Skincare Routine: January 2018

If you know whats good for you (and your skin), you know that you should switch up your skincare routine depending on what your skin needs that day. 

I do this constantly! Not only am I always trying out new products, but I'm listening to (and feeling) my skin to make sure I'm giving it what it needs. If it's dry...I'm not going to use an oil control mask, I'm going to give it more moisturizer. If I'm well hydrated but still have some congestion in my pores I'll do a clearing mask treatment. It's all about minor adjustments.

How do you get your skin to look its best? You give it what it needs. 

I've been rocking a pretty great skincare routine since December, and it was kicked up after Christmas because I got some great new products to try as gifts. Since I was feeling myself, I posted a selfie (no filter, I swear to you) on IG and got a lot of great comments and a request for my current routine. I'll warn you, it's not for the lazy girl, but it's worth it! Great skin to me means needing less makeup. When my skin is at it's best, all I need is a little tinted moisturizer/primer, not a full layer of foundation. So a little extra time at night and on the weekends means I can sleep in more on the weekdays (ok, so maybe this is for a certain type of lazy kind of lazy!)

Everyone's skin is different, so if something that I love doesn't work for you, don't fret. Just keep finding trial sizes of things to try out. Sephora will make you samples of just about anything, but I use the Sephora Play! box, and love it. Each month you get a few customized treats for your skin, hair and makeup for $10. I have found some things that fit so perfectly into my routine that I had to get a full size as soon as I got my box. 










So here is my current routine, and how I decide what to do each morning and night (as of January 2018): 

Weekday Morning-

Cleanse Face:

Because I'm still getting pimples even as I approach 30, I wash my face with my Murad Time Release Acne cleanser from their Anti-Aging Acne line. I usually wash with my hands in the morning to make sure I'm not irritating any active pimples and spreading the oil from them around too much. I do have a Clarisonic Mia 2, that I will sometimes use in the morning if I feel like I need a deeper clean. I have about 2-3 different brush heads that I will switch out to use for different objectives. I like to keep a Radiance, a Deep Pore and an Acne one on hand. 


I follow my face wash with a spritz or two of toner. I'm loving the Peony Perfecting Toner from L'Occitane. It evens out my skin, perks it up and helps keep my skin nice and soft. Plus, it smells amazing. It's a great pick me up in the morning during winter. 


Then comes the "treatment" stage. I have 2 different serums that I will use depending on how my skin is behaving. Breakouts and redness? I reach for the Murad Acne Clearing Solution.  If my skin isn't breaking out I use my LANCÔME Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum. I'm a big fan of incorporating anti-aging products before you really start developing any signs of aging. The best way to keep your skin looking young, is to start treating it well at a young age. 


I follow my treatment with a moisturizer. Again, I have a few that I keep on hand for whatever my day is going to be like and how my skin is feeling. In the winter my skin is usually pretty dry, so I do love my Clinque Moisture Surge Intense, even if it does smell a little like acetone at first. But I've been introduced to 2 other moisturizers that are slowing taking over my routine more often. 

I received a trial size of the Glam Glow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer from Sephora in my Play! Box a few months ago. I used it once and immediately went to buy a full size. It gives you the perfect dewy glow, without making you shiny, and without getting a facial every week.  I'll use this one if I want a little extra glow or just want to look a little bit "extra" that day. You could absolutely use it daily, but when it's just me and my hubby being lazy around the house, I don't bother. A bonus of the Glam Glow is that it can double as a primer if you want, so you can skip that step and go straight to makeup if you are in a hurry, running low on your primer or traveling and don't want to take any with you. Who doesn't love a multi-tasker like that? 

My other go-to for daily moisturizer is a little weird...but hang in there with me. It's worth it. I promise. It's Snail Recovery Gel...yup. Snail! I got this as a Christmas gift and was so excited to try it! I've read articles and seen reviews of this new Korean Beauty sensation of snail extract facials and have heard a lot of good things. Sail mucus extract may sound weird, and gross, but it's not. You aren't putting pure snail goo on your face, it's an extract and it's super good for your skin. It doesn't smell, and it's very clean feeling, no stickiness at all. The reports say that this extract can help with multiple skin concerns all in one! Anti-aging, wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, acne scaring, large pores. It even gives your skin that little extra "bounce" and brightness that makes you look and feel like a movie star. And the kind I've been using is super lightweight and adsorbs very fast while giving me plenty of hydration to last the day. My skin has been so soft since using this daily. 

Don't forget your eyes! I use the LANCÔMEGénifique Youth Activating Eye Cream, and it's been really helping with the dark circles and makes me look a little more awake that I really am in the morning. 

That is my current weekday morning routine. After I apply my moisturizer I let that soak in while I get dressed and then apply my makeup. 

