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Facial Toners: My Favorites & Next To Try Toners for Oily/Combination Skin

One of my favorite steps in my skin care routine is when I hydrate my skin, the refreshing sense of life being sucked back into your skin after a good cleanse feels amazing. I’m usually more daring when it comes to switching up my facial toner compared to my face wash or any other facial products, which is why I have some good recommendations for my oily skin sista’s.

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner: My go-to-never-fails-me toner is the Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner, this product has never steered me wrong. Its a solid 8/10 for me because it doesn’t dry out my skin and really helps collect any left over makeup/dirty that my cleanser didn’t take off. This toner comes in handy when I feel a breakout coming on because of the witch hazel that is an astringent and helps fight off acne. The one down side I would say is that this toner isn’t the most hydrating, however it will leave a refreshing and clean sensation.

AMWAY Artistry Hydra-V Fresh Toner: Currently, I have been using this toner instead of my Thayer’s and I am honestly very impressed. Similar to the Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner, it doesn’t dry out my skin and leaves a very refreshing finish. The difference between the two toners is the hydration, it leaves my skin feeling plump, clean and moisturized. I usually struggle with hormonal break outs, however since I’m pregnant and taking prenatal vitamins I haven’t had those issues. I’m curious to see how my skin would react with my usual breakouts or skin issues after birth. Even though I am raving about this toner one thing that throws me off is the cost, which is $25 for a 2oo mL. I have no problem paying for products that work for me but in my honest opinion I believe that price is a bit much for the results I’ve gotten. The Thayer’s Toner has 355mL for $10 and has similar results. I suppose it depends on what your looking for, clean with an astringent or clean and hydrated?

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: Before I started using the Amway Artistry Hydra-V Fresh Toner I ordered The Ordinary toner, however my order was lost and I haven’t had a chance to reorder it. So I went ahead and gave the Hydra-V a shot but once I’m done with the Hydra-V toner this product is up next to try. I’ve heard great things about it so I’m eager to see what the results are specially for the texture and big pores on my cheeks. The cost of the Ordinary toner is $16 for 255 mL, which might be the middle ground between the Thayer’s and the Hydra-V toners. I’ll report back and let you guys know how this toner worked and if I’ll replace my other toners.

Until then please give me some recommendations, I would love to try out something different. Have a great weekend!


My Night Time Skin Care Routine: Oily and Acne Prone Skin

You’re never too old to become younger.

Mae West

Let me start by emphasizing that I AM NOT a skin expert but a girl trying to figure out her skins love language. Currently I’m speaking English and my skin is responding in Spanglish.

After 26 years of living on God’s green earth I still haven’t figured out my skin completely. Skin changes over time and I know 3 things for sure that have not changed..

  1. I am acne prone
  2. I have oily skin
  3. I have big pores

Now with that being said, I have found a few skin care items that have helped me with my skin issues. These items have helped me and might help you too.

My first step in my skin care routine is cleansing. Your probably wondering “Maitte, you already fucked up, what about make up removing wipes/Oil?” Well quiet honestly, I don’t wear makeup everyday to work *Kanye Shrug*. However, whenever I do decide to beat my face I usually use makeup removing wipes then go in with this Cerve Foaming Facial Cleanser.

Gentle enough for your face but strong enough to cleanse your soul.

This cleanser is one of the few cleansers I’ve ever used that does not strip my skin. When I was younger I believed that because of my oily skin I needed to feel my face squeaky clean to the point of it feeling tight and dry. However, as I entered the University of YouTube and beauty guru’s would mention that oily skin becomes oilier because of lack of moisture and blah blah blah. I finally realized that I needed to cleanse my face without over doing it. This cleanser is specifically formalized for oily skin and I can not recommend it enough!

Tone your face as much as you try to tone your arms.

Once you’ve cleansed your face you would think that all the makeup and gunk would be gone, right? Think again! That’s the beauty of toners they help remove the excess makeup, oil, etc. that was left behind from cleansing. I’ve tried many different toners, however I always come back to this classic, Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Rose Petal.

I apply my toner by soaking a cotton pad and lightly swiping across my entire face and down my neck. Allow a couple of minutes to pass by as you allow the toner to dry and absorb into your skin.

P.S Don’t forget to get into your hair line as make up and dirt linger there!

This part of my skin care routine separates the girls from the Comadres, because the Comadre life is not for everyone! As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that my skin needs a little more TLC than it once did in my late teens/early twenties. Back in the days I could stay out all day, nap for 30 mins, drink and party my life away at night, then get 4 hours of sleep, wake up for my soccer games and still look fresh and rejuvenated. If I did that today I would literally look like a White Walker straight out of Game Of Thrones.

A Face Lift in a Bottle

However, what has helped me keep a more youthful look has been serums. What is a serum? Again, I’m not a dermatologist or any sort of skin expert so I’ll keep this simple. A face serum is a type of moisturizer that helps give your skin a smoother, firmer look as well as increase moisture retention and make your pores appear smaller.The Tree of Life Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, and Vitamin C Serums have been my go to face serums for two reasons, price and results.

The hyaluronic acid and retinol serums I use at night; applying the retinol serum first then following up with the hyaluronic acid. Remember, wait a few minutes in between applications to allow the serums to absorb and dry on the skin before applying the next serum.

Now if you would like me to go more in depth about these face serums, especially the Vitamin C, let me know in the comments below so I can write a separate blog post!

Light Weight Under Eye Gel Cream

Maitte are you done yet?” Nope, not yet! One of the most important parts of your face that should be taken care of is your under eye area. Girls, it’s 2019 nobody has time for crows feet or baggy under eyes, PERIODT! Remember to always use a under eye cream, I have been using Artistry Hydra-V Refreshing Eye Gel Cream. This eye gel cream is very refreshing and light weight, which is great for day time wear and for under makeup.

Seal it with moisture

Lastly and arguably one of the most important steps, I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. To seal in all that work and money I put onto my face I apply the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It’s light weight and fast absorbing, perfect for oily skin.

Start to finish it takes me 20-30 mins to complete all these steps, and this is my “simple” routine. My night time skin care routine is the time of day where I can start to wind down before bed, its almost as if I’m washing away all my worries of the day. I truly enjoy the process not because I have to but because it feels great to take care of myself.

What do you do for your night time skin care routine? I wanna know, comment below!