My Current Skincare Routine
Alright, let's get into it. Skincare gives me life. Every girl has her thing; designer shoe hoarder, handbag fiend, diamonds for days. Skincare is my thing. I love to buy it, try it, and apply it (#rhymingwin).
By watching more Youtube videos than I'd like to admit, reading articles and books from some of my favorite makeup artists and skincare industry gods (aka Caroline Hirons, this woman is my bible), and plain old trial & error, I've learned a lot about the subject. I'm not an expert or a certified anything, but I love to share my insight with friends and family, or anyone who asks really.
My skin type is textbook combination skin. I tend to produce excess sebum (oil) in my T-zone, have dry patches around my cheeks and nose, and my skin changes dramatically according to the season. A skin condition I suffer from most often is dehydrated skin. This means my skin can feel tight and dry yet look oily. Like why?? Ugh.
Praise be to Jesus that I rarely suffer from breakouts #blessed. I credit this to my diligent skincare routine , a (mostly) well-balanced diet, drinking a crap ton of H2O, and genes.
Cleanse (AM & PM)
This is the most important step in the whole routine. If we do not remove the makeup, dirt, and excess sebum from our faces at the beginning of each morning and end of each night, all the other lovely serums, moisturizers, and treatments we use won't properly absorb. We must start with a very clean, fresh face.
Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is a super gentle cleanser with a slippery, gel-like texture and light rose scent. It's made with similar cleansing agents found in contact solution, so it's safe to use around the eye area. I prefer this when I don't have heavy duty cleansing to do (i.e. not wearing a lot of make/haven't been outside all day). That is why it's perfect for a refreshing morning cleanse.
Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser is a newer product I've been trying out. The mango butter formula feels thick and balm-like. The emollient texture melts away makeup easily. Aveda's commitment to environmental responsibility by using jojoba exfoliating beads instead of plastic micro-beads is a definite plus. They gently slosh away dead skin cells and boost skin's radiance. Seriously y'all, this is the first cleanser I've ever used that doesn't give my skin a tight feeling afterwards, which is great for balancing for combo skin. Keepin' it moisturized in dry spots, and not so oily in others. I get a deep clean from this cleanser, so it's appropriate for use at night to take off all my makeup and wash away dirt.
2. Exfoliate (PM only)
You may recognize this as the 'toning' step. That terms is being weeded out in the industry, and being replaced with "exfoliating lotion" or "liquid exfoliant". These products are poured onto a small cotton-round, and wiped over the face. I use Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant. Made with witch hazel, lavender and chamomile extracts, and salicylic acid, it wipes away dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, clearer, and toned complexion. It leaves my skin primed to fully absorb serum and moisturizer.
3. Serum (PM only)
Serums are a watery lotion or oil made of highly concentrated ingredients like antioxidants, anti-agers, and hydrators. This usually puts them on the pricier end of skincare products, but it's a great small step that reaps serious benefits. If you want to know where to invest your money in skincare, get yourself a high quality serum.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is my current serum of choice. It's made of essential oils and botanicals, leaving my skin replenshed and glowy. I wake up looking like a had 10 hours of sleep. Only 3 or 4 drops are needed, making this product worth the price tag since it lasts a couple months.
4. Moisturize (AM & PM)
Applying a layer of moisture to your skin ensures hydration, protection from the elements, and overall skin health. This is the area I probably invest in the least, there are plenty of great options at the drugstore (P.S. drugstore favorites post coming soon!)
In the morning I use Neutrogena's Oil Free Moisture with Broad Spectrum SPF 35. This lotion is the best way for me to get daily SPF. SPF 35 is plenty for being outside a couple of times a day (i.e. going to and from work, running errands, having dinner outside). This lotion is lightweight, and doesn't feel or look like regular sunscreen. 2 pumps covers my face and neck/decolletage.
At night, I use Glossier's Priming Moisturizer in layers depending on how dry my skin feels. This cream plumps up my skin, calms down redness, and is filled with yummy ingredients. Vitamincs A, C, & E, mushroom extract, tea and honey extracts, and hyaluronic acid. I sometimes even layer it on top of the Neutrogena lotion in the morning for an extra dewy look.
Sometimes I use the Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad. It is supposed to provide gentle exfoliation while cleansing, but I don't think it does a whole lot. It sure does feel nice though, like a mini massage. I love that it's made of silicone; easy to clean and resistant to bacteria.
I use Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief occasionally before or after applying makeup, when it's hotter than heck outside, or when I just feel like being fancy and spraying expensive water on my face. It's a nice pick me up. The aloe water in it is a nice natural moisturizer as well.
Comment below to let me know what some of your favorite skincare products are! Facial slumber party, anyone?? :)
Till next time!