It's gonna get sappy up in here.
As I told you guys last week, I’m in the middle of the process of moving. I always forget how long this shit takes. As I write this, it’s 11 p.m. and I’ve been lugging boxes all day. I don’t even own that much stuff! Do I? How does this happen? Come to think of it, you’ll be reading this on Monday, the day of the actual move, so say a prayer to your favorite pop star that I survive this all.
Now onto what's most important: my face right now. I know we’re all in different locations, but I’m sure that no matter where you’re reading this from, it has been hot. I love it — don’t get me wrong, but it has forced me to change up my beauty routine in a couple of ways. I definitely have that summery, dewy glow that can really only be achieved by constant summer heat, and I don’t hate it. Typically, I want to stay matte on my forehead and T-zone, but hey, it’s been 95 degrees for a week straight, what do you expect?
Plus, it’s cute.
However, it does make me pay even closer attention to my skin. I’m wearing less makeup because, in this heat, what’s the point? I’m also sticking to gel moisturizers to hit me with a ton of moisture without any oil. It’s helping, but my skin has been known to freak out in the heat, if I’m not careful. Plus, I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but I feel like my pores are wide open in the summer, so I’m doing my best to keep them clear.
I have pretty normal skin that, I have a feeling, is getting more oily the older I get. I'm always insecure about blackheads on my nose and t-zone (and I'm not insecure about much). So I’m all about exfoliators, cleansers, and masks to really get in and suck all of the junk out of my pores to keep me from pushing and picking at my skin. That’s not to say that they’ve stopped me from picking altogether, but when my pores look clear and small, I forget about them and don't mess with them as much. And I never use magnifying mirrors because that shit just makes me crazy.
I thought I’d share with you the three products that I use to keep my pores clear and my skin looking just right all summer. I figured since I'm moving all of this shit out of my apartment, I might as well move all this shit out of my pores, too. AM I RIGHT?! Oh stop, you know I'll do anything for an angle.
When you think MAC, you probably don’t think skincare. That’s okay, neither do I. This showed up at my door a few months back and then made its way into my shower and here we are.
It squeezes out of the tube thick, gritty, and jet black. It’s a course exfoliator, almost a paste, that thins out a bit when applied to damp skin. Gently rub it in and it does all the work for you. The blend of sugar crystals and volcanic ash scrub off dead skin, unclog pores, and remove impurities without feeling too rough.
When I use it, I cleanse right when I get in the shower, then I leave it on until I’m about to hop out to really let it pull dirt out of my pores. After the first time I used it, I toweled off my face and inspected my skin in the mirror and had one of those “OH SHIT” moments. I didn’t even think my skin had looked bad beforehand, but after using this, the difference was clear.
It’s a rough one, so I only use it twice a week, tops. It’s great for nights or mornings when my skin feels like it’s been sitting in its own oil for hours and needs a fresh start.
I was skeptical about this mask when I first received it because everything in Glossier’s collection is so gentle. I thought, literally, is this lil' guy really gonna be strong enough to yank dirt out of my pores? Turns the fuck out, this is one of my top favorite products in their whole collection. (Sorry I'm swearing so much in this article, I'm tired and I'm sore and I'm hungry.)
I know everyone feels some type of way about Glossier, but if there’s one product I think everyone should try it’s this. (And Balm Dotcom. I have at least ten of them.)
In terms of decongesting masks, it’s not going to leave your face feeling it just went through something, but it will leave your skin looking clear, even, and beautiful. I’m all about a good mask and I love trying new ones, but this is the only one I’ve gone back to again and again and again since it launched at the beginning of last year. It really is that shit.
The mask is made with white clay to purify and draw out impurities, greens, and antioxidants like acia and bilberry to help clear and protect, with avocado oil and aloe to calm and soften skin. Throw this on for twenty minutes and dirt and oil buildup and clogged pores are a thing of the past. It’s amazing to me how such a gentle mask can have such a dramatic effect on your skin, but it works every time.
Alright, things are about to get GRAPHIC and for that I apologize.
I know everyone is all about that chrome GLAMGLOW mask, and for obvious reasons. Selfies! Maybe we’ll get to that later. That said:
Oh. My. God.
You might think that GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment is like any other clay mask, but you'd be wrong. This one is a supercharged detoxifying mask, like all of your favorites combined.
This one is the final boss level clay mask.
It’s made up of a blend of six acids to clear, tone, and brighten skin. Activated charcoal sucks all that shit out of your pores, and natural ingredients calm and sooth. Spread a thin layer of the mask across your face and you feel it going to work immediately. Your skin is hit with a tingling, cooling sensation that makes me kind of antsy but is not uncomfortable. The mask dries down to a grey clay and that’s when it really starts to go down.
When the mask has dried, you start to see black dots (dark gray dots, if we’re being picky) start to appear on the mask. KNOW WHAT THEY ARE? They’re the excess oil that was lodged deep inside your pores. It looks…so gross.
Now I’m not one of those sick fucks that watches blackhead extraction videos on youtube because I’m not a monster, but I can see how some people would get some weird, visceral satisfaction out of this mask. I was way grossed out by it, mortified even, but hey, better out than in, right? Ew.
Do you guys want to see a photo of the end result? Because I took a few.
No. I can't.
Yes I can, here.
Now obviously, oil is not bad for your skin. Your skin needs oil, but when there's excess oil, that's when skin starts to snap. After this mask, my skin looked crazy. I’d venture to say that my pores had never looked smaller? Almost nonexistent. Pores don’t ever change in size, (unfortunately) you can just make them look smaller by making sure they’re clean, and mine may not have ever been cleaner than after using this mask.
UGH, so anyway my pores are clear but my life is a mess and I'm currently hustling boxes into my new apartment, so tweet me nice things @TynanBuck and tell me your favorite decongesting products down in the comments.
And, please, please, please don't get gross.
(Or do. Whatever.)