I don’t know about you guys, but the thought of developing an effective and consistent skincare routine overwhelms me. There are just so many different brands and products and gadgets and recommendations that I could just go crazy! This is exactly why I wrote today’s post. When it comes to my skincare, I like it to be SIMPLE and minimalistic. I don’t want to recommend a whole slew of products to you just because. I’m sharing the skin treatments that I do from the comfort of my home that I think are effective and they cover the basics of what your skin needs in general. Obviously what works for my skin might not work for yours, but I hope that you can walk away from this post with at least one little nugget of helpful info.
For reference, I have acne-prone skin (cystic acne) that gets quite oily from being too dry. So I make sure to build a good mixture of moisturization, healing, extraction, and exfoliation into my regular skincare routine.
My Favorite Products for At-Home Skin Treatments
- Indian Healing Clay ($10!): For real guys, this stuff lives up to its name. It really soothes and heals any problem areas. You mix up the clay powder with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar (optional but it makes it a better consistency) and apply it to your face. Apple cider vinegar has really amazing healing properties, so I would recommend using it each time you do the mask. I usually mix about 2.5 tablespoons of the clay powder, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Make sure you mix it all up with a plastic spoon, not metal! Once I’ve mixed everything up I also like to apply the mask to my face with the spoon just to keep things less messy. It says to keep it on for about 10 minutes but I always like to keep it on a bit longer. I love this mask because it is a “healing” mask, so it calms down inflammation or breakouts on my face and works as a preventative as well. I try my best to use this twice a week or to do a max at least once a week. I like that this one is gentle because it means you can use it more regularly while other masks can cause too much disruption on your skin and lead to more pimples.
- Biore Charcoal Strips: When you wear this, you’ll totally have a Princess Diaries moment (you know…at the end, when Michael comes over to talk to her and she has one of these on her nose and has to rip it off due to her utter embarrassment?!). These babies work and they are so inexpensive. It’s such a gratifying experience to feel like you’re just ripping every gross little black head out of your nose.
- Ice Roller ($11!): I guess allergies in Dallas must just be so bad right now, but I woke up on Saturday with such a swollen face. Not to mention that the day before I’d been outside all day and had eaten lots of things I’m allergic to (gluten, dairy, grain – ugh). My undereyes were purple and lifted and my lips looked like Kylie Jenner’s but not in a good way. I have this eye roller in the freezer regularly and use it for about 10 minutes on puffy skin. It is SO soothing and takes any puffiness down in a hot minute. It also gets blood flow going on your face getting your skin looking plump and healthy.
- Foreo Facial Cleansing Brush: My mom and I were at a liquidation sale at one of her favorite Austin boutiques a while back and these little Foreo cleansing brushes on major sale. I’d had the Clarisonic forever before then but I’d been interested in trying out one of the Foreo brushes. This little guy is so gentle so I feel like it’s exfoliating subtly and getting my facial wash deep into my pores. With the Clarisonic, I always found that it was a bit too rough and my skin would break out as a result. This Foreo brush is the perfect partner for ensuring a deep clean. I use it each time that I shower! And on the days that I don’t shower, I like to use a baby washcloth to wash my face because it’s also another gentle exfoliator that takes off dead skin and gets pores really cleaned. My nail lady actually recommended this technique to me and I have noticed how clean and shiny my skin has gotten!
- Skin ReVit Microderm System: Now this is something that I use about 1-2 times a month! It’s a microderm system that sucks off your dead skin (gross but also great) to put it frankly. This system has great reviews on Amazon and is more well-priced than other similar systems. It’s so easy to use and really good at what it does. I do use it sparingly because when you exfoliate a lot of skin at once it can really overactivate your pores and breakouts might occur. If your skin runs more on the sensitive side, I’d recommend using it a couple times a month. But they recommend using it a couple of times a week as needed, so if your skin can handle, go for it!