Simple Skincare | Boscia review
When it comes to skincare, I subscribe to the axiom less is more.
Because the truth is my skin is a struggle. Cosmetics with silicone, certain oils, and chemicals break me out like no other and finding makeup and a skincare routine that works has been no easy feat.
Click here for my makeup recommendations for sensitive, acne-prone skin.
I've had to go through a lot of trial and error with products that ended with me enduring a bad breakout, so hopefully some of my tips can help someone else avoid the dreaded skincare Russian Roulette.
Everybody is different, and what works for me may not work for someone else, but if your skin is like mine and you’re looking to simplify your routine, give these products a try.
I like to keep a consistent routine with products I trust.
I cleanse and hydrate my skin with Boscia products in the morning. Boscia is a product line I cannot recommend enough. From gentle cleansers to non-greasy moisturizers to weekly detox face masks, it is pretty tough to go wrong with this line. They have redeveloped products in recent years and changed ingredients which is often a bad sign for those of us who are acne-prone but so far I have not had an issue with their products. Free of sulfates, preservatives, and ‘cones, their products contain natural plant, algae, and clay extracts that cleanse, refresh and deeply hydrate the skin without pore-clogging buildup.
Note: algae extract is a controversial ingredient. I spoke to the company about it several years ago and they said the type of algae used is not comedogenic. In my experience it has not caused me to break out all these years, but it’s something to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin.
My favorite cleanser is the Purifying Gel Cleanser but I also like to change it up now and then with their Detoxifying Black Cleanser, a black, warming face wash that is unique in that it leaves no residue on the skin like many other products. It doesn’t lather so that can be a plus for some. The purifying cleanser is more of an everyday cleanser and has a smooth, gel consistency that glides over the skin and removes all traces of makeup, dirt and grime.
After cleansing, I follow with Boscia Oil-free Daily Hydration (on sale now). Its very light but provides nourishing benefits to skin and is wearable under makeup.
Now, I used to use this routine twice a day, but after going through a tough bout of breakouts several months ago, I started a new routine at night that has helped greatly.
After removing my makeup and cleansing with my Boscia face wash, I mix a drop or two of tea tree oil with about 4-5 drops of jojoba Oil and gently massage this in all over my face.
Tea tree oil is a potent acne fighter but very strong, so make sure you dilute it to avoid irritating your skin!
I’ve always heard good things about jojoba oil but was terrified to try it because it is so counter intuitive to put more oil on oily skin. You would think adding oil on top of already oily, acne-prone skin is a recipe for disaster, but the only thing that can dissolve oil is another oil. An oil like jojoba can get into your pores and dissolve plugs. The key is picking an oil with a low comedogenic rating and going easy on it. Don’t go rubbing just any oil on your face, choose something like jojoba or argan oil. If it's too much to your skin, cut back to using it once every couple of days.
This has cleared my pores and reduced bumps in just a few days.
Once or twice a week, I use a Greek yogurt face mask. Yes, it's kind of gross, but it makes my skin SO SMOOTH. The lactic acid fights off acne-causing bacteria and fades hyperpigmentation, and the fat in the yogurt moisturizes so well you don't even need to follow with moisturizer. I leave it on until it starts to harden a bit, so about 20 minutes.
Also: Always rinse your face in cool water after using any kind of treatment to close the pores and calm any inflammation.
I like to exfoliate once or twice per week with my Clarisonic. I use it after I shower so it doesn’t get clogged with makeup and dirt. After each use I spritz the brush with hydrogen peroxide I keep handy in a spray bottle to keep it clean and free of bacteria.
Other lifestyle tweaks to consider
If you’ve found a good routine and are still breaking out, give some of these lifestyle hacks a try. Sometimes the cause of our skin problems is something so arbitrary that we do every day we don’t even realize the impact it’s having.
Change your pillowcase. Buildup from hair products and oil can cause or aggravate breakouts. I rotate my pillowcase each time I wash my hair and change it every couple of days.
Watch the shampoo/conditioner. I break out badly when shampoo and conditioner gets on my face. A lot of ingredients in hair products leave a film that is difficult for face wash to remove, so I use this hack: Fill a small bottle with one third apple cider vinegar and two thirds water and keep it in your shower. After you shampoo or conditioner your hair, soak a cotton ball in the mixture and clean the skin around your hairline to thoroughly remove any residue.
Let me know if you try these tricks and how they work for you! I always love to hear about new product suggestions or homemade remedies.
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