I'll be honest, beautiful, glowing , acne-free skin is always something I have coveted because I have struggled most of my life with acne, both hormonal and cystic. Add frying myself in the sun in my younger years sans sunscreen (so stupid.) and all the beauty, that is raging hormones and hyper-pigmentation from pregnancy, and lets just say the skin struggle has been real, ya'll.
I totally get what they mean when they say " Invest in your skin. It's going to represent you for a long time." BUT that being said, right now financially spending a crap load on super expensive skincare products/peels/ etc. ( lets be real, skin products can be super splurgy) every couple months, just isn't an option for me.
So about a month ago, I went on the HUNT for budget friendly skin care that would actually work for my skin issues. I have semi-sensitive combination skin and needed a system to combat the following: hyper-pigmentation, uneven tone, acne, wrinkles, dullness ( give me the glow, hunti) and occasional dryness.
Before I dive into these fabulous products, let me say I am by no means a dermatologist or skin care expert, this is just what has worked for me and has given me amazing results in just a month without the high price tag. NONE of the following products were given to me, sent to me or are sponsored in any way.
For days, I searched high and low, scoured through blogs and brands, Instagram,products and reviews and the following were products were what I decided to give a shot and I'm SO glad I did!! ( Again, I purchased these products, they are not sponsored in any way!) The results have been so mind-blowing in just a month-ish of use (at least to me) that I just have to share with ya'll. I'm excited to see what happens after months of use!!
These pictures were taken the day before I started using the following products and then last night. Both are 100% unfiltered (obviously haha) and taken in my bathroom in the same exact light! I have seen a great results as far as diminishing of hyper pigmentation, softening of lines, dullness of skin and breakouts!
So the first product I decided to add to my skin care regiment is:
(Grabbed this for $7 bucks at Walmart)
Basically, what this stuff does is dissolve/clean off ALL the gross stuff on your face, while not stripping it of the good stuff it needs to hold on to. Don't be fooled,it looks and feels like plain old water, but its not! The first time I used it, I was both amazed and totally grossed out. I used to just wash my face, apply some products and go on my merry way. What I didn't realize is how much crap I was NOT getting off of my face by just washing! So after washing my face, I simply squirt some of this on a cotton pad and wipe to remove any grunge leftover and let it dry for a minute before continuing with other products. This does not require rinsing, which is awesome and great for times a quick clean after a workout or leaving the beach etc.
The next game-changer in my skin care routine was the discovery of :
(Witty Jade Roller $14 bucks on Amazon )
There are SO many great benefits to this (see below) and not to mention,it just feels amazing. As someone with autoimmune and thyroid disease, inflammation in my face and body is a constant issue. I swear when jade rolling, I can feel it moving the puffiness and inflammation out of my face!!! I do this twice a day, in the morning and evening, after applying my serum/oil/ moisturizer.
Now the HOLY GRAIL of skincare products that have drastically changed my skin in just a month!!!
I found Admire My Skin products on Amazon and after reading rave reviews and seeing customer result pictures- I had to give it a shot! I purchased the Ultra brightening serum , citrus glow drops and retinoid cream. ( pictured below each product is around the $23-24 dollar range)
I apply the serum after wiping with the micellar water. This serum has a slight, mild sting to it but it goes away rather quickly. It helps combat and fade stubborn hyper-pigmentation, melasma and dark spots, and has seriously worked better/ just as well as any really pricey product I've tried before! The serum is pretty potent, so PLEASE make sure you read the product directions and ingredients before using, especially if you have sensitive skin to decide if this product is for you!
I am loving the Citrus glow drops!!! They are considered a dry facial oil, so while it feels like a decadent oil going on, it hasn't clogged my pores or made me breakout. Also, you can add this to foundation or mix it in with a tinted moisturizer for a glowy, dewy look that won't leave you looking oily!!!#YASSSSSSS
Last but not least, the retinoid cream ( I apply after the citrus glow drops) to help fight acne and anti-aging. I love this because its really helped diminish my breakouts but doesn't excessively dry my face out like other acne fighting products I've tried. Also, this cream is YELLOW- don't panic. It's yellow because the active ingredient tretinoin, is a yellow powder. I promise you won't be left looking like a minion if you use this.
I hope that these products are as helpful to ya'll, as they have been to me! Again, please make sure to check all the ingredients/reviews/ directions to make sure they are a good fit for you!
All products I mentioned above can be shopped here
NOW GO AND GET YOUR GLOW ON!