I used to have oily skin like the rest of my sisters but those days have been long gone since taking Accutane in high school. It was like having my own personal strobing… all over my face. While the drug (mostly) solved my severe acne issues, it left me with a different landscape to work with, so to speak. I’ve halfheartedly tried to find the right blend of products that will nourish my dry skin for years – but being in the freezing cold finally forced me to hasten my search.
Without further ado, here’s a rundown of my skin care routine for dry skin:
Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash – Nothing makes me feel as fresh-faced as this Salicylic Acid-based cleanser. Every morning, I splash my face as enthusiastically as if I were a Neutrogena spokesperson. Just kidding. That would make such a mess.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub – I try to exfoliate at least twice a week. This is my go-to because it doesn’t have any of those ocean-destroying microbeads and smells good.
Clean & Clear Advantage Oil-Free Acne Control Moisturizer – This was my go-to everyday moisturizer for quite some time. It’s very thick, the bottle seems to replenish itself, and it was a good starting base for makeup. I just hate that it doesn’t have built-in SPF. Melanin can only do so much cancer-fighting.
CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, SPF 30 – It was that need for sun protection that brought me to CeraVe. Anything that allows me to double up on steps is fine by me.
Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 35 – Cheaper sun protection!
SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Oil Free Moisturizer – My dermatologist recommended this to me – to my confusion – because it’s made for oily or combination skin. I tried using it consistently for about a month and couldn’t fall in love with it for daily use for the same reason I kind of liked it. Its coverage was very sheer which was amazing for the days I wanted to just moisturize and head out the door… but it wasn’t nearly enough for when I needed something to build on for my foundation.
AmLactin – It’s the same old cycle. I look at Amlaction in my Amazon cart and ask, “Do I really need a $20 bottle of lotion?” Without fail, my parched skin cries out feebly, “Yes, you fool.” I order it, and in no time at all, my skin feels back to normal, nay, softer than normal and I’m happy until I run out of lotion again.
Lupita N’yongo is one of my skin idols. Her skin looks so shiny and supple and hydrated and I could go on about this for several more paragraphs but will stop here. Naturally, I scoured the Internet to find her beauty secrets and discovered they weren’t secrets at all. In fact, she’s mentioned her love of oils in plenty of interviews, specifically an affection for:
Avocado oil – If I sniff really hard, I do smell avocado. Yummy.
Kukui oil – A little bit goes a long way.
Castor oil – Castor oil is to Haitian people what Windex is to the Portokalos. We put it on everything, especially our hair and skin. I juggle between this clear version:
And the traditional Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Olive oil – because sometimes you just want to slather olive oil all over your body. Source: Your kitchen.
Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm – I smear this lip balm, infused with Vitamin E and peppermint, all over my lips and even slightly past them. I sometimes think back to the days of my youth when I would constantly lose my tubes before getting to the end and shudder. All that wasted lip balm.
Honorable mention: None. I can’t function without my Burt’s.