Skincare and Problematic Skin
Growing up, my skin was always problematic. Even from the age of 10, I remember blackheads clustering together on my chin and the bridge of my nose. And let’s not forget the joy of hormonal whiteheads, I had my fair share of them too. It just got worse as the years went on: cystic acne, red and angry was more than prevalent throughout the years. As dramatic as it sounds, a large part of my upper body was affected for a long time. Thankfully, puberty sorted out the majority of that.
Unfortunately, I was still encountering problems going into adulthood and well into my mid-20s. My skin was always acne-prone, but it was also combination to the extreme. What I mean by that is the most slippery, shiny oil slick through my t-zone and the Sahara everywhere else. Makes sense, right? Luckily, after 15 years of semi-religious skincare routine creation and execution, I’ve got not only answers but also relief. Spoiler alert: I’m letting you in on those today! Lucky you, huh?
I’m not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive when I first heard about The Ordinary. Acid? On my face? With hypersensitive skin? You can see why I was a little uneasy. But having put a routine in place for the last few months, I can say with confidence that I’m a full-fledged convert. I LOVE this stuff. I apply it in the morning after cleansing and toning. Because it’s designed to help your skin retain moisture, I’ve been using it for just that: moisturiser.
And y’know what? My make-up actually stays in place now. For years, I’d notice my foundation going super shiny half-way through the day or disappearing into my pores by the time I got home. Now, my make-up lasts. ..And lasts… And lasts! And looks almost as good as when I applied it in the AM. It’s probably a little shiny by the end of the day, but that’s to be expected. And it’s a huge improvement over having virtually none left on my face at all! I’d call that a win really, wouldn’t you?
Another holy grail is The Ordinary’s Niacinamide. As I mentioned above, my skin was always problematic in one way or another. Niacinamide is designed to tackle breakouts, uneven skin tones, and enlarged pores, with the aim of regulating oil production and ensuring a clearer complexion.
Honestly? I really couldn’t agree more with these claims. My skin hasn’t behaved this well since I was on the pill, and that feels like eons ago now. What can I say, it’s direct and does what it says on the bottle. I apply this in the evenings after cleansing and it works a treat. Whatever the consistency of it is, it adds a glow/highlight to my face, which is never a bad thing.
I honestly can’t believe these skincare products are so inexpensive when they’re instantly effective and work like a dream. And not that it even matters, but they’re SO PRETTY. What can I say, creative’s like having nice things to look at and post about online, right? I have so much faith in this skincare line that I’ve not only re-ordered but added MORE potentials to my skincare line-up. C’mon Caffeine Solution, banish my dark circles… I dare you!
I feel like this post only scratches the surface of my skincare, as I’ve only really highlighted two products that feature. Two miracle products, but only two nonetheless. I might write up a full skincare routine post soon if it’s of any interest, so do let me know! It’s been a while since my last skincare-related post, and my skincare routine has changed A LOT since going cruelty-free and finding a collection that works for me. Until then…