Turns out being a touring musician is hell on your skin. I mean who would have thought late nights, smokey venues, and gas station burgers at 3:00 AM would show up on your face. Needless to say there was a time in my life when I became pretty desperate to find some sort of salvation for my weary skin. And in that desperation I've tried things I dare not even say out loud. And although nobody's skin is exactly the same, I can tell you some things that I've learned (the hard way) along my skincare journey so that hopefully you can avoid some of the mistakes I've made.
COCONUT OIL IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
Coconut oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride ) is going to make you break out EVEN IF the product says it’s non-comedogenic. Lather that stuff all over your body but for the love of all that's holy don't put it on your face.
LESS IS MORE
You don't need 20+ products to have great skin. In fact using too many can be harsh and unforgiving for your skin. If you’re hell bent on using multiple actives (retinol, vit c, aha, bha, etc) don’t layer them.. alternate and use on different days.
I know what you're thinking "it's late, I'm tired, one night without washing my face is no big deal". Well Sheila, it is in fact a big deal. First of all, sleeping with your makeup on is a one way ticket to haggard looking skin. Second, being consistent with your skincare is the best way to help prevent any sort of facial upheaval.
OIL IS THE ANSWER
There was a time, back in my more ignorant years, where I thought using oil on my skin would make it oilier. I am now am a wiser and more enlightened human being. Using an oil cleanser makes my sensitive, acne prone skin sooo happy and hydrated.