5 Skincare Practices I Stopped Doing

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hi everybody, today I’m going to be talking about skincare today. I feel like its been kind of a while since I’ve talked about this topic. There are some skincare practices that I stopped doing earlier this year that has improved my skin SO much… I’m sure most of you know that I have lessened my dairy intake to reduce my cystic acne, but here are five more things I’ve stopped doing and what I do instead.

  1. Stopped washing my face in the mornings

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my face typically isn’t dirty in the mornings. A few days after I began doing this, my skin improved greatly. Now what I do is rinse my face with lukewarm water and then tone to remove any dirt that may be present. If I do feel that my face isn’t all that clean, I will use a gentle cleanser like Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleanser or Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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  1. Stopped Using Drugstore Brands

I actually stopped doing this a long time ago. Drugstore brands pretty much did nothing for my skin, in fact, I think they used to make my skin worse. No matter how many oil-free cleansers I would try my skin would always be oily and that was part of the problem. The right oils fight oil, you guys! Now I’m sure there are drugstore brands that work pretty well now and are packed full of moisture, but I’ve found my products now and don’t see myself returning back to drugstore products anytime soon.

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  1. Stopped using makeup wipes

Yes, I know this is a weird one. The main reason I stopped using makeup wipes is that they always left a sticky residue on my face and I felt like when I would use them my skin just wasn’t happy. Another reason I stopped using was that wiping, pulling and tugging my face to get makeup off probably wasn’t the best technique for my sensitive skin. So now I either use micellar water with a really soft cotton pad (Shiseido cotton pads) or I oil cleanse. Occasionally I’ll use those makeup towels to remove my makeup, but that kind of goes back to using makeup wipes – so I use it sparingly.

  1. Stopped using physical exfoliators

This kind of goes hand in hand with the makeup wipes. The pulling and tugging, as well as the scratching from microbeads, irritated my skin. Also, microbeads aren’t the best for the environment either. This also means I threw out my Clarisonic face brush. I saw no results with a face brush no matter how soft the bristles were. The only physical exfoliator I feel comfortable putting on my skin is charcoal or honey granules (Lush Dark Matter or Leahlani Honey Love) and also I’m extra careful with these when using. I even use chemical exfoliators pretty sparingly just because of how sensitive my skin is. At least for me, the more gentle, the better.

  1. Stopped using salicylic acid

I stopped using the end all be all acne treatment for acne prone skin?! Yes, I certainly did. Every skincare guide I read swears by salicylic acid, but for whatever reason, my skin is just not here for it. Every single time I start using the salicylic acid for a pimple, my skin laughs and produces another even bigger pimple or pimples. Now when I get a pimple, I apply some tea tree oil directly on the pimple and just spot treat. Usually, it’s gone or at the very least, smaller the next day.

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So those are the five things I stopped doing or using to improve my acne prone, sensitive skin. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but everything I stopped doing was irritating my skin meaning all of that had to go! So if you’ve done pretty much everything you could following the normal skincare practices and still haven’t gotten any relief, then try some of these things! Thats it for today you all.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

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Shopping at Sephora on a Budget

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Am I the only one who loves Sephora? I think not, in fact…who doesn’t love Sephora?! I think the only thing we might actually hate about Sephora is how much money you can spend when you’re in there. I think we’ve all had that moment where we go shopping for one thing and come out with more stuff than we anticipated.

However, there are ways to come out of Sephora without spending at least $100. Believe it or not, I’ve come out of the beloved store without spending over $25. Trust me, it doesn’t happen often, but it is very possible. I have come up with some tips (some no brainers, some not) that could help so you’re not spending your entire paycheck in one place. I use these tips everywhere I shop, but mainly I use them for Sephora because sometimes self-control goes out the window when makeup and skincare are involved.

  1. Save up

Well duh right? This is at the top of the list simply because it’s a huge no brainer. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell anybody here how to save their money (if they can) so that they can buy what they want guilt free. However, I like to save $5-$10 every week along with putting a quarter of my paycheck into savings.

  1. Go in for samples or travel kits

I never buy a full sized product unless I’ve sampled it or tried a smaller version first. It makes absolutely no sense to buy something full sized only to not like it and return it or toss it out. I personally hate returning things, but if it comes down to it then I will. If you’re especially on a budget, definitely sample it and have no shame going back in a week later to get another sample. The struggle is really real sometimes.

