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?