Even though I’m 21, I still get pimples every now and then, which sucks, but the good thing is throughout the years of acne and puberty, you find facial cleansers that actually work. So today I will be “reviewing” what face products I use to keep away wrinkles and mostly…pimples!
Two rules you MUST follow (so I’ve learned) are:
- Wash your face daily. Dirt and grime build-up causes pimples.
- Wear a moisturizer every single day. The sun can damage it many ways and no one wants dry, flaky skin.
I have bought countless facial cleansers in my years and am here to tell you…patience goes a long way. Not all products work instantly and expensive isn’t always better. I use a couple of facial cleansers. 1 for anti-aging (but is mostly just a cleanser), 1 for acne, and 1 for minimizing pores. Keep in mind that I am no expert on skin by any means, I am just sharing with you what I have learned. The reason I have 3 bottles of facial cleanser in my bathroom would be because I simply bought more than my face could use and didn’t want to throw them away.
My advice would be to use one for the main cleansing. I use CeraVe foam cleanser for that and love it. It has cleared up my skin and I have been told it is secretly great for anti-aging. When I feel like being spontaneous (which isn’t very much when it comes to my face) I will switch one night and use my Clean & Clear Continuous Control acne cleanser OR Olay Pore Minimizing cleanser/scrub.
To get rid of huge and ugly pimples that pop up out of nowhere when you least expect them (gotta love ’em), I use Clean & Clear Advantage spot treatment. This stuff works! I actually just put some on. One of the only downfalls to it would be it CAN (not always) dry out your skin. Since I live in Louisiana and it’s usually humid year round I don’t run into that problem often, but people who live in actual NICE climates…you’ve been warned! All you do is dab a spot of the clear gel onto the pimple and let it cook. That sounds painful (it can slightly burn, but that means it’s getting rid of it so I suffer through it), but it clears up even the biggest eyesores in just a day or 2. I use it twice a day when I have a big one.
For my facial moisturizer, I also use Clean & Clear. I use the Dual Action oil-free moisturizer. I love it and while it’s moisturizing it also helps prevent pimples so it works well with the pimple zapper I mentioned above. I also put this on twice a day. That’s how all moisturizers should be applied. Morning and evening onto clean skin. I don’t wash my face twice daily since I take my showers later at night. It would be better to cleanse the face twice daily though, I am just too lazy.
To remove makeup, all of the above cleansers work, but some take more than others. Before I shower, I wipe off as much makeup as I can using my (drum roll please) Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Wipes. They don’t dissolve the makeup, but they do work. There are a couple things I don’t like about them- they leave your face really oily and because the wipes aren’t “angel” soft they kind of rub your face raw. The package says oil-free, but unfortunately that’s not true. Some other makeup removers that work are the liquid you can buy at Wal-mart in a bottle and apply using a cotton ball (I have some from Target and it works for removing eye makeup). The makeup wipes I will be trying next are the ones by Olay. I do indeed love Olay and Clean & Clear plus they are both very reasonably priced. CeraVe products are a little more expensive, but they give you more for what you pay for. I will be trying their a.m. and p.m. moisturizer when I run out of this one. I heard it works great too!
It has been said that it is never too early to start anti-aging products, but I beg to differ. Anti-aging products (the strong ones) are meant for skin that has actual wrinkles and can damage young wrinkle-free skin. I advise you to wait till you actually start getting wrinkles before you use the strong EXPENSIVE anti-aging products. Stick with the ones that prevent wrinkles.
So remember: wash your face daily and MOISTURIZE! These simple steps will save your face from later damage. Oh and I almost forgot…I have pretty sensitive skin and none of the above mentioned products have made me breakout in any way. I don’t know if that helps, but I hope it does.
I hope these tips help you love the skin you’re in and any other slogans that come to mind. Because we’re worth it too! Ha ha :p