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The amount of time that I spent searching for a foundation that would give me “perfect” looking skin is really embarrassing. I bounced from one heavy, full coverage foundation to the next!

The truth is, foundation only looks as good as the skin underneath it. So like any beauty aficionado, I turned to YouTube! I was peppered with the latest and so-called greatest routines and product recommendations.

I settled on an overly complicated 11 step skincare routine supposedly made popular in Korea. After rummaging through my stash of samples and half used (and forgotten about) products, I found enough stuff to slap on my face.

I tried this routine for about a week before I threw in the towel. My skin was NOT happy! It actually looked angry. I had new breakouts, new dark spots and no glow in sight. My pores looked worse than they ever had!

So after stumbling onto this video by Kiki G, I decided to boil down my routine to the absolute bare necessities. She does a great job of explaining exactly why each step that she recommends is necessary.

I asked myself what my skin actually needed. It needed to be clean (which includes removing my makeup first), moisturized and protected.

These few products helped to get my skin back in balance:

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser (The one with the green lid)

Sometimes and oldie is a goodie! The cleanser does a wonderful job of breaking down my makeup before I wash my face.  After slathering it on in a thin layer, I let it sit for 5 minutes or so before removing it with a warm washcloth.

Cerave Renewing SA Cleanser for Normal Skin

This cleanser is amazing!  It’s a gel cleanser with a light foaming action that doesn’t strip my skin.  It has the added bonus of salicylic acid for gentle daily exfoliation.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Moisturizer with SPF 30

I was so excited to find this moisturizer!  It’s a super light weight, non-greasy moisturizer that has the added bonus of a broad spectrum spf.  It absorbs fast too!

Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Sleeping Cream

Even though I have oily skin, it still tends to get dehydrated overnight. This helps my skin retain moisture overnight and my skin feels super soft in the mornings!

Cerave Eye Repair Cream

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I wanted a simple, no bells or whistles eye cream that would help with fine lines and dark circles.  This cream really does foot the bill!  Cerave is a cult favorite for a reason.  I noticed a difference after a few weeks.  My lines were softer and my dark circles were less noticeable.

I plan to add some treatment products to my routine once I do a little more research.

What do you think is missing from my routine??

I’d love to know what some of  your must have skincare products are?? Let me know in the comment section below!

XOXO

Aisha