October 25, 2013

Caring for Combination Skin: Anna Mae's College Routine

The other day, I was brainstorming blog post ideas while skimming through photos on Facebook, when I came upon a source of great inspiration - my nephew's long-time girlfriend, Anna Mae. Anna Mae is studying English education and theater in Wisconsin, while working part-time in the insurance industry, keeping a strong relationship with her family, boyfriend, and close circle of friends, getting outstanding grades, and somehow always walking around with a smile. To top it off, she ALWAYS looks completely put together.
Anna Mae and my nephew, William
Since I'd totally love to have her super rosy, pale complexion, I asked Anna Mae to share her skincare and makeup routine for my blog readers. She very sweetly sent me a wonderful list of her favorite products, including some I recognize and others I'm looking forward to trying out someday.

The "Anna Mae's College Routine" writeup will be a two-part series. First, I want to share a few of the skincare products she uses to maintain a youthful glow.


Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Face Scrub
Though marketed to teenagers, Anna Mae finds her skin to be super soft after cleansing, without the burning sensation she has gotten from other facial scrubs.

You can order this product on Amazon for as low as $7.45 right now. The reviews are very positive, so if you have sensitive skin but still want to try a face scrub, definitely check it out.

Scrubs are great for that super fresh feeling, but if your skin is a bit more sensitive than Anna Mae's, check out Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash, available for less than $5. It's a very light cleanser at a great price.


LUSH Cosmetics Breath of Fresh Air Toner
Sometimes Anna Mae's skin can be uncooperative at times, so this toner helps provide some balance and smoothness, feeling wonderful after scrubbing the skin clean. A plus is the soft, calming scent!

If you're looking for a new toner to try, check out the LUSH website, where you can order the smaller 3.3oz spray for just $9.95. If you love it, they offer their larger 8.4oz size for $21.95.

While Anna Mae has combination skin, which can be tricky, women with very dry skin may also find it difficult to find a toner that doesn't cause irritation. Merle Norman Daily Moisture Toner for dry skin offers antioxidants and just a small amount of fragrance to help dry skin feel great without the irritation.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin
Anna Mae spent years trying to find the right moisturizer for her skin because her forehead and chin were very dry but her nose and t-zone were very oily. Neutrogena's moisturizer helps balance everything out, so she always rubs a little on in the morning and at night.

When she wants a little coverage without wearing foundation, Anna Mae likes to mix a little of the Neutrogena moisturizer with her favorite liquid foundation, which blend together wonderfully. She also puts a little on her eyelids before applying eye makeup, which helps provide extra moisture for the sensitive skin around her eyes, and notes that her eyeshadow lasts a lot longer!

Drugstore.com has a 4oz bottle for $9.79 today and with their low shipping prices, it's one of the better deals online.

Neutrogena has been making excellent moisturizers for a very long time, but if you use this one, remember to add a sunscreen during the day since it doesn't contain any sunscreen protection. If your foundation has sun protection, you may not need the extra sunscreen in your moisturizer, but if you're going barefaced, consider these alternatives:

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
The SPF 30 and the anti-aging qualities make this an excellent choice for daytime moisturizing. The hefty pricetag may make it unrealistic for college students (their target audience is really older women anyhow), but it's an excellent product nonetheless.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
At a better price point for students, this is a great moisturizer with sun protection. The only downside is it may be too much for the oily areas, so go lighter there and layer it more heavily on dry skin.

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