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I have written quite a bit about about my struggles with Perioral Dermatitis recently…including an update last week that had some pretty amazing before and after pics if I do day so myself. Since that post I have gotten soooo many questions about exactly what I’ve been using on my skin so today is finally the day I’m going to share my sulfate free skincare routine with you!!
This is the pic I posted…see the difference??!!
After my official Perioral Dermatitis diagnosis last fall I decided to revamp my entire skincare routine. One of the possible causes of PD is SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and so I decided to get rid of everything I had with SLS and that included skincare, makeup and even hair care. SLS is a foaming agent and you would be surprised how many things in your home have it! I am proud to say I am sulfate free in all of my beauty products now!
Enough rambling, let’s get to it! I am posting about both AM and PM products and will specify when I use each product. Or actually, if I don’t specifically say AM or PM then it’s safe to assume I use it both at night and in the mornings.
ONE. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. I am a huge fan of cleansing balms and love this balm to oil formula in the first step of my double cleansing routine. I love how gentle this balm is and yet it still manages to get off every bit of mascara I use without damaging my eyelashes. I also love that it’s non-toxic and cruelty free!
TWO. Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub. I am not normally a fan of using an exfoliating face wash every single day but trust me when I say this one is gentle enough to use daily and I really feel like it gets my face super clean! Plus it’s sulfate free!
THREE. Clinique Clarifying Lotion. This toner has been my ride or die for at least the past twenty years. This was the very first toner I ever used and it is the BEST. I have tried switching to a natural toner but all of the ones I tried made my skin feel sticky and that’s not good so I am back to using this one. RIDE OR DIE.
FOUR. Body Merry Eye Cream. I am always on the lookout for a good eye cream, especially since switching back to night shift almost two years ago. I feel like my eyes are always puffy and have super dark circles so I decided to give this eye cream I found on Amazon (with great reviews) a whirl and so far I really love it. It’s packed with good for your skin ingredients like Organic Rosehip Oil & Vitamins B5 + C + E and more!
FIVE. Yeouth Retinol 2.5% Serum. I have recently gotten into retinols and after a lot of research I finally decided to try this one. This serum is packed full of hyaluronic acid, vitamin e and aloe vera to help reduce fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate and moisturize, and soothe and repair skin. I use this product at NIGHT TIME only and I swear my skin is looking a little tighter!
SIX. Heladerm Vitamin C Serum. I started using this serum a few weeks ago and my skin LOVES it!! I use this serum during the DAY TIME and it is packed full of vitamin c, hyaluronic acid (see a trend here??), vitamin e, and aloe vera. It is super soothing and gives my skin a little boost. I feel like my skin is literally glowing after I use this serum!
SEVEN. Desert Essence Revitalizing Oils Moisturizer. This is the moisturizer is use at NIGHT TIME and I love it because it is a little heavier than what I use during the day but not super heavy because I can’t stand the feel of anything on my face. I’m weird, I know. This moisturizer also contains Argan, Evening Primrose, and Avocado oils. Also- Desert Essence products do NOT contain any Artificial Fragrances/Dyes, SLS, PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA. Parabens, Glycols, or Phthalates. WIN.
EIGHT. Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer. I love love love this super lightweight moisturizer for DAY TIME use. It plumps, nourishes and hydrates skin with a triple hyaluronic acid complex and six natural superfoods, including our antioxidant-rich Echinacea GreenEnvy™ honey. Talk about a good for your skin product, this moisturizer is AMAZING!!!
And that’s it friends…my updated sulfate free skincare routine.A few things that I feel need mentioning are that skincare is not the only thing that cleared my skin up. I was also on prescription creams and an oral antibiotic that helped clear up my Perioral Dermatitis. I also went makeup free (except for brows and mascara) for five months and I know that helped a LOT and if I’m being completely honest with you I don’t plan on wearing a ton of makeup from here on out.
SKINCARE > MAKEUP
I have said it before and I will preach it until the day I die but having a good skincare routine is so much better than piling a ton of makeup and hoping for the best. If you have a good skincare routine then your skin will be clear and even and then you won’t have to wear a full face of makeup everyday and then your skin will be able to breathe and you will feel so much better! I promise!
I used to wear makeup every single day and I cried at the thought of having to go makeup free while I was treating my Perioral Dermatitis. I was so used to wearing a full face of makeup everyday and it was so weird to go without it but I eventually got used to it and now I’m embracing it. It’s so freeing y’all!! Trust the process!! Plus it makes getting ready to go in the mornings so much easier! HA!
If you don’t have a good skincare routine I highly encourage you to get in the habit. Your skin will thank you.
Do you have a good skincare routine??
Do you use sulfate free products??