Fun fact: Your skin is the largest organ in your body! It is so important that we take care of this amazing organ to prevent sun damage, wrinkles, discolorations, acne, and all other kinds of problems that can arise.
Beautiful and healthy skin begins with a consistent skincare regimen. Below I share with you step by step how I take care of my skin.
As you will see below, I try to use only “clean” products meaning products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and phthalates. I also try to buy cruelty free products when possible. I can’t stand the thought of animals (like beagles) being locked up in tiny cages and tested on products day after day. It is not a life they deserve!
I have combination skin, meaning some parts are oily and other parts can get extremely dry. Unfortunately, my skin is also very prone to breaking out and scars easily.
I am currently in my late twenties so I am starting to be cognizant of wrinkles and one of my main goals when it comes to my skincare regimen is to prevent them from forming.
My Morning Routine
My morning routine is fast and simple, but effective. I first wash my face with a gentle cleanser that contains glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is beneficial for acne prone skin as it prevents the build up of clogged pores. I use the Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Cleanser (with Vitamin A & Glycolic Acid) as it is very affordable but good quality.
Next, I apply a facial serum. In the morning I usually use either the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum or the Volition Beauty Snow Mushroom Water Serum. Using a serum is a must in my skin care routine. Serums are light absorbing and provide your skin with necessary nourishment and moisture. Other benefits of serums include acne prevention and brightening of the skin.
- I use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum in the morning even though it is technically marketed to be used only at night. I like the hydration that it provides and haven’t noticed any negative side effects of using it in the morning as well…. aside from having to purchase it more often — that bottle is expensive!
I let the serum sink into my skin for a couple of minutes. Next, I apply an eye cream. I am currently using the Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum. Make sure that when you apply eye cream, you use very gentle hand motion as the skin around our eyes is extremely delicate.
After applying eye cream, I apply my face moisturizer. I use the Tatcha Water Cream Face Moisturizer. This cream is absorbed by your skin like soft butter! I absolutely love it and the brand! Not only is Tatcha a clean brand, but also also every Tatcha purchase you make helps support girls’ education around the world. That is a mission I am excited to get behind!
The last step of my morning routine is applying sunscreen. I use the Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50. I love this sunscreen as it it is formulated with good quality products and it is cruelty free. It provides optimal sun protection both in the summer and in winter. It also applies well and is suitable for wearing under makeup.
My Nighttime Routine
I also try to have a simple nighttime routine as I find that if I overcomplicate it, it wreaks havoc on my skin and I am less likely to stick to the routine.
The first step of my nighttime skincare regimen is taking off my makeup. I actually almost always do this right after getting home from work. It gives my skin a chance to breathe for a few hours before heading to bed. I use unrefined virgin coconut oil to take off my makeup as it breaks apart my makeup easily. I have read that coconut oil can cause clogged pores so you might want to use a different oil if you struggle with that issue.
Next, I use my glycolic cleanser again to really make sure that my skin is perfectly clean. I apply the glycolic cleanser onto my silicone facial cleansing brush (a Foreo Luna brush dupe for less than $20). The silicone cleaning brush gently pulses your skin and massages your facial muscles. I find that it is much easier and more convenient to get rid of skin impurities and any residual makeup by using the brush. It also helps with clogged and it improves skin dullness.
After cleansing, I apply a serum. At night, I usually apply the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil or the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. Most often I use the Sunday Riley Night Oil. This serum is pricey but it offers so many great long term benefits and lasts a very long time. It is a retinol oil that boosts skin plumpness and it improves the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and discolorations. The retinol helps prevent premature signs of aging. I love that the retinol is diluted in this formula so it did not cause any irritation to my skin. (I use this serum only at night as it is best to avoid sun exposure when using retinol).
Once a Week
Once a week (usually on different days) I apply a face mask and use a scrub for exfoliation.
My favorite face mask of all time is the Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask . I leave it on for about 30 minutes and after washing it off, my skin is radiant, glowy and hydrated. I also feel like my pores are smaller and my acne scars are lighter. It is game changing!
I also use a face scrub from Volition Beauty. It is their Turmeric Brightening Polish that helps get rid of dead skin cells and fades away dark spots and discolorations. It is important to use a scrub once a week to wash off the dead skin cells and unleash a brand new layer of skin! My skin always feel so soft after exfoliating!
I also use Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment once every week to help with acne scars and skin discolorations. This lactic acid treatment deeply exfoliates the skin. After consistent use, it visibly brightens the appearance of age spots and discolorations.
- Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Cleanser: Vitamin A & Glycolic Acid
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (I use in the morning and at night!)
- Volition Beauty Snow Mushroom Water Serum
- Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (Contains retinol, I use only at night)
- Tatcha Water Cream Face Moisturizer
- Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum
- Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50
- Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
- Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask
- Volition Beauty Turmeric Brightening Polish (Scrub – I use once a week)
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