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  1. Shop with a game plan in mind

We all like to waltz into stores to “just look around,” but that doesn’t really work out too well in Sephora. So, before you go into Sephora do your research on the things that you want and go in for that specific product or products. Try your hardest not to look at anything else including the checkout trap and just walk out once you’ve purchased what you wanted. Do this at other stores as well…some of us can get really caught up in that clearance section.

  1. Shop the Sephora line

The Sephora line has really stepped up their game this year. Their masks, highlighter palettes, and liquid lipsticks are pretty amazing. I want to say that everything in the Sephora line (individually) is all under $40. You can pretty much buy your essentials with this line and come out without spending an arm and a leg.

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  1. Shop sparingly

Believe it or not, you actually don’t need every highlighter palette that comes out. Now, if that’s your thing then carry on and do not mind me. This tip goes hand in hand with shopping with a game plan (tip #3.) Find that eyeshadow palette that you’re going to use every color and buy just that one. Really look for your holy grail concealers and foundations and keep repurchasing them. Also, maybe consider buying lipsticks and brushes from somewhere else. I personally love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème’s, MAC Lipsticks, and Real Technique Brushes. I mainly purchase my foundation/concealer and skincare at Sephora and that’s about it. You’ll find that you really only go into Sephora when you need to and not just randomly. You’ll even find that some things really don’t catch your eye like they used to.

Hopefully, these were some good tips because I certainly use these all the time when shopping anywhere. I’ve saved a lot more money over the last year or two following these tips. If you have any questions then just shoot me a comment. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

It’s definitely one of those weeks where I’m not really sure what I want to talk about on this here blog. I’m still recovering from the party/BBQ my family and I had last weekend and I think I still have liquor brain or something. I’ve been getting my life organized as well and developing daily routines to keep everything simple for myself.

As I was writing this I came up with an idea for a blog post today. Who says you can’t get things done under pressure? I randomly thought about products that I don’t use anymore and said to myself “hey that would make a good blog post.” So here I go!

I feel like I’ve done a ton of reviews on here and I can’t honestly say that I still use each and every product that I have reviewed. A good portion of the products that I LOVED at the time didn’t last like I thought they would.

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The first one the list is the Facial Radiance Pads! Ok so I technically didn’t stop using these, I just had to take a break from them. In fact, I took a break from most of the products containing any sort of acid. I felt like acids were causing my face to be inflamed which of course caused acne. I had to make my routine a little more gentle. At some point, I will incorporate acids back in, but I may not have to apply them as often as I was.

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I know! I was obsessed with the Herbivore Lapis Oil. In fact, I’m still obsessed, but my skin isn’t. My super sensitive skin started to react negatively when I used the oil. It would cause redness and it hurt to touch my skin, but only in certain spots like my chin or my cheeks. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine, but the same thing would happen. However, it did not go to waste, because my mom has it at the moment.

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I was really excited to use this trio since I adore Josie Maran’s argan oil. What had happened was, the cleansing oil broke me out SO bad. Oddly enough, argan oil is a non- comedogenic oil so there must have been something else that irritated my skin. The sunscreen and the oil didn’t break me out though.

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As much as I liked the Leahlani Skincare line, I just couldn’t see myself repurchasing the Honey Love or Champagne Serum again. The products specifically seemed to be more for dry skin, not sensitive combo skin. The Mermaid Sea mask will always be on my repurchasing list though!

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I’m not completely sure if ever reviewed this Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser  but I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. This did a great job at brightening my skin, but it never really kept the acne to a minimal. Having glowy acne is a different approach. I may repurchase once I for real get the pimples under absolute control.

So, I guess this was a “where are they now?” type of post today. Also, these all ended up being skin care products…I guess those are the only items I actually buy. Hopefully Thursday I will have some actual material even though this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

TULA Skincare Review

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Ok so I honestly didn’t think this review was coming so soon, but the results came so much sooner than expected.

Two weeks ago, I ordered from Tula.com – the probiotic skin care brand and it arrived sometime last week. Of course, I started using it as soon as it arrived and I instantly saw a difference.

The week I began using the product I had a few little pimples and some hormonal acne on my chin that cleared up the next morning. The two products that I ordered were the Illuminating Face Serum and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream. I got the travel sized version simply because I believe trying things out before purchasing the big daddy versions.

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So after I’m done washing and toning my face morning and night, I apply the serum and then the moisturizer. The illuminating serum is a little bit misleading because it comes out as a cream, but then kind of melts into a serum like consistency. It’s very lightweight and instantly brightens your skin tone. I’m not a fan of the smell because it has a slight chemical like odor.

