When I was younger – between the ages of 12 to 15, I struggled with HORRIBLE acne. A little medical lesson for you guys – acne isn’t just the occasional cluster of pimples that pop up every month or so when you’re a teenager. Acne is defined by dermatologists as the cysts that develop under your skin, and stick around for weeks, sometimes a month at a time. And I had it BAD all over my forehead. It was at it’s worst during my middle school years, a time where you’re at your most vulnerable, and when kids are the meanest. Safe to say, those two years weren’t a fun time for me. With monthly visits to the dermatologist, I had tried EVERYTHING – prescription topical cream, doxycycline, and even oral pills that I had to take every day, but literally nothing helped. It was then that I was put on the birth control pill as a last resort, and magically a month later, my acne was cleared up. Since then, my struggle with acne has been constant – and while it has never gotten as bad as it was during middle school, my acne now only shows up on my chin. Though my breakouts don’t happen as often anymore (maybe twice a year), my decade-long struggle with acne has caused scarring, especially on my chin.
Having tried literally every treatment and brand in the world through the years, I have now established a nightly skincare routine that has helped maintained my acne, as well as lighten up the scars caused by it. Since starting this routine, I have had friends comment on how great my skin looks – I even had one friend say it looked like I didn’t even have any pores (that’s the dream, am I right??) Hearing a compliment like this, after struggling for over a decade with acne means so much to me.
In saying all of that, I wanted to share my skincare routine with you guys. I call it the skincare routine for lazy people, because unlike many bloggers/magazines/Youtubbers out there who give you a 100-step routine to stick to before you go to bed (like, who has time for that?…), I like to think mine is pretty simple. When it comes to skincare, I am a no fuss type of person. I have been using the same products for YEARS, and they have yet to let me down. See below for my 5-step routine:
Step 1: Wash face by squeezing a dime-sized amount of the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser onto fingers, and massaging gently into the face, then rinse throughly
The Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is the #1 dermatologist recommended facial cleanser for all skin types!
Step 2: Squeeze a tiny amount of the Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner onto a cotton ball, and pat all over face and neck.
A note about the Dickinson’s toner – it is 100% all natural, vegan and made purely with 100% Witch Hazel, an astringent compound produced from the leaves and bark of the witch-hazel shrub.
Step 3: Apply the Neutrogena Oil Free Facial Moisturizer all over face and neck
My dermatologist recommended this specific moisturizer to me back in middle school, and I haven’t stopped using it since. Back then, I was told to only use oil free products on my skin, and although my skin can now adapt to products with oil in them and NOT break out, I still always stick to the oil free products. This moisturizer also has SPF 15 in it – you should ALWAYS use a moisturizer with SPF in it. I used to get so annoyed hearing experts say how important it was to always apply sunscreen to the face, but as I’ve gotten older (and wiser), I now understand how important it is to protect your face from the sun. Who wants premature wrinkles – not me!
Step 4: Squeeze a tiny amount of the ROC Eye Cream onto finger, and dab all over the eye lids, and under eye area
This eye cream is a 5-in-1 serum, improving the look of dark circles, puffiness, dryness, dull tone and wrinkles
Step 5 (optional): Use the ice roller all over the face and neck
If you haven’t used an ice roller before, you’re totally cheating your skin of a truly heavenly experience. I first discovered the ice roller from one of my favorite bloggers – Payton Sartain of Hustle + Halcyon. If you want to learn more about the truly magical benefits of the ice roller, head on over to Payton’s post.
Photos by Laura Von Photography