If there’s one subject I could talk about for days, it’s skincare.
As someone who once struggled with severe acne, these days, I’m very diligent with my skincare routine.
Having said that, as much as I keep up with a regular skincare routine, and like trying out new techniques like jade rolling, I think my approach to skincare is much more streamlined and simple than a lot of the skincare routines you might see online.
You see, I don’t use a lot of fancy skincare products, I’m not dedicated to having regular facials, and there aren’t 10 million steps to my routine.
In fact, there’s really only three things that I absolutely swear by, and that I always recommend to anyone who wants to have healthy and glowing skin.
Of course, though, if you want to get a little more in-depth into skincare hacks, you can feel free to read this article about all the things that women with clear skin always do.
However, if you don’t want to overwhelm yourself, and you just want to stick with the basics of glowing skin, read on.
These are the three skincare “hacks” I always swear by for glowing skin:
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1) Remove your makeup and use THIS product
I know, I know, me telling you to remove your makeup isn’t anything revolutionary in the skincare world. This is something that pretty much anyone interested in skincare will tell you to do to help ensure your pores aren’t clogged when you go to bed.
Here’s where I differ…
While a lot of people will recommend cleansers that have a lot of ingredients and skincare “benefits”, I keep my cleanser very simple.
Through my struggle with acne I learned that the more I put on my face, the more I irritated it.
Trust me when I say, irritated skin almost always leads to broken out skin. In other words, you want to treat your skin as gently as possible, and this means using a cleanser that both removes all your makeup, while also being gentle and soothing to your skin.
For this, I am absolutely obsessed with the Bioderma Micellar Water.
In my experience, no product removes makeup and other impurities as well as micellar water, and if you’re okay with paying a little more, this is absolutely the best micellar water available on the market, hands down.
You can read my full review on the Bioderma Micellar Water here, but to sum it up, this is my absolute favorite product for skin, and I always recommend it to people who might be struggling with acne, and people who are just looking for a glow. It does both!
Check out the Bioderma Micellar Water here
2) Don’t put pore-clogging makeup on your face (seriously…don’t do it!)
I’m almost certain that what triggered my acne in my teens was my makeup.
At this time, I was using a cheap drugstore brand of makeup that probably had a ton of garbage in it. Not to mention, I was in high school, so not only could I not afford higher quality makeup, I was also probably applying way too much.
These days I am much more conservative with my makeup, while also being very cautious about what makeup I use on my face.
In fact, there’s really only one foundation that I trust, and if you’ve read my blog before, you probably won’t be too surprised to hear me talking about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream.
I am abolutely OBSESSED with this product. Not only does it give me the flawless and natural coverage that I want, it also has skincare ingredients within it so it’s also working to improve my skin as I’m wearing it.
If you have acne or you’re struggling with more breakouts than normal, you won’t regret this purchase. You can read my full review of the Your Skin But Better CC Cream here.
(p.s. if you’re finding that you’re breaking out more than usual lately, I went through something similar a couple months ago, and this is what I did to cure my sudden acne flare up)
3) Use a serum (don’t skip this!)
Lastly, if you really want to bring the glow to your complexion, I am very much convinced that you need a good serum in your life.
While a moisturizer is great, for me, I find that my moisturizer only does its job at keeping my skin feeling hydrated and my makeup going on smoothly, but if I really want to glow, I NEED a serum.
In particular, one of my favorite serums is the Truth Serum by Ole Henriknsen.
That being said, I really like trying out different serums, because I find if I stick with the same one for too long, my skin starts to get use to it and I don’t get the same glow. And so, this month I’ve been using Mineral 89 by Vichy, which has been one of my favorite skincare finds, not only for increasing my glow, but also for giving my skin a more plump look (excellent on days where I’m feeling like I look a little tired).
And hey, if you want to try out a serum, but you want to be conservative with your budget, I’ve also used a standard jojoba oil as my serum, and this works just as well!
So really, you have options when it comes to picking your serum, so don’t skip this step in your skincare routine if you want a glowing complexion.
Anyway, I know if you care about your skin there’s probably nothing too jaw-dropping on this list, but honestly, like I said, as someone who has experienced severe acne before, I know that my skin always responds best to a less is more approach.
Try simplifying your skincare routine, using minimal products, and being gentle with your skin, and I’ve got a feeling you’ll see a glowing complexion staring you back in the mirror in no time.
And oh, if you love skincare as much as I do, and you have any skincare hacks, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear!