I turned 30 in 2020 and it definitely made me want to step up my skincare game. After being at home more in general and wearing less makeup, I took notice that I could probably take better care of my skin. I have dry, occasionally combination skin. I’ve tried out a good number of products and feel like I’ve gotten into a good routine lately that really works with my skin and have even been getting compliments on it lately. And let me tell you, that is so motivating to keep with it! I broke down products I have been using and will replace them once they run out, as well, for both morning and night. Obviously, everybody’s skin is very different but in the chance you have similar skin or skincare concerns as me, I figured it’d be worth sharing.
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Step 1 Cleanse: A gentle cleanser helps to properly clean without causing redness or irritation. Sometimes using water is enough for my dry skin in the cooler months, but if you’re using certain nighttime treatments, a cleanser is good to get rid of that dead skin, too. It will help prep your skin to absorb the active ingredients in your other products.
Step 2 Serums: Use a serum tailored to your skin concerns. Whether that’s fine lines, dark spots, dullness, acne, etc. there are loads of options out there to suit your exact needs. A little serum goes a long way, as they are highly concentrated, so don’t douse your face in it, just a light layer.
Step 3 Vitamin C: This can help reverse a lot of the skin damage from the sun and pollution, as well as brighten skin.
Step 4 Moisturizer: There is no such thing as skin that is too hydrated. You need a moisturizer to strengthen the skins barrier and I think of it as a way to seal in all the other products I just used.
Step 5 Sunscreen: Arguably the most important step – protect your skin from sun damage! Even if you’re indoors, UV rays can penetrate through the windows and you should still be wearing sunscreen.
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Step 1 Cleanse: You’ll need to cleanse again to remove the day’s makeup and grime.
Step 2 Spot Treatments: This is a great opportunity to use serums with peptides and growth factors to repair skin at night. If you have any dark spots or acne, treat them with specific products. I usually use this acne oil.
Step 3 Eye Cream: Sometimes this area gets a little neglected. Use your finger to gently tap on a simple, hydrating eye cream that’ll hydrate and protect your under-eyes.
Step 4 Retinol: This smooths texture, brightens skin, and minimize pores. You have to get your skin used to Retinol, though, so start off with it just a few times a week and work your way up to every night or every other night.
Step 5 Moisturizer: Extremely important after using your Retinol. You can opt for a heavier nighttime moisturizer, as well, since it’ll have all night to soak in.
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Face Oil: These are great to layer over products as they help increase your applied product’s efficacy while also leaving skin soft and smooth.
Toner: Toners are essentially just priming your face for ingredients to be better absorbed later on.
Pore Strips: Unclog those pores with a poor strip a couple times a month. You can use them on your nose, forehead, and even chin.
Pimple Patch: If a pimple rears it’s ugly head, put one of these babies on it overnight to heal and diminish its appearance.
Exfoliating Scrub: Sometimes you need a little more oomph when washing your face and getting rid of dead skin or build up.
Face Mask: If you think your skin needs a little extra TLC, a face mask can be a great addition to your skincare routine that week. I tend to use calming and hydrating ones.
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There you have it! Do you have any products you swear by for your skincare routine? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!