The quest for a smooth, glowing and clear skin is an unending one, and for most people- a frustrating one. Especially if you’re like me, because this girl here is often on the lookout for affordable skincare.

In this post, I will be sharing with you my skincare routine. I’m not a dermatologist, so this routine is what works for me and other people I’ve shared it with – plus, it’s affordable.
Before choosing products to include in your skincare routine though, you should figure out if you have any major skin concerns or allergies. Also, what works for me or someone else out there might not work for you. This is why I’ll be focusing more on the routine and not the products.

Before you start using any skincare product, I suggest you do a test patch- try it on a part of your body, like your hand, and see how your skin reacts to it.

MORNING ROUTINE

CLEANSE

This is a very important, most times overlooked step that should be in every skincare routine, no matter the skin concerns.

Cleaning your face gets rid of dirt, dead skin and makes whatever product you’re about to use penetrate better. If you’re someone that wears heavy makeup during the day, you may benefit from double cleansing. This is a method where you clean first with an oil based cleanser and then you follow up with a water based cleanser to get rid of any leftovers. Double cleansing is not always necessary.

I use the Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel as my cleanser and I would also recommend other sorts of micellar water like Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water or Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. Micellar water cleanses the skin gently, removes make up really well and they don’t leave oily or greasy residue behind.

They offer the best care to your skin and are cost effective.

SERUM

If I have a skin concern that I’m dealing with, as I usually develop a rash breakout from time to time, I use the serum to tackle this.

Serums are lighter, and penetrate faster into the skin. So, I suggest you choose a cleanser whose active ingredient will combat your skin issues and you can focus on keeping everything else simple. Because here, less is indeed more.

For example, if you’re concerned with wrinkles and anti-aging, a serum with retinoids as the active ingredient is what you should go for.

I use The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid. It protects the skin from damages caused by UV exposure. It helps to lighten hyperpigmentation (sunburn), spots and evens out skin tone.

MOISTURIZE

Moisturizing the skin prevents the skin from being dehydrated which can cause adverse effects. Used after the serum, it seals the serum into the skin. Moisturizing is a must-do even if you have oily skin. A person with oily skin can opt for an oil absorbing moisturizer, these don’t leave with a greasy feeling.

An example is Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer (it gets better) SPF 30

I use the SHEA MOISTURE 100% VIRGIN COCONUT OIL SHIMMERNG BODY LOTION

SUNSCREEN

Sticking to the above and excluding sunscreen is a total waste of time. Yes, it’s that important. UV rays from the sun can cause dark spots, wrinkles and signs of aging amidst other damage. These are major reasons why sunscreen should be a daily priority.

You should use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 with broad spectrum protection .i.e. it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Seems like too much product? You can combine the sunscreen and the moisturizer steps together by choosing a moisturizer with sunscreen. Like I said, at least SPF 30.

Affordable moisturizer and sunscreen combinations include YOUR GOOD SKIN Antioxidant Day Cream, Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture with Broad Spectrum SPF 35

NIGHT ROUTINE

The night is mostly a rinse and repeat of the morning routine, but with a few tweaks.
At night, no sunscreen is needed and I swap out my morning moisturizer for my night cream.

CLEANSE

See above

SERUM

Sometimes you can use a different serum at night for maximum effects. Also, some might decide to skip using the serum in the morning for different reasons. For example, if you’re still going to use a lot of makeup, so they use the serum at night instead.

NIGHT CREAM

I use the Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Lotion. It’s an overnight deep moisturizing cream with hyaluronic acid, melatonin and antioxidants.

WEEKLY PRACTICES

These are things that I do once or twice in a week.

STEAMING

Steam opens your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. The steam treatment basically involves covering your head with a towel over a bowl of hot water, hot not boiling.

A typical steam session lasts for about 10 minutes. After steaming, clean your face mildly and moisturize.

ALOE VERA MASK

This is self-explanatory. You can use a processed aloe gel or the raw gel from the aloe itself. I use raw aloe vera and I just let it sit on my face for about 10 – 15 minutes before I rinse it off.

Aloe vera is a great natural moisturizer, tightens the skin and also rejuvenates the skin. All these benefits right at my backyard!

HONEY AND SUGAR SCRUB

Instead of spending money on a scrub, I use this. This would scrub out dirt and also remove layers of dead skin. All these equals a clear complexion. What more could I ask for?

CONCLUSION

That’s about it. If I add something new to my routine or something changes, new trend etc. I will be here to let you guys know.
What are your skin concerns? Got any questions, or you have something to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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