Here’s a little blurb about the illuminating serum:

“This lightweight serum expertly targets dark spots, hyper pigmentation, and dull skin, revealing a youthful glow and brightened complexion.” 

The Hydrating Day & Night Cream is just what I was looking for in a moisturizer. It’s lightweight, yet buildable and smells pretty good. I absolutely love using this at night because I can always apply more in case my skin gets dry while I sleep. Now here’s a little blurb about the Hydrating Day & Night Cream:

“Delivering deep hydration to soothe dull skin, this luxurious, nourishing cream reveals an even, glowing, age-defying complexion.” 

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Obviously, each product is infused with a probiotic ingredient that has the ability to restore your skin’s natural balance, which helps skin to look healthy and clear. The probiotic strain that seems to be used in the majority of their line is Bifida Ferment Lysate.

If it hasn’t been clear by now, I really like these products so far. I especially like the serum and moisturizer together because I feel that it’s the perfect base before makeup even without a primer.

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Only wearing eye makeup

The prices of the full sized products are like most skin care lines…not exactly expensive, but not cheap either. The Illuminating Serum retails at $78 and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream retails at $52. Okay, so maybe that’s not that affordable, but luckily they have the travel-sized versions that you can always purchase if need be. The travel sized serum and cream are sold together and it’s only $38!

So, I will continue to use these and keep you guys updated of any problems, breakthroughs or even concerns. I would like to get my hands on the mask and face mist at some point. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Beauty & Skincare Restock

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, skincare

Don’t you hate it when you slowly start running out of your beauty products? It’s like you definitely know that you need to restock, but you keep putting it off for a number of various reasons. I made this mistake and now I need everything it seems…a moisturizer, some cotton pads, brow tint, and a facemask. I would also like to buy some fashion accessories as well as a new outfit for my upcoming birthday. All together, that will cost me a pretty penny.

So now, I’ll have to buy all of these items a little at a time. I also may have to forgo my normal purchases like my Boy Brow from Glossier and my Leahlani Mermaid Mask. The reason I’m sharing this with you all is that now I have to plan out my purchases and truly think about them and also I want to keep you guys updated.

I did bite the bullet and purchase a moisturizer this morning to get that out of the way. I ordered from Tula.com where they sell the new popular probiotic skincare. I thought I would give it a try, so I ordered the travel-sized version. Expect a review in the upcoming weeks!

The next step is to go into Sephora and wish myself luck and hope I don’t try to buy things I don’t even need. I’m going for those amazing Shiseido cotton pads and something nice and affordable for my eyebrows…or lack thereof. As for the facemask, I think I can get away with making my own until I get around to purchasing the Leahlani Mermaid Mask again.

So that’s all I wanted to share with you all since I have no products to review or any outfits to share. Hopefully, this was still equally as enjoyable. Thanks for reading =D.

ChelsiKay

Summer Beauty Faves

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

I know I’ve been seriously slacking on my blogging lately, but I have technically been blogging…just not posting. What I mean is, I have a few blog post planned out already and I’m prepared to speak about them in the next coming posts.

So today, I’m going to be talking about some beauty faves that I have absolutely been loving! It’s not that many products so this will be one of the shorter posts.

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First, let’s start with the Glossier Super Pure niacinamide + zinc serum. I’ve definitely mentioned this before…read about it here and here. Long story short, I can’t get enough of this serum. I’m like 97.5% sure that this serum has kept most of my acne minimal as well as away. I love the way it just disintegrates into my skin and is extremely lightweight with zero stickiness. My skin just sucks this stuff right on up and keeps that stubborn acne away.

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My next two beauty favorites actually go together. The Renewed Hope in a Jar skin tint is one of the best tinted moisturizers I have EVER used. I love that this skin tint actually comes in my color and it melts right into my skin. This is such a great base for the spring and summer, especially at for a beach or pool day.

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Now, I can’t just apply this skin tint and go because it’ll turn into a messy oil slick or just completely melt off of my face. Last week I stole my mom’s Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder and I cannot get enough of it!

The Renewed Hope in a Jar last all day when I apply the Soft Light Blurring Powder and it actually does blur out any imperfections. I’m not even sure how some makeup even works but I’m more amazed every time I try a new innovative product.

So these are my current summer beauty faves and will probably continue to be the remainder of the summer! If not, then I’ll be sure to update you guys on new beauty faves. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, skincare

I know I once again neglected you guys on Wednesday, but here I AM on this lovely Friday!

