Banishing Blemishes: My Go-To Routine

My skin just likes to randomly break out sometimes, especially around that time of the month (ladies, you know what I'm talking about). Around that time, or whenever I feel one sneaking up through the cracks, there are a few things that I do to prevent it from happening. Get your pen and paper ready, for I'm about to reveal some award-winning secrets of mine that will change your skincare routine around.

After I thoroughly cleanse my face, I use the Clarins Toning Lotion to rid my face from any excess makeup that might still be there. You never know, half the time I think I got everything off, but it shocks me every time after I look at the cotton pad. I decided to try this toner awhile back on a whim, but I ended up loving and re-purchasing. I like the subtle fragrance it has, as it leaves my face feeling freshly clean and hydrated.

Next, I use the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate to prep my face for the night. Honestly, I cannot praise this serum enough. When I ran out of this oil for a week, my face just felt different - a bad different. It just wasn't the same. This serum is amazing though, it's super hydrated and stays hydrated all the way through the night. Don't take my word for it, go out to your nearest boutique and grab a sample for the night.

The next step is the game-changer. Typically, on a daily basis, I would just apply face cream and call it a night. However, when I feel a little something something surfacing, I combine the cream with the Clarins Blue Orchid face treatment oil. Apply this oil when you first suspect the incident, not after it occurs. It helps keep my face moisturized, and 70% of the time keeps the pesky pimple away.

Of the 30% chance that it doesn't work, I give it an extra tender loving care and apply the Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment. I've been using this treatment since middle school, and it's been working for me every single time. Within a week, say goodbye to mister pimple. Sidenote: this works the best when you apply a thin layer on the pimple after you pop it. Of course, if it can't be popped right away, don't do it. I rather live with the pimple for a few more days, than to live with the scar for months.
This is my nighttime acne-prone skincare routine. Everyone gets pimples, even the most "perfect" person will get something they get insecure about. It's how you react to it that makes all the difference. Yes, it's important to take care of your skin. However, don't center your life on that one pesky problem. Work around it. We can't let that pimple control our lives! Just smile through it, and no one will even care.

What are some of your must-have skincare products that get you through this "difficult" time?