Current Skincare Routine

I love skincare, it has always been something that I'm interested in. I can't help but want to know what products everyone uses and I'm a sucker for celebrity shelfies (I'm looking at you - Into The Gloss). I've gone through so many different products and changed my routine so much, but I've learned that my great love affair with skincare products comes at a cost - my skin may not always like it.

I was taking birth control for around ten years and during that time my skin was perfect and invincible. No matter what cream or potion I tried it would not break me out. It was a fun time, being able to change things up all the time with no consequences. However, two year ago I stopped taking birth control and that's when all hell broke loose and I realized that I no longer have the luxury of trying whatever product catches my eye because it may simply wreck havoc on my skin. It took me a little while to realize that though, so I ended up with never ending breakouts on my chin which made me feel really helpless as nothing was resolving this issue. Eventually I came across a website that helped me find products that worked for me it's - Simple Skincare Science and their list of fungal acne safe products. I don't know if what I had was in fact fungal acne but switching over to safe products really made a difference and I stopped suffering from the awful acne I was having. My current skincare routine has mostly fungal safe products, but I also mix in some things here and there which may not necessarily be safe but they seem to be working okay for me.

Lets get right to what I'm using right now!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - I am not 100% committed to this face wash but it is basic and gentle so I like using it from time to time. I don't think it's fungal acne safe but face washes are on your face for such a short period of time so I'm not too strict when it comes to them. It smells pleasantly of roses and it has a nice gel consistency, however you can get a cheaper cleanser of a similar consistency (such as Cetaphil) minus the rose scent. I only use this at night, in the morning I just rinse my face with water.

Avene Thermal Spring Water - This is a purely for my own enjoyment. I don't use a toner but I like the refreshing feeling of spraying water on my face. I use it after washing my face and in my mind it feels like my skin is more hydrated because of it. The upside is that this is just water, so it's safe for all skin types. This is also nice on the go, when you need a little refresher. I spray this stuff morning or night, whenever I remember to do it.

First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads - These are my tried and true facial pads with gentle acids. Perfect for when you want to dip your toe into the acid game, but don't want to start out too strong. These are on the pricier side but it's really convenient to have the pads ready to go and since I don't use them every single night they tend to last me a while. I don't know if they are fungal acne safe but they have not broke me out so I keep coming back to them! I use them at night so in the morning my skin feels very smooth and glowy.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream - I keep switching eye creams every time and I have yet to come across one that genuinely makes a difference and gives me a reason to stay put. This one is okay,  but I don't feel like it really contributes much. It is slightly tinted in a way that brightens the under eye area a tiny bit but I don't think it makes a significant difference. I won't be repurchasing this eye cream, but I've decided to use it up before getting something new. I use this morning and night.

The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc - This stuff is cheap and good, can't get any better than that. I found that it kept any breakouts at bay and whenever I ran out of it and didn't repurchase the pesky little zits made an appearance. I like the consistency of it, it's very light and lasts a long time so there are no cons. I've been repurchasing this a few times now and will continue to do so. I only use this product in the morning and it is safe for fungal acne.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5 - Same as the previous item, it's super affordable and I tend to go for the bigger, 2oz container of it. I use it morning and night, it helps to keep my skin hydrated. It's also a simple product that packs a solid punch, a much cheaper alternative to a lot of other hyaluronic acids on the market. Also, don't let the word "acid" fool you, it's super gentle and also fungal acne safe. I will definitely keep repurchasing it and recommending it to others.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum - This is an awesome vitamin C option. It's mid range price wise for a serum of this sort and I think it works just as well, if not better, than some of the other pricier options. I like that this company is pretty clean (if you care about things like EWG ratings) and also cruelty free. It keeps my skin looking bright and awake, I use it every night. The texture and scent of it are very pleasant, and I've repurchased it multiple times. It's also fungal acne safe so I have been very happy with the results and the lack of breakouts.

Avene Tolerance Extreme Emulsion - My ride or die moisturizer, this stuff will not break you out no matter how hard you try. It's very simple with only six ingredients, no fragrance and nothing irritating. I have been using it for about a year now and I am never switching to anything else. It's very pleasant as feels light when applied, I use it morning and night. The container is also sterile, so I highly recommending this moisturizer if you have sensitive, breakout prone skin. It's mid range price wise compared to a lot of other moisturizers but I have not been able to find anything similar to it. This is fungal acne safe as well.

Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen - This is an excellent facial sunscreen for breakout prone skin. It applies evenly and leaves no white cast, which is to be expected since it's a chemical sunscreen. Whenever I have gone to the dermatologist they always recommend Elta MD as a good option to use. There is also a tinted version of this but I haven't tried it. I like it because it's not greasy and feels light when applied. It also works well under make up so I've been very happy with it.

So there you have it! All of the skincare that I am currently using. 
Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your must have skincare items? 

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