Taking care of my skin has always been very important to me. No one’s skin is perfect and I definitely have my fair share of break outs and problem areas. However, I do want to prevent as many breakouts as possible and take really good care of my skin for the future. I have always said that if your skin looks great, then your makeup will look even better. Not only for makeup purposes, but I feel that healthy, beautiful looking skin boosts confidence and makes you feel better as well.
I am so excited to share my daily skincare routine in the hopes that the products and tips help you with your skin PLUS it is very affordable. As long as you know what your skin needs, you just need to find the right ingredients. This is a routine that I do EVERYDAY and does not include special pampering treatments (I will do a separate post about those products). I have noticed such a difference in not only the appearance of my skin, but also how my skin feels since solidifying a consistent skincare routine. I would like to disclaim that I am not an esthetician, facialist, or dermatologist. These are simply the products I use, why I use them, and what they do for my skin.
My Skin Type:
To give you a brief introduction to my skin type, here are some quick facts so you can compare to your own skin:
- I have very sensitive skin, which means I cannot use certain ingredients that are more rigorous or “aggressive” (i.e. retinol tends to cause my skin to become inflamed and ceramides and/or hyaluronic acid around my eye area cause small bumps and severe dryness)
- I have “combination” skin. This means that certain areas of my face (around the nose, under my chin, in between my eyebrows) get oily throughout the day, while the rest of my face does not.
- I do not have any noticeable texture to my skin, I do not and have never had acne, and I have larger pores on my nose and on the area around my nose
According to WebMD, skin types vary depending upon factors such as:
- Water content (affects skin’s comfort and elasticity)
- Oil content (affects skin’s softness)
- Sensitivity level
(this post has no affiliation with CeraVe and all opinions are my own)
As you will see in my routine, I use a lot of CeraVe products, which contain Ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II. Ceramides are naturally occurring in the skin and are a major component of our skin’s surface to support our skin and protect against moisture loss. As our skin ages, Ceramide production decreases, causing wrinkles and loss of firmness. CeraVe aims to help replenish vital Ceremides for healthy skin, which is why I have chosen this skin care line and I have noticed that my skin looks more healthy and youthful.
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A.M. Skincare Routine – Why it’s Important
Before I do anything (coffee, change clothes, wake up my little one, gym, etc.) I ALWAYS go straight to my bathroom and take care of my skin. A lot of people skip a morning skin regimen because it may seem like your skin is already clean (perhaps from cleansing the night before), BUT this is often times not the case.
While you sleep, your skin produces a lot of oils as well as (takes in) bacteria either from your pillow, blanket, hair, or the air in your bedroom. I tend to wake up feeling a little greasy so I always like to wash away any excess oil or dirt sitting on my skin.
Not only is it good to cleanse your face in the morning for health reasons, but also to help wake up your skin as well. A good face cleansing can wake up tired looking skin as well as kick start your morning routine.
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A.M. Skincare Routine – Products I Use
Cleanse-CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
When the weather got a little cooler and my skin was looking more dry, I switched from my CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser(great for combo to oily skin and in the warmer months) to the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. I find this cleanser to be very moisturizing and more “milky” in texture. I first splash warm water over my face to open up my pores, cleanse, and then rinse with cold water to close my pores.
It is important to tone right after cleansing the skin to restore the pH balance. Our skin should be at about 5-6 (pH scale ranges from 1-14: 1 being most acidic, 14 being most alkaline, and 7 being neutral). After cleansing your face, your pH balance increases anywhere between 9-12 IF you are using a soap-based cleanser (not an oil cleanser). A toner is going to help restore the pH of your skin back to its normal level. I love this particular toner because it is alcohol-free, contains rose water (protect from bacteria, stimulates circulation, reduces veins), Aloe Vera (contains antioxidants and moisturizes), and smells like rose (rather than normal witch hazel). I apply to a cotton pad and wipe all over my dry face.
Serums are a great addition to a skin care routine because they are supercharged with beneficial ingredients for your skin. They contain higher concentrations of highly active ingredients and I like to think of them as vitamins for the skin. I love the CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum because it is lightweight, contains retinol (a form of Vitamin A that is plays a crucial part in cell turnover), ceramides (maintain skin’s protective barrier), and is non-irritating. I apply a dime-sized amount to my fingers and TAP into my skin, no rubbing or wiping. The tapping motion is going to increase circulation and encourages the serum to penetrate the skin to deeper layers.
Oils can be a little intimidating, especially if you have oily skin, BUT this may be the reason you need to incorporate a facial oil into your routine. Your skin may be producing more oil because it is overcompensating for the moisture it is not receiving. I always follow up my serum with some kind of facial oil to restore moisture back to my skin. One of my favorites is Bio Oil. This particular oil is formulated with PurCellin Oil, which makes it lightweight and non-greasy (this is absolutely incredible and great for people with oilier skin). This lightweight consistency ensures that the ingredients are quickly absorbed into the skin. This oil contains Vitamin A (cell turnover), Vitamin E (antioxidant), Lavender Oil (antiseptic), Rosemary Oil (antimicrobial & antiseptic), Chamomile Oil (calming & soothing), and Calendula Oil (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, & antibacterial). This oil is marketed to people with scarring, aging skin, and stretch marks, but anyone can take part in its powerful benefits.
