A reader asked me for my current skincare regimen. So here I go.
I have a spring/summer regimen and a different one for fall/winter. As I get older (I’m in my early 30s), I find that my skin has gotten kind of less oily and more combination. However I still consider it to be oily-combination and not normal-average.
-I rarely wash my face in the mornings. I rub a little water around my eyes to rub off any rheum (it is gentler this way and leads to less tugging) and after patting dry the eye area I apply a fast absorbing eye cream. Right now I’m using L’Occitane Immortelle. I also like Himalaya Herbals Undereye Cream. I then apply a lightweight or basic moisturizer to my face and neck. I currently like Ole Henriksen Empower Me moisturizer and Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex. I exercise and make breakfast while letting the moisturizers absorb into my skin. Then I apply my makeup.
-Right after I get home from work, I use an eye makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. I’m using one by Lumene which is pretty good. I wash my face with Avalon Organics Vitamin C gel cleanser (using it up from the summer), but I also like using a deep cleansing oil for the colder winter months. When I use up the Vitamiuc C cleanser I will go back to my Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser or Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula cleanser (both of which are nicer on the skin during cold weather months). Then I use Skinfood Gold Caviar toner on my face and neck. This toner leaves behind a sticky residue, so I run a washcloth under warm water and scrub my face and neck gently after the toner.
-Once all the makeup is completely gone, I apply a nighttime AHA treatment topped with a moisturizer. I really love Ole Henriksen Invigorating Nighttime Treatment rubbed into my skin, followed by Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration. I apply this to my neck too. I then apply a rich eye cream such as Ole Henriksen Total Truth Vitamin C or German formula Nivea Creme. I’ve also been using Yes to Carrots eye cream lately. The Nivea is too rich for my face but as an eye cream it’s amazing. It’s my go to eye crème for winter. I sometimes use sweet almond oil to moisturize the eye area if I have some in the house. For my eyelashes I use Lauren Brooke Lash Conditioner. It’s a great product and something I will repurchase.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I purchased Sunday Riley Good Genes and Luna Night Oil. I just started using both, but recently I have been simply applying Luna at night and skipping the Ole Henriksen products for the face. I alternate between the two.
I only use a physical exfoliant in the shower. I like St. Ives Apricot scrub in the jar, and Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening and Refining Buff Cleanser. On days I use a physical exfoliant (I shower every other day in the winter), I may skip the chemical exfoliant. I also use physical exfoliants less in the winter because my face is less grimey and oily.
I apply hand cream at night before bed. Right now I am using Korres Nourishing Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Shea Butter.
-When I am at home for several hours I take advantage of that time. I use Ole Henriksen Youth Activating Brightening Oil all over my face, neck and back of neck. If I am not using this I use Sunday Riley Good Genes. Basically the idea is to use an intensely hydrating and deep penetrating product that does serious work on my skin. I won’t just wear any regular moisturizer. I also wear an eye cream that is rich and thick. I usually reach for my Nivea Crème.
I also like wearing sheet masks on these days (and frightening the dog in the process). I’ve been using masks mostly from Etude House.
That is my current regimen. You probably guessed that I am serious about protecting the eye area. I am a firm believer in eye cream. Crow’s feet and wrinkles are telltale signs of aging, so I want to make sure I can fool people into thinking I am 18 for decades to come. 😛
Is your skincare regimen similar to mine? Are you more high maintenance than I am or low maintenance?