My updated skincare routine for dry skin is up! It includes both morning and evening routines, with products from belif, Kiehl's, Neutrogena, & more!

After I wake up and put my contacts in, the first step of my skincare routine is usually to cleanse. I’ve been going back and forth whether I really need to cleanse in the morning—there was an article I read a long time ago where this woman went straight to toner [no cleansing at all] and her acne cleared up a lot, her skin’s never been better. I guess it just depends on your skin, because I’ve done it both ways and I haven’t seen a difference. Maybe it’s also because I’m not acne prone, either.

To start my day off I either go in with the super gentle Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier or the Son & Park Beauty Water to tone depending on how I feel or if I’m going out. Occasionally, I use Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. I know you’re supposed to use this consistently in the morning to see results but I have such a hard time staying consistent with this baby. I don’t know if it’s because it smells bad, or it leaves my skin feeling sticky, but this is a habit I’m struggling to keep.

Then I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with sunscreen to prep for the day. Usually in the early afternoon I’m going out for a run anyways, in which case I’ll add on Supergoop’s City Sunscreen Serum to add extra protection.

At night to take off my makeup, I use Neutrogena’s oil-free eye makeup remover for like, $8 at Target. It’s a dual-phase one, and it really takes off my makeup. Since I’m lacking an oil cleanser at the moment, I go straight to the foaming cleanser in the shower; I find it’s easier to take off this way so I’m not always standing over the sink.

Recently, I just finished Nature Republic’s Mango Cleanser but it wasn’t the greatest so I wouldn’t recommend it, especially for dry skin. Now I’ll move on to belif’s Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist.

If I haven’t worn makeup during the day, I’ll still use a cleanser in the shower, just to get rid of the day’s sweat, grime, etc. The Pro You Pore Fill Up Charcoal Bubble Cleanser is one I got a long time ago from a Korean store right next to the grocery store. It’s a thick, black, jelly substance that you put all over your skin and it bubbles up! It’s a bit ticklish and quite fun to see how much it puffs up. After it bubbles, then you rub it into your skin again and let it bubble more before rinsing it off.

After the shower, I like to put some hydration back into my skin using Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Gel. It’s not the most hydrating product, but my skin isn’t that dry after my shower. If there are still traces of makeup leftover on my eyes, I’ll sweep it away using Son & Park Beauty Water, which is amazing. Sometimes I’ll put it on my entire face too before the Drunk Elephant gel, and that helps a lot with keeping my skin hydrated.

As I tend to take early showers, the latter part of my skincare routine doesn’t happen for another few hours, after I brush my teeth and before I head into bed.

Again, I go in with Son & Park Beauty Water to quickly “cleanse” my face so I’m not putting on the good stuff on top of whatever’s on my face, and then pop on some eye cream from belif. It’s not my favorite part of my routine because personally, eye cream doesn’t seem to do much for me, but it was in a value set from Sephora so damned if I’m not going to use everything I got. I do have some puffiness / light bags under my eyes though, so has anyone had any luck with eye patches? I think I’m going to head in that direction after finishing up the eye cream (or maybe before because eye cream takes foreverrrr to finish.)

Then comes serum. I’m using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum, which feels really lightweight on the skin since it’s a gel turns to water kind of consistency but it packs a punch. Paired with the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream it made my face feel borderline greasy, which is why I use it with belif’s Aqua Bomb instead, because that’s also a light, gel texture and the two pair well together. I get lots of moisture without the heaviness or greasiness, and since the Aqua Bomb is not moisturizing enough on its own, it works perfectly with the Kiehl’s serum.

That’s pretty much it! Granted, some of these (like the Kiehl’s) were samples, and therefore not permanent additions to my skincare routine, but this is what I’ve been using for the past few weeks that’s been working out for my skin.

What’s the favorite part of your skincare routine? 

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  • I actually still washes my face in the shower well, at least for my second cleanse. My first cleanse is always at the sink. I very rarely uses foaming cleansers anymore, these days I stick to oil, balm and milk cleansers which help my dry skin tremendously.

