My Simple Facial Skin Care Routine

For both acne prone & healthy skin

My skin before acne (taken about 9 months ago)

My Skin History and What has and Hasn’t worked for me

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I just want to tell you a little bit about the ‘journey’ I have been on with my skin, just to show you that I haven’t just made this skincare routine up in the last 10 minutes for the sake of making a post, but actually to share what has and hasn’t worked for me, so that you can make informed decisions about what products (if any) you would like to try on your skin.

My skin before acne (taken about 9 months ago). Not a spot in sight. This was back when I used minimal make-up.

Over the last few months, skin has been getting progressively worse, in terms of the amount of blemishes visible on my face. In fact I would say that up to a week ago, I had experienced my worse ever acne outbreak.

And the truth is I couldn’t work out where it stemmed from. I believe it started when I started to get into contouring my face. My diet was relatively healthy and I was limiting my dairy and meat intake where possible. Each day I seemed to add another spot or blemish to my already massive collection. It was getting to the point where it was getting me down and I didn’t know what to do.


Make-up Free

I started by not wearing any make up for a week or so to see if it was the make up that was aggravating my skin. To my disappointment, my skin did not improve. Fortunately it did not seem to get any worse, which made me think that my make up had not been helping me all this time.

Alcohol sanitising gel

I then went on to trying to make sure my face was squeaky clean and invested in an alcohol sanitising gel which I would use every 20 minutes or so to ensure my hands were clean (in case they accidentally touched my face). This just became ridiculous and it did not improve my skin condition.

Not keen on strong acne preventing products

I turned to natural home DIY remedies, as watching YouTube videos about the strong acne preventing creams and gels scared me into thinking my sensitive skin would get even worse if I tried them. I also learnt via a YouTuber (sorry cannot remember who – if I find her again I will let you know) that many of these acne preventing products actually contain chemicals that irritate your skin and make acne more likely to form. the website she told us about was CosDNA where you can look up the ingredients of cosmetic products for their likelihood of causing irritation, acne and also their level of safety long-term.

Tea Tree

I first bought some tea tree oil as everyone online seemed to be preaching about their natural acne preventing properties, and my ears were open to anything that was ‘natural’. At first the tea tree seemed to be working. My spots seemed to go down by morning if I put it on at night, but then got worse again during the day. After using it for a few days (without dilution), I decided I would rub tea tree oil all over my face (whereas before I carefully patted it only over the affected areas). This was a mistake as my face quickly started to sting and it made me scared to try tea tree again, until Iearnt that tea tree is extremely potent, so need to be diluted at least 50% and that since it was natural it took longer to have the same affects as the acne preventing creams and gels (so I needed to have more patience, which at this point I was running out of).

Exfoliation

My partner bought me an electric facial cleanser/exfoliator, which at first I used gently for the 60 seconds, as advised. But then I became tired of the lack of positive results on my face and started to apply more pressure and do this for a longer duration. To be honest I think I just did this out of being fed up with the condition of my face and thought that I would be able to remove any spots by the brush (and that meant that technically I wasn’t picking at my spots). The lies we tell ourselves. I learnt that over-exfoliation doesn’t allow the skin to heal. So I decided to look for something more simple.

Water

A little while after I decided that I would try only water in an attempt to dry out the acne. It worked to an extent, but then my face became dry and oily. I later learnt that washing your face too much causes the natural oils in the face to be removed and encourages the production of more oil to replace the oil that was lost. So I was back to where I started.

Aloe Vera

My nan bought mean aloe vera plant as it is known for its calming effect on the skin. Whilst I enjoyed using it (as the natural gel substance is cool to play around with), I did not notice a significant difference in my skins appearance. It didn’t irritate my skin at all which was a bonus and didn’t make it any worse. I felt guilty about cutting another leaf off on the aloe vera plant fo my own experimentation. So I decided to see if there were any other natural remedies out there. By this point, after trying the aloe vera and the tea tree I thought I was running out of natural remedies to try that were popular with other people.

Jojoba Oil

I had heard from YouTubers, that Jojoba oil was a good oil to put sparingly on your face as it is very similar to the natural oils that our skin produces and is easily absorbed by our skin, and prevent over production of oils/sebum that contribute to acne formation.

I am happy to say that using jojoba oil has helped to remove dry areas around my face and also to remove dry areas that used to be acne (instead of me scratching/peeling it away and probably adding more bacteria to my face). It doesn’t seem to have made my face any oilier and generally my skin looks more healthy, despite the blemishes.

