Skincare Routine

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A few weeks before I packed up and moved out to college, I had the worst skin break out of my life. I usually break out on either my cheeks, foreheads, or temples. However, since I have the worst of luck, I broke out everywhere, including my neck. 

Whenever I break out, I just give my acne time to heal itself with the help of my acne routine, maybe a spot treatment, but my skin was not healing very well, so it only made sense for me to scrap my skincare routine at that moment and start anew. I have been also avoiding wearing any forms of makeup, so my skin can really heal. Thought I would share with you guys what I have been doing.

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For cleanser, I decided to switch over from a daily, gentle cleanser to an acne cleanser because I thought it would help with my breakouts. The story behind this one is that I was watching f(x)'s Amber's Ranting Monkey video where she showed her skincare routine and she showed her acne cleaner without saying the name. I knew the style of the product was from Neutrogena, so I did my research and I think it is the Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub (link). It retails for about $8.00 and you can find it at your local drugstore. The product is nice and I feel like it works, but it is a bit too early to tell if it is helping. However, I like how it is a gentle, everyday scrub.

An oldie, but goodie, the Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner (link) was the first toner I ever used. I remember I used it in seventh grade when I first broke out, it helped clear my skin significantly. Over time, because of  constant use, it stopped working for me, but I decided to revisit it. It helps fade my acne scars and it significantly reduced the whiteheads on my nose.

I went on a Cosrx craze when searching for new skincare products. I really wanted to try the Cosrx One Step Pimple Pads (link) , but Amazon had a flaky stock and it was not on prime [at the time]. You know the saying, #noprimenolife. I learned about the whole Cosrx line from Teddybearkitties (link), who is a Seoul based YouTuber. She raved about the brand, so I decided to invest. I bought the Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (link), a toner for my acne. It reminds me of the Etude House Skin Mal;gem Smoothing because it has a slight exfoliation of the skin. For a day moisturizer, I use the Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion (link). I really like the watery serum like texture for my skin. Moisturizing, but not heavy, great for combination skin.

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I wanted a cheap but trusted moisturizer for my dry to combination skin. The cheapest moisturizer at Sephora and one of the most popular, was the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (link). I have been using it as a night moisturizer because it was a little too much for the humid weather at the beginning of the school year. Now that we are shifting into the colder months, I might start using it as a day moisturizer as well.

For skin treatments, I still love My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Masks (link | mentioned here). It does a great job moisturizing my skin and lightening my scars. I still use it and will be using it for a long time! For acne spots, I have been really been liking the Origins Super Spot Remover (link). At first, I was not very interested in it because, at the time, I was using the Mario Badescue Drying Lotion (link). However, it does a really good job of speeding up the process of healing some very stubborn acne spots. I also like how the gel is clear, so I can apply it day and night.

Overall, with this skincare routine, I have seen my acne heal a lot more than with my previous skincare routine. In the coming months, I will be switching out products because I always like to try something new! Tell me in the comments what your skincare routine is and if you have tried any of these products.

Happy Monday ^_^

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