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    • Sam

      Oh yeah, I’ve been seeing a lot of creme cleansers I want to try, so maybe I’ll switch to those for my second cleanse! (oil is always first to take off makeup!)

  • I don’t cleanse at all in the morning! I went from using a foaming cleanser to a jelly cleanser to just water and honestly there’s not much of a difference besides the foaming cleanser being stripping. So it saves me a bit of $ there 🙂

    Eye cream doesn’t seem to do much for me either! Or maybe it’s because I’m not consistent with it because I always forget haha. But some people say that eye cream is just glorified and overpriced face cream, while some people say that they swear by eye cream.

    Being dry, I actually really like when my face feels greasy LOL I find that I wake up with baby soft and moisturized skin! I swear you’ve made me look at Kiehls more, I was looking at their website the other day and at Sephora just before reading your post. I’m gonna try to be a good girl and wait until the kiehls holiday sale, though (apparently they do 30% off a certain amount around november? don’t quote me on it lol but tbh I have tons of skincare to finish up before getting something new anyway).

    becky @ star violet

    • Sam

      Yeah, I didn’t find much of a difference either whether I cleanse or not in the morning! I’m really only doing it now since I have a few cleansers I should get through before getting more, haha.

      & I’m definitely leaning towards the side of eye cream being glorified face cream. I hate to say it because I have heard that so many swear by it, but it does jack for me. I have limited experience in eye creams, but I don’t think I’m going to try to figure it out, my eyes aren’t that big a deal, lol.

  • Imogen

    I really want to try more Keihl’s products! I recently went on medication for my skin so it’s extremely dry. I haven’t tried any of the products you’ve mentioned – but I’ve bough the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and am waiting for it to arrive! I’ll have to try out some more products from this post xxx

    Love your blog!


    • Sam

      Ooh, I hope you like the Milky Jelly Cleanser! It took me some time to get used to it, but it’s really great. Thanks, Imogen!

  • I honestly have different routines because I am trying some new products.

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    • Sam

      Yeah, some of these are sample/travel sized so I’m not too sure how long this routine will last, but it’s been working out well for me!

  • Surprised to see your comment about the Drunk Elephant serum, people seem to rave on about it! I’ve cut down my routine by a lot these days because my skin is so sensitive when I’m in the UK; so my favourite part currently is using this awesome Manyo Factory pumpkin and probiotic serum and it’s great so far 😀 I love the Glossier MJC too, and feels not stripping (thank goodness) when I step out of the shower!

    Cherie ✿

    • Sam

      I know, I was so excited to try out the serum just for that reason! I mean, I still have a bit more to go in the size I have, so maybe my thoughts will change as I continue to use it. Ooh, that probiotic serum sounds nice. I definitely read “Mango Factory” at first though, lol!

  • I’ve always wanted to try the milky jelly cleanser from Glossier but I haven’t had the chance to! Definitely have to try! I love putting jojoba oil on my face before anything! Makes me feel so good and hydrated!


    • Sam

      Oh yeah, I forgot about jojoba oil! I always hear about coconut or argan!

  • Your routine is full of products I’ve got my eye on! Do you like the Drunk Elephant gel enough to want to buy the full size?

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

    • Sam

      For a while I was actually debating about the full size, but ultimately decided not to. While it works nicely, I don’t think it’s AMAZING, which for $52, I would want it to be. Then again, this might work better for oily skin (I have dry) as it is a lightweight gel.

  • Gabby

    Definitely will need to try! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sam

      Thanks for reading, Gabby!

  • I am also have dry skin.
    Im thinking of trying it out.

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  • I like to know other people’s routine. the glossier milk cleanser sounds like a product I would want to try.
    The Glossychic

    • Sam

      Me too, I’m super nosy about routines!

  • I really love the cleansing part of my routine, as I usually like doing a little facial massage with my cleansing oil/balm/gel. I recently purchased the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and I now know why so many people love it, it’s so gentle and has a wonderful texture!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      It took me some time to really enjoy using the milky jelly, but once I did, I really like it! I end up leaving it on my face the longest (since I use it in the mornings) and just massaging it around, haha.