My Skincare Routine
Today’s topic is skincare. A topic that I’ve actually recently become quite obsessed with. Well maybe not obsessed, but extremely intrigued. I like trying different products and seeing how they contribute to my skin’s health or detriment. I will preface this blog post by saying that I have never had “bad” skin. Thankfully, I’ve never experienced break outs (minus a small pimple when it’s that time of the month), scarring, or extreme redness/dark spots. My skin is pretty much unproblematic; however, I do believe that the products I use and the care I show my skin keeps it glowing and prevents it from encountering any craziness.
Step 1: Cleanse with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel
I cleanse my face once daily with a dime sized amount of cleanser. It lathers a bunch, so a little goes a long way. If I have showered at night, I will cleanse my face then. If I shower in the morning, then I will cleanse then. If I cleanse at night, then in the morning I rinse my face with water to clear any crust or small impurities that might have gotten on the skin during sleep.
After cleansing I pat my face with a dry, CLEAN paper towel. I don’t use regular towels because they hold bacteria.
This product is about $8-$9 and lasts a long time. I would say it lasts about 4-5 months per bottle depending on how often you use it a day. If you are looking for something cheaper, I suggest Simple’s Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash. Both have the same effect, but Simple’s cleanser does not have fragrance.
Step 2: Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner
I spray my toner evenly on my face and allow it do dry. It normally takes about 30 seconds-1 minute to fully dry. I normally use about 3-4 pumps/mists.
This product is $4-$5 and last for about 3-4 months.
Step 3: Moisturize with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture
I use 3 small pumps (smaller than dime size) and massage on my entire face and neck. I use the one for normal skin, but if you have sensitive skin, they have one for sensitive skin as well. If you have oily skin, this might be TOO moisturizing. It’s great for dry skin or normal/combination skin in the winter.
This moisturizer has SPF 15, but according to my esthetician, an SPF is still needed for sun exposure longer than 30 mins a day. So if you are exposed to the sun for more than 30 mins while driving, working, etc.
Step 4: Apply Vitamin E Oil
I apply 2 drops of Vitamin E oil to a cotton ball and massage it on my eyebrows once to twice a day.
I just started using Vitamin E oil about a month and a half ago because my eyebrows were experiencing a lack of growth. My eyebrow lady suggested using it so they can grow back and I noticed a difference in about a week and a half.
Vitamin E oil is also good for treating dark spots and blemishes.
Step 5: Apply Eye Cream
I apply 1 drop of PCA Skin Correct Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel to each eye each morning and every night for my dark circles. I’ve noticed a difference, but honestly not a significant amount, so I might just have to just accept my dark circles.
This product is PRICEY! So if you are looking for a cheaper option, try RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. It’s about $25-$30. I used to use this product, but it stopped working after a few months for me.
Once Per Week Exfoliation
Once a week I exfoliate my skin with the generic brand of St. Ives Apricot Scrub to remove dead skin. My skin always feels fresh, smooth and revitalized after I’m done. If your skin feels dull and you find yourself struggling with scaly skin that won’t seem to go away, you probably need to add exfoliation to your routine.