Two weeks ago, I shared my favorite makeup and the most frequently asked question on that post was…tell us about your skin care routine. So, today…my favorite skin care.
I am a skin care junkie. I always feel like the more you take care of your skin, the less makeup you have to wear…so, I’m pretty religious about my routine. I also invest in quality products because I do feel like you get what you pay for in this department annnnd…they last a long time, so even though one bottle might be expensive, you only buy maybe one or two a year, so when divided out per daily use, it’s not that much.
Other things to note:
1: When I turned 30, I started getting regular microderms and chem peels at my dermatologist’s office. I was getting them done monthly, but lately, I’ve been doing them much further apart (because I just don’t have the time). The last time I had microderm was June and a chem peel was July (so, I’m way due for more). The dermatologist does different peels depending on my skin condition that day, but most of the time they’re salicylic peels.
2: If you’ve read my blog for long, you know that I’m a huge advocate for routine skin checks. I’ve had some very scary stuff taken off of my back because when I was a teen, I was an idiot and lived in tanning beds. And now…I have three very ugly scars to prove it. So, I get two skin checks every year to prevent skin cancer. If you don’t read anything else today, read this: MAKE A SKIN CHECK APPOINTMENT! Skin cancer is so scary and can often be prevented with just routine checks. Make an appointment TODAY!
3: My skin can break out like nobody’s business and for me, it’s always a result in not drinking enough water and eating unhealthy food. All of a sudden, I’ll get a big zit and think dang, where did that come from and then I’ll remember…oh yeah, I just came off a vacation where I ate a lot of yummy, cheesy, rich, food and didn’t drink enough water…so for me, diet and clear skin go hand in hand.
So, I opened my cabinets and pulled out exactly what I use for my routine. Please, please, please share your skin secrets in the comment section! I eat this stuff up!!! My grandmother and mom have beautiful skin and I know it’s because they’re also religious about products and such…so, please, the more tips for us, the better! Please share!
This is what I love:
As far as face washes go, this right here is my fave. Good old fashioned, purchased at the grocery store coconut oil. I keep a jar in my pantry for cooking and a jar in my bathroom for a multitude of reasons: sunburns, dry skin, dry lips and best of all, makeup remover! All you do is rub a little amount of this on your face (including eye makeup) and then wipe it off with a damp towel and not only will all of your makeup come off, but it leaves your face feeling moisturized and not dried out and tight. Coconut oil is my favorite face wash!
In the morning, my routine is to wash my face with just a little water and a drop of coconut oil and then I apply these products:
So, I’ve tried a ton of vitamin C serums and this one is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t make my face red. My face is easily irritated and this serum never irritates it. I put a pea-sized amount over my clean skin every morning before moisturizing. Read the reviews…it’s a favorite of many!
After my serum, I apply a little eye cream and a daily moisturizer. Several years ago, Erika began working with Rodan+Fields and so I decided to try it. At first, I looked online and told her what I wanted but she encouraged me to use their Solution Tool and it told me to use something completely different, so I did…and I’ve been a devotee ever since. Based on my Solution Tool, I use the Redefine Regimen and their eye cream (I do not use the toner or face wash since I use this other stuff, I just use the AM & PM moisturizers). I love both of these moisturizers because they’re thick and creamy…so my face feels really hydrated. It’s thick but rubs right into my face without leaving residue…my skin just feels so moisturized and wonderful. To order Rodan+Fields, you need a consultant, so to use Erika too, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can answer your questions and hook you up with these products (or talk to you about becoming a consultant).
And finally, I top everything off with my Clinque SPF because even though there is SPF in my AM cream, I just realllly want to make sure I have enough coverage so I use this one because it also doubles as a makeup primer (which is why I also listed it on my favorite makeup products too!).
At night, I always wash my face with coconut oil and then apply the following products:
So, I kept reading about this cult favorite night repair serum by Estee Lauder and decided to try it…and now, I’m obsessed. I’ve been using this for a year now and just started my second bottle in October. It lasts forever because you only use a tiny little amount. I apply a pea-sized drop on my clean face and then apply Rodan+Fields PM Moisturizer along with their eye cream and then finish with prescription strength Retin-A that I get from my dermatologist. The women in my family agree…nothing is better than good old-fashioned Retin-A. I started using this when I was probably 20 (not while I was pregnant though) and it’s a miracle worker. A tiny little pea-sized amount on my face after everything else works wonders. You can buy products with Retin-A in them…but I like just straight Retin-A. My dermatologist always tells me that I can’t just use it without a moisturizer though because it’s drying, so you need all of the other benefits from your night cream to go along with it.
So, that’s my daily routine. On top of that stuff, I frequently use these products too:
So, I’ve only mentioned my love for Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads four hundred million times on here. These little tanning towels for your face are my FAVORITE! I use them once a week for just a little color. I use one wipe after washing my face and then let it dry a minute before proceeding with my nighttime routine. I think it takes a few hours for them to work, so I always use one right before bed and that way, when you wake up, your face looks a little more tan. I mean…I ADORE these! They wear off after a few days (more if you’re really scrubbing your face), so I will apply one and then skip my Clarisonic for two days just to stretch it out. I only use them once a week but you could use them more often. Speaking of my Clarisonic, this is one of my favorite gifts to give because everyone loves them (even guys!). I use mine about 4 or 5 times a week. It just really gets all of your makeup and such off of your face. I just add a basic little cleanser like Cetaphil on mine and go.
My favorite little face scrub is Bobbi Brown’s Radiance Boost Scrub. It smells like a juicy orange and just lightly buffs and exfoliates. I probably use it once or twice a week. And then when I just want a good tightening mask, I use this GlamGlow Gravity Tightening Mask (maybe once a week).
Soooo…that’s what I use. What do you use? Give me your favorites! I love trying new stuff!!!
And, if you missed my makeup post…
…you can see it HERE.
Happy Tuesday friends!