Hello friends, we're bringing it back to basics on the blog with a good ole' skincare post. I figured it was about time to share my current routine since I haven't really strayed from it (yes I've swapped some old products out for some new kickass products, but hey, thats why I'm making this post). Skincare is always tricky, I'm always trying, or wanting to try new products that hit the shelves, yet I always come back to the ones I know work for my skin, and get the results I truly need.
Now, of course everyone's skin is different, and your routines will differ upon that. In fact, in my eBook which you can purchase in my online store, I share tips, and routines for every skin type, and simplify which is the best to use. However, sharing my favorite products may spark a love in someone's else's eye to want to grab it, and trust me, these are my holy grails.
So let's get into skin...
My morning and evening routine have definitely been cut down, minimalism hunny! Truthfully though, if I know a product is working, I'll use the heck out of it, I'm trying to get my skin glowing and clear, and if I find that combination, I'll stick with it. So don't be surprised to see my morning and evening routine have similar products.
CLEANSER. * This is an OPTIONAL step for mornings, if I wake up and don't work out, I tend to allow the natural oil to be cleansed by water, instead of stripping the skin. Yet if I do a morning workout, or am on the oily side, my go to cleanser has been Summer Friday's 'Super Amino Gel Facial Cleanser' - I got this product in the beginning of COVID and have gone through two of them, because of how obsessed I am, it's gentle, replenishing, and strips just enough.
SERUM. My friend in the skincare industry, Ch risty Buss, owns her own line, and her 'Illuminating C, Vitamin C' serum is seriously mind blowing. It delivers a powerful dose of hydration while clearing the skin over time, I cannot get enough of it, and it AM, and even PM, depending on what my skin needs.
MOISTURIZER. I have spent years, trying to find a moisturizer that is right for me. One that hydrates my dry patches well enough, while making my T-Zone not look lit I dipped it in a vat of oil. Who doesn't love hydration? Yet, I also know I want a moisturizer that sinks in quicker, so I found, and fell in love with Dr Jart's 'Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream' with the 'Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment' with SPF 30! It's what I call my power dose in the morning, it makes me look alive, and nourishes my skin, prepping it for the day ahead.
Like I have said to so many clients, make your routine simple and effective; something that isn't daunting to do, and a routine that is fitting to your daily routine. This simple three step routine makes my skin glowing, while hitting all the points I need to nourish and treat my skin.
CLEANSER. Unlike morning, every single evening I recommend cleansing, and if you're wearing makeup? I always say double cleanse! Which I have a whole deep dive post, and what products I recommend here on the blog; but like the morning I typically use Summer Friday's 'Super Amino Gel Facial Cleanser' with my 'Makeup Eraser' to completely take away debris and sebum build up from the day behind me.
EYE SERUM. One thing I heard in esthetics school, which I pass on to everyone, is it's easier to prevent, than to treat most often. Therefore in your twenty's you should begin using an eye cream to truly treat the eye area, and prevent wrinkling down the line. My favorite is of course, I got to give it to my friend Christy, with her new eye cream that is kick ass, it diminishes dark circles, hydrates, and creates such a beautiful veil under the eye, with small molecules allowing it to sink into the skin and work quicker, much like serum. Unfortunately, it's not yet available, but stay tuned, it will be soon!
SERUM. Serums in my night time routine are always changing depending on what I feel my skin needs. As you know if you're a skincare junkie, serums are the powerful potion that sinks into your skin and works most effectively because of how small the molecules are. Some of my favorite serums for the evening include, Christy Bus 'Illuminating C, Vitamin C', The Ordinary 'Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%', or
MOISTURIZER. Moisturizer at night is truly aimed towards hydration. Serum in the routine is towards treating, whereas moisturizer, is helping to replenish the natural barrier of skin. My favorite night time moisturizers have been Christy Buss, 'Elevating DNA Repair Moisturizer', Joah, 'Morning Dew Lifting & Firming Overnight', * yet twice a week I will use my retinol, which is from Drunk Elephant, 'A-Passioni Retinol Cream'.
As you can see, my routine is pretty simple, yet effective. You do NOT need eight hundred products to make your skin glowing, you just need working products, with molecules that are able to sink into the skin, & works well.
I harp on having a routine that fits you, time schedule, your work, etc. You need something that is repetitive every day, yet easy to accomplish.
Questions about routine? Make a consultation with me, with my online skin consults; yet, this post hopefully outlines a good skeleton of what you need to achieve your skin results.
Remember, less, yet more effective is better than expensive that has no properties