Hey y’all, with Spring and Summer upon us, I don’t know about you, but my skin doesn’t do well with heat and humidity. As soon as it’s hot or humidity gets past 50%, my skin goes crazy with breakouts. Your skin products more oils due to the humidity and you’re also just simply sweating because of the heat. Dirt latches on to those oils and has more of an opportunity to seep into the pores and cause a breakout. As a teenager and in college I never had issues with my skin. I rarely had breakouts, and when I did, it was maybe only 1 or 2. I have had issues with Adult Acne for the past few years. I have suffered from cystic acne, skin congestion especially in my cheeks, and all over redness. I have done so many different things over the years to try and obtain tamed and smooth skin again. I have done everything from getting shots into the blemishes from the dermatologist, chemical peels, hydro-facials, regular facials, intense facials, retin A, etc. I have done everything except for taking internal medication. I am determined to achieve good skin without the assistance or help from internal medication (i.e. pills or shots). It’s just my personal preference. One of the major things I had to change was my overall stress levels and my diet. Once I got that under control, I believe I was dealing with normal hormonal acne from that point on. After all the products and trial and error, I have found the products that help me keep my acne at bay. I do this regimen weekly to do a deep clean of my skin. Check out the video I made explaining it all below! Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel Here ->Love Marcella Your support means everything to me!
Here are the steps I take to keep my skin in good condition:
Step 1: Cleanse
If I am wearing makeup, I start by doing a pre-cleanse on my skin using Coconut Oil. It is excellent at breaking up all the makeup on your skin (even waterproof mascara) without having to be rough on your skin. Then after that I cleanse with my Dermalogica MediBac Skin Wash. This wash contains Salicylic Acid, which aids in reducing the amount of sebum that is produced by your skin. Sebum is good, but too much production can lead to congested pores and blackheads and lead to breakouts.
Step 2: Exfoliate
I like to exfoliate after cleansing, but it’s important to use a gentle exfoliant. If you use an exfoliant with too big of beads, or too gritty you can actually make your skin worse since you are causing an excessive amount of irritation. I love the Botanical Exfoliator from Mario Badescu. You’ll want to make sure you use a light hand when using your exfoliating product. It’s already doing the work for you, and you don’t want to irritate your skin too much by using a heavy hand and scrubbing your face too hard.
Step 3: Clay Mask
This is my FAVORITE part of the process. I love The Problem Solver clay mask from May Lindstrom. The smell is indescribable, but I love the smell. It’s just a fresh, spa feeling smell. You’ll want to take a tea spoon amount in a small bowl and mix it with equal parts water. I just use an old foundation brush to mix it and also use it to apply the mask to my face. I leave it on for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. I think you’re only supposed to leave it on for about half an hour, but I personally love to leave it on for longer because I believe it penetrates much better. I need all the help I can get! I then use a wash cloth that I run under warm water to remove the mask. Try to not be rough when removing because the mask turns hard when dried and it can be a little uncomfortable and feel kind of scratchy if you don’t use a wet warm rag and go slowly.
Step 4: Honey Mask
Honey is believed to be calming and repairing. So I love using the May Lindstrom The Honey Mud mask after the clay mask. Another option is to mix together The Problem Solver mask with The Honey Mud mask, but I love the separate process. It feels more like an ‘at-home-spa-day’ when I do it this way. Use a clean spoon to scoop out a little product, spread it all over your skin and leave it for half an hour. I however leave mine on for an hour. Again, I need all the help I can get haha! Then take a brand new wash cloth and run it under warm water. Use the wash cloth to remove the mask from your face.
Step 5: Face Mist
I love the Jasmine Garden face mist from May Lindstrom but another that I also love is the Caudalie face mist. I go between the two. Just depends on my mood that day. But the mist contains anti-oxidants which are crucial to preventing blackheads and white heads. It’s also calming to your skin and in my opinion from several uses, seems to reduce redness.
Step 6: Moisturize
I use the Blue Cocoon beauty balm by May Lindstrom in this process. I can write an entire post raving about this moisturizer. You guys, you literally need half a pea-sized amount. When you apply the balm to your skin, it warms up and turns into a spreadable moisturizer. When I first used it, I made the mistake of using maybe a little more than a pea sized amount and I had so much product I had to spread it over my neck and hands and elbows and knees haha! I do this routine at night just for this moisturizer. It is so moisturizing, that when I apply it, sleep and then wake up, my skin looks so radiant and healthy and glowing.
Let me know how this regimen worked out for y’all. As far as the products, I suggest trying to get samples of the products and try them out. The May Lindstrom products are a little on the pricier side, but if you think of cost per use, how long it’ll last you and the cost of going to a spa for this treatment, it’s actually very worth it! Let me know how you liked the regimen in the comments below or what products you used as your Clay Mask or Honey Mask. I love trying out new products! xo