If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may have read about my skincare routine (here) about a year ago. Since it’s been so long and I’ve been using different products, I thought I would post about what I’m using lately. I get a lot of advice from my friend Jessyka – she travels a lot and is always able to find the latest and greatest products, so I get a lot of my skin care secrets from her. We are both beauty product junkies so we are constantly trying new products. Keep reading if you’d like to know our current must-haves and how they work.
I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned my love for coconut oil, but I swear you can use it for almost anything (read about it here). Lately, I’ve been using COCO&CO or Kopari coconut oil as a cleanser and really enjoy the added moisture it gives my skin, especially through this hot and dry season. I first apply this to my face and use my Foreo Luna Mini to try and remove as much of my makeup as I can, and then apply water and finish it off. My makeup comes off so easily and I feel like the coconut oil gives your brows and lashes a little conditioning treatment.
For a toner I use Thayers Witch Hazel (not pictured) or rose water. For the Witch Hazel, I put just a little bit on a cotton ball and apply all over my face; for the rose water, I do about three little spritz.
Once my face is clean and makeup-free, I put a pea-sized combination of Tretinoin (Jess brought me this one from her travels in Dubai, but similar product here, you can also get a higher dosage through your dermatologist) and Hydroquinone all over my face and neck. Tretinoin works by increasing the skin cell turnover rate, which helps exfoliate the skin and Hydroquinone is a depigmenting agent that interrupts the formation of melanin, which helps lighten the skin (getting rid of sun damage, freckles, etc.) If these are products you would like to use or try, expect to peel for about two weeks when you first start. Once both of those products are absorbed into my skin, I apply a layer of Vitamin C oil. Vitamin C helps with uneven skin tone, scarring, elasticity, pollution/sun protection, and collagen production. (read entire post about it’s benefits here).
The next morning when I’m getting ready, I apply at least an SPF 30 or higher. These products tend to make your skin a lot more sensitive to the sun. Also always consult your dermatologist before trying something new on your face or body – these are the products that work for me and my skin type so I can’t guarantee the same results. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions for me, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!