New Year’s Resolution #1: Skin Care, follow-up

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to post and update about my New Year’s resolution regarding skin care. I’ve always had pretty decent skin, but since I moved, it’s gotten a little greasier, and I’m experiencing blackheads, enlarged pores & other unsightly, unpleasant side-effects. I’ve been trying a few different things over the past month or two, but the truth is I still don’t know what the heck I’m doing. I know almost nothing about skin care, and I really can’t afford to spend a ton of money to go visit a dermatologist. Also: I’m afraid that if I go she will laugh at me. Honestly, my skin problems aren’t that bad, my main problem is that my skin has changed. I used to have problems with dryness, now I have problems with oiliness & it’s all very shocking.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert. BUT this is what I’ve found so far in my search for knowledge. I’ll just stop and remind you here about my last post about Glam Glow, and also my first post where I initially talked about developing a regular skin care routine. The following are photos of the products I use most often.

Aveno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, Purity & Total Matteness by Philosophy, Glam Glow & The Body Shop's Tee Tree Mask.
Aveno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, Purity & Total Matteness by Philosophy, Glam Glow & The Body Shop’s Tee Tree Mask.
Tee Tree Skin Clearing Toner, DDF Amplifying Elixir, Tea Tree Pore Minimizer
Tee Tree Skin Clearing Toner, DDF Amplifying Elixir, Tea Tree Pore Minimizer
Aveno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, The Body Shop's Tee Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash, Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture with Sunscreen, Clinique Turnaround Overnight cream, Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion, The Body Shop's Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion, Neutrogena Naturals Nourishing Moisturizer, Take a Deep Breath moisturizer by Philosophy.
Aveno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, The Body Shop’s Tee Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash and Skin Clearing Lotion, Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture with Sunscreen, Neutrogena Naturals moisturizer, Clinique Turnaround Overnight, The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Sunscreen, Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath,

So, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube beauty gurus lately, but some of the products they recommend are a little pricey, so I’ve been trying to use their advice, but to find products that are less expensive, but still meet my needs. My favorite YouTube beauty gurus, for skin were Veronica Gorgeois, who can be found here, and Ingrid Nilsen, who can be found here.

I have developed the following routine for myself:

In General, twice a day:

Cleanse: I usually use Total Matteness by Philosophy, $25, in combination with my Clarisonic Mia 1, $125, and totally worth it. I use my Clarisonic every day & I love it. You should change your brush every 3 months & I’ve found some good deals on duo packs on & On the Clarisonic website the 2-packs are $40, but you can get them for around $25 on Groupon & Overstock. I sometimes use Purity by Philosophy and Aveno “Clear Complection” Foaming Cleanser, but it just depends on how hard I’ve been on my skin in other ways. I think Total Matteness is a good medium cleansing treatment. Purity is very mild and the Aveno ‘Clear Complection’ has Salicylic Acid in it, so in my view, it is more invasive.

Exfoliate: Technically, I think this is a second exfoliation, because the Clarisonic exfoliates on its own, but I do use an exfoliant after I cleanse. I have two different exfoliators. One is from The Body Shop’s Tee Tree Oil line, which I love & I have almost every product in that line. Specifically it’s called “Tee Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash,” which is perfect because my number one complaint is enlarged pores resulting in blackheads. The other exfoliator I use, which is more mild, is called “Aveno: Active Naturals *positively radiant* Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.” I use the milder one more often, but I really like the Tee Tree one too.

Toner: I currently use the Tee Tree Oil toner by the Body Shop as well. I like it because it has the same “shake to activate” indication as the Clinique “Acne Solutions” Claryfying lotion, but is cheaper & I was unable to find a full ingredients list anywhere, so I figured I’d stick with what I knew. The main difference between what I use now & the Clinique is the Salicylic Acid & menthol in the Clinique. The Salicylic acid is good for acne treatment, but the menthol just irritates the skin, so I figured I could do with out it.

Serum: I currently use a sample I got in BirchBox called DDF Amplifying Elixir. I’m not sure if it works, but I do like it. I don’t know if I’ll buy this when it’s done, just because it’s kind of pricey and I’m trying to develop a routine that’s affordable. I’ll look for a cheaper alternative with similar ingredients.

Moisturize: In the morning I always use a moisturizer with sunscreen. In the evening I use a night cream, recently I’ve been using Clinique Overnight Turn Around, but I doubt I’ll be buying it. I also use The Body Shop’s Tee Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion, but because it does target acne, I sometimes find that a little drying, so sometimes I end up using “Take a Deep Breath” by Philosophy. I also re-apply moisturizers at varying points during the day, usually sunscreen, and usually not more than twice more.

Other: I also use a pore minimizer once in a while, from The Body Shop’s line and I Glam Glow three times a week. I also sometimes do an acne treatment and I am still using a 2% Salicylic acid treatment. It’s the strongest I was able to find.

Note on my Glam Glow use: I used to apply Glam Glow to my entire face, but I found that my cheeks were getting ultra dried out & I was getting blemishes on them, so I started applying Glam Glow only to my T-zone and it’s working out much better for my skin. I still love Glam Glow & I find that it’s making a positive impact on my skin.

I’ll update again when I choose a primer or find new or better products, but I just wanted to let y’all know how it’s going and maybe give you some ideas. Like I said, I’m not an expert, so if you have any ideas for me, I would love to hear them in the comments below!


Author: lululemonexpert

Blogger, Lululemon Enthusiast, Polyglot, Autodidact

6 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution #1: Skin Care, follow-up”

  1. Great blog if you have the time could you check out a few of mine 😊 also if there’s anything you’d like me to write about just ask !x


  2. See your dermatoligist. You might be doing TOO much to your skin. I thought I had problems with oil, pimples, etc. but turns out I have sensitive skin. Once I put away all the chemicals and abrasives and used a handful of gentle products weekly, my skin has completely changed.


  3. I like the Simply collection- their moisturizing non foaming face wash is great. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facial Wash has changed my life. I’ve also responded well to the Philosphy Purity wash as well, but I don’t like how many chemicals are in a product labeled as ‘pure’! 🙂

    But, really the Bliss face wash is life and skin changing for me. I use that and follow with Olay sensitive skin moisturizer. My skin has never been clearer! Ask for a sample at Sephora or buy the travel size to give it a try.


    1. I was looking up some of the things you mentioned and I’m definitely going to give Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash a try once I run out of “Purity” (as it is so aptly named!) Thanks for replying!


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