My skincare routine is ever changing, partly because I’m always on the hunt for better products and partly because I can’t always afford to repurchase items. However, this is the stuff that’s been working for me as of late!
Just a disclaimer: I have combination skin that easily gets dehydrated. My biggest concern is keeping my skin from getting dry, even if it means that I end up with a little more shine. My skin is also not that sensitive. What works for me may not work for you!
Step #1: Cleanse
When most people think of cleansing they probably think of using some sort of face wash and water. However, most of the time this is what I do:
- Cleanse with a cream cleanser (Currently the Organic Daily Cream Cleanser from Rosehip Plus). Cream cleansers are less harsh than foam cleansers, so they’re great for dry skin!
- Cleanse with micellar water (Right now I’m using the Purifect Rose Micellar Cleansing Water). I use this just to get any leftover makeup off my face. The Purifect one doesn’t irritate my eyes, so it’s good for taking off mascara.
I use absolutely no water on my face. I simply apply the products to reusable hemp rounds and wipe off the grime!
Step #2: Tone
Lately I’ve been using an organic rosewater mist from Olivia Care, though in the past I’ve used coconut water & witch hazel.
Step #3: Exfoliate
Right now I’m using the Mary Kay Night Solution that I bought from my boyfriend’s mom out of politeness, but I definitely will not be repurchasing. It’s not a bad product, (it’s made my skin texture smoother), but the effects don’t justify the price. I want to try The Ordinary’s lactic acid formula as I’ve heard good things about it.
Step #4: Sheet Mask
I don’t always do this step, because let’s be real, sheet masks can get expensive. But when I do, I go for ones with moisturizing properties. Sadly, I haven’t found a sheet mask that I really love, but I have high hopes for the Medi-Heal ones that I just received in the mail not too long ago!
Step #5: Moisturize
This is really where I pull out ALL the stops. First, I use the Hydration Gel from People for Plants. It contains glycerin and aloe vera, and it absorbs quickly. If you have oily skin you could probably stop there, but I follow up with the Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin. If my skin is feeling really dry I’ll add a cream on top (right now I use another Mary Kay product that I do not recommend). Finally, I top it all off with Purifect Rosehip seed oil. I know that some people like to add oils underneath something more occlusive, but using it as the last layer works best for me.
Step #6: Sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep makes such a huge difference. If I get anything less than nine hours of sleep, my skin is just not the same.
In the morning, I simply use my People for Plants moisturizer (which is amazing as a makeup primer!), my Neutrogena moisturizer, and some sunscreen. I have yet to find the perfect sunscreen, so if you have any recommendations, comment them below!