Daily Skincare Routine – Combination Skin & Mild Acne 2018

Friday, April 06, 2018
I once was someone that never had a daily skincare routine. A few years ago my skin eventually got to the point where I had small bumps on my forehead. I thought they were due to wearing makeup frequently for months, and that giving my skin a break would be the ticket. Unfortunately they stuck around, and mild acne kept appearing in my T-zone in general. I decided it was time to develop my own skincare routine to help keep blemishes at bay. I started using a bunch of products from Dollar Tree, but over time they got discontinued, so I had to branch out. I now have a very stable skincare routine that I wanted to share with you all. I am by no means an expert. I have simply found a routine that works for me. My goal in sharing this routine is to help others like myself discover new products and/or processes to try. Of course, you should always consult your doctor or even a dermatologist if you are having skin troubles.

Daily skincare routine
Daily skincare routine

Cleanse

The majority of my daily skincare routine happens in the shower. I begin by wetting my face and generously applying Noxzema all over. Noxzema does an excellent job of whisking away dirt and oil from deep down in your skin. It also acts as a makeup remover. I use a facial scrubbing brush to really give my skin a deep clean. You can find these brushes in most drugstores and odds and ends stores such as TJMaxx, Ross, Tuesday Morning, etc. I then rinse the Noxzema from my face.

I like to hold my hair back with a microfiber head wrap. This ensures that the spinning brush does not grab onto my hair while I am cleaning my face. I do not wear the head wrap on hair washing days because my wet hair stays back on its own. I have a head wrap that I got at Dollar Tree, but you can find them in most drugstores.

Noxzema and facial cleansing brush
Noxzema and facial cleansing brush

Exfoliate

The next three products I rotate daily in my routine and use them following the Noxzema wash. Here is what my rotation schedule looks like:

Tuesday: Charcoal face wash
Wednesday: St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Thursday: Apricot Facial Scrub/wash
Friday: Charcoal face wash
Saturday: St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Sunday: Apricot Facial Scrub/wash

I always use the products with a silicone facial exfoliation pad. What I like about the pad is that it turns any face wash into an exfoliating experience, even if the face wash has no gritty, exfoliating ingredients. Also, the pad is easy to wash and sanitize. You can find these in most drugstores and odds and ends stores.

I really like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it is thick and highly gritty, but not to the point that you will hurt your skin by using it. On the other hand, I would definitely only use it two to three times per week. There are also off brand versions of this product if you are looking to save money. I have used the regular one that does not have blemish control, but, hey, a little extra help in that department is always welcome.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub and silicone face pad
St. Ives Apricot Scrub and silicone face pad

The following product is one of a few Dollar Tree products that I will mention. There used to be a lot more in my daily skincare routine, but Dollar Tree often discontinues products. I have had to find equivalents in the drugstore, and they are usually not $1. I like this facial scrub because it is more runny and not as gritty as the St. Ives, making it a great daily or general purpose face cleanser. You can find an equivalent for it in the drugstore.

Apricot facial scrub and silicone face pad

Charcoal products do an awesome job of cleaning your pores, so I like to have a charcoal face wash on hand. You can use any charcoal face wash that you find at the drugstore.

Charcoal face wash and silicone face pad
Charcoal face wash and silicone face pad

Scrub Acne

Following Noxzema and an exfoliating treatment I like to use a foaming acne scrub. This one is from Dollar Tree but it is hard to find. You can use any foaming acne scrub from the drugstore. I only apply it to my problem areas, which is my T-zone. I find that it works best when I scrub it into my skin with the mesh side of a microfiber facial pad. You can always find these pads in three packs at Dollar Tree. I use the microfiber side to wash the acne scrub away, as well as the exfoliating product that I am using that day.

Foaming acne scrub and exfoliating face pad
Foaming acne scrub and exfoliating face pad

Exfoliating face pad
Exfoliating face pad

Treat Acne and Moisturize

When I get out of the shower I dry my face off and apply a moisturizer that contains salicylic only to my problem areas. I am really not sure how much I am getting out of this step, but I follow it religiously.

Equate Dual Power Moisturizer
Equate Dual Power Moisturizer

Friday Charcoal Masks

Every Friday night I apply a charcoal face mask according to the directions on the package. I have a few different ones right now that I am trying to use up. You can use any charcoal face mask that you find at the drugstore. I picked Fridays simply because I have more time in my routine to do something extra. I also have my face washing schedule set up so that I always use my charcoal face wash on Fridays to follow-up with the mask.

Charcoal face masks are the only masks that I use regularly. I use other masks as I get them. Sometimes I get samples, or I find a good price on one I want to try. I simply use whatever masks I have on hand, but I do not go out buying them often.

Charcoal face masks
Charcoal face masks

I really enjoy using a silicone face mask applicator to apply any kind of gel or clay face masks. The tool assists in applying the mask evenly and prevents you from sticking your fingers into the product or getting product stuck under your nails. The one that I have came with a mask in a set, but e.l.f. makes an affordable one that you can get at most drugstores that sell e.l.f. I simply rinse it under hot water to clean.

Silicone face mask applicator
Silicone face mask applicator

Moisturize!

I have gotten into the habit of using moisturizer daily, even on days when I am not applying makeup. I find that if I keep my skin moisturized it produces less oil. Moisturizer also sets the stage for great makeup application. I always apply it before primer. I use whatever moisturizer that I have on hand. I do not have a solid drugstore recommendation as of yet. I get a lot of high-end moisturizer samples to try, so I mainly have high-end moisturizers that I like. Right now I am using Loreal Hydra Genius because I had a coupon. It is very pricy otherwise, so I will continue to try other brands. I know e.l.f. has one that is about half the price. To summarize, I do not have a moisturizer that I am committed to. You can use any one that you like.

Loreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer
Loreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer

Treat Acne

E.l.f. makes a completely awesome acne fighting spot gel that is only $2. It is intended to be applied directly onto a pimple to dry it out and make it heal. I actually apply this product all over my problem areas before I apply moisturizer. I use this product daily. I find that it dries out acne and keeps it at bay without causing dried out skin and/or peeling.

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Spot Gel
e.l.f. Acne Fighting Spot Gel

Makeup Removal

As part of my daily skincare routine I need to mention makeup removal! On days that I wear makeup I like to remove it using a reusable makeup removing cloth. I have found them at Dollar Tree and in most drugstores and odds and ends stores. I run the cloth under warm water and squeeze it until it becomes saturated, then I squeeze out the excess water. It does, in my opinion, just as good of a job of removing makeup as any disposable wipe. Of course it does not remove 100% of your makeup, but what makeup remover does? I use the cloth right before I shower anyway, so I know that I am following up with a deep clean. I throw these in the washer with a scoop of OxyClean to make sure the makeup comes out. These are a total money saver!

Makeup remover cloth

The makeup cloths will not remove stubborn and/or waterproof mascara. For that I recommend purchasing an eye makeup remover or any old micellar water. I buy my cotton pads from Dollar Tree. Honestly they are thicker and more luxurious than the name brand.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and cotton pad
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and cotton pad


That was my complete snapshot of my daily skincare routine. What do you think? Will you be adopting anything that I do or use? Definitely let me know in the comments, especially if you are seeing improvement. For me, my routine keeps my skin smooth and hydrated, while minimizing blemishes. Blemishes still happen, but they are in no way out of control. If you have any tips for me I would love to hear them and learn something new! Thanks for taking the time to review my routine. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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