So it’s time for something special on this here lovely blog! A giveaway! I reached 150 followers on this blog, so I thought hey why not do a giveaway to celebrate?! It took me awhile to figure out what to do for the giveaway, and then it came to me… SKINCARE!

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I’m going to be giving away a First Aid Beauty Faves To Go Kit. The set comes with:

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I’m going to make this super easy for you guys because I know there are a TON of rules for some giveaways. So, here are the rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @chelsiiohkay
  2. Comment on this blog post that you followed me on Instagram and leave your Instagram handle so that I can direct message you if you won.
  3. (Optional) Tell me what your skin is like in the comment that you leave with your Instagram handle.

That is all! I am going to be checking if you follow and comment so be sure to follow these rules!

*You must be 18 years or older to take part in the giveaway.*

The giveaway will run until  June 2nd, 2017 and the winner will be announced June 5th, 2017.

GOOD LUCK!! =D

ChelsiKay

Current Skin Care Routine

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

I haven’t broken out in almost three weeks now. I have one pimple right this second that was caused by my excessive dairy intake, but that is all. That is a record for me…by now my skin would be covered in a bunch of unsightly pimples that appeared out of thin air. I don’t know what it is about my current skincare routine, but my face likes it a lot! I bet you can already guess what I’ll be talking about today then – my current skincare routine!

First, I’m going to talk about the nighttime because that’s typically when I have the most steps.

So I do wear makeup – foundation, eyeliner, mascara, you know the usual. Therefore, it’s so important for me to do a first and second cleanse. I like to start off with either my Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear Micellar Water or my Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil to get my make up off. I gave up makeup wipes a long time ago because I felt that they were slightly too abrasive on my skin. After doing my first cleanse I normally just do whatever needs to be done at home before I move onto my second cleanse.

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I’ve fallen in love with my Bosica Charcoal Deep Cleansing Stick because I feel like it really does do a nice deep cleanse without being too harsh. I honestly do think charcoal was one of the keys to keeping the pimples away for this long. Anything with charcoal or even clay might be my saving grace for my pesky acne-prone skin.

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My next step is toning which I did not think was even important. Sometimes there can be leftover dirt or just leftover cleanser, which needs to come off. I use the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner mainly for extra hydration.

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Then I follow up with my Glossier Super Pure niacinamide serum which I think played a big role in keeping the pimples away as well…I mean that’s what it’s for.

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I finish off the nighttime routine with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop that is packed with lots of hydration. I like the Korean skincare brands lately…they work!

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In the morning I rinse my face with lukewarm water and tone my face. I recently purchased this MISSHA Time Revolution Clear Toner from SokoGlam. The toner contains fermented yeast extract which promotes cellular turnover and a brighter, even skin tone. So far, I like it and it’s another Korean brand!

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I apply the Glossier Super Pure again and then moisturize with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop and I’m done!

On Wednesday’s or Thursday’s, I’ll usually do a mask. Lately, I’ve been reaching for my Leahlani Mermaid Mask…it’s almost time to purchase some more.

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That’s really all I’ve been doing with my skin lately. I’m a little afraid to add any acids again that at some point I’ll add the First Aid Beauty Glycolic Pads back in since they are pretty gentle.

Sorry for posting so late today, I had another busy day and I didn’t want to completely neglect you guys again. So, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Skin Tints & Micellar Water Review

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

I was not at all sure what to write about today, but then it hit me…I have a FEW reviews to do today! Then I got overly excited and almost spontaneously combusted, not really but can you imagine? I’m kind of over doing individual reviews, so I decided to do three mini reviews on different products. Anything I review I like…hell anything I buy I like. The off chance I don’t like something that I purchased, I return it. I’m not trying to go on a tangent or anything, but I only say that because people think lots of bloggers/social media influencers are lying about liking a product when they review them. Or they just don’t mention the products they dislike and keep it moving…? I could go down a rabbit hole about this – maybe for another post someday.

Anyway! On to the mini reviews! All three of the products have been in my possession for at least three weeks to a month now, so I’ve had pretty ample time to use them to have an honest opinion on them.

Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear™ Mirco Water

It’s micellar water if you haven’t guessed. I’ve always been a little skeptical about micellar water…mainly when people only use micellar water as a form of cleansing. I feel like my face would bubble up into one big pimple if I didn’t clean it properly. I do wear light to medium coverage daily though, so that could be why.

 

I’m really feeling Dr. Jart as of recently. The sheet masks and moisturizer are pretty amazing, so why wouldn’t their micellar water be?

