My At-Home Blemish-Busting Cleansing Routine



As I'm sure everyone experiences, sometimes my skin just doesn't want to cooperate.

I can drink all the water in the world, eat all the right things, exercise and even focus all my positive energy on it, but my pores still go through rebellious phases now and again. I'm talking enlarged pores, excess sebum (ew), big whopper pimples (double ew) and tiny red bumps on my forehead and chin. UGH. That's when I know it's time to give it a little extra lovin.'

So here's my go-to blemish-busting at-home facial routine that tends to straighten everything out and let my skin know that it's time to calm the eff down. Because seriously.

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First up I go in with my all-time favorite lip scrub from ELF. This stuff is so affordable, and does a great job at nourishing the lips while also buffing away dry patches and smoothing things out. Then I take one pump of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and start massaging it into my dry skin. This step is to remove all traces of makeup and create a nicely cleansed palette that will help my skin get the most out of the rest of this routine.

This hot cloth cleanser is so so soooo wonderful. While there are other versions of this product on the market, this one contains an ultra-soothing blend of rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus which adds a nice little dose of aromatherapy to the start of my cleansing routine.

I massage this into my dry skin for about a minute (until it becomes difficult to manipulate) and then add some water to the mix to create a bit of a lather. I continue to massage it in for another 30 seconds or so before using a hot muslin cloth to remove it using small circular motions. This effectively cleanses the skin while providing some very gentle physical exfoliation.

Now it's time for my favourite step! The REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a holy grail product for me. I have very oily, very sensitive skin, and this product is the perfect exfoliator for me. I massage a dime-size amount into my t-zone (middle of the forehead, nose, center of cheeks and chin) and let it work its magic for 15 minutes.  Then it's as simple as using that same damp muslin cloth from earlier, and massaging the mask off with gentle circular motions.

Each and every time I use this mask I see such a noticeable difference in my skin! My pores look SO much smaller and refined, and my whole face looks as if it's been smoothed out, if that makes any sense. Plus, it smells delicious and citrus-y, which I'm all about. ;)

Now that my pores have been thoroughly de-gunked, I like to go in with a treatment mask of some sort. Lately I've been loving the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask from The Body Shop, as I have quite a few pesky spots hanging out on my chin and forehead. I apply this bright green mask all over the face, focusing on any rough patches and acne spots, and let it sit on the skin for up to 30 minutes, depending on how much time I have.

This product is straight up one the best acne-clearing treatments in my arsenal, and I highly recommend it. Plus, it's super affordable, and lasts a very long time considering I use it 1-2 times per week.

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So now that my skin has been cleanses, de-gunked and treated, I typically go in with a strong charcoal mask to tighten up the pores. I will always have a soft spot for the Origins clay mask, but lately I've been experimenting with the Clinique Pore Refining Charcoal Mask, which definitely gets the job done. I apply this pretty generously to dry skin, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

Since this is the last "cleansing treatment" that I use in this routine, I like to splash the skin with cold water to help seal up the pores.

Since I typically go through this routine in the evening right before bed, I like to end it with a quick facial massage. I go in with a nourishing, hydrating toner like the L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5, and massage it into the skin using only my fingers. This product takes a while to sink in, so I massage my face using circular, upwards motions for about a minute. This is so relaxing!

Next I spot treat with a product that contains salyclic acid. I've been revisiting an old favourite from my high school days lately and have been loving the Clean & Clear Invisible Blemish Treatment. I let that dry on my spots completely before massaging a generous dollop of the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Cream all over my face. This is a thick moisturizer that somehow doesn't make my face oily! When I use this product I always wake up with plump, nourished skin that doesn't feel greasy. I'm hooked on this stuff, and bonus, it's a drugstore buy!

And that's that! This cleansing routine does the trick each and every time I'm experiencing issues. I also find it to be very effective at keeping my skin even during extreme changes in weather, and will be doing this a lot with spring on the way. 

Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post? If so, which ones are your favourites? I'd love to know! I'm always looking for more skincare products to try, so if you have any recommendations that you think I will love please leave a note in the comments!