Starting Point: January 2018


So I had intended to post this on January 1st, let’s just say that didn’t happen.

The goal of my monthly skin updates is to have an easy way to refer to my skin routine and to be able to see the visual change in my skin texture/appearance throughout the year. I also want to hold the skincare I’m using accountable, there has been a multitude of times in the past where I believed that the products I was using were improving my skin only to realize after taking pictures of my face, that no, they weren’t.

So without further adieu, here’s my face:


These were taken on January 1st on what was admittedly, a good day.  The left side has a few pimples on the cheek but is my “good side” while the right has several active and angry breakouts and is riddled with PIH. My nose also has congested pores that leave it looking bumpy and just textured. My chin has a strange almost gritty texture to it and a few pimples as well.

My breakouts are really concentrated on my cheeks, and generally, my jaw and forehead are pretty resilient.

What I’ve been doing:


My routine for most days and nights + mini reviews:

  1. Lica Cole Pacific Almond Cleanser ($32):  I love this cleanser, which is why it hurts me to say that its no longer available, the company that sells it fell off the face of the Earth
  2. Pixi Beauty Glow Peel Pads ($22): This is used every 3 days at night, I’ve only used it 2 times and so far its a decent chemical exfoliator
  3. Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner ($18): Originally I received this for free from 0.8L to review, but I have since repurchased it myself, it’s super hydrating and great to combat cold, dry winter skin
  4. Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop ($30): I bought this at reduced price from 0.8L, and while I have seen results in my smile lines when I put it on, the effects aren’t long-lasting
  5. Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence ($11): I like this sunscreen quite a bit because there is no white cast or greasy finish
  6. Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($58): While this is nice and hydrating, I abhor the packaging, the constant exposure to air is just awful for a product
  7. Dr.Hsieh Mandelic Acid Anti-Acne Gel ($20): This is a fantastic spot treatment, and it really helps to reduce redness, and you get a ton of product for your money considering how little you need to use


In addition to these steps, I sheet mask daily, you can follow me on Instagram @skindeavor to check out which masks I use during the month


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