You can buy all the makeup in the world, but if your skin isn’t healthy you’re wasting money and time.
Hey! It’s me! Laura, the skin care sheriff! If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with all things skin. Primarily, the science of skin care and how everyone’s skin is different. Like a snowflake there are no two skin types that are alike. Seriously. Even though the consumer marketing world has labeled you normal/oily (or what have you) the truth is your skin is unique and should be treated that way! I could write a 10k word thesis on the topic, but I’ll spare you. Instead I will share my personal skin care routine as requested by popular demand:
Let me give you the lowdown on my skin type…… The older I get the more dehydrated my skin has become. I also have a tendency to get monstrous hormonal breakouts if I’m not strict about my routine. The seasons also play a huge role in my skin health and I live in Wyoming. Its a square shaped state in the middle of the US. Filled with antelope and sometimes extreme harsh climate. Drying winds and 99% sunny all year long. As much as I think I have a wrap on things Mother Nature kicks my skin’s tookus. So I do change up my products. I just don’t change up the routine. The easiest way to explain this is to just breakdown my routine.
Let’s begin shall we:
(I really wanted to quote Kesha but is that even cool anymore?)
- Wash my face with a warm wash cloth. If my skin feels dry and flakey I will use a little Precleanse to break up the funk. Otherwise with my skin being clean from the night before I shouldn’t have to do much.
- Tone tone tone. This is a step I absolutely do not skip on. Your skin is acidic and in order to reset the ph you need a Toner to kick things back in gear. Your serums will absorb better and if you use a Glycolic or Aha based Toner it will give additional glowing goodness to your skin. Aka chemical exfoliation. You’re welcome. Your skin is going to be better than it ever has been if you use the right Toner. You can even use good ol witch hazel.
- I scream. You scream. We all scream for eye cream. I am a few short years from 40. Of course that’s not old but my skin has been around for almost 40 years so the little fine lines and loss of elasticity is pretty apparent as of late. I like a hydrating, depuffing, brightening, and of course anti aging cream. MAKE SURE IT IS FOR EYES. Please do not break my heart by using face or body cream on your delicate little under eyes. It’s too heavy and can pull at the skin. Hence, why I don’t recommend the scotch tape trick for eye makeup. We can talk about that later though. Tip: use your fourth/ring finger to apply product and gently pat into the skin. Same goes for concealer.
- Serum treatments. I change this up daily. Kind of like my hair. Or underwear. There are kabillions of serums. For daytime I tend to go for firming and hyaluronic acid based ones. I feel it keeps my makeup looking fresh. Tip: make sure to pat this into the skin in upward motions. If it rolls and balls up sometimes that means you used too much or didn’t get all your facewash off. Sometimes it means it’s just not compatible for the day time. Don’t throw it away just use it at night instead.
- Moisturizzzzzzer. I am on the endless hunt for moisturizers. I feel it works for a bit then it stops. So I switch it up. Remember day creams are for daytime. Nightcreams are for night. Currently I’m in love with Water infused creams. They’re lightweight but ultra hydrating (not oily). Remember there is a difference between grease and moisture. Coconut oil=grease (sorry not sorry). Jojoba oil=moisture. I digress. Another topic. Another post. Carry on…
- SUNSCREEN mutha fluffa. There is a reason I do not look my age. I slather this on even if I’m indoors all day. No less than 30 spf. Especially if you are using anti aging or acne products. Protect your skin. It’s the only one you have. Once again make sure it’s for your face or else you may break out. You’ve been warned. Tip: remember to apply it to your neck and chest. Any skin care routine should be brought down onto the décollete and back of hands.
- Remove eye makeup with either micellar water or eye makeup remover. I love Bi-Facil from Lancome. My eyebrows are liquid lipstick and can be a bitch to get off. This helps gently break it down so I don’t tug at my aging skin.
- Precleanse to remove all the makeup. If you still don’t know what Precleanse is check out my Ride or Die for more info. If my face feels dry I won’t follow it with any facewash. Anytime my skin dries out I break out.
