When is the last time you got on Instagram and there wasn’t a celeb launching their own skincare or makeup brand? Probably sometime in 2018 to be honest.
Skincare only seems to be a more and more complex game with new products daily. For someone who has pretty bad skin, its overwhelming to say the least. However, if there is anything that I have learned from years of acne, most of these brands are overpriced and full of ingredients that really don’t do anything.
For the most part, you can use a basic set of affordable products that contain most of the same base ingredients and get better results.
My Recent Skincare
Recently, with all the stress of work (Hello working for a bank right now!) my skin has been extra terrible. I am getting acne in places that I never used to, and the healing for my scarring is slowing to a halt.
At first, I had been trying to take extra good care of my skin and I was trying new moisturizers and masks but no luck. So I went back to basics. Back to products that I know work and letting my skin adjust to the new balance on its own.
I still have to go to the office for work and right now I am also working weekends so I pretty much wear makeup everyday. So I take off my makeup as soon as I get home. About 6 months ago I bought a pack of like 10 washcloths that are just for taking my makeup off. I use one of these and I use the Garnier Micellar Water with Rose Water. This is so gentle and Micellar water is amazing because it removes so much makeup without being oily at all.
I highly suggest Micellar water to remove makeup, it is so lightweight and super gentle on skin. I used to use coconut oil but I found that it just left my pores super clogged. At about $9 a bottle this is a super reasonable price for it.
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t have strong opinions about the face wash they use? Probably not, especially because I am one of those people. Right now I literally have 2 bottles of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser because I was afraid of not being able to get another one. That is how much I LOVE this stuff. At $18 a bottle, it seems pricey but I believe in this stuff so much I would be willing to pay twice that for how well it works. So really I am glad it is only as much as it is.
Toner is something I feel like I go back and forth with in my skincare routine. Right now, as its warming up my skin will have more oil produced so I want to make sure to use toner to really get it all out of my pores.
Right now I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. Before I talk about how much I love this product, I do want to say that I know it is pricey for how much you get so don’t worry I have another option coming up.
I feel like this product plays a key part in helping my scarring clear up. I notice a difference when I don’t use it. It has a great smell and there is a reason Pixi sells this stuff in bigger bottles, people need more!
However, if you are not into the 18$ price point I would also suggest a plain witch hazel toner. I use the Humphreys Witch Hazel which you can get at Walmart for only $10. Equally as effective as the Glow Tonic but a lot more wallet friendly.
This is one piece of the skincare puzzel I have to be EXTRA careful with. I have found that serums are the way to go with this for me. Anything creamy is just not what my skin likes. I have been using the Pearlessance Vitamin C serum for a while and I just barely ran out. It really just makes my skin feel so good without the added oils of something that is more cream based.
Maska can really make or break a skincare routine. Right now the only maks I use are from The Ordinary. If you have ever been on Tic Tok you have seen people using the AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution. It is a red mask that comes in a similar bottle to a serum. I have been using this for a few weeks and it is amazing. It seriously helps with acne and overall skin texture. And its only $7, which is incredible.
The other mask I use from them is the Salicylic Acid 2% mask. It also really helps to clear my pores and reduce the amount of acne I have. This one is only $12 and i absolutely love it. The whole brand is really reasonably priced and I really want to try more from them.
These are the only products I am putting on my skin right now. With my work schedule and our entire lives being turned upside down, why add worse skin to my list of things to worry about? Keeping it simple and clean is really my goal right now.
Let me know how your skincare routine has changed since social distancing and what your affordable skincare staples are right now.