I am sure by this time there have been approximately 1000 articles about things to do while you are working from home or staying home for the purpose of social distancing. If you are like me then you are looking for ways to keep busy. Maybe you have resorted to puppy yoga. Maybe you have taken up piano or painting. Maybe you aren’t like me at all and you just want to use this time to relax and recharge. Perhaps, like me, you want to take this time to really hone in on your physical health. For me physical health includes how I eat, working out, and taking care of my skin.
My skin and the state of my skin have been a sore spot, quite literally, for years. There were brief times while on prescriptions that my skin looked like I could live out the insta-model fantasy. Even with everyone and their mother giving me their advice and telling me to “just wash my face more” I still struggle with acne.
To wear makeup at home or not, that is the question right? I am not a naturally productive person, I am a naturally lay-in-bed-until-noon kind of person. Due to this, I have to trick myself into being productive. I do this by putting makeup on in the morning. Its a part of my normal going-to-work routine that makes my brain think we are going to get things done.
However, in taking care of my skin I tread a little more lightly with my makeup. I have recently become a bigger fan of tinted moisturizer and a soft glam look for the eyes. While I am at home I usually forego any concealer or shadow. Its enough to not clog my pores but enough to make the delivery person think I didn’t just roll out of bed.
What about skincare?
Essentially with this, I want to be able to go back to work in the office the best version of myself.
What I have been using
This also means that I have had more time to try out some products that work for my cystic acne and even help to reduce some of the scarring and discoloration.
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
I will preach this cleanser to anyone who will listen. It doesn’t create suds so it doesn’t make my skin feel so dry and tight. It just leaves it really clean. One ingredient that I have noticed my skin likes is the Glycolic Acid. My skin responds really well to products that contain it and reduces my breakouts a lot. At $18 for 4.5 oz it is at on okay price point. Its definitely above a drugstore price but for how well this works for my skin, I think its worth it.
Kate Sommerville Gentle Daily Wash
Before I get into this particular cleanser, I have to point out that I found this at TJ MAXX for the several bottles I got so I found it for $14.99 each time. It is listed at $36 if you order it from her site directly so it definitely has a much higher price point. However, it works. It has lots of essential oils in it and Glycol which my skin really loves. It does create suds so it gives a bit more dry feeling but it helped to reduce some of my discoloration.
Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C Moisturizer
This product was sent to me in an Influenster Box and my skin has responded really well to it. This product is what actually helped me realize that my skin responds really well to Vitamin C. I can easily wear makeup over this and it wears really lightweight. At $24 for 1.7 oz, I would have originally thought it was too high. However, it has lasted me a really long time because I don’t have to use much. The only thing to be weary of is that the packaging makes it look like there is more product than there actually is.
Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask
If you have read my blog before, you know I love art naturals. I use their serums that you can get at Walmart and I absolutely love them. When I saw them at Ulta I knew I had to try something. I picked up this mask and I am really pleasantly surprised by it. It makes my skin feel great, doesn’t dry it out and reduces my breakouts. It has Witch Hazel in it which my skin LOVES. It is $14.99 for 1.7 oz which is a good price, I think.
There is one negative and it is a pretty big one. It smells AWFUL. When you first put it on it has a very earthy natural smell but when it has dried and you take it off the smell truly hits you. I wish there were a better way to describe it than toxic farts but that is really what it is. For me the benefits out weigh this but take that info and do what you will.
I have decided to take this time to work on myself and especially my skin. These products have ingredients that my skin really likes so I will definitely continue to use them. Let me know what you guys are doing with any new found free time. And if you have tried anything I mentioned above, let me know!