One of my goals for 2019 is to develop and maintain a consistent skincare routine. I’m not getting any younger, and neither is my skin so a good routine is essential to keep it looking healthy and glowing. Along with a decent diet filled with lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, and lots and lots of water (I’m constantly running to the restroom), I have some products in my current rotation. With so many skincare products on the market, it’s easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed. It should also be known that no one skincare routine is going to look the same for anyone.
We all have different skin types and needs, so what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. For reference, my skin is pretty in the middle as far as dryness and oiliness goes, and I’m very acne/breakout prone. I started doing some research to see what may work for my skin and where to start. I found both The Skincare Diary and The Skincare Edit very helpful. Without further ado, here is my current skincare routine! I’ve linked all products if you’re interested in trying any. This routine is fairly new, so I plan on doing an updated review in a few months. Enjoy!
Conscious Coconut Coconut Oil. I recently hopped on the double cleansing train, and this is what I use for my first cleanse. Fair-trade, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil. To cleanse, I squeeze some into my palm and smooth all over my face. I then place a warm, wet washcloth on my face, letting it sit for five seconds before gently wiping the oil off my face. I repeat this step as needed. I love the tube that it comes in for several reasons: it’s super convenient for traveling, mess free, separate from my kitchen coconut oil, and pretty on my counter top! This is a step I only do in my PM routine, as I do not need to remove makeup in the mornings.
Clinique Rinse- Off Foaming Cleanser. This foaming cleanser is step two in my double cleansing routine, and I love that it makes sure every trace of makeup and grime is off my face. A tiny amount is needed, and it foams right up. This cleanser is basically scentless, so I think it would be great for sensitive skin. I don’t have overly sensitive skin, but it hasn’t caused any irritation or breakouts for me. I’ve tried many different cleansers over the years, and I’ve come to find that simple is best for me.
Pixi Glow Tonic. I sweep this glycolic toner across a clean face with a cotton ball, both AM and PM. I feel a slight sting when using it, but I personally like that because I feel like that means it’s working! That could be all mental, though. I’ve gotten several questions about this item, and while I’ve only been using it for a week, I can say that I’m really enjoying it. It has a slight rose scent, and has caused no irritation for me. I really do feel like it leaves me with a little more glow. I think over extended use, this will continue to show glowing results
Skin Laundry Brightening Serum. More glycolic acid! Over the last year, I learned about glycolic acid and I will never go back. I started out using Drunk Elephant’s TLC Framboos, and I absolutely loved it, but it’s not cheap at $90 a bottle. In order to be able to keep using a glycolic serum, I needed to find a more affordable alternative. Enter this brightening serum. I’ve only just begun using it, but I’m already liking what I see. Glycolic acid is great for getting rid of acne scarring, hyper pigmentation, and preventing signs of aging. I use this nightly as glycolic has been a staple in my skincare for awhile, but you may want to start slow with applying every other night. It’s important to note here that this serum is strictly for my PM routine. One of the reasons being that it causes skin to be extra sensitive to sun (SPF always!), and the other you’ll read about next.
TruSkin Vitamin C Serum. Who knew you could find a holy grail skincare product on amazon? A lot of people probably; Amazon has everything. Anyways, I found this gem via Glamour’s “best of” in beauty products when I was scratching my head looking for a good and affordable vitamin c serum. Like everything else there are so many out there, and they all vary in price. It’s easy to assume the more expensive the better. However, that isn’t always true. This little bottle has garnered thousands of 5 star reviews on Amazon, and I may just add to that number pretty soon. Not to be forgotten: it was $20. I’ve been using this serum nightly for about 2 weeks and I’ve already noticed a difference in my overall evenness. I mentioned above that I only use the glycolic serum at night, and this vitamin C serum is why. I learned recently that the two, when applied on top of one another, can lessen the effectiveness of one another. For that reason, I now apply vitamin C exclusively in the AM.
Herbivore Pink Cloud Moisture Creme. I have to admit, part of the reason I purchased this moisturizer was because of how pretty it is. It just looks so good sitting on my bathroom counter! The other part is because this beauty got rave reviews, and thus far I am loving it. It smells faintly of rose, is super soft, and a little goes a long way. I use this both AM and PM, after applying my serums, all over my face and neck, followed by sunscreen in the AM.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. Prior to using this mask, I had heard so many good things about it. I was so curious to see if it would live up to the hype, and let me tell you, it did. This mask is like glycolic acid on steroids, and only meant to be used once or twice a week. I currently use this once a week to get rid of dull skin, and to help with old acne scarring. I always feel like I can see an immediate difference. Note that this mask is done after cleansing and toning, and before anything else. After about 20 minutes, I rinse the mask off, and follow up with my serums and moisturizer, as well as an overnight mask that we’ll talk about next.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This is a favorite in my skincare arsenal when I need some serious hydration for my skin. I mentioned above that I use this as a follow up to the DE Babyfacial mask, and that’s to ensure I’m not drying my skin out. It goes on with a thick gel consistency, but quickly dries so you can sleep with it on without the worry of waking up to a gooey pillow. I put this on top of my regular moisturizer, but you could probably just do the mask.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Face Oil. This beauty is another item I like to keep displayed on my counter top because it’s just so chic looking. Additionally, I love it for it’s breakout banning properties. I put this oil on every other night, or when my skin is really freaking out. This goes on top of my moisturizer after I’ve allowed time for it to sink in. I learned through my skincare research that applying facial oils after moisturizer helps your skin really soak the oils in. I have definitely noticed reduction in breakouts since using this, as well as in the amount of time it takes to clear up an existing one. 10/10 would recommend.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Last, but certainly not least. This drying lotion is really more of paste. I use this in my nightly on any active blemish, and notice a major reduction in size and redness of said blemish when I wake up the next morning. To use, just dip a q-tip into the solution, and dab blemish. As the bottle will point out, do not shake.
I hope this has helped those in search of a new and complete skincare routine. As I said in the beginning I do plan on writing an update review in a few months when I’m able to see the full benefits of my new routine. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions, or let me know your skincare favorites…thank you so much for reading!