Skin Care Routine That Won't Break the Bank
I have always been someone that struggles with oily skin, breakouts, sleeping in my makeup, and other issues that are totally beyond my control and absolutely not my fault. I never had bad acne, per say, but during high school I almost never had blemish free skin. Thanks to aging, my skin has cleared up considerably, but I still find myself with pimples every now and then.
Secondly, I have crazy large pores. The worst part is that these pores reside on my already large nose; it's a really twofer (did you know that "twofer" is a legitimate word?).
So, finally, I decided to do something about it! I tested out different products and came up with a routine that is, in my opinion, the best bang for your buck!
Water: Drink It
First and foremost, the best and cheapest thing that you can do for your skin is stay hydrated!
I won't bore you with all of the scientific details, but just remember that your skin is an organ composed of tissues and cells. Cells need water in order to receive nutrients, excrete waste, and receive oxygen.
Without enough water, your cells will not function properly causing your skin to become tight, dry, and flaky. Not only is dry skin more prone to wrinkling, but foundations and other makeup products won't adhere as well to a dry surface. Another twofer!
Although it has nothing to do with the name (don't fact check me here), this magical little potion offers many great benefits! Witch hazel contains compounds with strong anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in the treatment and prevention of acne and redness. Simply apply the liquid topically after washing and/or steaming your face!
Additionally, witch hazel is an astringent; astringents cause your skin tissue to contract and can lead to shrunken pores. Bacteria that causes acne, can even be prevented from entering into your pores!
Witch hazel can also help treat scalp sensitivity and prevent dandruff. Often times, scalps can become dry and itchy due to shampoo chemicals. To prevent this, either buy a shampoo that contains witch hazel (see link below) or apply some witch hazel to your scalp before washing.
Some studies even suggest that witch hazel has the ability to inhibit herpes simplex virus 1 aka cold sores.
Cetaphil Daily Cleanser & Lotion
While Cetaphil products may seem expensive, based on the amount of cleanser and lotion in each bottle, it's not too bad! I think that I buy Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizers twice a year.
Cetaphil markets their products to "cleanse without stripping" and "moisturize without clogging." As someone with oily skin, I love the lotion because it doesn't leave my face feeling yucky.
Sidenote: A dermatologist recommended using Cetaphil products if you have keratosis pilaris (red blemishes that are usually found on the upper arm). Keratosis pilaris is caused by dead cells getting trapped under the top layer of skin. While there is cure for the condition, keeping the area clean and moisturized reduces redness and bumps.
Dollar General's Studio Selection Blemish Control Facial Scrub
I actually recently started using this product. I was looking for a good apricot face scrub and was intending to buy St. Ives; I'm all about saving money though! I saw the off-brand Studio Selection, read the ingredients in both, decided it was close enough, and gave it a try.
I really enjoy this facial scrub! It's intense enough to get the job done, but also gentle enough to be used daily. As an added bonus, there is also a great apricot body scrub!
P.s. I tried the Studio Selection Oil-Free Acne Wash and I like it. I didn't include it in this list because it really dries your skin out! As I said before, I have oily skin and hate using lotion, because my face will look gross. After using the Oil-Free Acne Wash, I absolutely have to put on lotion. My husband on the other hand, has dry skin and it would destroy his beautiful face. User discretion is advised.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.