Cystic pimples, blackheads, and laugh-lines are skin issues that I’ve had in the past and have struggled with until recently. I’ve updated my nighttime skincare routine within the past few months and have noticed some improvements.
Of course, eating healthier, drinking more water, and getting adequate amounts of sleep improve skin overall, proper cleansing and moisturizing further improve skin blemishes.
Although I’ve recently bought all new skincare products (because I ran out of everything else I had, and finally could afford to), something that I incorporated into my skincare routine months ago is oils. Aside from a cleansing oil that I used (Garnier), I found a good use for a few essential oils that I had previously purchased.
To make this simple, I’ll list below what I’ve been using, how I feel that it’s improved my skin, and a guide for those of you who haven’t found a good skincare routine yet (or may be confused).
My apologies for the camera quality, but I’m still using a camera phone because my DSLR is still not in use. I wanted to share a picture of what my skin looks like now, but unfortunately I do not have a before picture. (I do have a couple of pimples that are slowly going away on my chin.)
My Nighttime Skincare Routine (Steps)
1. Garnier Cleansing Oil – cleans out my pores by grabbing impurities (including makeup) and temporarily shrinks pores because it has drawn out impurities. Although, I just found out that Burt’s Bees now has a cleansing oil, so I’m going to try that as soon as I run out of the one I have now.
2. Clarisonic Mia and Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap – I use the Clarisonic after the cleansing oil because it cleans deeper into pores, and the cleansing soap exfoliates without harming my sensitive skin. (Tip: slow, gentle, circular motions prevent skin irritation.)
3. (Weekly) Enzyme Revitalizing Mask – When using a mask, it should be used before applying a toner. This Enzyme mask does seem to revitalize my skin, and my skin feels fresher after using this mask. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and it’s meant to be used 2-3 times a week.
4. Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion – I’m not certain why this is called a cleansing lotion, but it’s actually an astringent or toner. It’s a final step in the cleansing process that I use, to get any impurities left over, and it has anti-inflammatory ingredients.
5. Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil – Any brand of essential oils will work fine, and there are plenty to choose. I purchased mine from CVS a few months ago, and I dilute the Tea Tree Oil with the Jojoba Oil and use it as a spot treatment for acne. Doing this step has helped me so much with my acne, and especially with cystic acne.
6. RoC Deep Wrinkle Cream – I only bought this to mostly help with my laugh-lines. I’ve been using it for about a week and I’ve noticed a significant improvement! I apply this cream as a treatment moisturizer (only in a few areas) before using my main moisturizer.
7. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream – This is a mini sized eye cream, and I use it sparingly as I don’t always feel the need to use it.
8. Mario Badescu Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C – Finally, I moisturize my skin! This moisturizer has helped with my dry skin, and is not too thick, but it thoroughly moisturizes.
I purchased the Mario Badescu products in a gift set from Ulta so that I could give them a test run before committing to a normal sized product; which is what I would recommend anyone to try before buying a full sized product. I’ll review the gift set that I purchased from Mario Badescu in a later post.
The steps may seem overwhelming, but it actually doesn’t take too much time (excluding the mask), and the results are worth it!
However, if this still seems excessive or expensive I’ll recommend what I would consider essentials to a skincare routine, excluding problematic skin.
- An oil cleanser
- A facial cleanser
- Tea Tree Oil and an appropriate oil to dilute
- Facial Moisturizer
I was using the four steps above before being able to purchase more skincare products, and I managed to maintain healthy skin. I did have a few issues with blackheads, dull or tired skin, and my laugh-lines because stress, lack of sleep, and unhealthy eating habits were the cause.
Updating my nighttime skincare routine to the eight steps above has improved my blackheads, look of pores, wrinkles, dry/flaky skin, acne, and texture overall.
Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me, and this is not sponsored.