I don't post my skin care routines because of it's constant evolution...no, that sounds so...serious. I just change products all the time and usually by the time I post one of these, half the routine is on the verge of change, ha!
I decided to try to share what I am using currently because I have been spot free, and am SO BLOODY THANKFUL! I wanted to share my current skin care routine that keeps my current normal/combination skin at bay.
As you can see from the photos, I use a mish mash of brands. Picking and choosing whatever catches my eye.
For cleanser in the daytime I use Clarins Gentle Cleanser with Cottonseed. I have tried two other items from the Clarins skin care range, both of which have bombed on me, but this has been my fist pleasurable product I have tried from the brand. Third times a charm!
A tiny pea sized amount brings out a quite a bit of foam, I think this is supposed to be unscented but if you actually bring it up to your nose it smells like bathroom cleaning fluid. Only if you really try to smell it, otherwise it's not so bad.
The cleanser because it's a cream is quite deep clean feeling. Not squeaky, but on the verge of.
I also have a tube of the oily skin version of this cleanser for summer, but for now, I can see this tube can easily last a person several months, and the price is extremely fair after seeing it's performance, which I am quite happy with.
Toner is Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Rose Petal. This is my 3rd time in a row buying this. I am not a huge toner advocate but I still use it in case it does do something. This is cheap, natural, available in health food shops, and hydrates. It's not exactly outstanding, but I like it for all the reasons above.
In the AM for eye creams I layer Clinique's All about Eyes Serum, let that dry, and then layer on Clinique's All About Eyes Rich. My first eye cream ever, and I have repurchased for years. More for moisturizing properties if anything as my eyes are one of the few places on my face that get's quite dry easily.
Morning moisturizer has been Estee Lauders Hydrationist for Normal/Combination skin. I still prefer their dry skin formula but this was a gift, and I still enjoy it. This moisturizer smells fresh, feels light, and sinks in! The only con is the price. It's not super cheap, for the fact that if I used this twice a day I would finish this easily in two months. Since I only use it once a day I can get a good three months? worth of use. I wish they gave you just a bit more.
Sunscreen I am currently trying is Anessa's from Shiseido. This looks quite greasy upon initial application but sinks in and doesn't looks so bad after a minute. I like it, one of those shake up watery formulas, which I prefer in the warmer months, but I still prefer La Roche Posay's Anthelios better.
At night my cleanser is Avene's Clearance Gel Cleanser with my clarasonic. Quite possibly the most gentle acne cleanser I have ever come across. I think this would be quite suitable for anyone with sensitive skin. I don't think it's the most fast acting acne cleanser, but seems to keep problems at bay, and foams nicely on the clarasonic. I've used this for about three and half months and have only used half the bottle, so this is quite long lasting
Repeat the same toner.
I fan my face frantically to dry the toner and apply Clinique's All About Eyes Rich. I am currently looking for an anti wrinkle eye cream, once I find a new one, *insert here*
I then apply a thin layer of acne cream all over my face. I don't have a specific brand. Lately I have been using something prescribed to me by my dermatologist but Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay is something I would recommend. A thin layer all over your face to just keep your spots under control. Nothing with too strong of a high dosage of acne fighters. Something along the 2.5 percent range in terms of acne fighting ingredients.
Lastly, for night cream I use Olay's night recovery cream. I found this in my cupboard and decided "Let me try a night cream" This one is not super hydrating but absorbs quickly and claims to give me a mini face lift each morning. I don't really see this, but it does seem to help with my laugh lines.
For removing make up properly at night I love Bioderma and will have to shell out the shipping fee to order myself another huge bottle because nothing compares to this stuff!
I have been trying the Lumene Eye Maker Up remover, but it's quite a EHH product for me, and still prefer Sonia Kashuk's.
Mask wise I am still using the Boscia Black Luminizing Mask. I pretty much refused to buy a new mask until this is done, but since I never use it. I haven't used masks much period.
I also have an Origins mask for spots called "Out of Trouble" which I have not been using, but I recall it being quite EHH as well.
And that's it! I used to be a person who used to layer skin care and had alot of lotions and potions, but this is my "simple" routine and seems to be working quite well for me!
Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my current routine!