IMG_3589So there’s not too much I can say about micellar water except, does it get all my makeup off? Yes, at least the makeup I can see anyway. I use about 1½ cotton pads to remove the visible makeup and I can go on about my day until I decided to wash my face for real. I consider the micellar water my first cleanse and then I follow up with my Boscia’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Stick.

Compared to Bioderma and Garnier, the Dermaclear™ is a steep price retailing at $32. However, the bottle is pretty big and I feel like I use fewer cotton pads than I do with Garnier’s Micellar Water.

I haven’t decided if I would purchase again, but it is a huge possibility.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

So, I like this tinted moisturizer, but they do not provide much coverage for my acne scarring prone skin. That is obviously a personal problem, but if you’re thinking about getting this for coverage…keep looking. However, they are AMAZING to mix with other foundations that aren’t your color at the moment. If you tan or change colors in the summer or winter months then it is nice to have some type of drops around to mix with your foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturizer. They are especially good for if you are an in-between color and can’t find the right base color for any brand. Maybe you’ve got an expensive base that you’re almost at the end of and you want to make it last, these are your drops.

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I was mixing the Skin Tint with my Tom Ford because it was too light for me once the warmth came around and they worked wonders. If I had a much clearer complexion, I’d without a doubt opt for the Glossier Skin Tint…if they were formulated with some kind of sunscreen. Of course, I could wear sunscreen underneath, but sunscreen mixed with a base has never worked for anybody with oily skin. Maybe it works for these drops because they are pretty damn lightweight.

The consistency is very liquidy, it’s like tinted water basically. The price is pretty mid range retailing at $26 so you won’t break your bank trying it out.

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Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint

I was pretty shook when I found out that Philosophy had a tinted moisturizer that was also in my color. Philosophy was my go-to skin care line back in the day (lol.) I couldn’t even pass up trying out this Skin Tint. I was not expecting to like this product so much. It comes in a jar, which is kind of weird, but there’s SO much in it!

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The skin tint is buildable and doesn’t seem to cake or crease when you add more. It’s extremely lightweight while still having a creamy consistency. I actually look forward to putting this stuff on every day! This is the first ever tinted moisturizer that I actually like and would repurchase for as long as they kept the same formula and colors. This Skin Tint is formulated with SPF which is a huge plus and retails at $39. I personally think this product is worth way more but I am NOT complaining!

So, I hope you guys enjoyed my mini reviews on skin care/makeup. I think it would have been a pain to review these all individually. Leave any questions in the comments. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Acne Woes Pt….101?

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, skincare

Sometimes I feel like every time I have clear skin, here comes another breakout just waiting to happen. About two weeks ago, I broke out all over my T-zone, (minus the forehead) cheeks and chin. I’m not sure why exactly, but I felt like I had this great routine to keep all the pimples away and it wasn’t working. All I know is that my skin was really inflamed and was giving me the blues.

I had been using the Peter Thomas Roth Acne System that is loaded with salicylic acid, which is known to keep acne away. It worked for about a week and then, BAM, another breakout. To try and remedy the pimples, I did my Leahlani Mermaid Mask and then later that week my Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask. They did help temporarily, but the pimples would not budge!

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At one point, I was just extremely frustrated, which I’m sure caused some more acne. So, I went back to basics. Each pimple, I applied a hot compress and slowly drained them. It was a process but it did work.

I came to a realization (thanks to the Youtuber Gothamista) that maybe I was being way too harsh on my face. She is very knowledgeable about pH and the ingredients in the products out there on the market. I began to use some of the same steps she uses to keep her skin clear as well as some steps that I thought would help.

  1. Don’t over wash my skin
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  2. Calm my skin down
    • I used a calming mask (stolen from mom) from the Farmacy line: Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
    • I also used Glossier’s Super Pure niacinamide serum which is unexpectedly gentle.IMG_5580
  3. Hydrate my skin
    • I stopped using just the Herbivore Lapis Oil and applied an actual moisturizer. Dr. Jart’s Water Drop to be exact…also stole from mom.
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  4. Use a gentle yet effective cleanser at night
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Within two days, my skin improved. My pimples didn’t hurt and weren’t nearly as big. It’s been four days now and even my hormonal acne is responding well to this new routine. I would love to pinpoint exactly what’s helping, but it could be all of it or some of it. I get so irritated with my acne that I slather EVERYTHING onto my face just to get rid of pimples and that could have been setting me back this whole time. I’m going to keep up this routine for a few weeks and then be sure to update you guys. I’m also going to take a before picture now so that I don’t forget and can show you all actual results! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay