Some background: I have combination skin, and have adult acne. I've struggled with acne my whole life, and being an adult with acne is certainly not easy. I've tried every over-the-counter acne medication I could get my hands on, and I've even tried long-term antibiotics to eliminate acne to no avail. So, I was at my wit's end when a really great friend of mine convinced me to try going the all-natural route. And ya'll... IT WORKED. I still have acne, but it is not as severe as it was before, and honestly? My skin looks like it is glowing.
After much tinkering, I've been able to figure out what works best for my skin. I would like to note that what works for me may not work for you- trust me, if I had a nickel for every time I enthusiastically purchased a product on the recommendation of another blogger only to have it not work for me, I'd be a wealthy woman. That being said, I wholeheartedly believe that all-natural skincare is the only way to go when you have acne. It's amazing to me how effective natural and non-toxic skincare is!
For a full rundown on my nightly skincare routine for glowing and less reactive skin, click through for my breakdown (ps- full-length reviews on each product coming VERY soon)!
Before I begin, here is a full rundown on the products I use (not all are pictured, but all were mentioned in my Periscope). Keep checking back, as once I have full-length reviews on these products up, I'll update this page so it'll be extra handy!
- Laurel Oily to Combination Cleanser
- Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge
- Laurel Oily to Combination Elixir
- May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt // (Full Review HERE)
- Kypris Clearing Serum // (Full Review HERE)
- Moss Zen Physic Oil Intensif
- Laurel Facial Serum: Anti-Inflammatory
- Laurel Facial Serum: Balance
- Mahalo Balm // (Full Review HERE)
- Osmia Organics Spot Treatment
After it soaks into my skin, it's time to moisturize. I like to add the Mahalo Balm to the dry areas of my face- so anywhere that isn't my T-zone. I also tend to get dry spots around my acne, so I apply over my breakouts and by my eyebrows. As the weather gets cooler, my skin gets drier, so I would apply this all over in that case. Once I've applied the balm, I'll finish up my routine with the Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum (or their Balance serum, depends what I'm looking for)- four drops in my hand and patted onto my face.
On good skin days, I would stop there. If I'm having a bad cystic acne breakout, I'll concentrate a drop of the Moss Zen Physic onto the breakout. The Zen Physic is prettttty powerful, so a drop is all you need! For smaller bumps, I'll apply some of the Osmia Spot Treatment, which is pretty effective for non-cystic acne spots.
There are a couple of alternatives that I use from time-to-time as well. Every third day, instead of using the Laurel Cleanser, I'll exfoliate with May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt. If I'm noticing a lot of redness in my skin, I use the Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum. If I'm having a good skin day, I'll use the Laurel Balance Serum.
And, twice a week, I use face masks. I didn't talk much about face masks in my Periscope, because that is a topic for another day! Don't worry... I have a full post on my favorite face masks that I'm currently working on as well. I also occasionally use eye serums- I've tried the Laurel Eye Serum which I really like, but I'll just use some Cocovit Coconut Oil, if I use anything at all. Depends how lazy I'm feeling, ha!
So that just about does it for my nightly skincare routine. I think I'll be sticking with this for awhile, because it's actually helping me instead of breaking me out. What's your nightly skincare routine? Any tips to share?
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