When the winter came in this year I wasn’t particularly ready to change my skin care regimen and my skin paid dearly for it. I started breaking out badly after all of the hard work I put in over the Summer and Fall to get clear, healthy moisturized skin. This was completely my fault. So now with winter lurking behind me (for the most part… besides that freak snow storm that occurred in New York the other day) I’m back on my grind to achieve clearer, healthier skin. This includes a bit of a change in my regimen that I am sticking to pretty strictly and seeing some great results.

First step= Cleanse

I don’t wear make up very often but when I do the first step to cleansing is using a make up remover that is going to clear off the makeup, dirt, unclog my pores without drying to my face. I initially stuck with a Rite Aid brand that was getting the job done fairly well, until I found YES to cucumber Soothing Make Up Remover.

updated skin care regimenYES To Cucumber Soothing Make Up Remover: At a fairly cheap price compared to other make up removers my face felt fresh and clean with just the use of one towelette

updated skin care regimenMy next step in the cleansing process is Burts Bees Intense Hydration Creamy Cleanser with Clary Sage. I love Burts Bees and I love this formula they’ve created to cleanse my face without harshly drying it out which my face was already struggling with during the cold winter months.

Second Step= Exfoliate

You don’t need to exfoliate every day. It is actually more harmful for you to exfoliate every day, even though exfoliation is very important to your skin care regimen. I exfoliate 2-3xs a week when needed. I switch between two different exfoliators.

updated skin care regimenQueen Helene’s Honey & Oatmeal Exfoliating scrub is a lighter exfoliating scrub that offers a smaller bead for a gentler scrubbing sensation.

updated skin care regimenMy favorite go to exfoliator when my skin is really acting up and needs a serious scrub down is St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. I’ve been using this scrub since my high school days, and if a product is effective for over 10 years you keep it around!

Third Step= Toner

updated skin care regimenMy current toning situation in my skin care regimen is Clearasil Rapid Action Toning Pads with Salicylic Acid as an active ingredient. I need the products with salycic acid to battle the acne I currently have on my face and the acne that could potentially come. This toner helps to keep my pores small, and fight off my oily T-zone. It’s best you choose a toner that suits/works best for your skin type as some may be too harsh if you have sensitive or dry skin.

Fourth Step= Moisturize

This step was something I skipped frequently throughout the years in my skin care regimen. But now I realize how important it is to moisturize not only my face but my entire body, even when the world isn’t going to see it. I’ve been moisturizing with three key moisturizers.

updated skin care regimenFor my face in the daytime I’ve been falling in love with Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel that literally goes on to your face like water. It doesn’t leave behind a greasy film or residue and leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. I received this moisturizer from Influnster to sample and I was a little hesitant and weary of using this product. I’m no longer a major fan of Neutrogena and stopped using their products for my skin care regimen a while ago. So when I started using this moisturizer as my day time moisturizer I was pleasantly pleased at how it kept my face moisturized for the entire day. Though it is a bit pricy (20.00 at my local drug store) it may be a moisturizer I invest in for further use in my skin care regimen. Only downside it doesn’t possess SPF or Salycic acid which makes me feel that it isn’t great for summer time moisturizing, or tackling major acne at night when I sleep. It does however posses hydrolaunic acid that is great for the skin!

My second moisturizer is Carma Care’s Hair Souffle. I know this product states Hair Souffle in the name but it is amazing for the skin in general as well. It possesses nothing but organic, natural products with no added chemicals that I’m over joyed not only to use this product on my hair but also on my skin. I’ve been using this product on my skin for about a month

updated skin care regimenBottega Organica: I received this awesome moisturizer in a Spa subscription box and it is literally the best thing since sliced bread. However… I must say a big BUT before I start bragging about how amazing this moisturizer has made my skin feel. This moisturizer is extremely small.. and EXTREMELY expensive! Do I recommend this moisturizer… yes but only if it is within your means. This moisturizer is not within my means and I will probably never ever be able to purchase this again because of the price point, but it did work wonders on my skin and I will be sad to see it finish.

Fifth Step= Facial Masks

I use a facial mask once a week from Shea Moistures African Black Soap Line. What I love about this mask is that it doesn’t harden or dry my face out. It stays liquid/relaxed state on your face and when you remove it your face feels hydrated. If you are looking for a more natural DIY route for a facial mask you can also use a Bentonite Clay mix which I dabble in every couple of weeks as well.

Extra Steps

Skin Care In The Shower= TGIN Natural Soap with Shea Butter & OliveOil has been helping me with my constant battle with bacne. Bacne has got to be one of the most annoying things I’m consistently trying to fix or get rid of.

I initially used African Black Soap and saw some great results that stopped being effective. So now I am mixing or alternating my use of African Black Soap and the super hydrating/moisturizing TGIN soap that smells phenomenal and lathers up nicely.

If you loved what you read sign up for our mailing list here and get your hands on our free Protective Styling Ebook: Protective Styling Like A Pro Maximum Hair Growth & Length Retention.