On my most recent trip to Los Cabos, one of the other journalists asked for my skincare routine. I promised I would get it to her. When I sat down to write it all up I realized this was a lot of information, way more than I realized. So, I decided to share it here with you too!
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Morning Skincare Routine
I have products I use in the morning and then completely different products I use at night. Here they are.
If I am traveling I often use St. Ives Apricot Acne Scrub in the morning, it’s super cheap. My skin does not like traveling. Depending on where I am going it can be dry or humid and it doesn’t take long before my face is breaking out. I keep hoping I will get old enough this is not an issue. Having this on hand to give my face quick scrub helps my face adjust to the climate. At least I think it does! It may seem weird, but I swear by it.
If I am at home I use a few different things. I’ve used L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam for years and I also use Orogold White Gold 24K Anti Aging Facial Cleanser and AHAVA Refreshing Cleansing Gel on a semi-regular basis.
When I use any of these I use a little device, a LUNA mini2, to wash my face. I don’t really know how to explain it, so I am copying the wording they use to describe it. “The LUNA mini2 uses the power of T-Sonic pulsations to effectively cleanse deep below the skin’s surface. It is suitable for all skin types.” You can buy a Foreo mini on Amazon or Walmart.
I do use toner every day after I wash my face. I use Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution. It smells like licorice so as long as that is not an issue for you this is an amazing toner. The smell doesn’t bother me at all and to be honest, I like the smell. In a weird way, it helps me wake up in the morning. I already had a toner I felt like I was sold on for life but after trying this one I switched. This product contains six skin-friendly acids including lactic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid.
lavelier Marine Deep Moisturizer: Rich in ingredients known to moisturize the skin, like safflower seed oil, shea butter, aloe leaf extracts, and more. It also contains vitamins A and E that help make your skin appear smoother and more radiant.
Loreal REVITALIFT: Pro-Retinol A and Par-Elastyl increase firmness and reduce signs of aging around the fragile eye area.
I have horrendous dark circles because my allergies are awful. I have three things I use for them.
Truffoire Black Truffle Instant Repair Syringe: You only need a little bit and you gently tap on the cream until it seeps well into the skin under your eyes. Use it every day for one week and then once a week every week. It tightens loose skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Aveda Energizing Eye Cream: A plant energy complex gives the skin a boost, helping increase energy in the cells to help brighten the skin around your eyes, while licorice root—known for its soothing properties in Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India—helps diminish the appearance of dark circles. Gently smooth it under your eyes using your ring fingers.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More Baggage Eye Gel: This eye gel uses Filmatrix technology algae and plant extracts to form an invisible, smooth second-skin film. Peptides restore the look of elasticity and brighten the under-eye. In the morning after applying an eye moisturizer, warm a tiny amount between fingers and gently pat directly on bags and dark circles. For best results, let it dry in between applications and reapply as needed.
Red Light Therapy
I have two at-home red light therapy devices. The one I use the most is the hand-held Empire Tech Marvelous 25K Gold Skincare Revolution. The other one I use is a RejuvaliteMD by Trophy Skin. Red light therapy helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Helps with sun-damaged skin and can improve facial texture.
Once a week Microdermabrasion
Once a week or every other week I use a certain type of microdermabrasion product. There are two I use, Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel Exfoliant for Dry and Flaky Skin and White Gold 24K Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling Facial Exfoliator. They both work the same way. You use however much you need to cover your whole face and you just rub in on clean dry skin and you will quickly remove dead skin.
At night the first thing I do is remove my makeup. I use a few different products depending on if I am traveling or at home. If I am traveling I use makeup remover wipes. I’ve used all kinds over the years and the ones with makeup wipes with retinol are my favorite.
At home, I also use makeup wipes if I am being lazy but if I am really taking care of myself I use Abolene (super cheap $9.74) or Unnaturally Natural Clarify Cleansing Balm. Both work the same way, you put it all over your face and then wipe it off. For the Abolene you wipe it off with a tissue and for the Cleansing Balm, you wash it off.
Eye Makeup Remover
The next thing I do is finish taking off my eye makeup because it always seems to hang on! At home and when traveling I use Vaseline to remove my eye makeup. It’s cheap and works great.
Make sure your eye makeup is completely gone: start by taking some Vaseline on your finger and gently massaging in circles around the eyes – this will help break down those pesky mascara. When you’re done, just take a tissue to wipe away any excess product!
Vaseline keeps your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth! With its anti-aging properties, it can help retain moisture while preventing dryness in your eyes as well. If you apply a good amount of this jelly every day on eyelashes, they become thicker in time. Plus – unlike other products out there – there is little chance for any reaction and it won’t clog your pores.
Nighttime Skincare Routine
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Nighttime Lip Balm
Right before I go to sleep I apply Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This is a leave-on lip mask that delivers intense moisture and antioxidants while you sleep with Berry Fruit Complex™, Murumuru seed, and Shea butter.
I always sleep with a silk sleeping mask. Silk is supposed to help prevent wrinkles. If you don’t want to wear a sleep mask you could consider a silk pillow case. If you have an acne-prone teen a silk pillowcase can help them too.
The Kami Pad is an organic anti-wrinkle pad that you can put on your forehead to prevent future wrinkles & works toward reducing existing wrinkles, pigmentation from sun damage, and scars. They also have one that you can place on your chest which is an area that is often ignored, but really shows your age. I wear both while I sleep. For your chest, you could use Bravity too.
My morning skincare routine and my nighttime skincare routine has been an invaluable tool to keep my skin looking vibrant and hopefully has slowed aging a bit. Taking the time to nourish, cleanse, and protect your skin can help you stay looking your best for many years to come. With a bit of effort each day, you can maintain a healthy glow and make sure that your skin stays fresh and moisture-balanced. While there are many personal care choices we all must make when it comes to finding the right products for our unique needs, it’s important to persist in finding the perfect fit. As someone who takes her skincare seriously, investing in good quality products has made a huge difference for me. I hope this blog post was helpful in giving you some ideas on how to create an effective routine that caters specifically to your needs. Now I ask you: what is your go-to skincare product? Share with me in the comments below!