Current Morning Skin Care Routine!
Finding a skin care routine that “works-works” for me particularly has been quite the challenge for some years.
Normally it’s always a pretty extensive trial and error process! From products working “well” for a couple of days and then moving into breakouts after a couple of uses. Although I’m a “skincare specialist”? I’ll admit… MY skin is quite the diva no doubt lol!
With that said? I want to say… thus far; the products listed below have been tolerated quite nicely at least for my skin’s taste ha!
It’s also pretty important to mention that I'm currently treating my skin with Tretinoin to reduce acne flares on my face/chest. *game changer* A MEGA shoutout to Dr. Hamadiya ! Briefly: Dr. Hamadiya treats my skin for most of my cosmetic treatments such as botox, fillers, etc! After treating me for a while & noticing my acne flares ups as Dr. Hamadiya is also a family practice doctor we discussed my PCOS condition - which we believe is the root cause of most of my flares ups . Dr. Hamadiya prescribed me Tretinoin which I personally use 1/1 ratio meaning one night on/one night off as I integrate other acids as mentioned below & has made a world of a difference to my skin, flare ups and texture! Thank you Dr. Hamadiya ♥
* For reference: currently 37 years old with some skin discoloration/ light melasma spots, hormonal pcos acne flares in face & body, a few ice pick acne scars on the cheeks, normal signs of aging and more on the sensitive side.
So here we go!
My current go-to’s morning skincare products!
Before anything: It’s important to start on a clean slate. before starting any skin prep! I like to start with a cool water quick rinse and normally skip over “cleansing” per say. Meaning it’s rare if I actually cleanse with facial cleanser as my skin should be clean when I wake up (my skin is prepped at night), if in the occasion my skin were wake up oily or sweaty which is pretty rare? Then I would go in gentle cleanser and follow the same products listed.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Cleansing Water – $16.99
I love a good gentle micellar water that also balances out my skins PH and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Cleansing Water does just that! I especially love using this product in the am; as it leaves my skin feeling refreshed without leaving my skin dry nor does a leave a sticky residue and removes any makeup that might’ve stayed in the cut? You know like the eyelids… yeah it happens!
Neutralyze Exfoliating Acne Pads – $21.95
A product that really makes my feel like I’m actually doing something positive towards my skin hahah! Neutralyze Exfoliating Acne Pads are new & improved oxy pads (throwback haaaa) my pichu pichu got me these for my birthday & I’m so thankful!
I don’t use daily personally but totally can be for others (as for my tretinoin this can cause an over exfoliation and can totally work against me). I like to use these on off days or even on times when i forgot to apply my tretinoin – i mean i’m human so it happens & these Neutralyze Exfoliating Acne Pads save me every time! I’ve seen a huge improvement since using these pads especially in skin texture; even before I started my acne treatment!
Early gig? Or maybe a little puffy when waking up? Or what about if your water intake has been a little low & you looking a little tired under the eyes? Well let me tell you about The Ordinary Caffeine Solution this product is just so nice!!
Personally speaking if you would’ve hit me up at 30 yrs old I probably would’ve laughed at under eye products … seriously? Must’ve been cause i was drinking mad water lol!! But LORD do i love it now hahah!!
This The Ordinary Caffeine Solution is just so refreshing, almost gives a slight tightening effect with a light tingle; not terrible & very tolerable. What’s pretty dope about Caffeine? It can be used for many things! I like to use this on my neck too for a tightening effect and can also be use on the scalp for hair loss especially for PCOS! This The Ordinary Caffeine Solution is a stable in my vanity. And for the price? I mean!! Come on!
↓e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Eye Cream – $9.99
Holy sh*t is this e.l.f. holy hydration eye cream is so so good! This eye cream is a cream but almost feels like a gel but get absorbed quite quickly. This holy hydration eye cream layers nicely onto other products without getting sticky or those weird looking balls sticky things, I have no clue what to even call those lol? And when layering concealer? What a difference! Literally stunning! & again another product that doesn’t break the bank & effective!
↓Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox™ Eye Patches – $55.00
Sometimes we wake up extra puffy? Especially if our water intake is low? Or what about on those days you might’ve had one too many mimosa’s on sunday brunch & monday morning looking a bit tried?
No need to worry Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber under eye patches got you covered!
I like to leave these in the fridge for a few so i get an extra cooling effect depending how puffy I am and apply my glam while these eye patches do their magic!
↓Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day SPF 50+ – $42.00
Anybody that knows me know me? Knows I wasn’t a SPF Fan! Truth be told; as a makeup artist & a makeup artist from back in the day? SPF was an enemy! The fear of having flashback on a photo? WHAT?? NO way! I know? Mad VAIN but it’s the truth and if i could go back in time – I would BATHE from head to toe in SPF and stay away from tanning beds lmao!
As I’m currently treating my acne & my acne scars? I’ve been ducking the sun rays in Miami literally hiding haha! Besides not affording to further scar my face it also causes aging, heightens sun spots and or worsening my melasma. The SPF HUNT was on!
what a hunt it was!?
For starters Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day SPF is 50+ SPF & well.. your girl may be a little pet (paranoid)? I need that sun protection lol!! It’s also very light weight! A little goes a long way – so if you decided to purchase this Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day SPF start with baby steps. My skin has really likes this SPF, no itchiness, not clogging of pores, no breakouts? I mean its a win for me!
↓The Ordinary Facial Moisturizer + HA – $12.99
Of course we gotta moisturize this skin haha! No seriously? Especially when using acids (as previously mentioned) on the skin or any Vitamin A treatments; as it can lead to peeling, flakiness and dryness. The Ordinary Facial Moisturizer is a favorite! It’s lightweight, yet creamy & moisturizing doesn’t have weird ingredients. It also gets absorbed into the skin quite considering its creamy. and makeup layers very nicely too!
Last but not least on my morning skin routine is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream and although its considered a foundation the SPF coverage is great! Coming in at 50+ SPF. AND the foundation is AMAZING; I mean this stuff is pretty pigmented, covers imperfections, yet still looks like skin, shields my skin further from the skin and don’t know how It Cosmetics did it? But i haven’t encountered flashback when using this product.
SO for me? IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is a mega win! And now they have a few more color ranges and also for oily skin! Although; I always come back to this one! I use two shades in this product! “Light” for highlighting and “Neutral Medium” as my skin shade.
BOOM! THE END!
I hope you guys enjoyed!
And of course as always: I suggest testing these items before hand. Ulta & Sephora are pretty awesome on sample sizes; especially if you’re a PCOS gal like myself! It’s better to test products with PCOS acne – And if you do try these out!
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