Every year, without fail, from when the leaves turn and until spring, my usually clear face sports a smattering of pimples. I do appreciate that I am lucky in that it isn’t full blown adult acne. But it is persistent enough to be annoying.The zits are omnipresent as if sharing some secret pact to not disappear without another taking their place.
Over time, I’ve worked out that the dry winter air is the causing factor – as in, my skin becomes dry! This bewildered me at first because I’ve never had dry skin and I drink plenty of water. But it made sense. Air conditioning, the outside air, heating . . . .
Following purchase of numerous cleansers, moisturisers and sunscreens, I now have a routine down pat which has kept my skin clear for the past two months. Don’t worry, I won’t be suggesting you drink more water. You should be doing that already!
Clarisonic Mia with the Sensitive Brush Head + Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser each morning (taking a break every 3-4 days).
The Mia was a present to myself last Christmas. I really enjoy using it. This isn’t a review so I will only say that it is great for deep cleansing. The Mario Badescu cleanser sat in my stash, neglected until I basically got a little desperate with trying to fix my skin. You only need a tiny bit.
I find my skin needs the exfoliation otherwise my pores get congested and voila, pimples appear. This cleansing method ensures both physical (Mia) and chemical (MB glycolic acid) exfoliation.
Lush Angels on Bare Skin fresh facial cleanser every 3-4 days (when taking a break from the Mia).
I adore this little tub of goodness. I had read so much about it and admittedly, when I first got it, I didn’t get the hype. But I can now tell the difference AOBS makes.
I simply pinch off a raspberry-sized chunk and squish it in my palm with fingers. I don’t add water because that makes it runny and useless. I just use wet fingers, and massage it until it turns into a paste and then rub it all over the face in small circular motions.
I get a gentle exfoliation without drying (it contains essential oils) or leaving a residue. My skin always feels super smooth and soft after use. The best bit is that my skin also feels soothed and calm. I think the plentiful lavender has something to do with it.
Kose Cosmeport Hyalocharge water has become indispensable in my routine. You may have read about it in my Moistmaker Post.
This liquid is an excellent prep for the skin as it softens it and lets my moisturiser soak in deeper. All I need are a few drops in my palm which I pat onto the face.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – I think of this like a treatment/ protector for my skin. It is HG material for many bloggers which is the reason I bought it. Initially, I thought I had made a dud purchase because I couldn’t notice any change. But patience is not one of my virtues. . . . . After using LRPED for two weeks, I was so convinced by its effectiveness, I went and bought some more to have on standby in case this tube runs out!
I apply a pea-sized amount all over the face with my fingers after the hyaluron has dried. It is lightweight, has a mild pleasant fragrance and is absorbed rapidly.
Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin – Being a combination skinned girl, I steer clear of oil-based moisturisers. There is a Combination Skin version of this moisturiser available, as is one with SPF but I found the Sensitive Skin version didn’t irritate my skin.
1-2 pumps is all I need to cover my whole face and neck.
Before you wonder where my sensibilities about sun care went, I’ll have you know, I do mix some UV milk into the Neutrogena moisturiser. I just didn’t include it in the picture as I didn’t like the one I was using at the time. I found a bottle of Biore’s UV Perfect Face Milk at my local Japanese store and have been using it for a week now and am very happy with it. It has SPF 50, no fragrance, no oil and leaves no white-cast. It is simple and clean.
I haven’t talked about my makeup removal/ cleansing methods because I don’t feel like they have changed or have any impact on the occurrence of pimples.
So there you go. That’s my present formula for keeping my skin clear. My face doesn’t feel heavy or sticky when I use these products and they don’t interfere with any makeup I may apply after.
No doubt now that it is warming up, I will be able to change my routine slightly as the weather is more forgiving to my skin.
If there is one thing I swear by and will not be changing, it is La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo. Love it!
What are your tips for keeping your skin clear?