Monday, February 9, 2015

Skincare Routine



As a lover of routine and buying gratuitously expensive things, skincare is one of my favorite things. I had acne from about age 10 until last April, when I finished up Accutane.  Now, my skin is normal, leaning towards dry, especially during the winter, and while I don't have much by the way of blemishes, but I do struggle with some uneven texture and pigmentation.  Right now, this plan (in addition to my makeup routine), has really helped get everything under control and looking pretty good.



Morning

I usually don't wash my face prior to putting on makeup, unless it feels funky.  Generally, I just wash my hands, then spritz my face with the unapologetically princess-y Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic.  Once that dries, I apply two big drops of the Caudelie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.  I wait 10 or so minutes, then apply the Olay moisturizer and eye cream, these days it's Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream.  Once everything is mostly set, I move onto makeup.



Evening

I take my face off with Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil (I massage it into a dry face, then melt it with a washcloth soaked in hot water, which is frequently in the top 3 best moments of my day) and then cleanse using the Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skin.  On the days I shower, or when my skin feels particularly yucky, I use my Clarisonic, with the sensitive head on (which I get for 1/4 of the price on Amazon, because who wants to pay 20 bucks for a brush head?!).  Once my skin is clean, I apply the Caudalie serum again.  After 15 minutes, I massage half a dropper of L'Oreal Regenerist Luminous Oil into my skin. One of the biggest things that works for my skin has been massage.  I look like an absolute idiot while I do it, but kneading my facial muscles really helps keep my skin look elastic. It may seem ridiculous, but I really do think my makeup goes on better and my skin is more radiant after I do it (this video is what I follow, though minus the weird tool thing).

Occasionally

I use facial masks whenever I get the urge, basically.  I have a bunch of cheap ones I rotate through.  For me, it's rare to see any big difference, but I do enjoy the ritual and think it's fun.


And that's it.  Nothing too complicated or fancy, but it works well and I find that my skin responds best to un-fussy routine.

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