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1 – WashI have dry skin and with that, I also have eczema (mainly around my eyes and on my neck). So I needed a face wash that wasn’t stripping my skin even more than it is but still getting in and cleaning everything. I personally have stopped wearing makeup every day, so I don’t need a deep cleaner anymore. Previously when I wrote The Skincare Routine That I Swear By, I was using a deep cleanser. Although I liked the idea of a deep cleanse, I did notice that my skin was extra dry and prone to eczema and acne (also my diet was off but let’s just blame the cleanser and not the junk food). Now, I use SUKIN Sensitive Cleansing Lotion. SUKIN is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company. I have been meaning to change to this brand for a while and I took the plunge and I don’t regret it one bit. I love this face wash. The fact that I chose the cleaning lotion rather than the cleaning gel and the fact that I chose the sensitive skin range, I just know my skin is taken care of. When I wash my face, I feel like my face is clean without being stripped and still naturally plump and moist.
2 – TonerI use toner to level the pH levels of my skin and to help reduce my acne. I have 2 toners. One contains a product called witch hazel and another is a general toner (they don’t really claim anything special). Witch hazel is known for helping with acne reduction. Currently, I am just using a witch hazel toner but that is purely because my acne is really bad from stress (I mean I just had an exam). I normally like to use the general toner in mornings and the witch hazel one at night time. I have considered using a SUKIN toner but I just haven’t had a chance to look into it as much. I also want to finish my current general toner before I buy new products. Shoutout to one of my best friends for suggesting the witch hazel toner to me.
3 – MoisturisingOk, I strongly suggest you grab yourself some drinks and possibly some snacks. My moisturizing step takes a while. Soooooooo, I use aloe vera, my face cream, aloe vera round 2 and either petroleum jelly/vaseline or a pawpaw ointment on my eyes and neck. Ok maybe it’s not that long but it takes a really long time because I make sure that the aloe vera has dried completely before I apply my face cream, I make sure that my face cream dries completely before I apply round 2 of aloe vera, and I make sure that round 2 of aloe vera has dried around my eyes before I apply either petroleum jelly/vaseline or a pawpaw ointment. I use aloe vera for its soothing, bleaching and antibacterial properties. It is a great do-it-yourself face mask base or a face mask on its own. I talk about aloe vera a lot more in My Top 3 Face Masks, if you’re interested. I wrote a whole post about my face cream because I am in love with it: Product Review |Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Shoutout to one of my best friends for suggesting this product to me. I use either petroleum jelly/vaseline or a pawpaw ointment for my eyes and neck because that is where I have my facial eczema rashes. When I am really really stressed, I have a thing where I need to make a constant but small movement. I also often find that my eyebrow bone and my neck are always itchy (that’s where I have rashes). Therefore, I am constantly rubbing and scratching my neck and or eyebrow bone. I don’t want to use steroid creams so I use either petroleum jelly/vaseline or a pawpaw ointment. Although it makes my skin look oily/shiny, it keeps my rashes moisturized and not itchy for the day. That is it. This skincare routine works for me. Under no circumstances am I a dermatologist of any sort. This routine has been formulated from countless hours of research and suggestions of friends and loved one and experimenting. What works for me may not work for you and before you try any product anyone suggests, you should test the product on your skin before you go to use the product properly. On top of this, if you do a face mask every 2-3 days or a minimum of once a week, drink heaps of water and have a balanced meal with the occasional treat here and there, I am sure your skin will clear up. I have acne scarring so I next adventure is to find products that help with that. Currently, I use aloe vera but I find that it is quite a mild treatment.
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