I remember getting a judgmental look (one of a million in my life so far) from a “grown” woman as she said “oh no, you’re one of those girls” as I pulled out my moisturizer from my bag after coming out of Astoria pool at the age of 18. Yes, I am one of those girls with dry skin that only gets drier after coming out of a pool full of chlorinated water. Yes, I’ve cared about my skin from a young age, thanks to my mother of course. Yes, I have no shame in my skin care game because I know it’s one of the most important organs that I have. I’ve been using moisturizer since I was 14 but only started cleansing and really taking care of my skin at the age of 20. I see so many young girls caking on the make-up and honestly, 12 years old and wearing make-up is young in my opinion (I was wearing lip gloss from the 99 cent store, yup, the one with the flowers IN the tiny bottle), but it’s your life, do you, boo. But please for the sake of your skin, take care of it as much as you take care of your Naked palette. Everyone has different skin (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, acne prone), but there is a routine out there for you, you just have to try a few products. I have dry sensitive skin so this night-time/ day time routine might work for you if you have dry skin. Sorry my oily babies, I promise to have a routine for you after I speak to a few of my friends.
Of course I begin by removing my make-up with a circle cotton pad and my go to make up remover, the Garnier SkinActive Micellar WaterProof Make-up Cleansing Water. Make sure to shake it well before squirting it onto the pad because I’m an idiot and didn’t the first time and I felt like that bag that contained that Philly Cheesesteak in that Fresh Prince of Bel-air episode. This cleansing water removes my most stubborn eye make-up with a good swipe without stinging my eyes or adding crazy pressure. It’s never a struggle and my skin is never irritated.
Three times a week, I work a face mask in, whether it’s a DIY face mask or store-bought. I’ve been using Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask and holy shit, I love it. It’s inexpensive and you can find it at any pharmacy or Ulta. The Charcoal detox your skin and purifies it which is great for even dry skin BUT don’t leave the mask on for more than ten minutes because charcoal IS known for drying your skin out and I just don’t want to risk it even though the brand says it’s for all skin types. The sugar is obviously a great exfoliator and nobody wants dead skin lying on their face, right? My skin always feels better after rinsing this mask off and I move on to cleansing even more because I’m paranoid.
This past month I’ve been using Kiko Make-Up Milano’s cleansing foam (which I can’t find online, I bought it in store). My face always feels so much cleaner after I use this affordable cleanser and it feels like it can breathe a bit more. I distribute it on my face and rub it with my Kiko Make-Up Milano Natural Konjac sponge. The sponge helps remove all dead cells (this also works with oily skin) and doesn’t need to paired with a cleanser but I like it that way, sue me (I’m broke, you’re not getting much). I immediately feel like my skin is smoother after I use the sponge, especially around my nose where my skin flakes from dryness. In fact, it’s not so dry there anymore so maybe this routine is works (That’s what she said).
It’s said that you have a 20 minute time gap after washing your face thoroughly to moisturize and be sure it’s in your skin, but what do I know, I’m not a scientist. What I do know is that I immediately moisturize after I PAT (never rub) my face dry. The moisturizer I use is the moisturizer my mother introduced to me when I was 16 or 17 and I loved it because it kept my skin hydrated and evened out my skin tone. I stopped using it because my mom wanted me to use something with SPF (I think) and I was a poor fool. I soon discovered that a majority of moisturizers with SPF tends to ball up on my skin and basically lose all power it could have had. BTW, my nose got sun spots that summer so…so much for that. I continued to use it because I was a broke 17-year-old who just used whatever her mom bought her but still sang “Independent Woman part 1” by Destiny’s Child as if it was relatable. I have now found my first love again and don’t think I can go back. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin is now my go to moisturizer that makes my skin feel like it just drank 15 gallons of water. My dry patches are gone from the side of my nose and above my chin and it’s just so soft ❤ (yea I’m bringing back the sideways hearts). A little goes a long way so this 16 oz. jar is going to last a lifetime and I’m not even mad. It’s a great way to sleep at night.
After my shower in the morning, I brush my teeth and rinse. I splash water on my face (acting like I wasn’t just in the shower) and bam! Back to the same Kiko Cleansing Foam because why stop a good thing. Again, I used the natural sponge to work it into my skin and then rinse. I move on and use an eye cream because no matter how much sleep I get, my eyes are always puffy and have dark circles under them (mom life). I received Clark’s Botanical Anti-Puff Eye Cream in a BoxyCharm and I’ve fell in love. I’ve had nights were I’ve cried and woke up with those extremely puffy eyes that are oh so sexy and I applied this cream. Within 15 minutes, the puffiness was gone and I was able to apply make-up to my eyes perfectly. I was also able to uphold my badass reputation of not giving a shit about anything.
After eye cream I apply moisturizer to the rest of my face. I wake up super early so I need all the energy I can get but super soft skin as well. I use the Kiko Make-Up Milano 24hr moisturizing and energizing cream (which I can’t find on the website anymore. Is it discontinued?!). It’s super creamy and applies well and I only need a little in order to moisturize my face. It does the trick of waking me up a bit more and does work on my dry patches.
Overall, this is the routine that works for me. I still suggest drinking a lot more water throughout the day and trying different products if these don’t work for you. You can have dry sensitive skin and this still might not work for you. If you have any other products you can recommend or want me to try, feel free to comment below and I’ll give it shot and write a review in the future. Just remember, I’m not an expert.