Seven steps. It seems like a lot, but the routine is peaceful and ingrained in my morning routine. The only thing is, I’ve switched up some of my products from what I was using before. The majority of my skincare depends heavily on my lifestyle and location. For example, when I was working in the city, especially during the colder months, I would use a heavier moisturizer like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 because I needed to guard my skin against the super cold NYC air and environmental toxins. From the walk to the train, to waiting for the train aboveground, to the walk to the office, and doing so on the way home five days a week, I soon realized that I needed to shift my routine. Now that I’m working from home again, my skin has adjusted to being inside a bit more, and I have noticed that it just doesn’t need a heavy moisturizer. I’m constantly paying attention to my skin’s needs and how it reacts to different environments.
So is my new, updated routine anything special? Not so much. But, it is balancing, hydrating and apart of my self-care routine.
The First Cleanse
It’s all about lifting the makeup, prepping it for removal and it’s normally a makeup wipe by CLEANSE. However, I also switch up when I have a full face of makeup on, and use my SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil to begin lifting the makeup gently, and preparing it for removal.
The Second Cleanse
This cleanse is about removing the makeup, dirt, excess oils, and more from your skin, offering a deeper cleanse for the pores than the first. For me, I’ve switched from the Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash gel cleanser to Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Enzyme Cleanser. This step removes makeup and more, and also balances my skin, preparing it for toner. I still, however, vouch for my former Naturopathica Oat Cleansing Facial Polish.
I only believe in toners that restore and help balance your skin’s pH or adds hydration. Toners with alcohol as the key ingredient are a no-no, period.
While toners aren’t mandatory to your skincare routine, I’ve found that they help me balance my oiliness. My current toner is by SK-II and I’ve noticed plumper skin with fewer duller moments, and I haven’t had any real issues with my normally oily t-zone. Use toners at your will, but do note that people who battle acne or even oily/combo skin may want to add a pH balancing toner to their regimen.
I also have a feeling I’ll go back to my Fresh Rose toner for the summer. We’ll see.
Adding Your Serum
Serums are formulations created to deeply penetrate your skin with added boosts of antioxidants, vitamins, treatments and more. For example, you may purchase a retinol-based (vitamin A) serum to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles to serve as your skin treatment before your basic moisturizer.
I use serums that focus on intense hydration boosts since my skin gets dull and dry in the colder months. Currently, my go-to is a sample I got at Sephora a month ago by Shiseido. Noted in the video, I like the texture of the serum and I instantly feel a difference when I apply it to my skin. My only issue is the fragrance in the product.
Apply Your Moisturizer
Simple as said, add your moisturizer. I love to give my serum 30 seconds to 1 minute to settle in my skin before I add my moisturizer, which is currently Versed’s Dew Point Gel Cream. Gel creams have become my favorite kind of moisturizer over lotions and regular creams. The textures don’t weigh my skin down or make it greasy, but also are hydrating enough to last throughout the day.
Add a Sexy Lip Scrub
Because why not? Your lips are apart of your face and need special attention as well. DIY your lip scrub with honey and brown sugar, or pick up my personal favorite by Fresh. Make sure you add a lip balm after.
Finish Up with an Eye Cream
The biggest question I’ve witnessed people ask about eye cream is whether or not it’s even worth it. The answer is yes, it is. Eye creams are developed to offer the skin under your eyes the same ingredients, hydration and other treatments in small, gentle doses. So while you may want to use the same moisturizer from your face under your eyes, only, it’s probably not the best bet.
Also, remember skin under our eyes is thin and produces minimal to no oil, so please add an eye cream to your regimen my loves.
What products are you all currently using? LMK over on the Gram.