My Skin Story + Current Skincare Routine

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Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my blog again. I thought I'd share with you all today a little skin and skincare update. The last entry I did of my skincare routine was back in 2016 and my skin has changed so much since then. So here's a little back story before we get on to the actual routine.

A couple of months ago, I started having a small breakout on my forehead. I wasn't getting any acne or pimples but I was getting these tiny white bumps that just wouldn't go away. I put zit cream, toothpaste and I would keep my toner-soaked cotton pad on the area for a minute but nothing seemed to work. The original bumps didn't go away either and instead they started multiplying. And quickly. I was getting stressed and frustrated because I don't normally have skin issues (touch wood) I get the occasional  zit or two (or three or four lol) around that "special" time of the month but other than that my skin is sensitive, but normally quite clear. The bumps then started traveling down my face and started "hanging out" by my cheekbones... on both sides! At first I thought it was my makeup so I stopped putting on products but they still wouldn't go away. I became super insecure and sad because they were just getting worse with each day. I wouldn't even take any pictures of myself and if I were in a picture, I made sure I had makeup on and I was positioned far away from the camera (which is why I don't have any "before" pictures to show you)

I then decided to finally see my dermatologist in Belo Connecticut. I had been going to Belo for a couple of years now for my back (I used to have bad back breakouts because of my old shampoo and laundry detergent) and for my laser hair removal. I scheduled an appointment and met with my derma and Cherry, the wonderful lady who used to treat my back. After a normal facial with peeling (and lots of pricking) my derma told me that my skin type had changed. Apparently I was no longer just "dry" but my T-Zone became oily as I got older. She recommended a new skincare regimen that consisted of purely Belo Prescriptive Products. Although pricey, I was ready to make sure that I not only never had to go through pricking again (because, ouch!!!) but that I would never get those pesky bumps on my face again. So I bought all the products and I've been happy ever since.

My current skincare routine consists of the following products:
  1. Glycolic Soap 5%
  2. Pore Minimizer Toner
  3. Acne Astringent Toner
  4. Acne Drying Cream (only applied when I have a zit/bump)
  5. DLC Peeling Cream (only applied as needed/when I have acne spots)
  6. Sunblock Gel
I know it seems like a lot of products because, well, it is a lot Haha! But it's actually a very simple and quick routine to get through every morning and evening. Because of my oily prone skin now that I've aged (Huhuhuhuhu) the best form of SPF for me is gel. I love the Belo one because it's so light on the skin and it surprisingly doesn't give me that white cast in pictures with flash. 

I've been sticking to this routine for months and my skin has been loving it. I'm due for a consultation again some time in August and I'm going to check back with my derma if I can streamline the routine more and use less products because #DazExpensive 

My entire skincare is Belo based but my derma said I could play around with my eye cream choices. For years I had been using the Kiehl's Avocado Eye Treatment because 1) I love Avocado and 2) It's so good! But I wanted to try something new for my mornings and evenings #Arte4Ever My mom and I went shopping and I ended up getting the Celeteque Brightening Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener for my morning eye cream. It's a super simple, basic eye cream that is fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. It was quite affordable as well at P299. It's not the greatest eye cream but it does the job and the skin around my eyes do feel hydrated enough. I also love that it's in a tube form so it's more hygienic.

The second one I got was the NUXE Creme Prodigieuse (I don't even know how anyone can pronounce this) Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream for evenings and I looooveee it!!! First of all, it smells like roses (I love rose scents now.. who am I?) and it gets absorbed by the skin so quickly and the skin around my eyes feel so hydrated. It's pricier than the Celeteque at P1,299 but I feel like it really is working for my skin. This has become a firm favorite and will be something I continue to buy in the long run. My Mom bought one as well and she loves it just as much! Plus I love using it at night because I feel like it works better while I'm sleeping #ExpertKaBaAte lol

Another product that I've incorporated into my routine are masks. More specifically, clay cleansing masks. After reading tons of rave reviews and watching loads of YouTube videos, I decided to try the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. It's aimed to clear pores and cleanse your skin of all impurities. I use this mask maybe once every 2 weeks or on a day where I feel my skin is congested. I also love using it after an event because of all of the makeup I have to put. It is a very drying mask, so you shouldn't use it everyday. I put an even layer all over my face (except around my eyes) and I leave it on for 20-30 minutes. I then wash it off and continue with my normal skincare routine. My skin always feels so soft and clean after I use this mask and it has helped dry any pesky pimples I get every now and again. 

So there you guys have it! My current skincare routine plus a little story on how I fixed my troubled skin. Granted I didn't have it as bad as others who have acne but what I learned from this experience is to go see a dermatologist if you can. They studied for years to perfect their craft and they would know how to treat your skin best. Also remember that everyone's skin is different. What may work for me might not work for you and what works for you might not work for me. I just wanted to share what products I've been using and loving that have really helped my skin get better.

At the end of the day, if we can spend tons of money on clothes, bags and shoes, we should be able to spend a bit more on our skin. I truly believe that we should invest in good quality products that will help keep our skin healthy and happy. So thank you again to the kind doctors and staff in Belo Connecticut. I've always loved and raved about your fantastic services and will continue to go to Belo for all of my skincare needs!

What are your go-to skincare products?

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  1. Reading all your new entries Ate Karla! Thank you for blogging again po! :)

  2. What I find most shocking is the fact that people are paying millions of naira for these cosmetics. N230,000 for a twenty-ounce tub of snow white cream? That's the equivalent of 796 GBP. My whole cosmetic range costs about half of that annually. exposed skin care promo code

  3. Hi, are you still using this regimen?

  4. I wanna ask. ung ACNE ASTRINGENT ba ng belo na hinagamit mo is the CHAT?. nice naman your skin and face. thNks for replying.

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