Skincare routines can be really difficult to create for yourself. Discovering and curating a carefully selected array of products that you love can be super hard. I know it is for me (which is probably why my skincare routine changes all the time). I’m always on a quest for perfect skin that looks like I’m wearing makeup even when I’m not. I realize this is a rather lofty goal that I may never achieve, but I have to try. What I’ve got going on right now seems to be working pretty well.
The beauty products I put on my face are subject to intense scrutiny and research before I buy, and I’m careful not to introduce more than one new product at a time. That way, if something causes are reaction, or makes me break out, then I know what to remove from my routine. I usually test a new product for about 2 weeks before deciding that I don’t have any kind of reaction to it. Even if your skin isn’t sensitive, it’s a good idea to introduce new products slowly. If you start using multiple new products at the same time, sometimes just the change of what’s going on your face can freak your skin out.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Especially if you get a few new products from Sephora and are dying to try them all out right away. I’m definitely guilty of doing this, but trust me, it usually doesn’t end well. I’m always switching products in and out of my skincare routine, but I try really hard to do it slowly and methodically.
Anyway, on to my AM and PM skincare routines.
AM Skincare Routine:
Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence: This is a nice replacement for toner, since it has a very thin consistency. I smooth two pumps over my face after cleansing and gently pat it in until it’s fully absorbed. It takes about 30 seconds or so. Over time it gives skin more evenness and radiance. See my full review HERE.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster: After my essence has fully soaked in, I use about 4 drops of this and apply all over my face, patting it in until it’s mostly absorbed. I focus on the areas that tend to get a little flaky, like my forehead and cheeks. Check out my review HERE.
Darphin Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel: This lightweight gel-cream is a great morning eye cream. I apply it while I wait for my hydration booster serum to absorb. It helps to depuff and brighten with caffeine, and over time will help with dark circles and fine lines a bit as well. Complete review HERE.
Cane & Austin Protect Broad Spectrum SPF50 Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen: My last morning step before makeup is sunscreen. Always. I apply about 10 drops to my entire face, then another 6-8 on my neck and decollete. This is one of my favourite sunscreens ever. See my review HERE.
I like to keep my morning routine fairly simple. Wash, toner/essence, moisturizer, sunscreen. And that’s it.
PM Skincare Routine:
Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil: On days where I’m wearing more than minimal makeup, or if I’m going to use my clarisonic, I use an oil cleanser first. I really like this one since it is not to heavy and rinses away without leaving any residue. Full review still to come.
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleansing Gel: My primary evening cleanser right now is this one from Peter Thomas Roth. So far I’m really liking it. It works well with my clarisonic or alone. It also removes makeup well on days where I’m not wearing much. Complete review still to come.
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid: Most days of the week, I use two pumps of this after cleansing. I pat it in until it’s mostly absorbed (focusing on areas that get congested, like my T-zone), then I leave it for a few minutes so the BHA can do its work. It’s really helpful for clearing out blackheads and whiteheads, or for helping get rid of breakouts. This is a really excellent product. Read my review HERE.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster: After the BHA liquid, I use 5-6 drops of this and smooth over my skin for extra hydration and antioxidant benefits. This hydration boosting serum is full of good-for-skin ingredients. It can be added to another serum or moisturizer, or used alone. See my full review HERE.
Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence: On days where I don’t use my BHA liquid and hydration booster, I use this as my toner after cleansing in the evening. As I mentioned above, I use two pumps and pat it in until it’s absorbed. See my full review HERE.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum: On days where I don’t use my BHA liquid, I use retinol (about twice a week, sometimes only once). I apply this after the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 essence. This retinol serum is formulated specifically for the eye area and can also be used on the lid. I use half a pump (for both eyes) and tap it on with my ring finger. My review is available HERE.
SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5: This is my primary retinol serum. It has a 0.5% concentration of retinol, and it’s potent. That’s why I only use it a couple times a week. It’s very effective. I use one pump after applying my retinol eye serum, making sure not to overlap application with areas where I applied the retinol eye serum. Full review HERE.
Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion: This is a fairly new addition to my evening skincare routine, but I generally apply this last, regardless of whether I used BHA or retinol. 3 pumps covers just my face, 6 pumps covers face, neck, and decollete. It’s very light but very hydrating. Perfect for summer. Review on this HERE.
Darphin The Revitalizing Oil: Sometimes, if my skin is feeling dry or flaky or it’s in need of a little something extra, I’ll apply a couple drops of face oil after my moisturizer. I usually pair this with the days I use retinol so that my skin gets some extra hydration. Find my review HERE.
My evening routine is definitely a little more involved than my morning routine, but I like to make sure all my bases are covered regarding breakouts, antiaging, hydration, brightening etc. This also doesn’t include products I use less frequently, like masks or scrubs. This is only what I actually use all the time. For example, I use 10% glycolic acid peels about once a week. I also have moisturizing masks, clarifying masks, and various sheet masks that I use on an occasional basis. Basically whenever I have time or feel like I need it.
So there you have it, my current skincare routine. Hopefully it provides some ideas or insight on interesting new products to try!