I have struggled with my skin quite a bit, and to be honest my acne disappeared mostly once I went vegan but I still struggled with the texture of my skin and dryness, and those things finally improved once I started doing this weekly routine. I hope this helps some of you out there as well, you don`t need to do it all if you think it`s too much but I think there are a few tips in there you could incorporate as well. So let`s get started.
I usually try and do this in the evening when I can take my time with it and enjoy it rather than have it be an inconvenience.
I usually start with a long warm shower which will open up my pores and soften my skin for the first step which will be exfoliation. As soon as I get out of the shower I use a mechanical exfoliant ( I use the Kiehl`s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion Scrub 41$)I love how fine the particles are and how it doesn`t leave my skin feeling tight. You need to be extremlycarefull not to get it in your eyes,I have had this happen way to many times even when I was super carefull.
Once I have exfoliated the skin I move on to my tone.You will want to use a toner now to remove all traces of dead skin that might have been left after the exfoliation step. I use the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner 18$
Next we will open up the pores again . The first option is to heat up some water ( I do it in the kettle), heat it up just to the point it starts giving off steam. Pour the water in a bowl , hover your face over the bowl and put a towel over your head to keep the steam in, you will stay there for 5 to 10 min . Now the lazy option is to get a towel wet with some warm water, again the towel will be as warm as you feel comfortable , keep the towel on for 5-10 min or until it cools off.
The reason we open up the pores is because we are going to clean them in this next step. Use a charcoal based mask, either all over the face or if you don`t think you need it just use it in your T-zone. I like the Kiehl`s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque 26$ but I have seen some videos about doing a DIY activated charcoal mask that I really want to try I will put some links here and here if you want to look in to it as well.
After I take off the detoxifying mask I move on to a hydrating mask. I have really been loving this super affordable one that I get from my local supermarket (the Skinlite Snail Skin Illuminating Multi-Step treatment) which comes with a serum as well. I also really like the Sephora Pearl Mask and the Thirsty Mud Masque , but any hydrating or brightening mask will work. My tip if you are using a sheet mask is to put it on leave it for 3 min fold it up put some serum on and then put the mask back on. This way your serum will get deeper into your skin .
Well that was a bit complicated I know but it`s a good time to relax and pamper yourself without breaking the bank. I promise you will see the results as soon as the next morning and if you keep with it , you will also see an improvement in your skin overall as well.