Let's get something clear...your skin. Ok, I maybe can't clear your skin up completely, but I am going to share my daily and weekly skincare routine and why I do what I do. Hopefully, you will find some helpful tips to improve your routine, or maybe even adopt my whole thing if you are like I was a little bit ago and don't have a routine at all. (P.S. If you're new to this skincare series, you can see part 1 here and part 2 here)
Seriously, I was just winging it, occasionally finding time to wash my face and slather some creams. Then I decided that since this is not college anymore and I am full-time adulting, I needed to step up my game, do a little reading, and put together a consistent routine that worked for my skin. Well, after a while of trying different products and making some changes, here it is.
This is my morning skincare routine, including the products I use. I've been doing this whole thing for about a couple months now and I have already noticed a huge difference in my skin.
Recommendation: Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel or Glycolic Fix Facial Cleansing Pads
Recommendation: Rose Water Floral Toner
3. MOISTURIZER + SUNSCREEN
Recommendation: Kate Somerville Daily Deflector | Hydro Boost Water Gel | Drunk Elephant Sheer Defense
4. PRIMER THEN MAKEUP
I never skip primer, even on my no makeup days. I wear it alone because it blurs imperfections and leaves my skin looking smooth. You also just can't beat the smooth base it creates for foundation. Primer has benefits for every skin type: it helps combat shine for oily skin and works to lock in moisture for dry skin.
Recommendation: Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer
5. DRINK WATER!!
Recommendation: A Lot! (and I love this bottle)
6. VITAMINS & MINERALS
Recommendation: Gorgeous Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies
1. MAKEUP REMOVER
Recommendation: This Coconut Oil
Recommendation: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser
3. EXFOLIATE (Lightly)
Light exfoliation every night is good to increase blood circulation to the skin and gently wash away dead skin cells so they don't build up or clog pores. I use a DIY scrub for my daily exfoliation that includes ground almonds as the exfoliator, which are gentle and exfoliate without irritating. This scrub also includes glycerin and almond oil as other main ingredients which help to condition skin and lock in moisture. If I am on a "deep exfoliation" day in my weekly routine, I will exfoliate with my Clarisonic and gel cleanser instead of my DIY scrub.
Recommendation: My DIY face scrub
At night, this step helps to wipe away any excess oil and dead skin from my exfoliating session, and add a few anti-aging ingredients plus antioxidants while balancing my skin's PH. I just put a little toner on cotton round and make a quick pass across my whole face.
Recommendation: Black Tea Age Delay Toner
5. SERUM AND/OR EYE CREAM
I did not do this forever. I thought it was something I would add to my routine when I was older and my skin was showing signs of aging, but after trying a few serum samples I realized how great of an add these were to my routine. You are probably also thinking, do i really need an eye cream? The answer is absolutely. Eyes show age first since that skin is thinner, constantly active (blinking) and prone to dark circles and puffiness. If you don't believe me, then check out this article for some more details on why you should add an eye cream into your routine.
Serum Recommendation: Dragon's Blood Plumping Serum | Pixi Hydrating Serum
Eye Cream Recommendation: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye
6. MOISTURIZER / NIGHT CREAM
I love slathering my skin in a silky night cream before bed. It's our chance to give our skin what it needs to get its beauty sleep. Keeping skin moisturized at night helps prevent and repair signs of aging, especially if you select a night cream with the right active ingredients. Look for ingredients based on your skin type and the main issue you are trying to address, but things that are always a good go-to are vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe, hyaluronic acid and vegetable glycerin (locks in moisture).
Recommendation: TULA Probiotic Night Cream | Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream | Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream
What does your weekly skincare routine look like? Do you have any questions about mine? Leave a comment below or use #NSBbeauty
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