Some of my close friends and family have noticed a dramatic change in my skin, and that’s because I’ve completely re-vamped my skincare routine to something that FINALLY suits me. It’s taken me years and so much trial and error to find products that work well with my stubborn skin type…BUT I’ve finally done it and I’m here to share my recommendations with you all!
All throughout my cringe-worthy teenage years I struggled with horrible skin…mainly acne and white heads. I still get the occasional hormonal break out but it is so much more controlled than when I was younger. My biggest mistake during my adolescence? USING PRO-ACTIV. I used that stuff religiously because I thought it would restore my face but little did I know that it was only destroying it. I would use their benzoyl peroxide cream before bed and wake up the next morning with a white pillowcase. YES, it BLEACHED MY PILLOW CASE! Could you imagine what it was doing to my face? After finally letting go of my pro-activ products I was searching high and low for the next best thing. I’ve went from Neutrogena to Aveeno, to St. Ives Apricot scrub…do you sense a pattern emerging? Drug store products clearly weren’t helping the situation. I then discovered Juice beauty at Whole Foods but that never did my face any justice either. Although my breakouts were not as consistent as before, my skin looked dull, dry and flakey. I knew I needed something gentle and effective but at that point I was left feeling absolutely hopeless and insecure about my skin. I had just accepted that I didn’t have perfect skin and continued using Juice despite its ineffectiveness just for the sake of cleansing. The search for skincare that works for your type is tedious and exhausting!
Until one sweet day when I was introduced to what are now my skincare saviors: Kiehl’s and Fresh. After using these two lines interchangeably, my life has since then drastically changed. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin and inquiries on what I’ve been doing differently, so I’ve listed out all of the products that I use:
- Kiehl’s Calandula Cleanser
- Kiehl’s Cucumber toner
- Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
- Fresh Sugar scrub
- Fresh Seaberry Oil
- Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay cream
I have a combination of dry and oily skin so it’s important to keep a good balance. I use my Calandula face wash daily with my toner since it helps bring down the shade of redness and tighten my pores. To follow up I use the Fresh Black Tea cream to moisturize before bed in order to prevent getting dried out. I attempt to do the Kiehl’s masque at least once a week (every Saturday) to rejuvenate my skin and leave it feeling firm and supple. I use the Fresh sugar scrub twice a week to exfoliate the dead surface skin and lift any make up residue out from my pores. This works WONDERS and leaves my skin glowing! Finally, my Seaberry oil is used on occasion and more specifically for the winter time. When my moisturizer isn’t enough I add the oil to my regimen and also use it as a primer before putting on my make up. This helps my foundation apply a lot more smoother and prevents the skin from flaking.
Fact: The skin is the largest organ in the body (yes it’s an organ…look it up if you don’t believe me) so it’s crucial that we take care of it as early as possible! Delay the aging process, fine lines and wrinkles and get started on your routine in your 20’s. Feel free to share what you like to use! I’m always open to new suggestions 🙂
*Disclaimer: Not everyone will react the same way to the products that I have listed. If you have any allergies or medical restrictions, consult with your dermatologist first to see if these products are right for you.*