Hi guys! Last month Rossy over at AyrGalaxy wrote a post on her morning skincare routine. And I loved the idea! It’s been about a year and a half (if not more) since I last wrote about my skincare routine. My nighttime routine gets pretty complicated, anyway, so I liked the idea of a simpler routine.
For reference, my skin is more normal-to-dry but acne-prone and slightly sensitive. I’m still trying to figure out what specifically irritates my skin, as a lot of products labelled for sensitive skin are actually irritating.
I normally use one of two cleansers. One targets acne, and the other doesn’t. I like switching between the two as needed, either based on my skin’s needs or based on other products I’m using. It’s probably a 50/50 or 60/40 split (with more acne cleanser). I prefer cleansing gels over creams, but with my dry skin I have to be mindful of products that can strip my skin. Little or no lather is important, especially with acne cleansers.
Currently I’m using the Murad Clarifying Cleanser and the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel, but my favorite acne cleanser is the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser. It has the perfect combination of a gel cleanser that barely foams and is still effective on my acne. Both the Murad and Boscia ones can be drying if I use too much and work them up into a lather, but I’ve worked out how much of each I need to use to clean my face properly without stripping the oils away. I also like the tingling feeling of the Murad cleanser!
My toner routine has been pretty consistent for years. I pour out some toner onto one half of a cotton round and apply it to my face. Then, I turn the cotton round over and apply an acne-fighting toner to the other half. I can double up on products using only one cotton round and still separate them so anything picked up from my face won’t be smeared around my body.
Lately I’ve been using the Clarins Toning Lotion (normal to dry skin), and it’s good but not worth the price. Generally I look for a few things in a toner. It can’t have denatured alcohol in it and it can’t be in a spray bottle. I also usually prefer hydrating toners or ones without a specific listed purpose. The next one I want to try is the Simple toner.
The second toner for my body is my HG, the Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Acne Cleanser. I’ve talked about this product a million times, including this review from two years ago. This product does have alcohol denat. in it, but the drying out is less extreme on the body. I haven’t found a replacement toner that uses salicylic acid without the alcohol. This is way easier to use than to take a shower with an acne body wash twice a day.
I always use an essence in the morning. It adds that little extra bit of hydration to my skin. I switch it up frequently, including using excess essence from sheet masks, but this Goodal Waterest First Essence is a morning favorite! I just pat in a couple drops of this and am done! This hydrates the skin without oversaturating it or taking a long time to absorb.
I then go in with my eye cream. Currently I’m using the e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream. I don’t really see much difference between using different eye creams for my dark circles or the start of fine lines. This eye cream is especially good in the morning because it creates the perfect canvas for makeup in my undereye area. It’s light enough to sit under makeup well and adds a little extra hydration.
My last product is moisturizer! This Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion is a lightweight, liquidy lotion that goes on very easily. It adds that perfect amount of hydration and nourishment that my skin needs without being too thick or too much. The peach scent is also great without feeling overpowering or fake. I love this stuff! I can also apply a glotion on top of this, such as the Tarte Brighter Days sample I finished off in my September empties.
But I bet you’re saying “what about the SPF?” I’m trying to get better at using sunscreen on my face daily, but it doesn’t always happen and sometimes I just rely on what’s in my BB cream. If you know any great facial sunscreens that don’t clog pores, let me know!
Despite all the products I use, this is actually a pretty fast process. It usually takes me about ten minutes in the morning. And let me know if you want me to review any of these more!