I’ve never been the girl with perfect skin. I have combination/oily skin that experiences pretty frequent breakouts. And ever since I moved back to this humid city, my skin has been going crazy and I now have dehydrated, combination/oily skin. Throughout my life I’ve gone through skincare periods. For a month, I would be so good about my skincare regimen. Washing twice a day, using face masks, the whole nine. Then I would fall off and go back to the old face wipes. When I started wearing makeup, I would never allow myself to go to bed with makeup on, but I wasn’t diligent about making sure to properly cleanse my skin every day. And for some strange reason, I have never been one to combat breakouts. If I saw one starting to pop up, I usually attributed it to PMS and ignored it until it went away. Or worse, I would pick the bumps that were too ugly to ignore, which left me with some pretty bad dark spots.
Recently, I have become obsessed with skincare. Now that I’m just a few short years away from my thirties, I’m starting to realize that I can’t reverse the effects of my bad behavior like I could in my early twenties. Back then, I could stop eating chocolate for a week, and viola! Perfect skin. Now, not so much. So I spend at least 20 minutes each morning and night doing a complete beauty routine. And on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday night because I’m a loser law student who never goes out, I’ll give myself a full facial.
One of the things I found to be difficult as I began to build my routine was that I didn’t know when to use certain products. When do you use a serum? Do you do a peel before or after you cleanse? How often should I use a face mask? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing some of my favorite skincare products and explaining my routine in detail, but today I wanted to start with layering. In order to develop a successful skincare routine, you have to make sure that you apply your products the right way. The following two videos (by the amazing Sali Hughes and Ruth Crilly, respectively) will show you exactly how to do that. Let me know what you think!