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My Daily/Nightly Skincare Regime
September 8, 2010 || 6:54 AM

Okay, first things first:
I have missed blogging so much! I have been SO busy with school, working on opening up the brand new Anthropologie (!!!!) and.. I also got a new PUPPY! Eep! So, as you can imagine I haven't been sleeping.. at all.

I figured it was time for me to introduce to all of the blog world my most beloved routine.
My boyfriend might tell you that it's annoying and time consuming, but I'm sticking with beloved.

For the past two or three years, I was having trouble with a couple of pesky skin problems:
1. Cystic acne, mainly on my chin. No one wants to hear about cystic acne, so we'll leave it at that.
2. Besides the cystic acne, during that time of the month, my entire face would also break out.
3. Red skin, which I attributed to being Irish for the longest time.
4. T-zone dryness.
5. Very sensitive skin.

I was having these problems for two reasons:
1. I didn't have a routine that I used to care for my skin. I figured that since I didn't wear much makeup, I didn't need one.
2. I was operating on a need-based system - trying to treat problems after they had arisen, instead of taking preemptive steps to make sure they never did happen.

So, without further ado, I introduce to you my skin-saving regime:

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (8 fl oz - $7.99)
Uses: Day and Night. This is the first thing I use when I'm in the shower at night, and it's the only facial cleanser I use in the morning. I've also had a lot of success cleaning my brushes with this. Are you guys sick of me talking about this now? :)

Avon Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant (2.5 fl oz - Discontinued, but you can find it from reputable Ebay dealers for less than $5)

Uses: At night, every other day. I've always been a bit skeptical of Avon products, and only tried this because a friend recommended it. And now, I'm addicted of course. I really like this exfoliant because the beads in it are really fine, and they are a-plenty. After the first time I used it, I was amazed by how much softer my skin felt. I also like that the cream isn't really thick, because you don't buy exfoliants for a cream cleanse, you buy them to get some super clean pores. Y'know? If you can get your hands on one of these babies, I guarantee you'll love it.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads (60 pads - $7)

Uses: At night, whenever necessary. This is my back-up troop for when I wear a full-coverage foundation, sweat a lot, or just feel dirtier than usual. I don't use this every night because it is too intense (for my skin, at least) for daily use. I like these pads more than just squirting some astringent onto a cotton ball, you get more product and less cotton-y crap all over your face.

Clean & Clear persa-gel 10 (1 oz - $5.79)

Uses: Day and Night. When I say that I wasn't taking preemptive measures, this is basically what I'm talking about. This is a 10% benzoyl peroxide medication, so at first I was afraid of the damage it would do to my skin - and I am happy to report that there is none! I apply this to my chin, nose and t-zone twice daily (as well as any area that may have a blemish) and I haven't had a pimple in a MONTH, people! Since I have been using this regularly, I have not had a SINGLE pimple! I'm sorry. But, that is some exciting stuff.

Avon Anew Ultimate Transforming Lift Eye Cream (0.5 oz - $25?)

Uses: Day and Night. Once again, another Avon product! This product has noticeably lightened the color of the atrocious bags under my eyes, so of course I love it! It provides a good amount of moisture, and even reduces bag size a little. I know I'll thank myself later for using an eye moisturizer.

Olay Definity Self Repair Serum (1.7 oz - $20)

Uses: Day and Night. I'm almost finished with my first bottle of this, and I will be repurchasing. It's a light, quick-drying moisturizer that smells really good, and makes my skin quite soft. Need I say more? I also believe it has contributed to the evening out of my skin tone, along with the Persa Gel.

SO! That's my routine!
Now, tell me what you've been using and loving - I always enjoy suggestions!