I wrote a blog about this previously but a few things have changed since then and I wanted to update you guys. I always get asked on the regular basis about how my skin stays clear and youthful.
People believe that I do not have breakouts or blemishes.
WRONG! I have issues with a pimples and blemishes. My skin is not perfect, however I take real good care of my skin daily. My grandmother has always told me to take care of my skin and never walk outside with a bonnet/rollers in my head even if I am walking to the mailbox. She sold Mary Kay products and taught me a lot about drinking lots of water and taking care of my skin. I am still struggling with drinking enough water because all I drink is sweet tea and coffee. Any one that knows my grandmother is that her skin is FLAWLESS. Smooth, clear, and always on point. So without further or do let’s get into it.
Quick Overview of my Skin Type:
I have combination to normal skin. My T- zone gets oily from time to time depending on the season. In the summer, my skin gets EXTREMELY oily in the T-Zone verses in the colder months my skin gets EXTREMELY dry. I break out monthly during ” the time of the month” other than that I do not breakout often unless I am not being consistent with my skin care routine.
Morning Skin Care Routine:
If I wake up early enough, I cleanse my face with grape seed oil. If you have not heard of the oil cleansing method I can link a few YouTube videos that breaks it down step by step.
Step 1: Massage Grape seed Oil on my skin for about five minutes.
Step 2: Wet a face towel with warm water ( not too hot but warm enough to see some steam on your towel), place the towel on your face, and keep it on your face until the towel is no longer warm.
Side note: The steam on your towel allows the grape seed oil to go into your pores.
Step 3: Tone with a toner of your choice. I use witch hazel.
Step 4: MOISTURIZE. I used a dime size of grape seed oil, Olay Moisturizer, and Banana Bright Eye Cream by Ole Henriken.
Night Time Skin Care Routine:
Step 1: Cleanse with Olay Cleanser. I use a cleanser at night because my face tends to get oily throughout the day. I also sometimes wear makeup. Followed-up with the Oil Cleansing method with Grape seed Oil.
Why do both methods for cleansing? The Olay Cleanser gets all of the dirt out of my skin from being out all day. The oil cleansing method gets any excess dirt out of my skin while also moisturizing my skin.
Step 2: Tone with Witch Hazel
Step 3: Moisturize. I use a dime size of the grape seed oil, a night cream by Neutrogena or Palmers Night Cream for blemishes and an eye gel by Mary Kay.
Why I moisturize so much in the morning and over night? It gives my skin time to absorb all of the moisture it needs while I sleep. I wake up with subtle and soft skin every morning because of it. In the morning, I get to prep my skin for the day. My skin needs moisture through out the day.
Other Steps I do as needed:
Exfoliate as needed– I used to exfoliate every other day but that became way too harsh for my skin. I now exfoliate as needed. Maybe once a week or once every two weeks. I know some people are against this product but I still use it. St. Ive’s Apricot Facial Scrub
Facial Mask: I do a facial once a week. I try a lot of facial mask. I use one by Shea Moisture , however, consistently (Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Mud Mask ) and I love sheet mask that I get from my local dollar store.
This is my ENTIRE skin care routine from start to finish including the products I utilize consistently. Consistency is truly the key. Knowing what you skin needs in the hotter and colder seasons helps as well. It just all depends on your skin. Everything I do may not work for you but I would most definitely try out the Oil Cleansing Method starting off and see how your skin reacts to it. This method can also be used for people with oily skin.
Thank you for reading this long blog and I really hope my tips and tricks work for you!
Jamie Venice– Writer/Artist/ Model/ Interior Stylist
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