My skin care routine has been through so many changes ever since I reached by 20’s—much like my skin itself. When I was a teenager, my skin was prone to minor breakouts and was just slightly oily. However, it seemed that as soon as I turned 20, my skin took on a whole new change. It became much more oily than I was ever used to, which led me to trying a bucket load of products to try and maintain it. Fast forward to now, my 23-year-old skin, and it’s a combination of a handful of aspects. My nose and T-zone are the areas on my face that are most prone to oil buildup, while my cheeks, chin and upper brow bone area tend to have dry spots from time to time. My skin has also become very sensitive, causing breakouts to appear on my cheeks over anything it doesn’t agree with; some of this includes scented moisturizers and skin care products with a high percentage of glycolic acid.
Talk about a lot to keep up with, right? But what I’ve learned is that as you grow over the years, so does your skin, and in turn your skin care routine needs to as well in order to give your skin exactly what it needs. After some trial and error, my skin has been feeling refreshed, revitalized and absolutely nourished as of late—all thanks to my skin care routine, which is filled with new and oldie, yet goodie products I am smitten with. Don’t worry. I’m not keeping it a secret to how my skin is feeling amazing, but rather sharing it with all of you in hopes to help anyone that is going through skin changes like I experienced. So, let’s get into all the details shall we?
I’ll start off with the little gadget I recently purchased that has really turned around my skin’s appearance. The Spin for Perfect Skin face and body brush by Vanity Planet has become a real life changer. I first became introduced to this brush from Simply_Kenna on YouTube, and then a handful of other YouTubers and bloggers afterwards who raved about the after effects it left them with. I’ve always been curious about adding a powered brush to my skin care routine, including the Clarisonic, but Vanity Planet’s “amazing taste with minimal investment” aesthetic definitely sold me—not to mention, their products are cruelty-free as well, which is a number one yes in my beauty book. After spotting Casey Leigh’s incredible deal (a bargain for $30 when it usually retails for $100) on her blog, The Wiegands, I quickly purchased my own brush and have been happy with it ever since I first turned it on.
The Spin for Perfect Skin face and body brush comes with four brushes: a cleansing, body, exfoliating brush and pumice stone—each designed to be soft, gentle and effective on your skin. I use mine in the morning and evening to really amp up my skin care routine.
In the morning all I do is wet my face and the cleansing brush, add two pumps of the Olay Refreshing Gel Cleanser (at night I use the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser) directly onto the brush, place it on my skin, turn it on and move it in light circular motions over my face. Once my skin is fully cleansed, I just shut the brush off and rinse my face. If I need to exfoliate, I do it in the morning, and use either the St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask or Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer (which I use only twice a week). I switch the cleansing brush with the exfoliating one and just repeat the same steps. When my skin is all squeaky clean, I make sure to wash my brushes with soap and lukewarm water, then let them air dry until it’s time to use them again at night.
I immediately follow-up with the Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner, by just soaking a cotton ball and brushing it over my skin, a few spritzs of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater and then a moisturizer (lately I’ve been using the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion). Then tada! I’m left with skin that’s glowing, hydrated and incredibly fresh throughout the day. I’ve been sticking to this routine for the past couple of weeks, and my skin has shown a noticeable difference. It’s much more firm, my breakouts are lessening, pores have shrunk in size, and my skin’s glow has definitely become brighter. If you’re on the lookout for new products, or a brush, I definitely recommend all of the above.
Let me know if ya’ll have any questions about the products I mentioned. If you want to get your hands on some of your own, just click the links up above. Happy shopping, gals.
How has your skin and skin care routine changed over the years?
Lots of Love, Victoria.