May 10, 2012

Why My Skin is Clear: My Morning Routine

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Every morning I follow the 3 most important steps in skincare: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Even if your skin is more oily than a fresh-out-the-oven pizza, moisturize it with something. Your skin needs to be protected from whatever is floating around in the environment. Mother Nature, you bitch. You can always fight off excess oil with blotting sheets. Needless to say, my morning facial routine goes as follows:

Use Olay Shine Control Lathering Cleanser with my Clarisonic. But if I'm lazy, I use it without the mechanical brush. Oily skin is my big problem and this face wash is the TRUTH.

Swipe Tend Skin all over my face.

Apply Sodium Sulfacetamide Lotion, which is the generic version of Klaron. This is prescribed and I have been using it for 13 years. I highly recommend this product. No, I demand you book an appointment with a Dermatologist and force him or her to write you a prescription for this product.

Dab on StriVectin-EV Get Even Spot Repair to any dark spots.

Drink Vitamin Water Zero with my breakfast. No joke. I have been drinking this stuff for the past 6 months every single morning and I have never seen my skin more radiant than it is now. This beverage hydrates my body, while giving me a natural morning boost that's equivalent to a cup of coffee. Hydrated skin is happy skin.

Bam. There you have it. I do this every morning without skipping a beat. The key to clear skin is finding something that works and being consistent with that beauty regimen.

I bring this up because a week ago, a reader emailed me asking me about my clear skin. And lately almost everyone I know has been complimenting me on my clean complexion. This makes me proud and also very bashful.

I feel like I've told you all my skin tale, but long story short, I've been going to a Dermatologist since I was 10 years old. I'm now 23. All my products (cleanser included) were prescribed until 6 months ago. Now it's only my moisturizers that are doctor-driven. Going to a Dermatologist for 13 plus years has really taught me a lot about skincare, because I'm that annoying patient that asks 50 million questions as the doc is zapping away my moles.

Alas, going through a period of no health insurance—thus no facial meds—my acne went buck wild and I learned how to tame that sucka. Sort of.

If your acne is really bad, try a product with Benzoyl Peroxide. It's really the only acne fighting agent that will actually do something to your pimples. But be careful, it will dry out your face and a dry face is not a happy face.

A lot of trial and error will need to be done to find the right products, but I say try something for at least 2 months. Then, decide if you want to take it or leave it.

I'll share my night-time routine later.

Got any skin tips to share?

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