My skin in one word "complicated." My skincare routine, however, is the exact opposite: simple. I have been plagued by problem skin since my teens and now in my 30s, I'm battling acne and dark spots, sigh. Oh well, I can't catch a break, but that means that my skincare needs to be focused on prevention and correction and it needs to be effective. I also don't have a great deal of patience for prepping my skin for the day or for bed. Five minutes and I'm done, that's the length of my attention span for my skin care routine. Here's a run-down of what I am currently using to keep my complicated, combination complexion in check.
To start I wash with Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, I use this wash alone or with my Clarisonic Mia II face brush. I enjoy the consistency of this cleanser; it's lightly foaming with no discernible scent; it's exactly what the name says, "simple." It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not tight, dry or flaky.
I follow up cleansing by treating zits with Sephora's Acne Fighting roll on gel. This is by far one of the best spot treatments I have used. The formula is clear, thin and disappears into skin. No tell-tale gleam or flaking; it vanishes. An added bonus to the formula is the packaging; the roller ball delivery system is brilliant and it provides a cool refreshing feeling on tender, inflamed skin.
For my newly formed dark spots (Hi, dark spots, I hate you), I use a correcting serum. Right now I am trying out Garnier Dark Spot Clinical Strength Corrector. I like the smooth, creamy consistency of the formula and the light citrusy scent. What I am still on the fence about is, is it actually fading any of my dark spots (hey, if you have a dark spot corrector that you are trying and loving let me know)?
Finally to keep my fair complexion from getting any more splotchy, freckled or red, I use industrial strength sunscreen. Right now, my sunscreen of choice is Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50. The formula is light, non-greasy and absorbs quickly into my skin. Although because it uses titanium dioxide as one of the uv blockers, I have to spend an extra minute rubbing it into my skin to avoid the ghost glow that physical sunblocks can leave.
That's my combo skin care routine day and night (at night, I omit the sunblock). How do you treat your sensitive, complicated, combination skin? If you have any recommendations for a nighttime moisturizer leave me a comment, I am in the market for a new one.
Jennifer Rose Griffin is an artist and writer. She has been a lifelong beauty product junkie and a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru since 2009. Jennifer Rose tried playing by the rules and then found out that the rules she was living by were from a board game. So she tossed the rules out the window and now spends her time doing activities she is passionate about, writing, reading, playing with makeup and copious amounts of drawing. If you would like to learn more about Jennifer Rose and her beauty obsessions and tips please visit her Pinterest board J. Rose Style Pins .