In the last 5-6 years, I’ve become almost OCD about my skin care regimen. Because of this I have friends that are constantly asking me of ways they can change up their routine without busting the bank. So, I decided to share this with all of you.
Step One: Removing your make-up BEFORE you wash your face. You will not get the most out of your face wash if it has to get through the layers of your make up, so removing as much as possible PRIOR to washing your face is important. My favorite way to do this is with the “Yes to Cucumber” facial wipes. These can be found at almost any drug store.
Step Two:(Optional) This is one of my favorite things, but it is optional. FACE MASK/Nose Strip! This is not something you want to do every day, but once a week… Maybe twice if your skin is feeling like it needs a little more attention. I have 2 favorites that are very affordable. 1. Mud Mask: This will detox your skin of impurities and make your skin feel amazing. I tend to you this one more when my skin is on the problematic side. 2. Clarifying peel off mask: This will hydrate your skin, make it tighter, and also make your skin feel amazing. This is more just when my skin is on its better behavior and I want to treat myself. 3. Nose/Pore Strips: These are a GODSEND. I use these when I can feel a build up in my pores but can’t seem to get it resolved with a scrub alone. The T-zone is the worst about retaining dirt, makeup, and whatever else you can think of. This removes that. I will do this only when I can feel my pores building up.
Step Three: Washing your face in the morning, and in the evening is so important. Morning: At night your body pushing all the toxins out of your body THROUGH your skin, so washing your face in the morning will help remove those from the skin surface as well as help with the application of your makeup for the day. Evening; you’re washing the remaining make up after you’ve used your facial wipes and also all of the gunk in the air that you walk through everyday. Plus, if you’re anything like me- a great skin care regimen before bed helps me to relax and sleep better. I have two favorites, one I use every morning in the shower, which is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Though, when my skin is feeling particularly problematic, acneic, or I can just feel a build up in my pores I will also replace my night time wash for the more abrasive St. Apricot Scrub. But, when my skin is clear I do not have any visible problem areas I tend to lean more toward my gentle Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser.
Step Four/Final Step: Moisturizer! This is an important step that too many people skip. Whether you have dry, combo, or oily skin… this step is VITAL! when you wash your face, exfoliate, etc. You are stripping your skin of the natural oils. Now, as an combo/oily skinned girl myself I know what you’re thinking… GOOD! But, your skin needs those natural oils to stay fresh, and firm. So using a good daily moisturizer will help balance the natural oils in your skin and also help with breakouts. Now, it’s important to select the right moisturizer for your skin type. My favorite is the Aveeno positively radiant daily moisturizer which I’ve found to be great on all skin types.
Well friends, that’s it. My budget friendly skin routine. Please send me pictures (Twitter @hillaryhuffine), post comments if you try any of these, or the whole routine! I want to know your thoughts. Also, if you have any other requests on the beauty side. Let me know, I’d love your input. Have a wonderful week, and a Happy Independence Day!