The sky must be falling and pigs must be flying (cue other cliché aphorisms here) because I’ve implemented sunscreen into my skincare routine. I know, I’m gasping, too.
I realized today that my skincare routine has gone through a few revamps recently, and in the hopes of helping others with a similar skin type (sensitive/semi-rosacea and blemish-prone, but also oily—WHY, WORLD?), I want to share it again.
The mornings are a weird time for your face because you’ve just slept (preferably for eight hours, after washing your face at night, on a clean pillowcase), so theoretically it shouldn’t be dirty, right?
I’ve heard mixed opinions about whether or not washing your face in the mornings is necessary. Some experts say if you have normal skin and aren’t blemish-prone then you really don’t need to. In fact, you can aggravate normal skin by washing in the mornings and at night (something about upsetting a healthy pH balance—I'm not sure, though, since I'm not a dermatologist).
My morning routine is very simple: I wash my face with the Phisoderm face wash, pictured below, using only clean hands. It’s hypoallergenic, frangrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin specifically. Check out my last blog post about this $4 cleanser here.
Next (making sure my hands are freshly washed and I haven’t touched my phone or any other dirty surfaces), I apply the Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen.
A friend of mine who recently developed acne mentioned she wears sunscreen under her makeup to prevent the scars from worsening. I immediately flashed back to all the horrific, peeling sunburns I've had on my face and thought, hmm, no wonder my scars have only turned more purple with time.
Although I've only recently started wearing sunscreen in lieu of moisturizer on a daily basis, I find myself applying it each morning with an excitement I've never before experienced for blocking the sun's UV rays. It's the, "I am beautiful and youth is mine forever" feeling that only SPF 50 can provide.
Even if you're not concerned with scarring, just remember: A tan is temporary, but wrinkles are forever. In general, sunscreen is an easy way to achieve a bright, even complexion regardless of your skin concerns. And on a positive note for all you oily-skinned folks out there who curse your sebaceous glands and spend half your paycheck on blotting papers, just remember: Oily skin wrinkles MUCH slower than dry skin. My dad has oily skin and doesn’t have a single wrinkle on his face (he’s 51).
Sometimes I follow the sunscreen with makeup, sometimes I don’t. It just depends on the day’s events. It acts as a pretty nice primer, though, so don’t let your foundation routine deter you from wearing sunscreen underneath.
Throughout the Day
Just try to keep your hands off your face—I know it’s hard, trust me.
So I’m still on the fence about Clarisonics. Sometimes I feel like they’re saving my skin, and other times I’m skeptical it might be making it worse. It just depends.
Recently, I’ve decided to implement the Clarisonic at night. I’ll wash the makeup off using the Phisoderm cleanser first, then apply a pump of Phisoderm to the Clarisonic and wash the skin again (gently, of course). I stopped using my Clarisonic for a full month when I began suspecting it was irritating my rosacea, but my skin just looked… dull. It’s hard to describe, but it looked and felt a little rougher.
I think the Clarisonic does an excellent job of physical exfoliation if used correctly, but, as with all things, should be done in moderation.
As long as you’re not using other harsh products or chemical exfoliants on your face, I think the Clarisonic is a safe move.
I always follow cleansing at night with a healthy dose of CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. This is a really solid, no-frills product that will moisturize without over-saturating your face. It’s a thin, clear consistency (rather than a thick, white texture), so if you’re ultra-dry, this may not be enough moisture for you.
I also typically only use this at night, because I find when I apply moisturizer under makeup it makes the foundation slide around too much. Again, if you’re dry, you may not have this problem.
As always, thanks so much for reading. I'd love to hear your opinions on the Clarisonic (or any of the other tips or products mentioned here) in the Comments section below!
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