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Get a Fresh Start Each Day!

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I wear makeup on a daily basis. Are there days when I let my skin breath and go out SPF + moisturizer only? Of course. But, more often than not, I have on a full face because 1. I love the ritual of applying makeup, and 2. I love trying new products constantly.

Wearing makeup so often can do a number on skin, though, if it's left on overnight, or, not removed entirely. I'm talking clogged pores, acne-causing bacteria - nothing that I want to experience. I'm proud of how far my skin has come despite wearing makeup most days. I suffered from pretty bad breakouts throughout high school and college, and, instead of thoroughly removing my makeup I caked it on, and instead of helping my oily skin out with hydration I caked heavy powder on top of heavy foundation.

Now, many years later, I have found what works for myself, and, what has worked for friends that I have suggested products to. I think of this routine as a fresh start for my skin - an ability for my pores to recharge, hydrate, and get in shape overnight for makeup smooth, seamless application the following morning.

  1. As soon as I get home from work I remove my makeup with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, which completely removes all of my makeup (including hard to remove waterproof mascara!) without drying out my skin.
  2. Next, I wash my face to ensure that nothing is sticking to my pores. Recently, I have really been enjoying the Bliss Pore Patrol Daily Warming Scrub with Black Volcanic Sand, a product that claims to remove pore-clogging dead skin cells and excess oil, while detoxifying and deep cleaning skin.
  3. Lastly, I love applying some kind of hydrating, overnight face mask to add moisture back to my skin after cleansing. My two current favorites are Glossier's Moon Mask, and Valjean Labs Sleeping Mask. I find that whenever I apply one of these masks before going to sleep, I wake up with plump, even, blemish free skin.

If you have combination or oily skin (something I have dealt with for most of my life), and are wary of applying moisturizer, please hear me out! It's only when I stopped applying powder, and started loading up on moisturizer, that my skin balanced out, and stopped producing excess oil. By avoiding moisturizer, your skin may dry out, and thus produce more oil. Try looking for a non-comedogenic moisturizer - formulas that are water based.

Please let us know your favorite makeup removing products, as well as your favorite hydrating masks to apply after cleansing over on Instagram!

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