Transforming your life can be tough. I’ve been doing goal setting for the rest of the year and some self-assessment. In the meantime, some areas of my life are a little easier to transform. About this time every year, when summer retreats and fall advances, I think about how to transform my skin routine.
Here are three steps to help with your own assessment and a few products that I’ve found to be great at transforming my skin.
First, just take a look in the mirror. Love right where your skin is now, but then start thinking about how it might be better. Is it dry? Broken out? Acne scarred? Uneven? A trip to the dermatologist might be in order, but it might also be that your skin is crying out for something you’re not giving it enough of.
For years, I thought more moisture was bad for my oily skin, but then I realized a lot of my break-outs were happening because I had too little moisture. So, get in there and start thinking through exfoliating, moisturizing, deep cleansing, what do you think your skin wants? How could your skin routine improve?
My skin is sensitive and acne prone, so every product I use has to be tested before I can be sure it’ll work for me. Which is why I love samples. Sephora has them both online and in store as does Ulta. Just go tell those nice employees what you’re looking for (a new face wash? a new moisturizer?) and walk out with enough samples to get you a few days (or even weeks!) to try the product out and see what would work for your skin routine.
Kiehl’s is also great for samples. And if you want new samples delivered to your home every month, try out one of the many subscription boxes, like the grandmama of them all Birchbox or even Sephora’s new one.
Once you’ve sampled and decided you love the new product, slowly integrate it into your routine. Is it a scrub and so better to do just once a week? Or every other week? Is it a heavier moisturizer and so better to put it on at night when your skin can drink it all in and not leave your face a daytime oil slick?
Around this time of year, I start switching from my Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser and start using my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for added moisture. You want to make sure not to shock your skin with product overload and you also want to transform your routine slowly.
Try to transform just one or two steps in your routine not the whole thing. Take it slow. Give your new face wash a couple of weeks to integrate, then add in the moisturizer. The face mask after that. You’ll never know how well something is working if you don’t give it time to do its work all on its own.
Ready to transform your skin routine?
Here are a few products I’m considering adding to my arsenal:
I’m getting an itch to ditch my routine or at least do some changing up for my well-established skin routine. So, I’m looking for a new fall/winter face wash and have found a couple of contenders: Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil.
I have that aforementioned moisture balance problem. So, for a few years, I’ve been using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream. It’s super moisturizing, without being heavy, but it might be time to switch even that up.
I’m wondering if it might be time for a face oil. that I’ve dabbled in some samples again and foundthat my skin responds to products like Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil or Tarte’s Maracuja Oil.
This Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel made its way into my beauty routine courtesy of a Sephora sample. It exfoliates ever so gently and my face feels all renewed after. Leave it on for a touch longer and wash it off with a gentle cleanser like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for maximum results.
And I might want to figure out some nighttime moisture that could also be more transformative for my skin. The Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm has been sitting in my Sephora cart, but it might be time to take it home with me. Perhaps along with some Fenty Beauty products, if they aren’t all yet sold out.