My skin has come such a long way. I’m soo grateful for that. Like for real. When people compliment me or ask me about my skin I’m like, “What? Girl you know it’s just that VALENCIA FILTER”. When my acne was at it’s peak in highschool, I felt like no matter what I tried nothing worked. But getting to the root of what was causing my acne and treating it, in the most natural way possible has given me a new perspective.
In my case, my acne extended from having over active glands in my face and shoulders that would produce excess oil or sebum causing my pores to clog. Then I would get pimples. What made it sooo much worse is that I’d try to pop them myself causing them to leave behind a really nasty scar. I pretty much repeated this cycle all throughout high school. In college I made the decision to go on the pill for other health related reasons. (TMI Alert: Mainly my periods were like the red sea). The pill stopped my glands from making so much oil which helped my skin clear. But I still needed a way to kill the bacteria, unclog my pores and fade my dark marks over time. If you see my regimen below it does just that.
I cleanse my skin every day usually twice a day, both at morning and at night. At night I like to use my spin brush with the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash with Salicylic Acid. I’ve been using this wash for years, when I first started using it, I did not think that it worked but I wasn’t treating the underlying problem of excess oil production and bacteria.. In the morning while I take my shower rely on the Dr. Bronson Castile soap in lavender.
Tone & Moisturize
Since I've been back on my fitness, I felt like I needed more intense cleaning of my pores to avoid any sweat related breakouts. I've been using the Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner for a few weeks now and my skin looks and feels so much tighter and less oily. It has bentonite clay and tea tree oil to help minimize my pores and kill the bacteria. First I apply the toner to a cotton round and massage into my skin and watch it transform from a gel to a water. Once it dries my skin feels smooth and clear with a shine free complexion.
There are two moisturizers that I like to alternate between. During the day, I need one with an SPF so I use the Ambi Even & Clear oil free lotion. Being that it’s oil free it helps prevent my pores from clogging. It also gives me nice matte finish and helps my skin not get oily in my t-zone throughout the day. At night the I apply a dry oil from Sunday Riley called the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil to help treat my congested pores and prevent acne. I like that the oil is medicated but gentle enough to balance out the 1.5% salicylic acid. I noticed that my skin feels so much softer and I barely have to apply any concealer under my eyes when I wake up in the morning.
I’m a huge fan of weekly masks! These usually coincide with the deep condition I do for my natural hair. This just helps give my pores a deep cleaning and fade my dark marks overtime. It’s important to note that if it’s your first time using the Aztec Bentonite Clay, you may experience a little irritation as the dirt and toxins deep in your pores work there way to the surface. Luckily it will subside after 2-3 uses so be patient! I mix mines with a little bit of apple cider vinegar in a clay bowl using my fingers. Do not use metal or it will deactivate the chemical properties in the bentonite clay.
When I do notice a stubborn breakout or dark spot, I apply pure tea tree oil to those areas using a Q-Tip. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in the tea tree oil help treat the underlying layer of skin causing the dark spots to fade. I do this on an as needed basis since the tea tree oil is very potent. If you have sensitive try diluting it with another carrier oil such as grape seed (not coconut oil) so it is not as harsh on your face.
For me skin care does not just stop at my face. I take extra care to use my dry bush to exfoliate my skin. It also helps your lymph nodes and immune system which is as an added bonus. Since I started dry brushing my skin feels tighter but not in a dry way. The spin brush acts as an exfoliant to help remove excess skin and all the bacteria off of my face from the day. My skin feels brighter and more supple with each use! Just make sure you clean your brushes with warm soap and water on a weekly basis.
So there you have it! My skincare routine for day and night are summarized below with link to purchase the products. Which one is your favorite? What’s your routine? Should I turn this into a video?!
Aztec Clay Mask