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Best Affordable Facial Cleansers for Sensitive, Dry and Acne Prone Skin- CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser and The Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

At the beginning and end of a long day of mommying, my skincare routine always begins with the same 1st step- cleansing. For many years, I thought that after washing my face I needed to feel “clean” by having a striped tight feeling afterwards. However, with time and experience I realized that your skin should never feel like that. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has changed from oily to dry and I’ve tried many different cleansers in search of the perfect one. I am happy to report back to y’all that I not only found the perfect one but TWO!

Let me break down how and why I use the Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm & the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser.

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Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

The Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser is such a gentle product that at first when I used it I thought ” This can not possible cleanse my skin enough”. However, with time I noticed my once dry and itchy skin becoming more supple and hydrated. Of course with the help of a moisturizer, the hydrating facial cleanser restored my skin barrier. What I loved most about this cleanser was that is non-comedogenic, which is a big word for it doesn’t clog your pores. Also this cleanser is fragrance free, which is a great benefit for people who have sensitive skin that can become irritated with artificial fragrances. My skin is a complicate mess of dry, sensitive and acne prone so it has always been a struggle to find something that checked off my list of needs. This has become my must have cleanser and I can not recommend it enough.

The Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

If I was already if-y about the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser I was even more skeptical about the Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm! I had never used anything like this to cleanse my face because it is oil based and I thought it would cause breakouts. I was completely wrong! The Oat Cleansing Balm is such a great product, I noticed a difference over night. I use this particularly on days that I’ve worn make up because of the oil base it acts almost as a double cleanser, really removing and breakdown any makeup and build up. Also, this cleanser was heavenly during the drier winter months because it wasn’t harsh or stripping leaving my face feeling clean and supple. Highly recommend for all dry and sensitive skin types!

Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  • Gentle for everyday use
  • Hydrating Soothing
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Light and refreshing for the summer
  • Available in most drug stores

Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

  • Gentle for everyday use- even better for make up days
  • Hydrating & Soothing
  • Can double as an ultra hydrating face mask
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Must have for the winter
  • Available only Online or Sephora

If you have a facial cleanser that you think I should try out let me know!

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My Night Time Skin Care Routine: Oily and Acne Prone Skin

You’re never too old to become younger.

Mae West

Let me start by emphasizing that I AM NOT a skin expert but a girl trying to figure out her skins love language. Currently I’m speaking English and my skin is responding in Spanglish.

After 26 years of living on God’s green earth I still haven’t figured out my skin completely. Skin changes over time and I know 3 things for sure that have not changed..

  1. I am acne prone
  2. I have oily skin
  3. I have big pores

Now with that being said, I have found a few skin care items that have helped me with my skin issues. These items have helped me and might help you too.

My first step in my skin care routine is cleansing. Your probably wondering “Maitte, you already fucked up, what about make up removing wipes/Oil?” Well quiet honestly, I don’t wear makeup everyday to work *Kanye Shrug*. However, whenever I do decide to beat my face I usually use makeup removing wipes then go in with this Cerve Foaming Facial Cleanser.

Gentle enough for your face but strong enough to cleanse your soul.

This cleanser is one of the few cleansers I’ve ever used that does not strip my skin. When I was younger I believed that because of my oily skin I needed to feel my face squeaky clean to the point of it feeling tight and dry. However, as I entered the University of YouTube and beauty guru’s would mention that oily skin becomes oilier because of lack of moisture and blah blah blah. I finally realized that I needed to cleanse my face without over doing it. This cleanser is specifically formalized for oily skin and I can not recommend it enough!

Tone your face as much as you try to tone your arms.

Once you’ve cleansed your face you would think that all the makeup and gunk would be gone, right? Think again! That’s the beauty of toners they help remove the excess makeup, oil, etc. that was left behind from cleansing. I’ve tried many different toners, however I always come back to this classic, Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Rose Petal.

I apply my toner by soaking a cotton pad and lightly swiping across my entire face and down my neck. Allow a couple of minutes to pass by as you allow the toner to dry and absorb into your skin.

P.S Don’t forget to get into your hair line as make up and dirt linger there!

This part of my skin care routine separates the girls from the Comadres, because the Comadre life is not for everyone! As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that my skin needs a little more TLC than it once did in my late teens/early twenties. Back in the days I could stay out all day, nap for 30 mins, drink and party my life away at night, then get 4 hours of sleep, wake up for my soccer games and still look fresh and rejuvenated. If I did that today I would literally look like a White Walker straight out of Game Of Thrones.

A Face Lift in a Bottle

However, what has helped me keep a more youthful look has been serums. What is a serum? Again, I’m not a dermatologist or any sort of skin expert so I’ll keep this simple. A face serum is a type of moisturizer that helps give your skin a smoother, firmer look as well as increase moisture retention and make your pores appear smaller.The Tree of Life Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, and Vitamin C Serums have been my go to face serums for two reasons, price and results.

The hyaluronic acid and retinol serums I use at night; applying the retinol serum first then following up with the hyaluronic acid. Remember, wait a few minutes in between applications to allow the serums to absorb and dry on the skin before applying the next serum.

Now if you would like me to go more in depth about these face serums, especially the Vitamin C, let me know in the comments below so I can write a separate blog post!

Light Weight Under Eye Gel Cream

Maitte are you done yet?” Nope, not yet! One of the most important parts of your face that should be taken care of is your under eye area. Girls, it’s 2019 nobody has time for crows feet or baggy under eyes, PERIODT! Remember to always use a under eye cream, I have been using Artistry Hydra-V Refreshing Eye Gel Cream. This eye gel cream is very refreshing and light weight, which is great for day time wear and for under makeup.

Seal it with moisture

Lastly and arguably one of the most important steps, I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. To seal in all that work and money I put onto my face I apply the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It’s light weight and fast absorbing, perfect for oily skin.

Start to finish it takes me 20-30 mins to complete all these steps, and this is my “simple” routine. My night time skin care routine is the time of day where I can start to wind down before bed, its almost as if I’m washing away all my worries of the day. I truly enjoy the process not because I have to but because it feels great to take care of myself.

What do you do for your night time skin care routine? I wanna know, comment below!