adjusting the other. You'll have no way of deciphering what your issue was otherwise.
Different products work best for different seasons: our environment can play a huge part on our skin and hair so don't be afraid to alternate creams or cleansers according to the change in weather. I personally believe my skin has been drier during lockdown because I am indoors much more, and my mom is a heat worshipper who loves to have the heat blasting on an average of 25 degrees celsius, daily. No shade, but my skin simply doesn't approve and I've had to pick up a slightly heavier cream to Simple, which I usually use on my face.
Don't skip out on your SPF. You don't need to be on holiday to protect your skin from the sun. Please, please, please use SPF.
Check your products don't clash: I've read of horror stories online of people purchasing multiple products from The Ordinary and suffering from a reaction due to clashes with acids and vitamins. I do believe The Ordinary is a great range, but you don't need to buy every acid or serum under the sun. Buy what you really need, and keep it moving. Check the ingredients of all your products, and whether or not they can used together or not. You could end up setting your skin back or potentially causing irreversible damage.
Current Morning routine seen in my Instagram post:
Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash - this is very very good. I usually use the Kiehls foaming wash, but I didn't have it at my parent's house so I thought I'd try something new. The Dermalogica foaming wash has a slight lemon smell which is nice, and I've seen a considerable reduction in the spots that had built up on my forehead during lockdown. I would not hesitate to buy this again.
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix - This has to be the best toner I've used by far. My face is immediately brighter and there isn't a huge stinging sensation during application like I have experienced with other brands. I refuse to use any other.
CeraVe Facial Moisturising lotion - As I mentioned previously my skin has felt drier during lockdown and I needed a little more moister without a heavy feel. This has been really good. It takes a little longer to penetrate the skin than my Simple moisturiser, but seeing as I'm not going anywhere this is fine. The pump application is pretty nice too.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel - (Not seen in video but very good) I would highly recommend this if you suffer from combination/ oily skin. My skin is combination so I tend to only use this when I am feeling oily or I'm about to apply makeup. It also doesn't take as long as the CeraVe to penetrate the skin so this might be better for you should you prefer this or be in a rush.
Shea Butter/ Aloe Vera Lip Balm - I swear by both for my lips. I also use Shea butter on my scars to reduce the hyperpigmentation, and this helps massively (do apply sparingly as you don't want to clog your pores).
Let me know if you'd like to know what my routine is for a deep cleanse, what products I do and don't love xxx