Seasons change and so should your most used skincare products! Chances are, your skin will have different needs depending on the time of year it is. I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving break/weekend.
I want to take a minute to talk about avocado oil! Over the summer, I talked a lot about how I was implementing jojoba oil into my daily skincare routine. This oil was perfect for the sweltering days I spent outside, even with its relatively low SPF of 4 I felt like jojoba provided the light coverage and moisture that I needed without making my skin feel greasy or clogged. When I said goodbye to San Diego, and eventually summer, I started to doubt whether or not jojoba was doing enough for my skin.
I live in Washington D.C during the school year and last winter, although exceptional, was really really freakin' cold. My skin doesn't get dry often, but when weather conditions are harsh like that I started noticing my lips were getting chapped and my skin wasn't staying moisturized all day. Around October this year, the weather dipped. It feels a lot colder this year than it did this time last year, but maybe not. Regardless, I retired my jojoba oil and switched it for a thicker, less comedogenic alternative: avocado oil.
The Pre-Moisturizing Routine
Every morning, I splash some water on my face, tone with witch hazel, and lather a small dime-sized portion of avocado oil into my skin. At night, I either use coconut oil or Botanic's cleanser to wash my face. I've been rotating the two, but as of the past week I've found that the Botanics cleanser is really effective. The weeks leading up to the election stressed me out as my calendar simultaneously filled up with midterms and meetings; so as you can imagine, my skin is not doing so well.
After cleansing at night, sometimes I throw in a quick exfoliant to liven my skin up. (In case you missed it or forgot, I outlined a really easy Three Step Skincare Routine earlier this year.) I'm currently switching back and forth between two Shea Moisture products: African Black Soap Scrub for morning/midday showers and Raw Shea Butter Scrub at night.
Post cleansing and exfoliating, I'll decide whether or not I want to do a face mask. Lately, I've been trying to get back into the habit of doing a mask 2-3 times a week for different purposes. September and October went by so quickly and I realize now that I didn't spend as much time catering to my skin's needs as I should have. Current favorite mask? Definitely my Super Volcanic pore mask from Innisfree. It absorbs into my skin without drying and flaking, which I've learned is good for moisturizing. If it cracks, it's actually drying out your skin. If it absorbs, the way Glossier's Green Mask and Formula 10.0.6's Deep Down Detox Mud Mask does, then it's doing your skin the service it needs: moisturizing it.
Avocado Oil For Daily Moisture
As I explained earlier, I use avocado oil in the morning and night. I'm noticing that the oil seals in moisture for the whole day, whereas I don't think I felt the same way about jojoba oil. Avocado oil is also less likely to clog your pores than jojoba oil. Bonus!
When paired with my rosy lips Vaseline, my skin actually feels invincible. Of course, the amount of water directly impacts just how dewey your skin will look and feel. I'm trying my best to fill my 20 oz water bottle at least four times a day. I'm better about drinking water when I don't have classes, but unfortunately I'm a full time student (and will be for the next two and a half years), so I need to step on it!
I think the biggest takeaway from this post is that different oils work for different folks. It's a lot of trial and error, but I think I'll stick with jojoba in the summer and avocado in the fall-spring. I encourage you all to experiment with different kinds of moisturizing oils or products, as well! But always be mindful of how comedogenic (likely to clog your pores = pimple-causing) they are. Coconut oil, unless it's fractioned I've heard, is generally an oil to avoid when using for moisture. Keep an eye out for a special serum I'm cooking up.
Please remember to take care of yourselves - physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. Skincare is a great outlet for me because when times are rough, I have less time to care for my physical body which in turn blocks my ability to care for my spirit and mental health. Everyone is different, so however you are able and willing to care for yourself, I urge you to do so. Sending you all love and protection.