Here is a makeup free, edit free, harsh AF lit selfie for today’s skin care routine post. My skin is obviously far from perfect! However, I put a lot of effort into taking great care of it and I feel like it loves me back when I do. It’s our biggest organ and I think that it’s important to treat it nicely. I am someone that values feeling clean and soft more so than feeling ‘done up’ so skincare is definitely a passion of mine over makeup (although clearly makeup is very important haha). I’m a big believer that your makeup can only look good if the skin that you are applying it to looks good and is healthy.
I have really stepped up my skincare regimen within the last 5 years and have noticed a huge difference in my skin from so many of these products and steps. In today’s post, I break down all of my routines (the routine after I shower and before bed are the most important) and talk about the products that have been game changers for me. Because I am interested in skin care, I try a decent amount of products and always circle back to these because I can’t find others that measure up (I also rule out a lot of them because I’m so picky about scents..whoops). I know that there’s a lot of steps but they are worth it and can be done quicker once you get in a rhythm. If you don’t workout in the morning, just use my ‘Post Shower’ routine as your morning routine and my night routine as your night routine. Here it goes..
Morning Routine…right when I wake up, before I workout:
Face Wipes: Leaning over a sink and half bending to wash my face really hurts my back so in the morning I will just clean my face with one of these face wipes.
Eye cream: Since I’m going to shower after I workout, I am stingy with the amount of eye cream I use first thing in the morning but I use some none the less. I have a lot of lines under my eyes and pretty prominent crows feet (for a 29 year old) so I really appreciate how thick and ‘real deal’ this eye cream feels. I’ve noticed a difference since I started using in with how my under eye concealer sets as well.
Moisturizer: I could bathe in this stuff I love it so much. It feels so luxurious when you’re putting it on and works so well. It doesn’t leave you greasy but still is so hydrating. Once again, since I’m going to workout soon after, I am cheap with the amount of product I use at this point in the day.
In The Shower…following my workout:
Face wash: I do my deep clean face wash once I get in the shower after my workout (sometimes I don’t shower for a while after I workout though…whoops). I use this Clarisonic brush with my face was 2-3 times a week and the other days I put it on with my hands. You want to be careful about how many times you exfoliate your face in a week.
Additional Face Wash For Breakouts: I add this in only when I’m having breakouts or am feeling like I’m about to have a breakout. I scrub it on the Clarisonic brush first and then use the brush on my face. I noticed that adding this additional face washing step it helps with acne when I see it! If I’m using this, I will use it before my other face wash because it doesn’t leave your skin feeling soft.
Morning Routine…after I shower following my workout:
Toner: Toner is a GAME CHANGER for breakouts and clearing up your skin. I am so glad that I added it into my routine because I’ve seen big changes from it. This one smells awesome and feels different than the others that I’ve tried. It is pricey but lasts SO long. My bottle lasts me at least a year. I just pump it once into my hand and then rub it onto my face directly. Then, I let it soak in for a couple of minutes and put on my deodorant and stuff.
Vitamin C Serum: This is the product that I most recently added into my routine and I’m so glad that I did. It has changed the brightness of my skin in a great way! I was reluctant to spend more money on my skincare routine so I held off on adding it for so long but now I realize that the bottle I bought will last for forever (I bet it lasts me well over a year). You need such a tiny amount and the bottle is so big. I heard that it can make your skin sensitive to the sun so in the warmer months I will likely switch this into my night time routine. I pump one pump into my hand and then spread it all over my face (its a tiny amount). I let this soak into my skin for a couple of minutes and moisturize my body in the meantime. If you do that, make sure to wash your hands well after so that you don’t get the body lotion on your face.
Eye cream: Same daytime one as earlier in the morning. I’m trying to be better about remembering to apply it with my ring finger since its such sensitive skin.
Face oil: This is a game changer for moisturizing! It will not make you break out, don’t be deceived. Just put a tiny amount into your hand and then massage it into your skin. After this, I want it to soak in for a couple of minutes so I brush out my hair.
Moisturizer: Same product that I use first thing in the morning. I love that it has SPF 30 in it for the day time.
Night Routine…right before bed:
Face Wash: Depending on if I wore makeup or not, I will actually wash my face with my face wash (if I wore makeup) or just use the wipes again (a lot of the reason I don’t wear makeup frequently is because it hurts my back so much taking it off so my goal is to use the wipes).
Eye Cream: Using a night time specific eye cream has been so helpful for me. I’m not sure why but in the morning I can tell the difference if I used this one versus another one.
Face Oil: This night time face oil is my great addition. I discovered it a couple of years ago and I can’t live without it. I used to travel without it but I was missing it so much that I now have to bring it where ever I go. If I don’t have it, my face feels so dry! I am more generous with lathering this on (I pump it into my hand and then onto my face) because I typically workout in the morning so I don’t care if my hair gets a little of it in it. If you’re worried about it though, I would just tie your hair up and then use a couple of small drops and you’d be totally fine. This product is pricey but lasts me half a year on average (and would last you longer if you weren’t as excessive as I am).
Jade Roll: On the nights that I am dedicated, I will use my jade roller after putting on the oil to really make it soak in. I want to be better about adding in this step because I really only do it once a week on average. I really love it and feel it de-puff my face mainly, I just get lazy.
Moisturizer: After letting the face oil soak in for a few minutes while I do other tasks to get ready for bed, I apply my moisturizer. Then, I try to do a few more tasks to let it soak in before getting in bed.
Weekly routine..once a week on average (some weeks I DEFINITELY skip):
Tanning Lotion: During the colder months, I use this awesome tanning lotion once a week or once every 2 weeks. One bottle lasts me a year so its definitely worth the investment. The cream is white and you cannot mess up the application. It’s SO easy, you just apply it like regular lotion and don’t have to worry about streaks. Just rub it in and then wash your hands and let it dry for a couple of minutes before putting on your clothes. I’ll apply in in the morning and then shower later in the day so that I don’t get in my sheets with it on, even though I’m sure it would be fine because the cream is white. It doesn’t smell bad but I just don’t LOVE the smell and I’m a psycho about being clean so I want to shower a few hours after applying it even though I know it would be more effective if I didn’t. It produces a really subtle and awesome fake tan and I couldn’t recommend it more. I put it on my face as well and have never had any issues. I get asked a lot about the brown bottle versus the white bottle and they’re the same thing.
Face Mask: On Sundays, I try and do a face mask. Full transparency, I probably only realistically do this half the Sundays of the year. I do my face masks after I shower because my pours open up in the steam. Some of my favorites are this one for brightening, this one for acne/general care, and this one for extra moisture and to use when I travel. I also just bought this one to try because I heard great things.