Hi, friends. This is my first official beauty post! Every time I introduce a new “topic” to my blog (Christian devotionals, exercise, movies, etc.), I feel a bit anxious that people won’t like it. On the one hand, I might alienate some of my readers; on the other hand, I might gain some. As usual, here goes nothing!
Background on my Facial Skin
In middle school and some of high school, I had a pizza face despite using acne wash (thanks, hormones!). My current skincare routine developed in the beginning of college. For a while, I had an issue with my face peeling dead skin, but in hindsight, I think my face got irritated by the heavy foundation I used to wear. Since then, I haven’t had major issues. I don’t wear makeup often. Aside from the occasional pimple, my primary “skin concern” is red blotchiness (mostly on my cheeks) from general sensitivity, rosacea, and repeated childhood sunburns.
- Daytime moisturizer w/ sunscreen
Toner–Toner cleans your face; it’s like washing without water. Definitely go for an alcohol-free toner or straight witch hazel because alcohol is a no-no for nice skin! I squeeze some out on a cotton round or cotton square (since they’re bigger than cotton balls) and rub it all over my face.
Daytime moisturizer w/sunscreen–I used to use moisturizer then sunscreen, but ain’t nobody got time for that, so I now use a sunscreen-moisturizer. If I’m wearing makeup, I apply the makeup after this dries for a minute. Note to the ladies: the miniscule sunscreen content of your foundation won’t adequately protect your skin from sun damage!
Also notable is the difference between chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen. Physical SS uses ingredients like zinc and titanium oxide to reflect the sun’s rays; chemical SS uses carbon-based ingredients (words ending in -zone and -ate) to absorb the sun’s rays and change them to heat. Generally, physical SS leaves the ghostly white cast, while chemical SS blends in well; however, they say chemical SS is harsher for sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin, but I am using a chemical SS that works to improve skin (pictured above), and while it might be the placebo effect, I feel that my skin looks better. [It smells like bananas and applies so smoothly, mmm.]
- Makeup wipe (if applicable)
- Face wash
- Nighttime moisturizer
Makeup wipe–Get the gunk off your face before you do anything else!
Face wash–The kinds of face wash available are practically infinite. Some contain acne-fighting salicylic acid, some simply market themselves as daily cleansers, some combat specific issues like redness. Cue the well-meaning folks who proclaim they clean their faces with a bar of soap; my face would be drier and rougher than a cactus if I did that.
Nighttime moisturizer–You’ll want to use a moisturizer that’s thicker and creamier at night so that, while you catch some precious zzz’s, your skin can soak up that hydrating goodness. I’ve been using Cerave Moisturizing Cream for over five years; it makes my face so soft.
Your turn! What’s your skincare routine? What are your favorite products (or your wife’s)? Do you recommend a brand of eye cream? I don’t use that yet, but I may start soon. Thanks for reading!