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 also done Botox a few times, just a little bit in my forehead. I still have a good bit of movement, and 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. Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30 // 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 mineral sunscreens. The Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen blends easily into my skin and feels moisturizing, and it never burns or irritates my skin or eyes when I sweat or wash it off in the shower.
#2. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm // I keep this 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. Or if I’m being lazy, I splash water on my face and just start with the Timeless Vitamin C serum.
#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. EltaMD UV Elements SPF 44 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen // Finally, I wear this tinted sunscreen, another Angie recommendation. It’s moisturizing, and it has a light tint to help with the color-correcting process.
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. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm // My second step is always a cleansing balm, and my current favorite is the Elemis. It gently melts away dirt and makeup, it smells 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.
My daughter 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 Amazon. 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, the 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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photos: Alison Cornell