Skincare Essentials

I will admit, I was not always the best when it came to my skin and taking care of it.  Once I grew out of my adolescent phase where I took every possible precaution I could to not have an embarrassing breakout, I began to slack in my skincare maintenance.  Leaving makeup on and falling asleep was a sad habit on long nights in college.  However, around my sophomore year in college, I received a voucher for a facial as a gift for my birthday. It was such a relaxing, yet enriching learning experience.  My facialist explained a great deal to me about my skin, and the proper care I should be taking for it.  After that appointment, I began to really invest in my skin.  Now, throughout my skincare journey, I have found some great products to invest in as well. While it is all about knowing your skin, it is also about knowing which products out there are truly best for your skin.  One in particular, which I have highlighted below, is the Clarisonic Mia 2.  When the product  first came into the mainstream market, it seemed that every major beauty and department store was pushing this product.  I was skeptical at first about the item.  For one, the cost was high, and I didn’t believe it could really work wonders on my skin like it was advertised.  After doing my research over the course of a year, going back and forth about making the plunge with the cost, I decided I would plan ahead and make sure to snag one during the next Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at the time. I was able to score a great deal on the product during that sale.  Now, it has reduced the amount of facials I have throughout a given year, and has done wonders for my skin.  Below, I have outlined my skin care regimen below, featuring products that I tried out and now use on a regular basis.

Every Morning/Evening

I use the Clarisonic with my facial cleanser for the allotted time the Clarsonic gives you.  It’s roughly 60 seconds split up between your forehead (20 sec), t-zone area (20 sec), and both cheeks (10 sec each).  For those that are still skeptical, it is just the right amount of time to cleanse your face while exfoliating at the same time with the brush.

Following my cleanse, I use Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector for blemishes.  The product works it’s best when used regularly for about four weeks at a time with breaks in between for a month or two.  When I have a blemish that leaves a scar, I will use the product every evening for the four weeks and I have seen great results.  In the mornings, I follow the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector with Clinique Super City Block Facial Sunscreen to protect my skin from the sun and then follow with my regular makeup routine.

Once a Week

I use a more exfoliating and deep cleansing face mud.  I particularly love Glam Glow’s Super Mud.  I apply the mud to my face every Sunday and let it sit for the allotted time to penetrate my pours and clean them out.  What I love about the Glam Glow line is that they have varying products for varying skin types.  With my skin being more oily, the super mud works perfectly and doesn’t dry my skin out.

Once a Quarter

I will get a facial.  Since moving out here to California, I have not found one yet! If anyone has recommendations, that would be great! After investing in the Clarisonic as well as the Glam Glow Super Mud, I have been able to reduce the amount of facials I get in a year, and have saved money over time.


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I’d love recommendations and tips on products that have worked for you that I should try.  Leave them in the comments below.  Thank you for reading!