This pandemic has stressed me out as it has many, many other people. Since it first happened, my skin care routine went by the wayside. I just stopped caring because I did not think it mattered anymore.
In the past couple of weeks, I have changed my mind and decided to get back into a routine. It might make me feel better about myself even if I am not going into public anytime soon.
So, here is what I will be doing for my skin for the next few months!
My skin/Face issues
I used to have pretty severe acne. It is lot better now, but I still get pimples occasionally.
This is a huge issue that I have to deal with. I have dark spots all over my cheeks and my chin is darker than the rest of my face (I don’t really think I can change that though). I hate it!
I had to deal with huge, unsightly boils by both sides of my nose back in 2010. They left pock marks in those areas.
I used to have extremely oily skin back when I was in middle school and high school. We are talking “fry some chicken on it” level. It has gotten better but it still gets bad around my period.
These showed up after losing my pregnancy weight and have never left. I miss the fullness that my face used to have but I could look worse.
Lines under my eyes-
I have had lines that show up under my eyes when I smile since I was 23. This might be due to how much I rub them.
I get excess hair on my upper lip, chin and neck.
So basically, I look a hot mess!
The products I will use
I can’t afford some of the things that will probably help me so I will just use what I can. Here are my products of choice:
Sunscreen is very important! It protects from aging and the worsening of hyperpigmentation. This one is fragrance free and does not leave a white cast on me.
The Ordinary is a company that has a lot of reasonably priced skincare products. This particular serum they offer has vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin in it. These two ingredients are good for evening out skin-tone, brightening skin and anti-aging.
This is retinol cream from Amazon’s brand, Belei (https://www.amazon.com/stores/Belei/Homepage/page/C39D399D-68CA-4057-8574-3BB9E23C35CD). Retinol is supposed to help with anti-aging and evening skin tones. I think I will definitely need Retin-A as it is stronger, but I will be using this for now. This product is fragrance-free so I really like that about it.
The Micro Polish from Makeup Artist’s Choice is supposed to be like an at-home microdermabrasion. I think exfoliation is good for my skin.
This is the pumpkin exfoliating mask/peel from Makeup Artist’s Choice. I have tried many of the peels from the company and I wanted to get a new one. This one has glycolic acid in it which is a good thing. I am not expecting any miracles from it though.
As a PCOS sufferer, I have to deal with excess facial hair. This is soothing for my skin on areas where I shave.
This was a cheap LED light massager. There are different color lights that are supposed to help with different skin issues. I will be using the red (for collagen) and green (hyperpigmentation) light. It most likely won’t help anything at all, but I love the feeling of a facial massage.
My routine with the products
2. Treat: The Ordinary serum(morning)/ Retinol cream (in the evening, rosehip oil if I am not using it)
3. Protect: Sunscreen every two hours
LED Light massage-
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Red light: In the mornings after cleansing
Green light: In the evenings after cleansing
Two times a week after cleansing in the evening.
Once a week, 24 hours after using the retinol cream.
So that is it!
I don’t have high hopes at all for my routine, but it is the best I can do right now. If I notice even a little bit of a positive difference, I will be incredibly happy.
I will continue to research and figure out better products for me to use in the future.
Have you changed your skincare routine during this pandemic?
Thanks for reading!
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