What better time to update y’all on my skincare routine than in quarantine?! My skin is thriving right now! No makeup, can soak in the good products all day. It’s been great! I can mask as much as I want. I hope your skin is enjoying this awful time as much as mine is.
My last skincare routine post was a year ago, and while a lot of things are the same there are a few new products I’d like to highlight. I should do a better job of updating y’all on instagram stories of what new skincare products I’m trying since I really do love the stuff. Honestly, my skincare is something I am so passionate about! I linked last years routine post above, but one of my favorite blog posts I’d also love for you to check out is my skin journey. It’s how I got to this place, and why I am so passionate.
I like to start these posts off by saying I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR PROFESSIONAL! While these are products that work for me, not everything works the same on different skin types. Try what is best for your skin and always start off small. Don’t change all of your products at one time. Start with one for a week and then add in another new one. Always stop using something if your skin appears irritated. You have to find what works best for you!
In the morning I will wash my face in the shower with just one of the cleansers listed below. Once I am out and my face is dry I apply some vitamin c, eye cream, moisturizer depending on the time of year and then sunscreen. Sunscreen being the most important part! If I am feeling crazy into my makeup I’ll add a primer before I start my makeup routine. It’s very simple and straightforward.
When using the vitamin c make sure you let that dry before moving on to layering anything else. Also, when applying any sort of eye cream always use your ring finger and pat (don’t tug) the eye area. It’s your most sensitive area of your face and your ring finger has the least amount of strength.
This is where the lengthy process is. While this looks long to read, it honestly doesn’t take me ore than 15 min at most!
If you read last years routine than you know I am a believer in the double cleanse. I also believe that what you cleanse with honestly doesn’t matter that much because it’s going to be washed away anyway and doesn’t stay on your skin that long. Just pick something that is cheap and works well. It’s worth it more to spend the bulk of your money elsewhere. If you do have extra money and want to buy a better cleanser by all means do, I just choose not to.
Cleanse 1: I always start with a makeup wipe. Your makeup wipe doesn’t matter and is a personal choice. My favorite is the Target dupe of Neutrogena wipes and no the Neutrogena wipes do not compare. It’s the Target dupes all the way! These take off all my face and eye makeup. I try not to rub it on my eyes hard and simply just rub my lashes to get mascara off. I prefer these because they are super moist and don’t dry out quick.
Cleanse 2: After I get all my makeup off I heat up the water and cleanse with this Mario Badescu Acne Cleanser. To me this stuff is a good second step of getting makeup off. It doesn’t lather like crazy but after my makeup wipe you can see the water cloud up with other makeup still coming off my face.
Cleanse 3: This last cleansing step I feel like is finally down to my actual skin and is actually cleansing the skin and not just getting the makeup off. I use this La Roche-Posay one. It’s the best price for the amount of product you get. I’ve tried to find another cleanser, but nothing can beat this price!
Toner/Exfoliant: Next I use a chemical exfoliator. I use this every other night to every night.
*NEW* Oil and Serum: This is the added step. I’ve been using True Botanicals for almost a year now and am soooo in love! My skin has never felt more hydrated, healthy and plump. After cleansing and toning I start with their oil. I use the clear line since acne is my biggest concern, but they have a few lines based on what your needs are. You only need a few drops of the oil. It spreads super easy! Next I follow with their clear serum. I rotate nights with the serum and my next step retinol.
Retinol: There is a ton of Retinol products out there. It really is about finding which product works for you. I started out with using Differin and would suggest that to anyone who has acne they are having issues clearing. If you are going to use Differin you need to slowly introduce it and moisturize! I’ve tried a few different retinols that you can read about in last years post, but have worked my way up to using SkinCeuticals .5%.
*NEW* Eye Oil: Another new True Botanicals product I’m using. I have incredibly sensitive eyes. Any sort of eye cream with antiaging products in it irritates my eye area. It’s awful! The two eye products I’ve mentioned is the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t mess me up. I think that’s because they are both all natural. Your eye area is so sensitive and can age the fastest so it’s important to keep them moisturized.
I know that some of these products are expensive but they are worth it and last a while! If I can give any advice it’s that it is so much better to save up and spend your money on something that will last you 6 months and be super potent that entire time, rather than something cheap that stops working after month 1. Or to spend $30 at the drug store every other month on a product that does nothing for you. At that point you’re spending as much if you’d have just paid for one good product up front.
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