- Cleanse with gentle cleanser. I use Dermalogica Special cleansing gel (a pea size amount will clean your entire face!) or Philosophy Purity. Only if my skin is not feeling depleted. I do not use a clarisonic or scrubbing brush just because I use exfoliants daily as well as a washcloth. It’s your choice though. Remember though that too much exfoliation is bad and can cause dry patches, thin skin and hyperpigmentation.
- Tone! Never gonna give it up. At night I use witch hazel just to soothe my skin from a long day of being smothered in makeup. Tip: to control product usage I put my Toner into a misting travel size bottle. I use a cotton round with Toner to help remove excess makeup but otherwise I will mist my clean face before the next steps.
- Exfoliate all the sins away. I do this every other day. My favs are Kate Somerville exfolikate, Philosophy microdelivery and Dermalogica Daily microfoliant. Side note: If it burns or leaves tiny abrasions it’s not good! I had a microdermabrasion cream that literally cut my face. The rep said that was normal! It isn’t and that’s a great way to age your skin and cause irreversible damage. Tip: When you exfoliate focus on the dry spots and trouble areas. Leaving delicate spots like cheeks for last. The key is to exfoliate away dead skin and stimulate cell renewal. Not cheese grate your face off. Ps please stop using apricot scrub on your face. It’s too harsh. It’s perfect for your body though. Thanks.
- Tone again. You can never tone enough in my book. I actually use two types of Toner at night but it’s ok to just use the witch hazel. Reset that PH so the next steps can do their job.
- Serum or mask. Your choice. I love sheet masks because they do it all. Remember to choose wisely. If you don’t have acne don’t use a clearing skin mask. You will aggravate and dry the Halifax out of your skin. Breakouts happen when the skin is stressed or agitated. Be nice to your face.
- Eye cream!! Need I say more??
- Treat. This is the time to apply spot treatments for acne or hyperpigmentation etc. My favorite spot treatment for breakouts is Dermalogica breakout control. It uses lactobacillus (healthy bacteria) which I find genius! It works amazingly too. Another fav is Mario Badescu drying lotion. It smells like sulfur but works amazing to shrink down any of those angry blemishes.
- Moisturize. Night cream. Who would’ve thought I would embrace my Nana’s skin routine? Aside from Evian facial spray I totally get the purpose of a night cream. Your skin is exposed for 6-10 hours and this is the perfect time to protect it and repair it. My current fav is Lancome Energie de vie nuit. It’s an overnight recovery sleeping mask. Ugh. It’s so good. It smells awesome too. There are thousands to choose from to find the best for your skin concerns and type. A good ol fashion night cream is fantastic too.
So this leads into my final thoughts….. if you do any of this I really stress the importance of washing your face at night. If you do one thing. Wash your face at night! Seriously. It will set your skin up for success. You will notice a huge difference in clarity and texture. Oh and of course sunscreen. Don’t be that guy. Just do it.
It takes 21 days to create a habit. My suggestion is this:
- Keep a skin care journal. Log your routine and see if you can figure out what may cause issues or what is a win.
- Keep facial wipes and spray Toner next to your bed in case you feel lazy. Get that eye makeup off! Let your delicate skin breathe.
- Drink a lot of water. Every time you enter a room or before you text someone drink a few sips. Keep hydrated.
- Nutrition is so important. I’m not a Doctor. But I’m opinionated like one and I will tell you that my recent dietary change has helped my skin immensely. Everyone is different though so do your research and consult with a physician before progressing.
- Skin care does not have to be pricey. Sometimes expensive does not equal better. Be cautious of ingredients. Keeping the journal will help. I personally find Neutrogena and Simple make fantastic products to incorporate into the routine for less money.
I hope this was helpful! I have so much to share but I don’t want to overwhelm you all! Remember your skin is unique. What works for some may not work for others. Do not give up hope! The right skin plan is out there. Go visit a licensed esthetician or nutritionist for advice. We (licensed professionals) have the training and experience for a reason and it’s to benefit you! We love to help!!!
Take care my lovely friends!! Leave a comment below which part of my skincare routine you would like more info/suggestions on according to skin type!!