I know this is a post that every blogger has done at one time or another but I must tell you, I love skincare products. I love buying them, love using them, love talking about them–so actually, it’s a surprise that I haven’t done one of these posts sooner!
As my skincare routine is a bit long-winded, I’m just going to jump right into it!
There are 2 different options for how I cleanse my face in the mornings. I might just use my Caudalie Cleansing Water (I got an incredible Caudalie 500-point perk [Sephora, please bring this back!!]) that contained this and deluxe samples of the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum and Day Perfecting Fluid so I am trying to use those all up before re-purchasing the full-sizes again) then continue to the next step if I know I’m just going to be at home for the day. But if I’m on my way out, I’ll use my trusty Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser. It’s very gentle and non-drying but thoroughly cleans my face and removes any traces of oil that’s accumulated on my skin during the course of the night.
Next, I spray my face with my Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Face Mist. I love this particular one because it contains a lot of great antioxidants and is alcohol-free. I use spritz it all over then press it into the skin with my fingers.
While my skin is still damp, I will apply whatever serum I’m using on that particular day. Usually it’s my beloved Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, but sometimes if I’m feeling a bit dull or too oily (as the Caudalie one does provide a bit of moisture), I’ll use my WEI Goji Berry Serum* that is chock-full of antioxidants. See a pattern here? I love skincare products that are filled with antioxidants. I think at my age, it’s important to focus on preventative skincare.
I wait about 10-15 minutes for it to absorb fully then will apply my sunscreen. Again, if I’m just staying at home, I’ll use something like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid for Normal-Combination skin or the L’Oréal Sublime Sun Sunscreen. This is because I don’t really like these sunscreens but have practically full bottles of both, so I have to find a way to use it all up. If I’m going out, I’ll use my Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF46*. I like it a lot–especially right now, when the weather’s cooler. But once it hits summer again, I will be switching back to my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Fluid Sunscreen. It’s a bit lighter and dries to a more matte finish, which is ideal for my oily skin in the hotter months.
After I apply a bit of Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF25, I’m ready for makeup (if I’m going out. If not, I’m off to make some tea! :D).
Before bed every night, I use my Aveeno cleanser again. If I’ve used a lot of base makeup on that day, I will use my cleansing water afterwards to remove all traces of it from my neck, hairline, etc.
About once a week (sometimes twice if I need a little extra TLC), I like to use a mask. Sometimes I will use my Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea Goji Berry & Acai Mask (for the antioxidants and to brighten, tighten, and refresh my skin) and sometimes I will use a mud mask if I’ve been particularly oily that week (Pure + Simple’s French Green Clay Mask* is a favorite).
Another favorite mask of mine is a homemade one. I am always surprised to find out that many people actually don’t like doing homemade masks. I can’t fathom why! They’re so, so easy to make and easy to tailor, according to your skin’s needs. My best creation is a super-simple colloidal oatmeal mask. I mix about 2 tablespoons of colloidal oatmeal with just a tiny bit of hot water to make a paste. Then I add liberal amounts of honey. Et voilà–a super easy and effective mask! It’s really gentle but works well to calm irritations, moisturize, and also helps with breakouts! It’s seriously amazing and I can’t recommend it more! But I digress…once I’ve left the mask on for 15-20 minutes, I wash my face thoroughly with lukewarm water.
About 2 times a week, I try to use an exfoliating treatment of some kind, other than my usual acne treatments or Retin-A. In rotation: my Clarisonic, my Earth Science Papaya Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel (if I use this, it also serves as my 1 mask treatment for the week), REN’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask* (this a recent addition that I am testing and loving! Again, if I use this, it serves as my mask for the week, as well), REN’s AHA Concentrate* (another recent addition), and Pure + Simple’s Lactic Acid Original 5%*.
Next, I use my Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover to remove all my eye makeup.
The next step is to tone. I do the same thing with my Ole Henriksen toning mist as I did in the AM–spray and press into skin.
Next comes treatments. Now this step varies quite a bit, depending on what my skin needs on that particular night. If my skin is breaking out or badly congested, I will use my Epiduo Gel all over. But normally I will use it just in my t-zone then apply another treatment, like the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, everywhere else. If my skin is a bit drier, I will substitute the Caudalie serum for My’s Skin Recovery Complex* (review coming soon). If my skin is a lot drier, I will use Caudalie’s S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum instead. About once or twice week, I will use my Retin-A (or Tretinoin) cream on those areas instead of one of the serums (you still with me? :P).
While I wait for the treatment/s to absorb for 15 minutes, I apply Pure + Simple’s Collagen Elastin Eye + Lip Concentrate* all over the orbital area. After waiting 5 minutes for it to absorb, I apply either my Pure + Simple Eye Brightening Cream* or my WEI Mulberry Leaf 3-in-1 Eye Cream*, which is just a tad bit lighter.
Then, I apply my Rapidlash serum every other night.
After comes lip balm–my go-to is Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF25.
While all that is melding together, I apply my cuticle cream. Right now, I’m using Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Now while that is absorbing, I apply a serum to the backs of my hands. REN’s Bio-Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate* is a favorite. Then a cream goes over all of that to seal it all in! I like Avon’s Moisture Therapy Hand Cream because it’s very thick and works well to seal in moisture.
Aaaaaand….that’s it! Haha–told ‘ya it was lengthy! So how bout you? Do you have a skincare routine? If so, is it lengthy and complex like mine? Share your routine with me! If it’s too long and you don’t feel like typing it all out, what are some of your favorite skincare products?
*product was provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge. Despite this, I choose what I do and do not use/feature in posts and these products were included because they work and I truly enjoy using them!