Summer is coming to an end, and the makeup lover in me could not be more excited. With the high temperatures my skin has not been tolerating a lot of makeup, and thank god this year I have found my holy grail skincare products that have made me love my skin a little bit more.
Hormonal breakouts have sadly been my thing for a while now, and last summer was a pretty big hit for my confidence skin wise. I was using all the wrong products in all the wrong ways, and my face hurt. A lot.
But this story has a happy ending of course because I really took on this battle. After reading a lot and trying out a lot of products, here are the products that work for me.
First things first. For me cleansing is crucial, but it also used to be the biggest thing I was doing wrong. I thought if I used harsh peelings and cleansers they would clean my skin because of the feeling they gave me afterwards, but as I've come to see, cleansing is only supposed to take the excess makeup off and neutralize the balance of the skin. I personally love gel cleansers (after using micellar water) and I switch it up between this one and La roche posay one. I also feel the need to use toner and this one has been doing wonders.
GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING GEL & OBAGI C BALANCING TONER
PAULA'S CHOICE 2% BHA GEL
This is a new addition to my routine. I never knew products like these existed until I went to a peeling at @Viki's Place because I couldn't fight this skin thing on my own. Basically this is a "an exfoliating fluid fortified with salicylic acid to help renew skin and minimise pores". I use this after toner and leave it until it completely absorbs, and I think this was one of the biggest factors that saved my skin. Also I have the bottle since December and it's almost half ful!
MELVITA - ROSE WATER, DAY CREAM, EYE GEL
Probably the most important step. I have struggled to find the right moisturizing products and one day I just walked into the store and randomly bought a bunch of Melvita products. After a week I was in love. The texture and the combination of products are the perfect mixture for my mixed dehydrated skin. When they approached me for a collaboration I was sooooo happy, because I get to share a code with you and I also stacked up on my favorite products. If you want to try out any of their products use the code 'LARA20' on their website (click here).
This step is also a big addition to my skincare routine. I always used to believe that oils were not good for mixed skin, but as I was buying these products the lady informed me that the oil should be used immediately after applying your cream so it absorbs completely. And let me tell you, this was a game changer. My skin feels so good and moistened. I began to love the feeling and Melvita oils smell so good. So far I've tried Jojoba, Avocado and the gold oil, and my favorite way to use them is Jojoba oil on the whole face, Avocado oil on extremely dry areas (around the eyes, if you have dry patches) and gold oil on my hair and body.
I repeated this routine every morning and evening, and in a few months I started seeing insane changes, and my skin feels so much better now. These are the products that have worked for me and every skin type is different, so I would suggest talking to a pharmacist or an expert before committing.
I also do a face mask about once a month, depending on what my skin feels like (peeling masks, hydrating masks...) and that is about it. I am also very thorough about removing my makeup.
I hope this will help if you are struggling with acne or dry skin patches like me, skin is our biggest organ and do not neglect it! :)