New Skin Care Routine

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had bad skin. I tried to reason with myself and blame it on genetics, hormones, and my overall lifestyle. Regardless, I’ve always been very insecure and self-conscious about my face. Not only is it oily and acne-prone, but I’ve never been satisfied with my uneven skin tone.

Throughout high school and early college, I went on and off Proactiv. Unfortunately, it tended to dry out my skin and once gave me a really bad case of seborrheic dermatitis – which left some ugly scars on the skin around my eyes. Ever since, I have been trying to find the perfect products that work with my skin type. It’s been a long vicious cycle of trial-and-error, but I think my new regimen has proven to be effective thus far.

Last week, I bought two things at my local drugstore: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser and Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. The former came with a free sample-sized bottle of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, too! (Which just so happens to be my favorite moisturizer.) The decision to purchase these two products was influenced by the members of MakeupAlley, my go-to website for reliable beauty reviews.

Although it’s only been a week, I can already notice a significant difference in my skin tone. My pores are visibly smaller, and my dark spots are a bit lighter. The cleanser doesn’t completely remove my makeup, but I don’t mind because I usually remove it with lotion beforehand anyway. And the toner doesn’t dry my skin out as much as the Proactiv toner did, but the sensitive skin at the corners of my eyes begin to flake if I don’t moisturize well afterwards.

Hopefully, this new routine will prevent future breakouts and eventually even out my complexion. Until then, all I can do is wait and hope for the best. If these products don’t meet my needs in the end, I think it would be worth the money to invest in higher-end skin care products. I’ve had my eye on Philisophy’s Purity Made Simple and Clinique’s Mild Clarifying Lotion, but I’m not willing to splurge on them if there are less expensive alternatives. All I want is clear, bright, healthy skin – is it really too much to ask for? I’ll keep you guys updated. :P

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7 responses to “New Skin Care Routine

  1. Since you have oily skin and if you do consider getting the Clinique Clarifying Lotion, you should get the Number 3 (if you’re combination) or 4 (oily all around). The mild one is not really formulated for oily skin, since it’s geared towards very dry to dry skin.

    I’m a bit of a Clinique freak, since I have such sensitive skin that is allergic to almost everything x_x

    • I’ve never tried Clinique, so it’s great to hear from an experienced user. :P I also become really shy around the makeup specialists who work at places like Sephora, so I’ve never had my skin tone and type assessed. >.<; I'll look into number 3 next time, though, since my skin is more combination than oily. Thanks! :)

      • I know what you mean about talking to the makeup counter people. My mall didn’t have a Sephora until recently, so I was forced to talk to the specialists at the Clinique counter at Macy’s. At that point, my skin got so bad I just sucked it up and dealt with it. Thankfully, the person I talked with was super sweet and helpful, and didn’t really notice my awkwardness. Now that I have a Sephora, I like not having to talk to the employees with my potentially stupid questions.

  2. Aveeno is a god-send for dry or eczema skin >.< I like Clinique quite a bit. We use the clarifying lotion step 2, and it works well for me (though I have oily areas on face, I also have weird dry patches). I think it's about $19 for a big one. I don't particularly favor their general facial washes or scrubs though. The thing I like most about Clinique is their bonus specials.I can buy a clarifying lotion & lipgloss (or one of their moisturizers) and get a bonus special for free! Its usually like a makeup bag and travel sized makeup. It's how I got to try that chubby stick tinted moisturizer.

    • One of my old roommates swore by Clinique, and I do admit that it does have a great reputation. I just looked at the price ranges right now, and they don’t seem that bad at all. :) I’ll look into it more once I finish these bottles up! And I know what you mean about dry patches. So annoying – I have them around my eyes. D;

  3. improperintegirl

    I heard from someone else who used proactive that only one of the three bottles actually got the job done, and that the other two were pointless.
    As for dry skin I use Goldbond lotion, it really works. It’s good for hours, unless you go hardcore washing your hands… I’m not sure how good of a face lotion it would be though. I really don’t have a lot of experience with those.

    • Lotions that aren’t meant for face use get me really oily throughout the day. Aveeno’s non-greasy formulas have never given me any problems. And yeah, I’ll never use Proactiv again ever since that terrible experience I had. x_x

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