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Spring Skin Care Routine for Dry, Acne-Prone Skin

My skin care is fairly simple and pretty consistent year round, because I have easily irritated, acne prone, super, incredibly, crazy dry skin. But there are a few variables that switch around as seasons change, so I figured I’d give a little update. For reference, I’m a 26 year old with cystic/hormonal acne, and I do pretty much everything I can to NURTURE and not strip or murder my skin. Therefore I don’t use a ton of masks or treatments, just one here or there, but I will get into that point later. I also try to use strictly cruelty free makeup and skin products, so all of the brands mentioned are brands that I believe to be cruelty free (Curology is the one exception); just in case you were wondering! I’m going to start with my PM products & routine, then transition into AM products and routine, and finally into occasional treatments and lip products. Let’s get started.

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  • Pacifica Cactus Water: to remove facial make up.
  • Alba Botanical Eye Make Up Remover: to remove eye makeup.
  • Drunk Elephant Beste no9 Jelle Cleanser: to gently cleanse.
  • Curology: anti-microbial/fungal/inflammatory.
  • The Ordinary .5% Retinol in Squalane: to treat signs of age, fine lines, texture.
  • Drunk Elephant Virgin Luxury Marula Oil: to hydrate.
  • Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum: for fine lines and hydration around eye area.

First of all, I use all reusable make up removal products (wash cloths, muslin cloths, etc.). I begin by applying both make up removers using a muslin cloth. I usually gently cleanse with both products for around 1 minute each, just to ensure that all makeup has been dissolved in a mild, but effective way. I then wet and wash my face with a pea sized amount of the DE cleanser. After allowing my face to thoroughly dry, I apply my DE eye cream (one pump) and two full pumps of my Curology topical. Just for the record, I actively avoid my eye area with pretty much every product, excluding eye cream and Marula oil. I allow the Curology to set into my skin for at least 20 minutes, then apply two drops of The Ordinary Retinol serum. I again allow my skin to rest and absorb for 15-20 minutes. The last step I take before going to sleep is applying 2-3 drops of the Ordinary 100% Marula Oil. This leaves my skin happy and hydrated, with no itchy, tight, or burning sensations. I also haven’t experienced any adverse reactions to this particular combo of products.


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  • The Ordinary 100% Marula Oil: to hydrate
  • Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream: to hydrate, brighten, and firm skin.
  • Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum: to hydrate and maintain appearance of eye area.
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen: for UV protection.
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5: Added dose of moisture retention before make up application

I do not cleanse my skin in the morning, because I find it irritating to my super, extra, pathetically dry skin. I learned that the difficult way. So I thoroughly wash my hands and then dive in with the moisturizing. I start with 2 drops of Marula Oil. I then apply my eye cream and allow my face to soak that all in for 10 or so minutes before applying <1 pump of DE Protini (I really love this moisturizer). I let that set for as long as I can; my morning routine is usually really rushed, so I just allow products to soak in for as long as possible before I need to move on. I then apply my sunscreen, when applicable. If I'm not going to be outside for any significant amount of time, I skip this step; my foundation has SPF in it, and I don't want to waste product if I'm not even going to fully utilize it (example being: most winter days when I avoid being outside like the plague). Last step before applying my make up: I apply 2-3 drops of HA. I find this to be an excellent primer for me. I also find this routine to be incredibly nourishing and adequately preparatory for a long day of full foundation.

Face Masks:

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  • Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask: to brighten.
  • Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari BabyFacial: to exfoliate.
  • The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: to intensely exfoliate.
  • Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Mask: to purify.
  • Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask: to hydrate.

I do not use most masks often. I usually find them superfluous or unnecessary, and I use them on a strictly intuitive basis, mostly. If I'm feeling extra dry, I will use my Glossier Moisturizing Moon mask; If I'm feeling extra congested, I'll use my Glossier Mega Greens Galazy Pack, and so on. The only masks that I use regularly are my exfoliating masks. I love AHA BHA treatments, because I think chemical exfoliants are much easier on my skin than physical exfoliants. I like to exfoliate because I have blackheads, scarring, and texture to my skin that I've seen improvement in with the use of chemical exfoliation. I use The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% twice a week, usually. Every few weeks, I will replace one of those uses with BabyFacial. I find those to be effective and non-irritating.


  • Yes to Coconuts Lip Balm.
  • Shea Moisture Lip Balm.
  • Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm.
  • Glossier Balm Dot Com.
  • Pacifica Lip Balm.

I have extremely dry lips and rotate through intensely moisturizing lip products.

Well that's all for now, friends. I occasionally throw a few curve balls into my skin care but none so notable that I've thought to include them here; maybe one day I'll write a post about my strictly occasional serums, oils, and creams. If you have any questions about the products that are in my current rotation, feel free to drop me a comment here or email me. I plan on doing more in depth independent reviews of many of these products, so stay tuned for that. As always, thanks for being here, and much love to you.