Having suffered from acne for a long time, taking care of my skin became second nature.
I have come a long way, starting with regular visits to the
dermatologist at the age of twelve (definitely a must if you suffer from acne), going through a phase of experimenting on my own (absolutely NOT recommended) and lastly turning to the world-wide-web looking for answers (Caroline Hirons, I am looking at you).
During these years, 23 to be exact, I picked up a fair share of knowledge. While being a physician myself has added some useful background information, I am by no means a skincare expert.
This is just what I find works for me.
Let´s call it work in progress.
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In the morning, I will remove night time sweat and the product residue from the evening before with a quick cleanse-and-flannel, using Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser
It is described as slightly foaming, but I don´t find it to be foaming at all.
Cleansing my face (and neck, but for lengths sake let´s stick to face) twice a day has made a huge difference in my skins appearance.
I take it off with a washcloth and warm water and move on to toner.
At the moment, I use La Roche Posay Serozinc
) which I buy in bulk when I am in France, as it is not sold in Germany. If you are reading this, La Roche Posay (Ha! I wish!), fix this please! It really calms down my redness and helps control the oil during
My current serum is by Weleda (Pomegranate Firming Serum
). Award-winning and completely organic, but available in drugstores and budget-friendly, I really tried to like it.
But I just don´t.
It feels drying, I´m not keen on the smell and the number one ingredient is alcohol, something I didn´t notice
right from the start, because I didn´t read the ingredient list. (Serves me right. The only reason I am going to use it up.)
During summertime, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
is used as moisturizer. Despite the fact that it is meant to be a treatment for problematic areas, I find it to be moisturizing enough to use all over. Maybe I have to accept, that my whole face
is a problematic area? Like, just face it? (Sorry, bad one…)
Wearing SPF is really important to me, partly because I am fair-skinned and burn easily, but also because I use exfoliating acids on a regular basis, which leaves my skin sensitive to sun damage.
If it is cloudy, if I am only going to be outside to run some errands and maybe go for a little walk, I usually get my SPF from my foundation or tinted moisturizer. I go for SPF 25 at least, as you seldom reach the number on the bottle, because you just sheer it out too much. Or do you really use a teaspoon of foundation for your face?
If I will be spending quite some time outside, I go for 50, even on cloudy days. EucerinSun Fluid 50+
) is my current favourite, as it is mattyfing, oil-free and works awesome as a face primer.
For the rare occasion I stay indoors all day, I skip SPF. Should be self-explanatory.
So this is it:
Cleanse – Tone – Serum – Moisturize – SPF.
Can be done within 7 minutes, carrying a baby on your hip.