Now that summer is coming to a close and the weather is beginning to change my skin is starting to freak out a bit. This seems to happen to me whenever we have a change in season. Because of this I decided it was time to get back on track and have made it a priority to meticulously follow my skincare routine. And YAY it has been working! Below is my five step routine for my normal to dry skin.
1. Remove Make-up
The first and one of the most important steps is to remove all of the make-up that is on my face and eyes. I do this before bed each night or if I know I will not being leaving the house again. My favorite make-up removing wipes are the Pond’s Evening Sooth with chamomile and white tea.They smell soooo good and are gentle on the skin.
Pond’s Evening Sooth Wet Cleansing Towelettes – $4.69
2. Wash Face
Currently I am using Clean and Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser. I have used this in the past and keep going back to it. It is a gentle wash and doesn’t leave my skin dry or irritated. However, I haven’t noticed a difference in the brightness of my skin as the product name claims. If I want to go the extra set for a deep clean I use this cleanser with my DDF Cleansing Brush. I do this about once every other day to provide that extra deep clean.
Clean and Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser – $5.47
DDF Revolve 400x Micro Polishing-System – $99
Next, I use a toner. Toner is something new I have recently within the past 6 months added to my skincare routine. I feel like it has made a world of a difference! Since I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to a toner I just picked up L’Oreal HydraFresh Alcohol-Free Toner, an inexpensive drugstore toner. The purpose of a toner is to remove excess dirt and oil from the skin that may be left behind after washing your face. I put some on a cotton pad and wipe across my face, making sure to cover all of my skin. One look at the cotton pad after and you will see just how much dirt and makeup is left of your skin on even after washing your face!
L’Oreal HydraFresh Alcohol-Free Toner – $6.49
4. Spot Treatment
On the occasion that a blemish pops up (EEEKK!) I use an over the counter spot treatment. Lately I have a been using the Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment. It seems to work pretty well but it unfortunately doesn’t provide instant gratification. I find that applying twice a day for a couple of days usually does the trick.
Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment – $6.27
5. Moisturizer & Eye Cream
With the weather starting to get cooler it brings along dry patchy skin with it. I have normal to dry skin so it is very important for me to moisturize. Clinique moisturizers have always worked best for me. I am usually a fan of most drugstore products but moisturizer is not one of them. It is the one drugstore product that I have found to always break me out. Because of this I always use a Clinique moisturizer because they are very gentle and fragrance free. Using a separate eye cream is also key! The skin under and around the eyes is different than the skin on the rest of the face so it important to always use a cream meant for this area. I like to use Clinique All About Eyes. Although it is a bit pricey I love the way it makes my under eyes feel. A little goes goes a long way with this product to so a small jar can last about a year!
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion – $26
Clinique All About Eyes 1 oz – $50
This full five step process is what I do every night before bed. For my morning routine I do steps 2 – wash face and 5 – moisturizer and eye cream. If I have a blemish I will also add step 4 – spot treatment. This routine has been working pretty well so I am going to stick with it. I would like to add some type of anti-aging serum or cream to my routine as well. Even though I am not old enough to be getting wrinkles it is suggested that people start using anti-aging products in their twenties as a preventative measure.
Do you have skincare products you swear by? Any recommendations for a anti-aging product? Let me know!