I’m taking a break from fashion today to share my current skincare routine. I try a lot of products for the blog, but I have my personal skincare routine pretty down pat, and I don’t really like to deviate much. In the winter, I usually add an oil, and I’ll talk about that below. But otherwise, my skincare routine stays pretty much the same all year ’round.
In addition to these skincare routines, I see a cosmetic dermatologist every other month for a Glycolic Acid Peel, and she has recommended some of the products in this post.
I’ve had Botox once, just a few months ago. She just put a little bit in my forehead, and I still have a good bit of movement. I might get a teensy bit more next time, but I like that you can still see some forehead wrinkles, as silly as that sounds. I want to look my age, just a little softer and well-rested.
My Morning Skincare Routine
There are some mornings that I just splash water on my face, moisturize, apply a tinted SPF, and call it a day. But I usually take the time to go through this routine, even if I don’t end up wearing makeup. I almost always wear SPF on my face, at least. I wish I’d started doing that years ago!
#1. Sunscreen // I often run or walk outside in the mornings, and I like to wear sunscreen for that. Chemical sunscreens irritate my skin when I wash them off and go to apply the rest of my morning skincare products, so I switched to a mineral version, and that is much better. I usually use this Supergoop SPF 30, or one of my tinted sunscreens.
#2. Cleansing Balm // I keep this Clinique cleansing balm in my shower, and I wash my face to get the sunscreen off and to have a fresh, clean palette for applying my morning skincare products and makeup. On the days I don’t shower, I just use the Elemis Cleansing Balm from my nighttime routine, since it’s sitting right there on the counter.
#3. Timeless Skin Care Vitamin C and E Ferulic Acid Serum // I first learned about the Timeless serums from Angie at Hot & Flashy. I started using them a year or so ago, I guess? I like how they feel, and I feel like I’m doing something, but it’s hard to say if they really make a difference. My dermatologist approved the Vitamin C so I’ve continued using it.
#4. Timeless Skin Care Coenzyme Q10 Serum // I apply this after the Vitamin C. When I took these two products in to my dermatologist, she didn’t think the Coenzyme Q10 is necessary since that ingredient is in lots of other products. I like how the Coenzyme Q10 feels moisturizing, though, so I continue to use it.
I used to keep a mini-fridge in my bathroom to keep both of these serums cold, but it broke, and I didn’t replace it. I guess that makes them last longer? I probably should get another one.
#5. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion // I use this as my daytime moisturizer, also at Angie’s recommendation. I love the price point, and it’s just a nice lightweight moisturizer without any fragrance. I use the PM version because I don’t want the chemical suncreen in the AM version, but if that doesn’t bother you, you can use that and skip the next step.
#7. Tinted Mineral Sunscreen // I have two that I alternate between — the EltaMD UV Elements SPF 44 (also at Amazon) and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 (Dermstore has it in the SPF 60.) Both work great and feel moisturizing and non-irritating, but the the La Roche-Posay is thinner and blends into my moisturizer a bit easier. I’ve been using the La Roche-Posay lately, but I have both in my bathroom.
Longtime followers may notice I didn’t include the Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy in this routine, which I’ve highly recommended in the past. I don’t have a good reason why I stopped using that. I got lazy, I guess, and I have to be careful not to use too much or it settles into my fine lines. I like it best for days that I don’t wear makeup because it brightens up that under-eye area.
So that’s it for the morning routine! I let all that set up while I do my hair, and then I go back in and apply my makeup, but that’s another post! I’ve changed up my makeup routine since I wrote that, so I’ll update that post within the next few weeks.
My Evening Skincare Routine
I haven’t always been as consistent as I am now with my morning skincare routine, but I’ve always had a pretty good nighttime skincare routine, and I never go to bed with makeup on. I’ve been using this basic skincare routine for about a year, and it works really well for me. I have very dry skin, so I have to use rich creams and serums to avoid getting flaky skin in the wintertime.
#1. Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads // I always start by removing my eye makeup, and I’ve been using these Almay remover pads for years and years. I don’t wear waterproof eye makeup, but I find the waterproof eye makeup remover works best.
#2. Cleansing Balm // My second step is always a cleansing balm. I rotate between the Elemis and Colleen Rothschild, although I’ve ordered the Elemis the last few times. They’re very similar. They both gently melt away the dirt and makeup, they both come with cleansing cloths (although I like the Elemis cloth better) and they both smell divine.
#3. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser // If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll skip this step, but I almost always double cleanse. You can google the benefits of double cleansing for more information, but it’s highly recommended, and I do notice a lot of leftover makeup on my cotton paid if I use a toner after the cleansing balms. I’ve tried different cleansers, but some are too harsh, especially during the winter.
Caroline actually brought me this La Roche-Posay and told me to use it — she has done a lot of research on skincare products — and it has worked really well for me because it’s gentle and hydrating.
#4. Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum // I first bought this from my dermatologist, and now I have it on auto-order at Dermstore. I was having trouble with dryness, so she tweaked my Retin-A prescription and told me to add this to my nighttime routine. I would use it in the mornings as well, but I figure the Coenzyme Q10 has a similar function, and it’s a lot cheaper.
#5. Replenix Age Restore Nighttime Therapy // This was also from my dermatologist; I was using La Mer because it was the only thing I could find that was rich enough to keep my skin from flaking. She seemed to think La Mer is overpriced, and she suggested this instead. I love it. It’s thick and rich and creamy, and I apply it liberally to my face, neck, and chest every night. I also have it on auto-order at Dermstore.
#6. Prescription Retin A // Every other night, I apply the Retin-A prescribed by my dermatologist. I’ve heard conflicting advice on when to apply Retin A (before or after moisturizing) and she has me doing it afterwards so there is some barrier. I assume I don’t get as much of the benefit as if I applied it directly to cleansed skin, but it isn’t as drying this way.
#7. LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask // This is the final product I apply to my face… or my lips, rather. My lips get very dry and peel, and this helps prevent that. I’ve tried others over time, but this works as well as anything, and I like how it feels. Sometimes I apply it in the morning as well, especially before I run in cold weather.
One final note: When my skin is still struggling with the flakies despite all that, I apply a face oil before the hydrating serum. I love the Colleen Rothschild Face Oil N°9 for this, but I ran out and I had the Elemis Superfood Facial Oil in my cabinet, so I’ve been using that lately. The Colleen Rothschild CBD Oil is good too.
FYI, he general rule of thumb when layering skincare products is to go from lightest to heaviest. Supposedly the night cream seals in the oil, and that’s why you apply it last. I probably don’t need the oil and the serum, but I figure in this case, more is more, so I use both.
Okey-dokey! That’s about it. I mean, I’m sure I could say a lot more, but this is what I do. I’m not an expert, but I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments.
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