Most emails in the past 2 weeks: "This warmer weather is making my skin go crazy." It's that time of year when your t-zone decides to capitalize on its most flourishing season and your "oily/combo" skin type really likes to remind you that... you are, indeed, oily/combo. So in this post, I am translating all of my emails into a single guide. These are my cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and masking picks for a sudden change in weather / AKA when everyone's faces decide to go nuts. Again, for reference, I am: oily/combo, easily congested/dehydrated, and slightly sensitive. It's quite the balance when each of these variables is being tested.
Cleansers, *Not (Nearly) All Inclusive*:
The clays/gels: Tata Harper Purifying, Pixi Beauty Glow Mud, Ren Skincare Clarifying Clay, May Lindstrom Honey Mud
The sulfate-free "foam"/thick mousse: Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam
The lightweight oil: Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil
The balms to remove makeup: Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Emma Hardie (1st or 2nd cleanse)
The most potent breakout clearing cleanser I own: DermaDoctor Ain't Misbehavin'
The exfoliating clay powder: May Lindstrom Clean Dirt
Just step away from the "oil free scrub foam grapefruit sulfate acne clearing skin-transforming face wash"...
PSA: This email came from a very witty friend of mine, who is a native of Turkey. I used the words "cleanser" and "exfoliate" in my prior email, which I then had to translate into "wash your face" and "get rid of dead skin / resurface / glow baby glow."
When I asked what you all wanted to see online, many of you opted for the "how to 'do' skincare" idea. I have also written down everything else that was suggested in that Instagram post. That being said, I'm going to do my best to start a series and include as much information as I can. Irrefutably, the skincare world is a jungle that is completely inundated with marketing ploys, ingredient fillers, false claims, and impossible promises. Thus, when you don't know what you should be on the lookout for, things can get crazy and overwhelming pretty quickly. On the contrary, when you find the brands who have awe-worthy ethos and care about what they are putting on into the market, everything changes. When you become an informed consumer, skincare quickly becomes a way for you to take care of yourself. A form of self-care. If you have a question/topic/concern that I don't address, leave a comment here or on IG. If you think you're question is too "basic" to leave publicly as a comment, 1. It's probably not, and 2. Send me an email. Here we go.