Somewhat as a follow up to this post on the L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Cleanser, I've decided to do an update on the condition of my skin along with a quick rundown of all the products I've been using lately. I've been using most of these products for quite awhile aside from the cleanser, which I have been testing for 2 weeks now.
So - beginning in the morning! If I shower (which I do every 2-3 days depending on the state of my hair) I wash my face in the shower with the L'Oreal Cleanser. (Check out the previous blog post to see how I use it and what I love and am not so crazy about!) If I don't shower, mornings go one of two ways - I'm diligent, and use the cleanser anyway (over the sink) - or I'm lazy, and skip it altogether (gasp!). Lazy mornings I skip right to step 2.
Following the cleanser or as a makeshift step one (oops) I use a toner - lately I have been sticking with my Clinique Clarifying Lotion for Dry/Combination skin (#2 in their 3-step range). This is really the only product I loved from the Clinique 3-step system - the cleanser was just okay, and the moisturizer worked great for me in the summer but the second my skin got a little dryer it did nothing for me. I also found that that the "Clarifying Lotion" is not enough of an exfoliant for my skin type as it was intended to be, and worked much better as a toner following a deeper exfoliant. In any case, I will probably finish my bottle as is and not repurchase - my Aveeno toner from the drugstore works just as well for me and I like the smell much better. I just apply my toner with a cotton ball or cotton pad in circular motions all over the face - nothing fancy.
Step 3 - moisturize. This is crucial for me as I have extremely dry skin year round and live in a pretty temperate climate with a lot of wind, and also burn easily all summer. My absolute holy grail can't-live-without-it moisturizer is the Pond's Dry Skin Cream. I have tried high end and drugstore moisturizers for years and this little baby is without a doubt my favourite - and it's only about $7! Plus a tub lasts me FOR-EVER. Literally almost an entire year. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend this. It smells a little like old lady but is not noticeable after application - and even then I just think it's because my grandma used it. I apply a dab on each cheek and one on my forehead and chin then rub it in with my fingers, making sure to go down my neck as well.
If I have any stubborn spots or feel a new blemish forming, I dab a tiny bit of the Clean and Clear Invisible Blemish Treatment on them (not exactly as pictured, but the same bottle). My only complaint about this product is that it dries almost as a thin film, so I always rub it off before applying foundation or concealer, or else end up with flakes and cakiness. Definitely amazing to apply before bed though!
That's it for my morning routine :) I usually let the moisturizer and treatment sit for a few minutes before applying any makeup, but that's my only recommendation - it's all pretty straightforward!
At nighttime I use makeup remover wipes or liquid makeup remover - my favourite is the Camomile Gentle Eye-Makeup Remover from The Body Shop. - non-oily, super moisturizing, smells great, and very gentle for sensitive skin while still removing makeup easily. Then I follow the whole routine through exactly the same as in the morning, but make sure to always use the cleanser first and not skip to toner.
2-3 times a week I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub in the shower just after using the L'Oreal Cleaner, for a little extra exfoliant when needed. I love this because the beads are teeny tiny, unlike most exfoliants which actually scrub away and damage the skin with tiny abrasions instead of just removing excess dirt and dead skin. This one is super gentle and amazing for sensitive skin, but still does the job!
My only other mini-tip is to put Vaseline on any problem areas - I apply it to my lips before bed to keep them nice and moisturized and non-flakey, and sometimes also dab a little onto any patches of dry skin, dried out blemishes, or on my eyelids if they are feeling dry or bothered from makeup. Seriously an overnight miracle for a million things, I swear by Vaseline for everything since I am allergic to coconut oil. Another great alternative is olive oil, which I do use on occasion for a lot of the same reasons.
And that's all! Overall, after using the cleanser for 2 weeks I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin - almost all of my blemishes are gone, my skin is bright and more even, and feels healthy and soft. I did go through a few days where some small blemishes rose to the surface, especially on my forehead where I never break out - but they disappeared quickly and left my skin feeling better there than ever. My usual area of redness are slightly better than before, especially around my nose, and I have no new pimples, just a few slow-to-fade ones that were gigantic before. I've been trying to just use a bit of concealer as well and cut back on foundation, to let my skin breathe, but I honestly haven't felt the need to use more high coverage in the past week or so!
I'd definitely have to say the Go 360 Clean is working for me - I'll be holding off on purchasing an electronic system for awhile and see how the rest of this bottle treats me! When it's finished I may try the scrublet with my usual favourite cleaner by Aveeno, to see if the difference is in the product or the application - but for now I'm very happy with the results and loving my skin :)