3 skincare things that have helped me the most

skincare routine

It’s such a relief to have finally found the things that work for my skin. The feeling is comparable to finding the perfect pair of jeans.

I’ve talked about my struggle with stubborn acne in a number of previous posts: dealing with acne, covering up acne spots, and how my skin got to its current happy place. Needless to say, the last few months have been a frustrating yet rewarding series of trial and error.

Photographic evidence (no filter on either photos)

About 3 months ago my skin looked like this without makeup:

skin before

This past weekend without concealer or foundation:

clear skin

I’m not claiming to have perfect skin, but these 3 things have kept my skin smooth, clear, and hydrated. And with them in my skincare arsenal, I feel much more confident and prepared for the occasional pimple.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit then this may sound like a broken record. But honestly, if I could only take three skincare things with me for a trip or a deserted island, it would be these three (and SPF of course).

1. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

I only use this at night. After I wash my face, I put some of this on a cotton round and smooth it over my face. It gently exfoliates and gets rid of the remaining gunk post-cleanse. I am always surprised by how yellow-y the cotton round is after using this. I am still working through my first bottle. I still have about 1/4 of the toner left and it’s been about 3 months. For $8.70 you can’t go wrong with this. It’s currently out of stock but it’ll probably be restocked soon. I hope.

2. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Prevention is key when it comes to treating pimples. If I see or feel a bump coming up, I dab this bad boy on there and it will sort things out for me. No pimple popping required. I’m already on my third bottle of this. Because it is just that good. For $5.30, it’s cheaper and more effective than anything I’ve tried for my acne.

3. Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner 

I’ve talked about using this in the Palm Springs desert and as my moisturizer for the summer. I don’t ever complain about dehydrated skin anymore. I apply this toner in thin layers until I feel my skin is hydrated enough. When I wake up in the morning, my skin still feels soft and hydrated from the night before (it’s my last step in my skincare routine). I’ve been using this for about 5 months and I have about 1/4 of the toner left. It does have a steep $40 price tag but considering how long it has lasted me and how effective it is at hydrating my skin, I’d say it’s worth it.

What are 3 skincare things you can’t live without? I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in my next post.

Sophie 🙂

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