I’ve never been a total makeup junkie. Don’t get me wrong: I’m always after that perfect shade of blush that gives me those rosy-but-not-too-rosy cheeks and I’ll admit that a new lipstick is hard for me to resist. But that’s where it ends. My drawers aren’t filled with seven different foundations (just this one) and I’ve never been one to spend much time “playing” with makeup, experimenting with different eyeshadow shades and whatnot. (That probably explains why I’m really not any good at putting on makeup.)
Skincare, on the other hand, is a different story. That’s much more my thing. I’m always interested in learning about the latest treatments, and I love trying out new lotions and potions. I’m a big believer in sticking to a good skincare routine. Here, a quick glimpse at what mine currently looks like.
I wash my face with Yon-Ka Cleansing Gel. I’ve tried lots of different cleansers and right now, this is the one I love the most. It’s a foaming cleanser (I like to see some suds happen with my face wash) that leaves my skin feeling soft and extra-clean. There’s no scent and it doesn’t cause any irritation (a very important factor for someone who suffers from rosacea). I follow that up with this toner from Clarins. I used to skip the toner step until my dermatologist explained how important it is to the cleansing process in that it removes dead skin cells that can lurk on the face even after cleansing. It also preps the face so that the moisturizer and other products can better penetrate the skin. I then apply Neutrogena’s eye gel. I moisturize with La Mer’s Soft Cream. This product is a major splurge but it really makes such a difference for my skin and therefore worthy of the investment. I just pat (not rub) it all over my face and it sinks in immediately. To moisturize my lips, I usually apply Aquaphor but lately I’ve been really into this one. The final step? SPF! I never (read: never ever – not even when it’s cloudy!) leave the house without sunscreen. I think it’s the most important thing you can do for your skin. I live and die by Elta MD UV Clear. This stuff is amazing. It’s so lightweight that you don’t even feel it, and it never irritates my skin or causes breakouts.
No matter how tired I am, I always wash my face. I hate the feeling of waking up the next morning with makeup from the day before still on my skin. I start with these makeup-remover wipes. (I also really like these from Neutrogena.) They’re super gentle but definitely do their job getting my makeup off. I then wash my face with the Yon-Ka or, if my skin is in need of some extra TLC in the way of moisture, I’ll use this cleansing milk from Sisley. After I’ve toned, I apply a Retin-A that I get from my dermatologist. It’s a miracle worker for getting rid of the dark spots. (If you want something you can buy in a store, try this.) I follow that up with a few drops of this face oil and then apply Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery under my eyes. La Mer’s Soft Cream all over my face is the finishing touch.
Three times per week:
Exfoliation. It’s one of my favorite things to do because it makes my skin feel so awesome. It can be harsh on your skin if done too often though so I limit this to three times per week. I love trying out new exfoliators. My current favorites: Kora Organics AHA Exfoliator, ExfoliKate, and Aurelia Miracle Balm. I always follow up exfoliation with face oil and/or a heavy-duty moisturizer.
Twice per week:
Masks. Oh, how I love masks. It’s my favorite skincare ritual by far. The one I use really depends on what’s going on with my skin at the moment. When my skin is looking dull and lackluster, I really love Ren’s 1-Minute Facial or this one (pricey but worth it) from La Mer. If I’m breaking out then I usually reach for this one but I’ve also heard really good things about Bobbi Brown’s Detox mask so I’m going to test it out. If my skin is super dry, I apply Yon-Ka’s Masque No. 1 or Clinique’s Moisture Surge and go to bed with it on.
Once per month:
Facials. I used to not like facials. I always felt like they were just rubbing oil all over my face, and if that’s the case then I’d much rather spend my time (and money) on a deep-tissue massage. That all changed once I found the right aesthetician. She really analyzed my skin and went to work. I saw results after just one facial and now I get them every four weeks. I think of it like a deep-clean for my skin.
Once per quarter:
Chemical peels. I try to schedule one every three months. I’m in and out of the office in fifteen minutes. The only negative is that I look a bit scary for a few days (think Samantha’s chemical peel on SATC but not quite that bad). My trick is to schedule one on a Wednesday because the real scary peeling doesn’t start until Friday afternoon and then I have the weekend to hide from the outside world. By Monday, I’m totally fine and my skin looks totally refreshed.
If I’m having a major rosacea flare-up:
I do my best to maintain my rosacea (avoiding the sun is key) but occasionally, I’ll have a major flare-up. For those times when rosacea rears its ugly head, I have to switch up my routine just a bit. I’ll cleanse with Avène’s Anti-Redness cleanser. It’s really soothing. I follow that up with La Roche Posay’s Roaliac serum and then before I go to bed, I’ll use a heavy dose of this all over my face.
There you have it. My current skincare routine. Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Let’s hear it!
Image via The Coveteur