Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize: 3 Steps to Amazing Skin

Last week I spoke about my everyday cosmetics, but the foundation for great cosmetics is well taken care of skin. As a former acne sufferer (and current post-acne mark sufferer) I know how important it is to take care of your skin. I follow the three step "cleanse, tone and moisturize" routine. Today's post is for my oily summer skin. During the summer my face tends to get really oily so my routine is heavy on the oil reducing. I change it up during the drier winter months. It is possible to develop a tolerance to certain products (that's why I stopped using Ambi), so look for new formula when stuck in a skin rut. Change of season is a great time to change up the products in your routine. Here are some of the products I use for my oil prone skin.

Step One: Cleanse

Cleansing is the most important part of the skin care process. It removes oils and product build-up and leaves a clean canvas.

1) To remover my make-up at night I use Garnier's Refreshing Remover wipes. I've tried others in the past, but this does a great job of removing everything without stinging or rubbing the flesh off my face.

2) To wash my face I use Neutrogena's Deep Cleanser. I recently found this cleanser on YouTube of all places. I was looking for a mattifying product, and boy did I find it. This formula does what it claims! It controls shine for up to eight hours. It can be harsh, so I only use it once a day. But that's enough to be effective.

3) For a deeper clean I use Olay's Pro-X Brush. I use this twice a week to remove built-up oil and make-up. Its a good cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic brush. I only use it twice a week to avoid overcleaning and skin irritation.

4) To remove blackheads I use Biore's Deep Pore Cleansing Strip. I use them maybe twice a month to remove the blackheads from my nose. It really helps to reduce the oiliness on my nose.

Step Two: Tone

Toners and astringents remove build up in the pores and help reduce the appearance of pores. I've been using Neutrogena's Oil Eliminating Astringent for years with no complaints. It does exactly want it's supposed to do. I use this in both the summer and winter time.

Neutrogena Oil-Eliminating Astringent

Step Three: Moisturize

No matter what kind of skin you have you need to moisturize. Of course if you have oily skin, you might want to consider a oil-free moisturizer like the ones I have listed below.

1) Garnier's Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. I also found this moisturizer on YouTube and it works great. The gel gives moisture while absorbing oil. It works well with the Neutrogena cleanser to keep oil at bay for hours.

2) Olay's Sensitive Skin Moisturizer with SPF. I only use the gel cream moisturizer at night because it doesn't have SPF. Woman of color need to use products with SPF as well. While our skin cancer instances may not be as high, it is still a possibility. And the sun can darken your post acne marks and uneven spots. So if you don't use it for health reasons, then use it for vanity reasons. But just use it!

What are some products you use to keep you skin glowing? Let me know!


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