For the majority of my adult life, I have had awful skin. I went on Accutane twice in college, yet never had completely clear, blemish free skin. I was terrified when I got pregnant, envisioning what havoc those hormones would wreak on my face, chest and back. I was pleasantly surprised to see my skin clear up. I think quitting smoking definitely helped my skin, as I have remained relatively blemish free since having Miss Priss.
I have also drastically simplified my skin care routine into something manageable that I will actually do everyday, instead of becoming super overwhelmed and falling into bed with a made up face. Also, I don't go for expensive products. Drugstore products have worked just as well as prescription for me. My face is oily in my nose and chin area, and dry everywhere else. I'm prone to blackheads, and super pale, so the smallest blemish or broken blood vessel shows up like mad!
I started using Cetaphil when I was on Accutane in college on recommendation of my dermatologist. It is the best basic cleanser for a great price. I just wash my face at night, and splash with cold water in the morning.
Once or twice a week, depending on if I am a little broken out, or feeling greasy, I use this mask, which is normally 2 for 1 at Walgreens. It is awesome! Bright green, and tingly until it dries, after fifteen minutes about half my blackheads are gone, and my pores are teeny. I follow it up with a slathering of oil free moisturizer.
About one a week, I exfoliate using whatever scrub I have in my bathroom- right now it's a Roden and Fields tub that I have had forever. A facialist recommended Biore pore strips to me last year (I hadn't used those since high school), so they have made it into my rotation a couple times a month. Also, I keep face wipes next to my bed, for those nights when I am too tired to wash my face (which happens with embarrassing regularity).
Per my mother, always starts with warm water and rinse with cold to shrink your pores. Per Martha Stewart, never use fabric softener on your towels, because that s the only body exfoliator you need- a rough towel after the bath or shower.
So that's me- simple and inexpensive are key for me to actually follow through and take care of my face. What about you? Who has a Clarisonic? I do long for one of those, but fear it will be regulated to my gadget drawer with various fancy hairdo implements that are never used.