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Skin Care Routine | Sensitive and Acne Prone Skin

Everyone’s skin is different. I have found a couple different routines that work for different reasons. I’ll explain it all in depth below! I hope this helps some of you, acne is difficult to live with.




Cleanser: Oil, Purity, Derma E, Brush

Makeup Remover: Micellar Water

Masks: Light Mask, ELF Mask, Charcoal Mask

Toner: Witch hazel, Acne Toner, Acne Gel, Skindinavia

Eye Cream: Aveda

Moisturizers: Clinique 1, Clinique 2, Derma E, Aveda

Hair and Nails: Vitamins

After about 2 years of trying every product known to mankind, I have narrowed down my routine and have been seeing AMAZING results. Long story short: I never had a problem with acne until I was 21. My hormones went into a frenzy during my Eating Disorder Treatment in 2011 and I have been trying to fix that damage since. It’s been a long road but I am happy to say I am seeing results and have more confidence in my skin than ever before!

TAKE OFF MAKEUP: I take my makeup off with Jojoba Oil. This is actually an oil that is the closest to the makeup of your skin. It helps to defend against acne, clarifies your skin, and breaks down the makeup compounds to make sure they all come off your skin! I rub in circular motions and then take it off with a HOT washcloth, almost like a compress. Pressing lightly on my skin to absorb the oil and makeup. It’s seriously a dream like feeling on your skin.

EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: I use a lot of mascara! A lot. I have finally found a product that doesn’t hurt my eyes but takes off ALL my eye makeup. I use the Fructis Garnier Micellar Water on a round cotton pad. It’s the BEST! Any of the types work, I have used them all and none of them have upset my skin.

CLEANSE: This one is a tricky one because I have 3-4 different routines depending on my skin issue that day so bare with me as I break it all down for you.

  • ACNE BREAKOUT: I will use the Derma E Activated Charcoal Face Wash on my Clarisonic brush and exfoliate my skin. This can be used in the shower which I highly recommend! The Clarisonic helps to penetrate below the surface of your skin to help target the bacteria building up that is causing the acne breakout. I do this routinely at least 3 times a week right now. I used to do this every night but it was too much for my sensitive skin.
  • SEVERE CYST: I will use THIS clay mask on the spots I have the cyst breakouts. I get them along my jawline and cheek bones (thanks hormones!). I will literally give myself tiger stripes of masks on these areas and put a moisturizing mask on the other parts of my skin. I LOVE the ELF Bubble Mask! After my masks, I will wash them off with warm water and use my Derma E Activated Charcoal Face Wash on my hands to cleanse my skin.
  • SEVERELY DRY: I will cleanse with THIS oil. Just like when I take my makeup off with the Jojoba Oil, I will do this again to cleanse my skin while adding good moisture to it! I’ve also been using THIS mask for when I am dry.
  • NO BREAKOUTS/MAINTAINING: If I have no problems on my skin, I will use the Philosophy Purity Cleanser on my hands to wash my face. This is a great everyday cleanser because it’s super gentle on your skin. I love the smell as well, natural but not over powering.

LIGHT THERAPY MASK: THIS has been life changing. I am not even kidding. I have before and after pictures of my 30-day process. I have been in tears just seeing the results. This funny thing is the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask. It’s a mask you wear and click the button on the activator, it lasts for 10 minutes. I will catch up on emails or social media while I let it sit. You don’t need to do it every day unless you have problematic skin like I do. The mask is $34.99 HERE which is the best price I found. It came with the first activator. The activator refills are $14.99 HERE.

THE SCIENCE: The red light helps to reduce inflammation in your skin and the blue light kills the bacteria below the skin surface to stop breakouts before they become problems. I have seen a HUGE difference in my skin texture and my breakouts have diminished by about 75%! This product was NOT sponsored or collaborated on, I purchased it with my own money.

TONE: I use a 100% Witch hazel on a cotton pad. Then I will use the other side and use Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting to help with my acne and texture. The purpose with a toner is to balance the PH level of your skin which is a huge part of a skin care routine. If I don’t have a lot of breakouts, I will only use the Witch hazel or I will use the Skindinavia Post Makeup Spray that is a great PH balancer.

