Spring 2017 Skin Care Routine

 

Every day I take extra measures to maintain clear, bump-free skin and keep Pityrosporum folliculitis at bay. The products I carefully select and consistently use have made a huge difference.  And, while my skin care routine may vary depending on the season and the condition of my skin, some products will always be staples.  For those of you who are interested, I’ve decided to post my Spring 2017 skin care routine just to give you an idea of what has helped me this season.  For my most current skin care routine, check out this post.

 

So, without further ado, here is my Spring 2017 Skin Care Routine:

 

Skin Care Routine (Mornings)

In the mornings, I either:

  1. Wash my face with water only or I use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
  2. My final rinse is always with cool water.  Then, I pat my skin dry with a clean towel.
  3. I either don’t use a moisturizer or I use Cerave Moisturizing Lotion.  I currently do not use a toner.  Since on most days I don’t wear any makeup, I stop right here.  On the days that I do wear makeup, I always use a moisturizer before applying my makeup.

 

Skin Care Routine Regimen (Evenings)

In the evenings, I either:

  1. Wash my face with water only or,
  2. I use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Bentonite Clay (between 2-3 times a week).
  3. My final rinse is always with cool water.  Then, I pat my skin dry with a clean towel.
  4. I then hop in the shower.  Depending on whether or not I feel as if I need a deeper facial cleanse, I’ll use Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub in the shower.  Afterwards, I rinse my face a few more times with cool water and pat my skin dry with a clean towel once I get out.
  5. I either don’t use a moisturizer or I use Cerave Moisturizing Lotion, Argan Oil (just under my eyes or on dry patches of skin), or Estee Lauder Night Serum.
  6. Last but certainly not least, every single night I take my daily probiotics and multi-vitamin.

 

Skin Care Routine (Evenings) – After Wearing Makeup

I have yet to find a makeup remover that removes all of my makeup, won’t clog my pores and is gentle enough on my skin.  If you have recommendations, please share!

  1. Currently, I slather either Cerave Moisturizing Lotion or any old moisturizer I have lying around.  And when I mean slather, I mean slather right on top of my makeup.  I then use a warm and damp wash cloth to remove all traces of makeup.  I repeat these steps until my results are satisfactory.
  2. I then follow up with an exfoliant like Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub to remove any remaining makeup and left-over moisturizer.
  3. Afterwards, I rinse my face a few times, and the final rinse is always with cool water.  Pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

 

How do I decide which products to use when I have more than one listed as an option?  It all depends on the appearance of my skin.  If my skin appears dry, I simply wash with water.  If my skin appears a tad bit oily or looks as if a blemish is on its way, then I may opt for the cleanser versus a water-only wash.  If my skin is dry in some areas or I plan on wearing makeup that day, I’ll use a moisturizer.  Otherwise, I’ll skip it.

 

The bottom line is I always assess the appearance of my skin before applying any product.  And when wearing makeup or when I’m dealing with a blemish or a breakout, I add in a few extra steps to properly care for my skin.

 

You’ll notice Nizoral is not a part of my daily skin care routine.  This is because I no longer need to use it consistently to maintain clear skin.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  If I’m experiencing bumps that just won’t go away after a week or so and I suspect they’re PF -related, I’ll whip out the Nizoral for a day or two and that usually seems to do it.  Nevertheless, I find when I keep things really simple is when my skin looks its best.

 

What about you? Do you have a similar routine? Do tell! Share your routine on how you keep your skin bump-free.  

 

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