I’m putting it all out there today and showing my bare face. A few years ago, I wouldn’t even think to do this simply because I struggled tirelessly with skin problems. I’ve had so many people come up to me asking me what I use for my skin that I figured it was about time to tell you all about it. But first, a little history:
From the age of about 10 all the way until the 12th grade, I struggled with severe acne. I tried EVERYTHING in the book. My parents spent thousands of dollars on dermatologist visits and medication which only made my acne worse. It took an extremely hard toll on me and affected my self esteem. After seeing this, my Mom (God bless her heart, Lol) finally decided to take things to the next level. We sat down with a new dermatologist towards the end of 11th grade. She recommended some pills that we never heard of before that she claimed would get rid of my acne forever. I never really took her too seriously seeing that I’ve had so many bad experiences with medication prior to that visit.
Nonetheless, my parents decided to make the sacrifice and get me started with Roaccutane. Now for anyone who has ever heard of this, you’re probably thinking I was crazy for agreeing to do this. There are numerous horrible side effects that the Doctor warned me about including birth defects of a child. (Yes, I know I look REALLY crazy now! Lol) But honestly, I was at such a low point and felt like I had nothing to lose. I’ve heard tons of horror stories about these pills to the point where I actually believe they were discontinued. Luckily for me, I had amazing results and I don’t regret it one bit. I was put on it for 9 months and didn’t get too many side effects. And just in case you’re wondering, I really haven’t gotten a case of serious acne since then and it’s been over 6 years!
Of course I still get my occasional break outs and still have dark spots here and there, but for the most part–my skin has never been better!
My routine is extremely simple and I don’t recommended piling tons of products on your face. However, seeing that I’ve been using certain products for years, I’m about to change things up a bit and try out a few new items. So I figured it would be best to share all my secrets before I started purchasing new products.
Details: Clearasil Daily Face Wash–>Walmart for $5//St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub—Walgreens for less that $2//AMBI Fade Cream–>Target for less than $5//Clearasil Rapid Action Vanishing Cream–> Walmart for $7 // Facial Cleansing Brush–>Sephora for $10
1) Clearasil Face Wash – Clearasil is definitely a brand that I can swear by. My mom actually put me on to this and my entire family has been using it for YEARS. I have sensitive skin so it’s very important for me to use products that are gentle on my skin. I’ve never had issues with this facial cleanser breaking me out and I’m not quite sure if I’ll ever try something else, but I HIGHLY recommend it.
2) Apricot Scrub – I got into using scrubs about a year and a half ago and it’s done wonders for my face! I love using homemade facial masks because it’s easy, inexpensive and convenient. I especially loved the results I got from the honey and sugar scrub I used to make. It was great for brightening my skin and good for fading dark spots. When I’m not using homemade recipes, I use this apricot scrub that I picked up from Ulta a few months ago. It’s a great cheaper alternative to higher end masks and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth!
3) AMBI Fade Cream – Now this is my stuff right here. It’s EVERYTHING! I can still remember when I first started using it a few years back and I haven’t been able to part with it since! It cleared up pretty much all my dark spots and scars from acne and evened out my skin tone perfectly.
4) Clearasil Vanishing Cream – I actually just picked this up a few weeks ago, but thought I’d throw it in the mix seeing that I’m already loving the results. I’ve been breaking out more often lately and needed something to nip it in the bud. No pimple formed against me shall prosper! Once I feel like a pimple is about to form, I use this cream throughout the day and it’s usually gone by the next day or 2!
5) Cleansing Brush – This is also just a cheaper alternative to Clarisonic or anything similar. Exfoliating is extremely vital in my routine especially since I’ve been playing around in so much make up lately. I exfoliate at least every other day and use this brush to gently rub n the facial scrub I’m using at the time. It’s great for thoroughly cleaning your face after a full day with make up on or simply deep cleaning your skin to prepare for a smoother make up finish.
Extras + Skin Hacks:
- Ensure that all your make up is removed EVERY NIGHT before going to bed. This is vital in the skin care process and eliminates the chances of excessive break outs and acne. I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees cleansing wipes, but you can shop around for what works best for your skin type. Also, wash your make up brushes ladies! This is something I NEVER used to do until I realized dirty make up brushes contribute greatly to break outs as well. I currently use baby shampoo to wash my brushes and sponges biweekly.
- Try replacing your shaving cream with conditioner when shaving. I’ve been doing this on my legs for years and I get tons of questions about how I keep my skin so soft and smooth! That’s my main secret. You’re welcome. 🙂
- There’s no rule that says you can only exfoliate your face. You can purchase body scrubs and exfoliate your body as well, including places that tend to get a bit more rough such as the elbows and knees. Also, I exfoliate my lips as well with a toothbrush. This is a great way to prevent excess cracking and allows for lip products to go on more smoothly.
- PLEASE don’t harass the pimples on your face. Lol. I used to do this so much until I realized it only makes it worse. Pimples will come and go, and it will always be in your best interest to leave them alone and let time run its course. Picking at it will only transfer bacteria and cause it to get worse.
- Lastly, drink TONS and TONS of water. This is by far the best way to keep your skin healthy and radiant. I’ve never had a problem with this seeing that I drink tons of water in any given day. But I do know that some persons find this to be a great challenge. If so, try incorporating a bottle or two a day at first until you get to a place where it becomes second nature. Also, if you’re anything like my fiance who has an obsession with candy, this is definitely not good for your skin either. Try and cut down as much as you possibly can on sweets and you’ll start seeing results sooner than you think!
What are some of your skin care favs?? Comment and let me know! 🙂
Until Next Time…