My Current Skincare Routine
I've become addicted to skincare.
When I was younger, I was fortunate to have clear skin and didn't have a need for a complex routine. Now that I'm 35, I've definitely noticed a change. I've noticed that my skin is a lot drier, and has lost some luminosity and bounce.
Over the past year, I've tried almost everything under the sun (#youtubemademebuyit) but I've narrowed it down to a few amazing products that are really doin' it for me at the moment. I get questions on my skincare routine all the time, so I thought it's about time that I finally write it down and share it with you!
I've become a big fan of the double cleanse. If you're not familiar, all it means is that the first cleanse (typically with an oil cleanser) is to remove your makeup and the second cleanse is gentle, to cleanse the skin. Since my skin has been so great lately, I haven't actually been wearing makeup except on my eyes. I've been loving the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover for this. It takes off my waterproof mascara without me tearing my eyelashes out 👍🏻
This is my second cleanse after makeup removal, or my only cleanse in the morning. I don't like to use foaming cleansers as I find they leave my skin feeling tight and dry. My current favourite cleanser is the Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs. I apply this to dry skin using the Clarins gentle cleansing method, and then wash it off with a microfibre face towel (I love these ones from Sephora). It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, without feeling stripped.
After cleansing, I'll apply any serums and exfoliants I'm using. Every night, I apply The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to help with the fine lines that have started to make themselves known. Not only is this product remarkably affordable at under $10, it's also formulated to be gentle on the skin and avoid the irritation that can come with some retinoid and retinol products.
Three times a week I also use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% to exfoliate. Once again, this product is extremely affordable at only $6.50!!! There are lactic acid products out there that are near 10x the price, and I've tried them (*ahem, Sunday Riley). I've found that this does an equally amazing job at exfoliating my skin without any irritation. If you've never tried a chemical exfoliant before, The Ordinary has a few products in their lineup and full regimen guides and explanations for them. Everyone's skin is different, and I recommend doing a spot test before you try it all over. This is what works for me, and my skin :)
Ahhhh, my favourite category! I used to love switching up my moisturizer often but these last few months I've stuck with this one: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. I am in love with this stuff! It absorbs quickly and keeps me feeling moisturized all day, without feeling greasy.
I love the Neutrogena for everyday moisture, but sometimes I need a little extra help. On those super dry days, or when I've neglected my routine, I reach for my Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Oil Balm. What I love about this, is that you can take a small amount by swiping your finger across the top and applying it just your driest areas, or scoop a pea sized amount out, emulsify it in your hands and pat it all over your face for intense hydration. I'll typically use this as an overnight moisturizer since it can make me a bit shiny, but it doesn't clog my skin at all and it seriously healed my nose after a week of having the world's worst cold 👃🏻!
Two to three times a week I'll also apply a mask. I've loved the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask but have recently been using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. What I like about both of these, is that they're leave-on treatments so they're not messy. You apply them just like a moisturizer, and wake up with glowing skin - amazing!
I'm always on the hunt for a new SPF that goes on light and doesn't leave my skin feeling chalky. I'm still searching for the perfect one, but for now my go-to has been the Neutrogena SPF 30 Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer. It still smells a little suncream-y but it fades, and it's worth it to make sure my skin is protected.
And that's it! At least, until I run out of these and get tempted to switch it up, yet again :)