I always feel weird making comments like this, but I had several people reach out asking about my skincare routine after I posted an Instagram story Friday night. I love hearing about products others use and am looking for recommendations myself!
I shared my morning routine last month and it hasn’t changed.
My nighttime routine is involved. I treat my skin like a baby and it’s always taken me forever to get ready for bed. But, my skin has never looked better – so perhaps I’m doing something right? It’s all about trial and error, and I believe I’ve finally found what works for me.
For starters, I drink a TON of water. I truthfully drink 1 ½ – 2 gallons of water a day, especially during the week. I do try to counteract all of the allergy medication I take (and all the wine!), but I feel better when I’m hydrated. If you’re tired, dealing with headaches, etc., you’re probably dehydrated! All of my coworkers comment on how much water I drink, but it’s how I make it through the day.
I also NEVER sleep in my makeup. Ever. It’s been probably 15 years since I’ve committed that sin! The thought of it disgusts me – think of your pillowcase! Shudder. I always suggest keeping a package of makeup remover wipes next to your bed if you’re too exhausted (or drunk, no judgement!) to take it off at night. You’ll thank me come morning.
I’m kind of bad about applying sunscreen elsewhere, but my face is always slathered with it. It’s in my primer and foundation, and, if I’m not wearing makeup, I’m wearing sunscreen and sunglasses and a hat. Lip sunscreen, too.
Now for the routine: I start by removing my eye makeup. I do not wear waterproof so it isn’t too much of a task. My optometrist suggested the Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes since I have such sensitive eyes, and they’re all I use. I occasionally use jojoba oil, but it takes a little longer and is a bit messier. I will usually swipe the wipe over my face to remove foundation, lipstick, blush, etc., as well.
I’m currently using three washes: No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub, and Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator. I only exfoliate a couple of times a week because I don’t want to be too harsh – one night I’ll use the St. Ives, a few nights later I’ll use the Dr. Brandt. I sometimes use my Foreo Play with the cleansing oil. I have oily skin and didn’t know how it would respond using a cleansing oil, but it’s been a pleasant change for me. My skin is drier as I get older and I need the extra moisture. The No7 Cleansing Oil is non-comedogenic so it doesn’t clog my pores.
After cleansing, I use a toner or pad. I go back and forth between Pixi Glow Peel Pads and Garnier micellar water. I do not use the glow pads on nights I exfoliate because my face is a tad sensitive. However, they’re gentle enough for every night. I am obsessed with these – they seem a little pricey, but there are 60 pads in a package. And they’ve already made a huge difference in my skin’s appearance.
Once my face is washed, it’s time for skincare. I start by applying eye cream. One night I use Kiehl’s Midnight Recover Eye Concentrate, the next I use Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Eye Repair. You can never go wrong with Kiehl’s, and this product is super moisturizing. The Neutrogena product is amazing at combatting wrinkles. I have one in my arsenal at all times! I let the eye products sink in before applying anything to my face.
Like with eye cream, I apply different products on different nights. One night it’s Korres Wild Rose Brightening and Nourishing Face Oil, the next night it’s Avene RetrinAL Cream. I am obsessed with the Avene product – I ordered mine off Amazon (not sure why Walmart sells it?) and it took two months to ship, but it was worth the wait. It makes my face brighter as soon as I put it on. I’ve been using the Korres oil for a couple of years and, while I love it, it’s time for a change. It’s great, but I need something that will thoroughly tackle dark spots – any suggestions?
My neck is super sensitive, so I apply L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler to it every night instead of the aforementioned products. It makes it feel smooth and it doesn’t irritate.
I take collagen powder every day, and have done so since March. I have had so many compliments on my skin in the past few months (both in-person and online) so I feel like that may be helping. The instructions say to mix it with water, but I don’t want to taste it. I add a scoop to my morning coffee instead.
I slept on a silk pillowcase for awhile but sadly it caused me to break out. The joys of trying to combat wrinkles and blemishes, right?
I recently purchased the Majestic Pure eyelash serum on Amazon because it had great reviews. I use it on my lashes and eyebrows a few times a week. I am super cheap and not sure if I’m ready for the higher-end lash growing products. If you’ve tried anything that works, let me know!
I use Smith’s Rosebud Salve on my lips at night. I cannot go to bed without it!
If you’re still here, thank you! Tell me: do you have a dark spot remover you love? What are your go-to products? Am I a diva?
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