Cucumber

Finally I took to YouTube again to look for a natural remedy. Except this time instead of trying to look for cures for my acne, I decided to look upon natural remedies for healthy skin. I did this to focus my attention away from the fact that I was trying to get rid of my acne and to de-direct my attention on trying to have the healthy, happy skin; as I thought the two would go hand in hand. Fortunately I stumbled across a few videos that mentioned cucumber that can also help to calm acne and I looked further into it. I was compelled to buy an organic cucumber the next day from Lidl, for just 90p. I wanted so badly for this to work as I had tried so many other natural things that hadn’t worked for me.

Fortunately I am very happy to report that my face is significantly better since I have started to use cool cucumber slices on my skin.


Skin Care Routine:

Over the last few weeks I have been developing a simple skin care routine that helps my skin, rather than hinder it. This is the routine I wish to share with you today, baring in mind the products that have worked for me (some men toned above).

Please note that my skin is not yet completely better but there are certainly signs that it is on the mend, that I haven’t seen for weeks.

My skin care routine is the same both for morning and at night.

1) Quick Wash using Clean Hands

I usually like to wake myself up with a warm (not hot) shower and will wash my face. If I don’t shower, I will put my face briefly with cool water. Doing things that are cool in temperature (rather than cold or warm) has helped to calm down my skin and take away some of the redness of my blemishes that was really bothering me.

In both cases, I will pat my face dry with a clean towel, rather than wiping my face as this can irritate it. I have sensitive skin that becomes easily reddened.

It is worth mentioning at this point that I always wash my hands with Dettol Anti Bacterial Original Soap {£1, Amazon*} before, during and after applying my skin care products to my skin, to prevent adding bacteria or excess product to my face.

2) Cool Cucumber Slices 

After washing my face, I lightly pat (not rub!) cool cucumber slices on my face. It feels wonderful on my skin and smells fresh. I am currently experiencing one of my worse acne breakouts I have ever had, and cool cucumber is really helping to cool down my skin, reduce the visible redness and also appears to be making my skin less irritated and reducing the inflammation. I have heard that acne thrives when your skin is warm, so applying these cool cucumber slices to my entire face, focussing on on the problematic areas. This is really helping to calm down my redness; where other products and natural remedies have not been able to.

My cucumber is kept in the veggie draw of my fridge, and when I need to use some I will just cut 2 slices off, approx. 1/2cm wide. The cucumber I buy lasts about 2 weeks doing it this way. To be economical, I also use both sides of the cucumber slices to cool down and freshen my face.

I buy organic cucumber from Lidl. It only costs 90p. I would recommend buying organic as the last thing your skin needs is to be touched by a cucumber that has been treated with pesticides and other harmful chemicals. You can be my guest in trying non-organic cucumber (usually 50p) slices on your face, but for less than a £1 I don’t think it is worth cutting corners. Besides, organic produce also have significantly more vitamins and minerals which your skin will benefit from.

3) Diluted Tea Tree Oil

I have found that diluting tea tree oil down by at least 50% has helped my skin to fight the acne. I now get a clean facial tissue from Lidl (65p for 225 tissues), fold it about 4 times, then wet one end with cool water. I then get my organic tea tree oil from Naissance and add about 4-5 drops. After this I just gently dap the wet tea tree oil onto my problematic areas only. By diluting the tea tree, my skin doesn’t get irritated (by its potency) and is able to get the benefits of the tea tree oil that I initially bought it for – prevention of acne.

4) Jojoba Oil

I have seen a dramatic difference in my skin’s appearance since I have added this to my daily routine. Jojoba helps to soften my skin and lock in moisture and thus hydrate dry areas of my face (typically round my nose). I currently use about a couple of drops of Naissance Organic Jojoba Oil Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion with Shea Butter {£6.50, Amazon*} on my skin. It is without a doubt the best ‘moisturiser’ I have ever used on my face.

After this, I would typically apply my make up. If interested, you can check out my Simple Make-Up Routine. Simplifying my make up routine as well as my skincare routine has definitely been helping my skin to improve and calm down.


Prices correct at time of publication.

I would love to hear what products or skincare routine works for your skin. It may even help someone who reads this! Have you added any of my skincare steps to your routine? Let me know in the comments below.

Written by Robyn Elms

My aim is to help the world in any way I can. Awareness is the first step to positive change. That’s what I am trying to achieve with my blogs.

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