I also love mixing the Bio Oil with 100% certified organic Argan Oil. Argan Oil is rich in antioxidants (defend against free radicals), essential fatty acids, and essential vitamins like Vitaman E (recurring ingredient, much?). I apply both oils to my fingers and massage into my skin. (If you have the time, give yourself a mini facial massage to pamper yourself)
Eye Cream-Alaffia Everyday Coconut Eye Cream
The skin under the eyes is very delicate, thin, and has very few oil glands so it can become dry throughout the day. I like to use a very hydrating eye cream in the morning, especially if I am going to wear makeup (concealer and powder will sit better on the skin). This particular eye cream has very simple ingredients and is perfect for everyday use. It contains coconut water, coconut oil, glycerin, Argan oil, and Aloe Vera to name a few. The main focus of this eye cream is to hydrate, nourish, and replenish the skin. I apply a small amount to my ring finger (weakest finger) and tap into my skin following the curve of my orbital bone (above and below the eyelid).
This is the final step of my morning skin routine. I would HIGHLY recommend a daytime moisturizer with SPF like the CeraVe A.M. Facial Moisturizing Lotion (has SPF 30) to protect your skin while you are outside or near windows. This moisturizer is lightweight (sits very well on the skin), contains Niacinamide (calms skin redness), and InVisibleZinc Technology (microfine zinc oxide, SPF, that dries to a dry & clear finish). I apply a quarter-size amount to my fingertips and massage into my skin, bringing it down the neck (rub moisturizer upwards along the neck so you don’t pull the skin down).
If I am feeling extra dry, I like to also apply the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to the areas that feel a little thirsty. This cream is slightly heavier and is great for days when I am feeling a little dull.
P.M. Skincare Routine – Why It’s Important
A solid nighttime skincare routine is so important. Your skin has most likely become a petri dish for bacteria and dirt that has been collected throughout the day. Also, you are probably wearing makeup, which can clog pores and do major damage to your skin if not cleaned off. IF you are going to choose one time of the day to cleanse your skin, this is the time!
P.M. Skincare Routine – Products I Use
At nighttime, I really like to concentrate on products that are going to replenish and restore my skin while I sleep so they tend to be heavier and more “aggressive” in terms of ingredients. I use the majority of the same A.M. products and I will list the other products below and in what order I use them.
Remove Makeup-Organic, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
This is CRUCIAL for maintaining the health of your skin. There are so many nights where I am exhausted and I don’t want to take the time to remove all of my makeup, but I truly feel this step can make or break your skin. Coconut oil is the only thing that removes all of my face makeup as well as waterproof mascara. On dry skin, I rub a good amount of coconut oil all over my face in circular motions to break up all of the makeup. I then rinse with warm water (cold water can cause the oil to clump) and follow up with my cleanser.
Cleanse- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (see above) + Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
After cleansing like normal (with my CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser), I like to use a cleansing water to remove any excess makeup that may be lingering on my skin. This is not necessary, but I am slightly neurotic about cleansing my skin and I like to do a final sweep-through to pick up any leftovers. Micellar waters are great because they don’t leave any residue on the skin and the micelles capture and lift away any left behind dirt that my cleanser may have missed (excessive, I know). I apply a little to a cotton pad and wipe all over my dry face.
Tone- Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera (see above)
Serum- CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum (see above)
Facial Oil- Bio Oil + Argan Oil (see above)
Eye Cream-RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
At nighttime I like to use an eye cream that is really going to tackle under eye problems. This particular eye cream contains Retinol (Vitamin A), which helps to boost collagen production (reduce fine lines), speed up cell turnover (rid of dark circles), and smooth the skin (reduce puffiness). Retinol is an over-the-counter option for Retin-A, which is a more concentrated prescription. I would recommend this for nighttime because it can be drying and may cause the skin to flake and/or peel. Again, I apply with my ring finger in light patting motions back and forth under the eye and around the orbital bone above my eyelid.
Moisturize:CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream
At night I like to use a really thick cream so my skin stays hydrated all night because we naturally lose moisture during sleep. This cream is super heavy and rich so I tend to feel a little greasy going to bed, but I wake up with the most nourished looking skin. My face eats it up! This cream contains Biomimetic Peptides, which help reduce the look of tired skin and Hyaluronic Acid, which helps maintain moisture. I apply small dots all over my skin and gently massage (as you can tell I like to massage products into my skin a lot).
Well, if you made it all the way through, thank you so much for taking the time to read about all of my skincare products. Taking care of my skin is very important to me and I want to ensure that I have great looking skin no matter what age I am. A lot of my routine is preventative because I am only 26, but I want to make sure my skin is healthy for years to come.
Please comment below if you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you have any questions about the products. I am not a skincare specialist, but I would love to help in any way I can!