My skincare routine is a process. I have sensitive skin and I’m also prone to breakouts, so I have to watch it closely. A few years ago I got horrible acne for a time; it was like what I didn’t experience in my teenage years, I get in my late 20’s. My goal was to get rid of the acne, but also caring for changes in my features that comes with age (as well as the changing of the seasons).
I have learned a valuable lesson: pay close attention to the skin of the face and the rest of the body! Having great skin and keeping a healthy glow during the upcoming dry winter is not only a matter of what I put on my skin; for me, the creams and lotions are as important as the food I eat, the beverages I drink, and my daily lifestyle.
What I apply to my face, I also apply to my neck and décolleté area. This is what I use for my morning routine:
I wash my skin with Olay Total effects Foaming Cleanser, then I apply two to three drops of vitamin C. I use Skinceutical C E Ferulic, (if you want another alternative get one that is in an opaque bottle and that is sealed from the open air to preserve its potency). This great antioxidant is key in my skincare routine, because it protects my skin from free-radicals (caused by environmental factors like the sun and pollution), and helps in the production of collagen, which makes skin tighter and brighter.
Sometimes I use Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel because my skin gets dry, but I found that washing my skin with Olay Total effects Foaming Cleanser solves it. I finish with Cerave AM Lotion, which includes a sunscreen of SPF 30.
For my night routine, I wash with Olay Total effects Foaming Cleanser and follow with vitamin A. This antioxidant is the queen on my skincare routine, which not only helps to prevent wrinkles, but to manage acne. For Vitamin A, I use Miracle Worker Retinoid. To finish up at night, I apply Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
Disclaimer: When I started taking pictures for this blog post series, I didn’t have any ‘out of this world’ plan other than to focus on healthy skin. Not long after we started taking pictures, I heard the news about the attacks in Paris and my heart started aching. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people and families in France that have been affected by these attacks. To continue to give my best and share my love with ya’ll, I knew I needed to try and feel happy again after this news. Music heals my heart, and some of the songs that heal me the quickest are the ones from the 80’s and 90’s. In this photoshoot, I captured the moment while listening to great music. “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi,” “Living On The Edge” and “Crazy” by Aerosmith. Sometimes we need to dance and sing our lungs out to be happy!