I USE: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
SUBSTITUTE: Any oil that is safe for skin, like coconut oil or olive oil.
WHY: Great for removing makeup and any excess oil and dirt before you wash your face.
SUBSTITUTE: Your go-to facial cleanser and a towel if you do not have a cleansing brush. Work the cleanser in a circular motion with the towel to exfoliate.
WHY: The brush helps to lift dirt and oil trapped deep into pores and gently removes dead skin.
I USE: Facial Steamer from Amazon with one drop of tea tree oil.
SUBSTITUTE: A pot of boiling water with a towel draped over it. Be careful! Or you can use a hot towel. Leave it on your face until it cools down. Tips for steaming without a facial steamer found here.
WHY: Unclogs pores and opens them to prepare for your face mask.
I USE: Usually, I make a DIY face mask that works for my skin needs at the time. This time I used Purlisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask and Exfoliant.
SUBSTITUTE: Whatever mask you have handy or you can make one like my favorite DIY mask found here.
WHY: Masks do a variety of things depending on which one you’re using. This one, in particular, detoxifies, tightens, brightens, and improves skins texture.
I USE: Aloe Vera Gel mixed with equal parts Thayer’s Witch Hazel
SUBSTITUTE: Any brand of witch hazel and aloe vera combination will work. This step has been saving my skin!
WHY: Aloe Vera Gel moisturizes, heals, treats, and prevents breakouts. Witch Hazel soothes the skin and tightens pores without drying skin.
I USE: DIY Oil Serum, that I STILL need to post about. Sorry guys. SOOOON.
SUBSTITUTE: Any serums you have on hand, or use vitamin e oil, rosehip oil, or vitamin c serum to give your skin a boost.
WHY: Penetrates the skin on a deeper level and feeds the skin all kinds of enhancing properties. Allow serum to absorb before applying moisturizer.
I USE: Shea Moisture Shea Butter
SUBSTITUTE: Any moisturizer that will lock in all that good stuff we just did to our face. Make sure it’s easy to absorb and long-lasting.
WHY: Unlike oil serums which penetrate the skin, moisturizers externally protect the skin.
And there you have it. This routine has been saving my life. I try to do it at least 3 times a week along with my daily and nightly wash, tone, moisturize routine. Let me know if this works for you. Comment your skincare suggestions.