Hello Loves !!!
I have decided to change my entire skincare routine and focus on getting clear, healthy, and glowing skin. We all know in order to get flawless makeup we must have healthy skin. So a little background info on my skin:
2. I only breakout a couple days before my “time of the month” or when I eat like a glutton.
3. I have hyperpigmentation from former acne scars on my chin, neck and jawline. I had it on my cheek and forehead but faded after I did some chemical peeling a few years back.
4. My face all the way down to my neck is darker than my body due to sun damage. Growing up in my teens and going through breakouts, I did not know the importance of wearing sunscreen.
5. I have used SO MANY products from drug store to high end and most of them did not help me.
Okay, now that I have that out the way lets begin! I have been using Clarins for about a month now and already see results! I’m really impressed because its hard to impress me when it comes to skincare. I told my consultant that my focus is to get rid of my hyper pigmentation, start an anti-aging process, and eliminate dullness from my skin.
I suggest that you go to clarinsusa.com and go to their online consultant first before going to the counter. This will give you an idea of the products that were suggested online and the consultant at the counter can either explain to you further or suggest something better.
To make this easier to follow I’m going to break this down into two parts: day time and night time.
Face Wash. I use the Cleansing Milk with gentian for combination or oily skin to cleanse my face. This cleanser gently washes away dirt and impurities from your skin without drying your skin out. It also brightens your skin and evens out your skintone. Do not expect a soapy solution, it took me awhile to get used to the texture but I figured out what works for me. I basically apply a quarter size amount on my damp face towel and gently “scrub” my face. I then rinse my face with my hands and then use my wet face towel to wipe my face. This wash is the ONLY wash that has cleaned my face entirely without drying it out. Will get into more detail about that in the next section.
Toning. Once I’m done washing my face, I then use the Toning Lotion with Iris for combination to oily skin and cotton pad to wipe my entice face and neck. This toner further wipes away traces of cleanser and or dirts that the cleanser did not successfully wash off. Honestly, I have use so many washes and toners and these two are the best hands down. Normally with other products that I’ve used, I would notice that after washing my face and use a toner, I’ll end up seeing a ton of dirt left behind on my cotton pad. However, this is NOT the case with these two products ! I am still in shock to see little to no dirt on my cotton pad. That is when I determined that the cleansing milk is actually doing its job. May I also add that this toner is Alcohol free and very gentle on the skin.
Serum. For those that may not know, a serum is a highly concentrated and potent gel or cream that targets a focused issue on your skin. This should be used before applying your moisturizer. I use the Mission Perfection Serum to target my dark spots and even out my skin tone. This serum is creamy and not greasy. May I add that Clarins is known for not having greasy and clogging products due to making sure their products are water based and derived from plants. I have been using this serum for 3 weeks and have recently seen changes 2 weeks in. My dark marks are fading around my cheeks and upper jaw line and skin is left with a beautiful glow ! I use this serum every morning. As I suggested earlier, go to your local Clarins counter so they can teach you the correct way of applying serums, moisturizers, etc. without pulling and tugging on your skin.
Moisturizers. I use two moisturizers, one targets early anti-aging while the other targets skin brightening. The first lotion that I use is the Multi-Active Day Early wrinkle correction cream. If you are in your late 20s like myself then now is the time to looking into anti-aging. Do not wait until you are 35 or 40 when you see your first wrinkle and start panicking. You can start NOW ! For those that do not know, Clarins was actually the first skincare company to introduce anti-aging products over 20 years ago. They are pretty much reputable and have a variety of anti aging products from ages 20s-50s and over. This lotion is not greasy and your skin will suck it right up!
This next moisturizer is under the Bright Plus HP collection: The Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion for all skin types. This lotion brightens your dark marks and evens out your skin tone while giving you a lovely glow. It also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen which will protect you against harmful sun rays that will harm, discolor, and age your skin. YES! UV rays do that ! Both the Multi-Active and Brightening Lotion leave my skin feeling VERY soft and glowy without making me look greasy. It feels so good to not have to worry about having dull skin again. Both products are water based and plant derived so your skin easily drinks it all up.
Sunscreen. I use the UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I will not get into much detail about this product considering you can buy much more affordable sunscreen for less than half the price. I will say that it does not leave a white cast over my face.
Exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin is very important if you want an even skintone and glowing skin. A good exfoliator will scrub away the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin without scratching it. I use the Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with microbeads. This cream has little beads that gradually break down as you gently scrub your skin. Any exfoliator that does not break down as you do this is actually scratching the surface of your skin and damaging it. I instantly have a brighter look after I use this cream twice a week making a major difference.
Moisturizer. It is very important to not leave your skin without a moisturizer before you go to bed. I use the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream all skin types to add moisture, get rid of signs of stress and continue the anti aging process. Just like its day cream, this night cream is light weight and not heavy.
NOTE: The next product I will add in the near future to my regimen is the Brightening Night Cream
Please keep in mind that these are high-end products and they are pricey. You can go to your local Macy’s, Nordstoms, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus to locate a Clarins counter.