Weekday Evening-

Remove Makeup:

After a long day, I love coming home and taking off my makeup. Being able to rub my eyes after taking off mascara and my contacts is almost as amazing as taking off my bra. I use It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm to remove all my makeup, even eye makeup, even waterproof makeup. It's a 3-in-1 product that removes makeup, cleanses your skin and has an anti-aging serum. You just massage a small amount onto your dry skin, and it really does melt the makeup off. It makes taking off even the most stubborn mascara easy. I rinse well with water and pat dry. 

Cleanse Face:

My skin does best with a 2 part cleanse. So that means I wash my face again after removing makeup. I use my Murad face wash again, this time with my Clarisonic Mia 2. It has a 1 minute timer that is broken up into two 20 second bursts, and two 10 second bursts.  20 seconds for the forehead, 20 for the notes and chin. 10 seconds for each cheek. 1 minute is all you need, there is no excuse not to wash your face before bed!


I. Love. Face Masks. I really do. Leave on, sheet, peel off, peels, exfoliating, brightening, clearing, clay, gel, oh my! I love them all. I like to do a face mask every other night, depending on what my skin needs. These are great to put on and go about your evening at home. I put on face masks and make dinner, read a book, knit, clean up the house, watch tv. It's the best kind of multitasking. Usually, I will do masks back to back, first a gentle exfoliate or peel, to get any extra gunk off my skin and give the next mask the best shot at working it's magic. If your skin is a little more sensitive or not used to the rough exfoliates maybe try starting with those only once or twice a week. 

I have 3 that I love and will switch between. Peter Thomas Roth makes 2 of my favorites: Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads (which you can also use on the back of your hands, neck and chest) and the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer. I also am a big fan of all the Glam Glow masks, so the Youthmud Tingleexfoliate is a great one. 

And I have masks for hydrating, brightening, pore clearing, detoxing, balancing, oxygenating, everything. I recommend Peter Thomas Roth, Glam Glow, and the Sephora in house brand. They have so many different options you'll be able to find exactly what your skin needs. Don't forget you have skin all over your body, so be sure to look for eye masks! I love my PETER THOMAS ROTH24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. They work like a champ, I noticed the first time I ever used them how well they work. I didn't even think my under eyes were puffy, until these eye patches proved me wrong! I'm also a fan of the MURAD Eye Lift Firming Treatment. You'll be shocked at how much younger and more awake you look after taking care of your under eye area. 

Along with the what I like to call "goop on and wash off" face masks, I will do some peel off masks and sheet masks. I leave the sheet masks for last since they are best for hydration and that is the last step in my routine. Boscia and Glam Glow have my favorite peel off masks. 

There are also some "sleeping masks" out there, which are amazing for early mornings. You put them on before you go to bed, and they dry overnight (pretty quickly, I've never ruined a pillowcase). Then you rinse off in the morning after it's done it's job! You can also make your own "sleeping masks" by mixing in a hydrating face mask with some moisturizer.  I will mix the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator in with my moisturizer and tada! DIY sleeping mask. Sephora has a few that are great as well, for all different concerns.

I recommend trying to find a pack of trial sizes or raid the sample size section at the checkout line in Sephora, they have so many you can grab and try in a small size so in case you don't like them you a) didn't spend too much money on it and b) now have a giant jar of something you won't use. 


Spritz, spritz! Of course. 


More serums! Break outs? I will use my Murad Acne Clearing Solution, and will target any big pimples with the KATE SOMERVILLE Anti Bac Clearing Lotion. It is very drying on my skin, so I only put a little dab on the pimple, not my whole face. But if your skin needs that kind of thing....go for it!

If my skin is looking ok, no active breakouts, I go back to my LANCÔME Serum. But I will sometimes put 2 pumps, instead of the usual 1, and then follow that with a sheet mask. Layering a sheet mask over serum is a great way to really push that into your skin and get yous money's worth. Plus it's just super hydrating, so you get an almost instant happy skin glow. 


Moisturizing is so important! So don't forget it!  I go for a heavier moisturizer at night, to really treat my skin. 


When I don't get enough sleep, my skin suffers. So I try and get 8 hours a night, and lots of water. 


On the weekends...I do my usual morning and evening routines....but with more face masks. And more sleep. 

So there you have it, a very brief run down of my current skin care for the dry winter season of 2017- 2018. What I've learned over the years and from what I've heard from my estheticians is that most people do not hydrate well enough. Both by drinking water and moisturizing their skin. Yes, even if you are oily, you should still be moisturizing. So get some samples, and create your own personal skin care routine! I see it as a part of self care. It calms me down after work, relaxes me, and just generally gives me a boost in mental clarity to go through steps and see results in the mirror. 

Have fun with it, find some new products (and they don't have to be pricey! ) that work with your skin and you'll be set. Just make sure you listen to your skin and give it what it needs; which is a mini spa day everyday.