Tuesday, 17 January 2017

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE | Tara Berries



January is the worst time for anyone's skin as the cold, dry weather really takes a toll on one's face. Unfortunately, regardless of the current month, I always suffer from dry and sensitive skin. I have to be so careful with the products I choose for my skin as it could dry it out even worse than before I used the product. I have finally found a skin care routine that takes away my dry skin but I have to continue with it or my skin goes back to being dry very quickly.

Step 1:
Moisturize in the morning before putting on my makeup! 
We all have been in the situation where we hit the snooze button one too many times and we have to hazardly put our makeup on in a flash. It might seem logical to skip the moisturizing part of our routine as no one sees it on our faces but if I skip this step my makeup will start to clump as my skin becomes too dry to absorb it. I received the  Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Creme 1.7oz in a gift set for Christmas and I love that it is extremely moisturizing but not overly thick, it doesn't make my skin look oily, and it smells delicious. 

Step 2:
Take my makeup off every night.
Sometimes, on a late Saturday night I would come home and brush my teeth and climb into bed without taking my makeup off. The next morning I would have mascara all over my pillow case but that isn't the only thing I would have to take care of the next day. I would have the worst dry skin on my face because I didn't take my makeup off or finish my skin care routine. Now no matter how late it is that I get home, I always use a makeup wipe to remove most of my makeup and then quickly cleanse my face. I have the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes 7 Count (Pack of 6)which I find very convenient to take with me when staying at a friend's house and they get the job done for taking my makeup off.

Step 3: 
Exfoliate and cleanse my face.
Since I have such dry skin I only exfoliate my face once a week and I use 
St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub, Apricot, 6 Ounce which I have used since I was a teenager. St. Ives Apricot Scrub smells great and exfoliates my skin so that I can have a fresh base to work with the for the rest of the week. I cleanse my face every night to get rid of any leftover makeup after using the wipes and to just give my face a good last clean before heading to bed. The cleanser I have been using is First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser (5 oz) and it has lasted me almost a year. I love the consistency and simplicity of this cleanser and that there isn't a strong smell to it. This cleanser adds moisture to my face instead of stripping it of any moisture it has which some strong cleansers do to my skin.

Step 4: 
End each night with Coconut Oil.
The night seems to be the worst time for my skin because when I wake up I find my skin is the dryest. I sleep with a humidifier and I sip on water throughout the night when I wake up thirsty but still my skin is dry. I read up on all the uses of coconut oil and I purchased a huge container at Costco. I just put a little bit of it all over my face and let it moisturize my skin while I sleep and I have to say, out of all of the steps I have described, this is the most important step for me. I love coconut oil and I find putting it on at night doesn't bother me because I don't care if my skin looks oily while I am sleeping. By the next morning my skin is already softer and is ready for a little bit of moisturizer to handle the rest of the day.

So there you have it, my complicated skin care routine! If you have dry and sensitive skin please let me know some of your advice! If you have a favourite skincare product that you think I should try, let me know in the comments below.

Xo. Tara Berries