This six step skincare routine cleared my skin
I’ve been battling hyperpigmentation my entire adult life and I am OVER IT; so I dedicated the bulk of my summer to clearing up my skin! For six weeks I avoided makeup and followed a strict cleansing routine. Though I still have some progress to make, I’m happy to say my dark spots have dramatically faded and I did it using almost completely vegan skincare routine!
During this six week period I only wore makeup four times, but when I did it was crucial to remove it before beginning my night time routine. These charcoal wipes by Yes To Carrots detoxify and deep clean to get ALL your makeup off, but are still gentle enough for sensitive skin.
I used Dr. Weil for Origins Mega Bright Skin Illuminating Cleanser to cleanse my face both in the morning and at the end of the day. This formula is specifically designed to fight dark spots and brighten skin. If your skin is oily beware – this cleanser is super moisturizing and might leave your face a bit greasy, especially in warmer months.
Since the Origins cleanser made my combination skin over moisturized, once or twice a week I substituted it with the Purity Made Simple cleanser by Philosophy. This fragrance free formula is lightweight enough to helped me avoid skin irritation but is a bit too lightweight if you’re trying to remove heavy makeup.
If a toner isn’t already part of your regular routine it should be. Toners tighten your pores, eliminate oil and usually take care of any residue that your face wash may have missed. This gentle formula from Everclen is great for sensitive skin types.
Now that your skin is toned, it’s ready to absorb active ingredients from your special treatments like the RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment by Paula’s Choice. At $55 for half an ounce of product this treatment is VERY expensive but after four weeks you will realize it’s worth every penny! Apply this treatment nightly BEFORE your moisturizer and watch your skin flourish!
During the winter I like Shea Moisture’s Dark Spot Correcting Moisturizer but in warmer months a lighter formula is necessary. The Wonder Seed’s Facial Cream is hydrating, but not heavy and gets the job done.
If you use a Vitamin C treatment without a sunscreen you are ASKING for skin problems! Use SPF 30 or higher every day even if you’ll only spend 15 minutes in the sun. Any sunblock that doesn’t block pores should work, but this sunscreen by vegan brand Suntegrity doubles as a makeup primer.
In addition to your daily routine, your skin needs weekly treatments as well.
Make room for new skin cells by exfoliating away the dead skin once or twice a week. Use an exfoliating scrub like Mojo Spa’s Go Green Nourishing Facial Scrub after cleansing but before toning twice a week to assist the skin turnover.
Professional facials are a must, but not everyone can afford to see an esthetician regularly. Make sure you treat your skin to DIY masks weekly. If acne and hyperpigmentation plague you look for a mask that detoxifies or stimulates cells like this affordable version by Acure.
Have you had any luck fighting dark spots? Let me know which products you swear by in the comments below!