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My Best Skincare Routine: The Products I Use to Get Rid of Acne, Dark Spots, and Sun Damage in 3 Months

Skincare Routine : I tend to have a pretty oily complexion and am prone to blemishes. I’ve also spent most of my life in the sun, which means I now have noticeable sun damage from tanning and overexposure. My skin is not at its best right now! That being said, I don’t let my skin issues get me down.

Skincare Routine
Skincare Routine

Learning how to manage my acne and other skin concerns have taught me a lot about skincare and how we can improve our skin through diligent care. Let’s dive into my skincare routine so you can see how it works if you also struggle with oily skin, dark spots, and sun damage.

We can’t control the conditions under which our skin will be exposed to UV rays, but we can still protect it. Sun damage can have many negative side effects and should be treated as soon as possible. That’s where the help of the best anti-aging skincare products comes in.

If you’re struggling with oily or combination skin, dark spots, wrinkles, or sun damage, you’ll want to invest in an anti-aging skincare routine. This will help keep your skin looking its best and combat the signs of aging. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right products for your specific skin type. See below for the best anti-aging skincare products for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, and other skin concerns.

1) Morning Skincare Routine

First, we’ll talk about my morning skincare routine. My first step is to clean my face with a cleanser. I use a foaming cleanser (like the Cleansing Foam by Elemis or the Face Cleanser by Burt’s Bees), which works especially well for oily skin, removing excess oil and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Next, I move on to my toner. My current favorite is the White Grapefruit Caring Combination Toner by Mario Badescu. Then, I moisturize my face with a lightweight moisturizer. I like to use something with SPF as well, like the Pores No More Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Cetaphil or the Ultra-Light Daily Repair Cream by Elizabeth Arden.

2) Evening Skincare Routine

After cleansing my face at the end of the day, I start my evening skincare routine by exfoliating my skin with a chemical or physical exfoliant (I prefer a chemical exfoliant like the Exfoliating Cleanser by Elemis). Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells, which can make pores appear smaller and reduce the appearance of sun damage and dark spots.

Next, I use a toner again (I use the same White Grapefruit Toner I use in my morning skincare routine). Then, I treat my skin to some extra hydration with a hydrating mask (I use the Pearl Protein Infusion Mask by Elemis). I follow this with a lightweight moisturizer (see my recommendations for moisturizers with SPF above).

3) Weekly Routine

Next, let’s talk about my weekly skincare routine. I use certain products every week: my Clarifying Mud Mask by Elemis, my Vitamin C Brightening Peel by Elemis, and my Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment by Elemis. – My Clarifying Mud Mask is great for deep cleaning, and it’s one of the best products I’ve found for oily skin.

I use this once a week and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before washing it off, and it leaves my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. – My Vitamin C Brightening Peel is a mild chemical peel that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne, and sun damage. I use this once a week, as well. – Lastly, I use my Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment every week to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage and improve the texture and clarity of my skin.

4) Tools and Tips

– Exfoliating and/or chemical exfoliating once a week. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells, which can make pores appear smaller and reduce the appearance of sun damage and dark spots. It’s also a great way to start an anti-aging skincare routine. – Use a hydrating mask once a week.

This is a great way to boost hydration in the skin, which can improve the look and feel of your skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin produces less and less hyaluronic acid, which is what keeps our skin hydrated. You can combat this by using a hydrating mask once a week. – Use sunscreen every day. This will help prevent sun damage and the formation of future dark spots.

Make sure to use moisturizing sunscreen, so it doesn’t cause your skin to become dry. – Exfoliating your skin once a week to help remove dead skin cells. This will help your moisturizer work better and make your skin look more youthful. – Use a retinol treatment once a week to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage, and improve the texture and clarity of your skin.

5) Weekly Step-by-Step Routine: Sunday Morning

Let’s start with my Sunday morning skincare routine. I usually start my week off with a long bath to relax and de-stress, so I save my skincare routine for after my bath. – I start by cleansing my face with my Elemis Cleansing Foam, which gets the day off to a great start. – Next, I use my Elemis Clarifying Mud Mask, which deep cleans and leaves my skin feeling very clean and ready to be moisturized. – I follow this with my Elemis Vitamin C Brightening Peel to help fade dark spots and prevent new ones from forming, and slough away dead skin cells.

6) Weekly Step-by-Step Routine: Monday Morning

My Monday morning skincare routine is pretty similar to my Sunday morning skincare routine, but I do change up the order of a few steps. – First, I use my Elemis White Grapefruit Toner before moving on to the rest of my skincare routine.

– Next, I use my Elemis Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment. – After that, I use my Elemis Pearl Protein Infusion Mask to boost hydration in my skin and prepare it for the rest of my moisturizing products. – Finally, I use my Elemis Pores No More Anti-Aging Moisturizer to finish off my skincare routine.

7) Weekly Step-by-Step Routine: Tuesday Morning

My Tuesday morning skincare routine is similar to my Monday morning routine, but with a few different products. – I start with my Elemis White Grapefruit Toner. – Next, I use my Elemis Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment. – After that, I use my Elemis Vitamin C Brightening Peel to help fade dark spots and prevent new ones from forming, and slough away dead skin cells. – I finish off my skincare routine with my Elemis Pores No More Anti-Aging Moisturizer to boost hydration in my skin and protect it from environmental damage. – Finally, I use my Elemis Clarifying Mud Mask to deep clean my skin and prepare it for moisturizing.

Also refer : 10 tips keep your skin looking young and beautiful

8) Weekly Step-by-Step Routine: Wednesday Morning

My Wednesday morning skincare routine is much less intensive than my other routines. I usually use this as a sort of “reset” after my more intense routines on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. – I start with my Elemis White Grapefruit Toner. – Next, I use my Elemis Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment. – After that, I use my Elemis Vitamin C Brightening Peel. – I finish off my skincare routine with my Elemis Pores No More Anti-Aging Moisturizer. – I love ending my week with the Elemis Clarifying Mud Mask to help me relax and reset for the new week.

9) Weekly Step-by-Step Routine: Thursday Morning

My Thursday morning skincare routine is very similar to my Wednesday morning routine. – I start with my Elemis White Grapefruit Toner. – Next, I use my Elemis Retinol Age-Delay Weekly Treatment. – After that, I use my Elemis Vitamin C Brightening Peel. – I finish off my skincare routine with my Elemis Pores No More Anti-Aging Moisturizer. – I love ending my week with the Elemis Clarifying Mud Mask to help me relax and reset for the new week

Photo by Sarah Chai