Today I’m excited to share with you what I use on my skin every day. I’ve used a ton of products and now I’m at that point where I’m starting to weed out what doesn’t work and what does work for my skin.
Below I go through what I use everyday and why I use it or how it works!
I highly suggest you take a look at my post about my skin type before reading this, so you can get a better idea of why I chose these products and how they work for me.
Note: I’ve since updated my skin care routine to something that works even better, you can read about it here.
Wash my skin with water, sometimes with a clean face cloth
I’ve found I don’t need to use cleanser in the morning, my skin actually cleared up a bit when I stopped. I think this is probably because I was using something that was too harsh and drying. I’m still interested in finding a very light cleanser for the morning.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Sometimes I apply this with my hands, sometimes when a cotton pad. I originally got this as a sample, but once I saw how it reduced my skin redness and breakouts I needed to have it. It can sting a little if you have open breakouts or sensitive. I highly recommend!
belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer
This is okay. I like that it’s light and hydrating and doesn’t cause breakouts. I need something more moisturizing, but it works for now and is good under makeup. If you don’t need much moisture in the morning or are very oily, then I recommend this product. It actually seems to reduce oil!
CAILYN Cosmetics Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm
I love this stuff. I’ve repurchased a few times. It feels amazing on the skin, doesn’t cause breakouts, and gets makeup, oil, mascara, and pretty much anything you throw at it off your skin. Bonus, it doesn’t make your skin too dry, just healthy and clean. It’s a creamy, pink solid in the jar, and it comes with a scoop so you don’t get it dirty with your hands. Once you rub it on, it melts perfectly into your skin. It rinses well and I don’t even need another cleanser after this one.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
This is stuff is amazing. Like really. I can’t live without it! This is a liquid that I apply with my hands or a cotton pad. It’s a chemical exfoliator. I’ll probably write a whole post about this stuff, but for now read this post from another blog, she really covers it all. For reference, I use the formula without phenol. Although this gave me some pretty nasty breakouts for about a week when I started using it, they cleared up quickly and my skin continued to avoid major breakouts.
PocketDerm (Now Curology)
I’ve been using my pocketderm for almost 2 months, and while I think it’s working, it seems like it’s too soon to tell. For those of you who haven’t heard of pocketderm (sorry, I mean Curology… they went through a rebranding, but they will always be pocketderm to me), it’s a completely online dermatologist. After answering some questions and sending in photos of your skin, you’ll be given a “prescription” of three active products, sent every few months, with unlimited access to your assigned doctor. It’s 19.99 a month, but with this link you can get the first month free (FYI I will get $10 off my next month when you sign up through that link). Curology deserves it’s own blog post because I have a lot to say about it, but just visit their site or message me if you want to know more.
belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer
The same moisturizer from the morning again. I’m only using it at night because I discovered that my previous moisturizer was probably giving me breakouts. I’m in the process of replacing this with a better, heavier moisturizer for night.
MUAC 25% Mandelic Acid Peel
This gives you amazing glowy skin. What’s cool about it is that you don’t notice it immediately, but you wake up in the morning and there’s a big difference! Mandelic is an acid from almonds, it’s very gentle (I don’t even feel a sting when I use it). The peel is actually a clear liquid you put on with a q-tip or cotton pad, and you only need to leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing away.
About every 6 weeks, I use a dermaroller on my skin to help with my depressed acne scars. I *think* it might be working, but this is a long term solution that takes many times and many months to make a difference! It works by creating micro punctures in the skin, and the thought is that when collagen moves to the area to heal those “wounds” the scars will begin to fill in.
For now, this covers my skincare routine! It’s constantly evolving, but there a few good products that I plan on keeping, without fail, for as long as they keep working for me. I hope this gave you some ideas for your routine, or even just introduced you to a few products you might not have known about.
I LOVE reading others skin care routines, please comment below with yours!