September 12, 2016

Easy & Affordable Skincare Routine: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening

Hey there, Hanlin family!

This just in: For the first time, Hanlin has officially lost all the content for one of her blog posts, with no warning, can't figure out what happened or how to undo it, and because she's a genius and didn't back it up, she has to rewrite the whole thing. So, I'm banging this out for a second time, and I apologize for any typos or grammatical errors. I'm annoyed at the moment. Ugh, technology.

Anyway. (ughthat'ssofrustrating)

I'm a simple gal when it comes to my skincare routine. I followed the same one from the beginning of high school through my sophomore year of college, using solely Clinique's products. But, as much as I love Clinique, their products are expensive, and that adds up for a college student. So, I switched over to Johnson's Baby Head-to-Toe Wash - it was easy and cheap, and it worked. In December of last year (2015), I decided it was time for a change, so I began using a few different and simple products that I have grown to love: Neutrogena, Burt's Bees, one from my kitchen, and Carmex.

So here you are, my super easy and affordable skincare routine: morning, post-workout, and evening.

1. Cleanse - Massage a half-pump of Neutrogena Deep Cleen Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin into damp face for 30 seconds; rinse with lukewarm water.

2. Exfoliate - Gently massage a pea-sized amount of Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub into damp face for 30 seconds; rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

3. Tone - I mix my own toner at home using two parts filtered water and one part Raw, Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother). Since I began using this concoction last year, I have noticed a radical improvement in my skin - my acne scars are fading, my skin tone is more even, and my acne is much less abundant, even when I don't really avoid the foods I know cause me to break out. I keep this in a little travel container and replenish as necessary.

Turn/shake container to ensure the vinegar and water are thoroughly mixed, saturate cotton ball, and swipe ball across entire face and under chin, excluding eyelids and directly under the eyes. Vinegar in the eyes is not lovely.

4. Moisturize - I use two moisturizers: Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream and Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream, both with Cotton Extract. These are a little pricey, but they last for a very long time, since you don't need to use much at all for full coverage. I use the day cream in the morning, and the night cream after workouts and at night.

Gently apply a pea-sized amount to the entire face and neck, including eyelids, under eyes, and sides of nose.

5. Lip Care - Apple Carmex Original Lip Balm to lips. Use finger to smooth evenly. I leave this on overnight, and for at least an hour before applying any other lip color.
Additional notes:

- I religiously change my pillowcase every other day (sleep on one side, sleep on the other, change the case). I'm an on-the-face sleeper just as much as I am an on-the-back/on-the-hair sleeper, and logically, oil transfer from hair - > pillowcase - > skin doesn't offer any help to a clear completion.

- Always take your makeup off. I rarely wear makeup now, but I used to, and leaving gunk in your pores overnight can cause clogs and breakouts.

And that's it for now, ya lovely people! See you next week. Don't forget to follow me on my socials, all linked below. Cheers!
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