As I mentioned in the previous post, my skin is currently a wreck. I’m stressed, Mercury is in Retrograde(if that’s something you’re into-I am), and my face is suddenly more oily than usual and I have breakouts in the weirdest places: above my top lip/under my nose, and my cheeks. There’s a spot or two on my chin, but that’s almost expected with oil and stress. I’m going through a daily routine to get myself back to normal. Documenting it here seems appropriate! In most cases when these breakouts show up, I can stick with this for a few days and get results quickly. I’m switching up masks here and there though, so perhaps the results will get here even faster!
First, the warm waschcloth. Warmth is mega helpful to open pores for more effective cleansing. It’s not terribly glamorous (see photo below) but leaving a warm/hot damp washcloth on your face for a minute or two can go a long way before the real process begins. *I don’t think I’ve ever taken a selfie with a washcloth over my face. It was more difficult than expected.*
My go-to face cleansers are currently both from Lush. The closest Lush shop to me is nearly an hour away so I’ve found that mail order works well enough unless I’m heading to the area anyways…though when I do, it’s dangerous. Lush shops contain all sorts of fun bath bombs, skincare, hair care…it’s hard to leave with only the one item you went in to buy. In the morning, I use a bar cleanser called Fresh Farmacy. This isn’t a bar that foams up much and I tend to even prefer rubbing the bar itself on my face instead of in my hands, because the goal of creating a lather just isn’t going to happen much. This specific product contains chamomile, coconut oil, rose, lavender, and calamine so it’s great for sensitive skin but also works for all skin types to even out skintone and fix dry/oily spots to even out your face completely. It also smells nice and clean without being overbearing. This was my first Lush skin product a few years back when I had a gigantic breakout out of nowhere and it did the trick, so I have stuck with it since!
My nighttime cleanser from Lush is called Coal Face. This is another bar-style product, but a bit more harsh when it comes to sopping up gross face oil that builds up over the course of a day. The main ingredient in this is licorice root, which is extremely good at fixing blemishes, though the others such as rosewood and sandalwood oils, coconut oil, and charcoal make this a nice, solid way of once again evening skintone, reducing oil, and keeping your face clean and matte. This bar does lather up pretty well and I tend to rub this between my hands before applying to my face. Its ingredients are some serious business for getting rid of the bad things that show up on skin so I wouldn’t recommend this for daily use for folks with super sensitive skin, but once a day works fine for me and prevents oil buildup from happening overnight while I’m asleep.
Lush also is a company that is against animal testing, works with numerous charities world-wide, and their products are all vegetarian with some being vegan. It’s good stuff, and I highly recommend it.
Pictured here are Fresh Farmacy(pink) and Coal Face(black):
Next up is masks. I mentioned my new love for Memebox masks recently and I am still working through trying the mini-pots in the Mini Magic set. I already covered the Pure To The Pore mask in my first post, but with my current situation of needing some extra TLC for breakouts, I’ve been on a rotation-after cleansing, I apply one of three masks: Pure To The Pore, Berry Bubbly , or Take It Easy.
Berry Bubbly is, as it states, a purifying bubbling berry mask. It’s also the first bubble clay mask I’ve ever used! I get apprehensive easily with fads coming and going but since this was in my little mini-pot set, I had to try it. I don’t use a spatula for this one since it’s a different consistency but it’s still easy to apply and work with. The bubbles don’t take long to start and there is a slight tingling feeling when the mask is doing its thing but thankfully, that’s easy to get used to. I’ve read reviews of bubble clay masks that sounded almost like they stung! This was nothing like that. If anything, it was a pleasant tingle mixed with a subtle berry scent. In the end, after rinsing this mask off, I think my skin felt even better than it does after my use of Pure To The Pore. Not only is my skin feeling clean and smooth-it’s also visibly clean and matte. The bubbles must be magic! I may end up using this more than once a week. It’s antioxidant-rich with ingredients like raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry extracts, balances the sebum, and may even help with aging? Sign me up.
(*weird close-up photo to avoid actual photos of breakout issue*)
The third mask in my current rotation is Take It Easy. This mask is packed with calmine, which is one of the main beneficial ingredients in my morning cleanser as well. It reduces redness and helps keep skin calm and even in tone while also moisturizing. This is my absolute favorite “JUST RELAX!” mask. The texture is more whipped and less thick, so it’s somewhere between Berry Bubbly and Pure To The Pore and the results are somewhere in the middle as well. Because of the different consistency, I use a spatula to apply this mask so I’m sure there’s not globs of product in one spot but none in another. (I swear the spatula is amazing.)
Ultimately, my situation with these masks by Memebox is simply that I’ve never been so impressed with one mask, let alone an entire line! I still have more to try but I’m surprised at how great these are so far. None of these have made my skin worse, and they all seem to actually help. I’ve never had this happen!
My final step with cleansing is a toner. I’ve tried a lot of different ones over the years, but my absolute default favorite is simply Thayer’s Witch Hazel. Target carries this one now, and I’m sure other shops do as well, though I tend to order it up on Amazon. This specific witch hazel has rose petal and aloe vera, so it helps keep dirt and oil out but also softens skin and evens out skintone. There’s no alcohol in this either, so it won’t dry your skin out like a lot of toners do. A little of this stuff on a cotton pad goes a long way to keeping your skin in check, even when a breakout happens. A bottle tends to last quite a while, too!
This isn’t very far into my planned mask rotation but a few days into me dealing with this breakout and I can tell my skin is healing up already. That says a lot about these products-they’re beneficial AND work quickly even with me binging on greasy potato chips ‘cos stress eating is at an all-time high. Stress and diets don’t work well together in my case. I’m excited to report back in a few days with results! Even MORE excited to get more products posted on here.