1. Mychelle Gentle Cleansing Wash. 2. Cocokind Rosewater and Toner 3. Beautycounter Countermatch Lotion 4. Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream 5. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 6. Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub 7. Skinmedica Retinol Complex .25 (FYI I hope I don’t need to say this but just in case…I am not affiliated with any of these products, I just have used them and they have been very effective for me!)
I love hearing about the daily routines of other people and just find it so fascinating. I especially love to hear about skincare. I am a huge fan of the Forever 35 Podcast and I have learned so much from it. I am in my mid-thirties and my routine is different than it was 5 years ago and I imagine it will change in the future.
This post is going to be speak to what I do now. This routine been a work in progress and is relatively gentle. I have sensitive skin that became very acne prone after the birth of my children. The hormonal roller coaster ride wrecked havoc on my skin, especially after I stopped nursing our second child. It was painful and it also made me quite self-conscious.
I don’t like to put myself in a box about anything. I use some more “natural” products and some that aren’t. Our family eats some organic things and sometimes we eat Cheezits. I like to find a good balance in life, and I am super happy with where I have landed with my skincare routine.
The biggest change in the last couple of years has been adding semi-regular facials. I had very acne prone skin a couple of years ago that I couldn’t get under control. I had dipped my toes into the world of prescription acne lotions after meeting with a dermatologist and didn’t find them to be help enough without causing many other side effects.
I wanted to fix things but didn’t know where to start. Facials helped me realize that a lot of what you do can be more irritating than helpful and that often change happens slowly and over time. I also think I was over drying my skin and was “afraid” of adding too much moisture when really it is what my skin needed. Facials are an additional expense for sure and I definitely prioritize them over coloring my hair or getting my nails done for example. They also make great gifts and I often will ask for a gift certificate for holidays or for my birthday.
I also started having a real routine that I did morning and night. If I am going to barre first thing, I will wash my face and then use my toner following by my daily lotion. After I workout I do the same routine and follow it up with sunscreen and then my makeup routine (which I will save for another post).
At night I use the same routine of face wash and toner, then face lotion and eye cream and overnight lip mask. 3x a week I will apply my retinol cream and follow that with my face lotion. I also exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Using the retinol more than 3x a week causes my skin to get very flaky. I use retinol for anti-aging purposes and also to help keep my acne under control and this has been a huge help…it just took a while to figure out the right balance. I also uses the lowest “dose” and still find that it is very beneficial.
Exfoliating has also been very effective at decreasing breakouts but I also find it is very irritating to my skin if I use it more than 3x a week. I have tried using more products including serums and heavier night creams and I wasn’t as happy as I was with just using these products.
When writing this all out it sounds more complex than it really is but I have found great success with these products and have definitely found that “less is more” in the skincare department. I am sure as I age I will incorporate more things but right now I am trying to be as preventative as I can but also not go completely overboard. Drinking lots of water, moisturizing with a lightweight but effective lotion and staying out of the sun(while also using a daily sunscreen) is my main advice for right now. I would love to know what your skincare routine looks like and I am happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments section. <3