ACNE SERUM: THIS serum has been a huge change for me!! I use it on my acne spots and when I wake up in the morning, they have been reduced in size and color by at least 50%. If I have a massive cluster of breakouts, I will rub it all over that patch. I have had this bottle since October and probably use it more than most people need to. It has lasted so long and is by far the best one out of the minimum 30 I have tested out in my life. I also use THIS serum for the days with less acne breakouts!

EYES: I have been alternating on my eye cream. I realized my late nights and stress level was taking a toll on my eyes. I have been using this AVEDA Wedding Mask one lately when my eyes have been super dry from the Winter Weather. I also use the Perricone MD Cold Plasma, which is a serum weight, when my eyes are not heavily dry but very tired looking.

MOISTURIZE: This is another step that depends on my skins problem that day!

  • ACNE BREAKOUT: I will use a combination of Turnaround CLINIQUE moisturizer and a little bit of Derma E Activated Charcoal Lotion (about 1 pump). I wake up seeing a huge change in my skin.
  • SEVERE CYST: I will use a combination of CLINIQUE Even Better moisturizer (which is intended for daytime but I love it overnight) and a little bit of Derma E Activated Charcoal Lotion (about 2 pumps).
  • DRY SKIN: I have been loving this AVEDA Wedding Mask Overnight cream! PS use a little bit in the morning for a dewy look when doing your makeup.
  • NO BREAKOUTS/MAINTAINING: If I am just maintaining my clear skin, I will use my Turnaround CLINIQUE moisturizer.

I take THESE hair and skin vitamins and love the result from them!

I hope this helps! I am also eliminating dairy out of my diet to help with my acne and overall health. I will keep you updated. If you have ANY questions, please ask away!


Beauty Spring Style

The Perfect Pout with Lip Smart | Part One

Winter reeks havoc on my lips every year. I always forget this fact until it starts happening. The cracking and peeling painful cycle. I found something that has actually been helping me! 



LIP SMART c/o all opinions expressed are my own.

As Spring approaches, the Winter leaves it’s damages behind. For example, my dry, cracking, and peeling lips. I am constantly putting chapstick, coconut oil, or gel of some sort to fix them. Finally, I have something that actually FIXED this issue. 

Lip Smart is designed to be insanely hydrating, it penetrates below the surface of your lips to be able to hydrate your lips entirely vs. just the surface as other products do. This is why your lips can appear worse after you put a product on to heal them, it’s not actually hydrating your lip as a whole. 

Another plus, while hydrating deeply into your lips, you get a natural plump. It smooths out the lines in your lips as well. I put Lip Smart on before I start my makeup, almost like a primer for my lips. At the end of my makeup routine, my lips are fully hydrated and smooth creating the perfect canvas for my lipstick.

As you are getting your Spring wardrobe ready, I couldn’t recommend this gingham top enough.

Try getting your lips Spring ready as well with Lip Smart. 


Say Bye Bye to Under Eye Bags.

When you don’t get enough sleep or you are dehydrated, it will show underneath your eyes. These bags DON’T have to stay, though. I have a secret for you and it’s not going to bed an hour earlier.



VIIcode Eye Masks

I need sleep, when I don’t get enough sleep it reeks havoc on my skin and my mind. Ever since high school, I have struggled with dark under eyes. This is a result of my lack of sleep, high stress, and major dehydration (ahem, coffee….).

I have tried all the concealers possible, but nothing covers them up completely or helps the hollowness that can happen beneath my eyes from dehydration. I try to find a solution for the skin issues rather than just trying to cover them up. Don’t get me wrong, I still cover them up because alas my skin is anything close to being perfect. Focusing on the issue at hand helps to see actual results.

 On to the miracle product, it’s these VIIcode Eye Masks! These are seriously fool proof. You apply these white gel-lie material underneath your eyes after you have cleansed your face, and then you SLEEP. Anything that can be done while I sleep is a major plus for me, other eye masks are done for much shorter amounts of time which don’t produce the same results as the VIIcode eye masks. After 8 hours, you can peel these off and be left with brighter and fuller looking under eyes. BYE BYE UNDER EYES! A full treatment is accumulative of 3 boxes when applied 2-3 times a week.

I am just finishing my first box and am seeing such a difference in my skin A difference that has my husband Jason asking me what I am doing differently! These eye masks will be a permanent piece of my skin care routine because we all know that we don’t always get a full nights sleep or have a stress free life.

Thank you,  VII Code for sponsoring this post and for taking away the bags under my eyes. Thank you for supporting the brands that make T&P possible!