Saturday, July 25, 2015

My Daily Skin Routine (Oily To Combination)

Hello again!

This subject is a touchy one since all have different skin types. I’ve always had combination skin; oily t-zone but dry everywhere else on my face. 

I’ve always been a GM Collin face product fanatic but mid year 2014 my hormones decided to get the worst of me….especially my forehead! The oiliness on my forehead was horrendous and I developed what seems to be minor acne! They’re not big in any way but definitely visible to me and especially under the light reflection. It’s one of those things where since you see it, you can imagine what everyone else sees! But from having the odd blemish to having forehead was disappointing and discouraging! Nothing I was doing seemed to work, I guess because I was looking for a quick fix! 

Fast forward 6 months....I’ve come to realize that it’s a slow healing process. On that note, I was recommended by my friend, an esthetician, to do weekly clay masks on my forehead to reduce the oiliness. That worked really well with the GM Collin Oxygen PURACTIV+ Mask. It’s a mask that purifies, revitalizes, mattifies, refreshes, and also hydrates the skin. I also notice that it visually tightens my pores. I use this mask about once a week.

I will then use a mask to exfoliate my whole face that’s also from GM Collin called Intensive Exfoliating Gel. It’s a dual action gel that exfoliates and tones the skin. This gel I apply all over my face, let it dry then rinse off. It really helps to brighten, hydrate and leaves my skin feeling smooth & radiant.

For intensive, overnight treatment to the oily/acne part on my forehead, I alternate 2 products that are only under prescription (in Canada) that I can vouch really helps keeping my skin clear and the acne to a very minimal state. I won’t apply them at the same time but will alternate depending on how severe the acne can start to appear- I try to keep the acne to a bare minimal and it works! 

First product is the Benzaclin Gel (in a pump format). BenzaClin Gel contains a combination of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect that allows excess oil and dirt to be washed away. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from growing on the skin. Since it dries up the skin (from the benzoyl peroxide), I make sure I hydrate first before applying the gel. 

The second product is Stieva-A cream. It works partly by keeping skin pores clear. It’s also used to treat fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin on the face caused by damaging rays of the sun. It works by causing the skin's outer layer to grow more quickly and be replaced with new skin cells, which helps to reduce the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, and other acne lesions. Results aren't usually seen for 8 – 10 weeks but using it after a handful of times, I’ve seen the difference before the 8 weeks….I guess alternating with the Benzaclin Gel speeds up the results. Since both products are used to treat acne, it’s extemely important to protect the skin with a good SPF product as well. These products make the skin even more sensitive to sun. In both cases, they need to be prescribed for a reason but I can honestly say they have a made a tremendous difference to my face. 

On the other hand, a product I’ve tried and cannot recommend to this treatment is Benzagel. It’s basically just benzoyl peroxide and works for a very short period of time (after a long period of use) but just has the drying effect and doesn’t really treat the problem as a whole. Again, consult your doctor for further information.

Moving onto the rest of the face….tonic, the most important step of facial hydration! Our skin is like a sponge, the pores open up by using a tonic first to allow better absorption of the other vital hydrating products. The one I’ve been using recently is the Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic. It’s a non-irritating tonic that soothes and gently clarifies, purifies, and refines pores to help maintain a clear complexion.
For face cream, it varies but I like to change it up depending on the season. Lately, I’ve been into the Boscia Clear Complexion Moisturizer. I like that it’s a lightweight moisturizer but provides good hydration, I'm reaching the end of this tube and open to trying something else...Moving onto eye cream, which is by far the driest part of my face. I’m currently using the GM Collin Phyto Stem Cell+ Eye Contour Cream. It’s an advanced anti-aging eye contour cream that really hydrates, soothes and has visibly improved the firmness, puffiness, minor dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines of my skin. I also tried the GM Collin Bota-Peptide Eye Contour Cream which is great as well but I thought I’d change it up a bit. Both are great and definitely recommended!
Everything I’ve mentioned above, I apply morning (before my make up routine) and at night (after my face wash) EXCEPT the medicated treatments I only apply at night only when I see the acne acting up because more than once a day or even everyday can be very drying. 
Now, for make up remover- it's very hard to use the same product for the face and eyes, at least for me it is! I have very sensitive eyes (from previously wearing contact lenses to now eye laser correction). I usually use the Vichy Pureté Thermale- Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover For Sensitive Eyes. I only wear waterproof mascara because my lower lashes always smudge, so this product is amazing but a tad pricey if not on sale at the pharmacy. So when it’s not on sale I use Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes. It’s a great dupe to the Vichy and HALF the price- now that's a bonus!

For the whole face, I currently use Bioderma Sébium H2O. It’s a cleansing and makeup removing water that gently purifies combination or oily skin. From my experience, I don’t recommend it to remove the eye makeup (it stings my sensitive eyes) but for my face, it removes EVERYTHING and feels refreshing and not an oily feeling. I also will warm up a washcloth and wring it out and go over my face and neck just to make sure everything is really all off. Plus it feels refreshing and a good prep to applying my daily facial routine.

Oh, I did want to mention that I use Formedica non woven compresses to remove all makeup for my eyes and face. It’s an amazing product that cleans everything nicely and non irritating- with no lint or other stringy pieces that cotton pads or cotton balls tend to do. For the amount in a box, the price is pretty amazing. I get them at the pharmacy and they come in a variety of sizes. They are also very versatile for other uses too!
Last but not least, the key item to finish off facial moisturiing routine is the EOS lip balm. All their lip balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free. Great thing to have on your lips for that all night treatment and the pre-lipstick morning application.So there we have it! A full skincare routine for the oily to combination skin. This routine has been a long process but feels great to finally have control over my skin and it's issues. Now that Summer is coming (hopefully soon), I may need to alter a few steps but I'm crossing my fingers I don't have to!I hope this helps some of you overcome the problems you may be experiencing....and if you patient! It will happen, I can guarantee you that!Thanks again for reading! Stay tuned for the next blog! ~xo~Flo

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