The changing of the seasons has NOT been kind to my skin this year.
I’ve never had problems with acne or dryness, but I’m suddenly finding myself waking up to at least one red spot or dry patch every morning. I’m blaming 2020, because why not?
Here’s the routine I’ve haphazardly thrown together (on a budget, might I add) to try and combat the havoc that the weather (and 2020 in general) is trying to wreak on my face.
AM + PM Skin Routines
1. Wash face with Up & Up’s Gentle Skin Cleanser.
This is a super mild cleanser that leaves my face feeling clean and moisturized. It doesn’t feel like it’s doing much because there isn’t any lather, but I really do think it’s helping treat and prevent dry patches.
2. Pat skin dry.
This is important— I used to be a “hop out of the shower and scrub my face dry with a towel” gal. Gently patting my face dry with a softer towel helps cut down on irritation.
3. Mist face with Garnier’s Soothing Rose Water Facial Mist.
Honestly, I don’t know if this stuff is working, but it smells luxurious and feels nice. Plus, according to Garnier, it’s multi-purpose and can be used as a primer, setting spray, and refresher.
4. Moisturize with a mix of Bio-Oil and Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture Lotion.
Bio-Oil is the newest member of my skincare arsenal. It’s supposed to help out with moisturizing, preventing wrinkles, and lightening any dark spots, so I usually just mix a few drops of it in with my moisturizer in hopes of getting some added benefit. The Neutrogena lotion I use is, like a lot of the other products I’ve listed, hydrating and good for sensitive skin. It’s a pretty safe, run-of-the mill moisturizer, and it seems to be working for me. Plus, it has SPF. And we all need a little more SPF in our lives.
I wash my hair and do a full-on pampering session about twice a week. Here are two skincare steps I like to throw in when I’m feeling fancy.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub
This is a non-abrasive, more natural exfoliator than the ones I’m used to (looking at you, St.Ive’s Apricot Scrub). I tend to reach for this once or twice a week, or maybe more if I’m having a really bad breakout.
Clinique’s Moisture-Surge Overnight Mask
This product really just feels like a super thick, hydrating moisturizer. I love it.
There you have it: my super basic, budget-friendly skin routine. Have you tried any of these products? Got any recommendations for me? I want to hear what you think!