I thought it might be neat, and maybe helpful, to show you some of my skincare line ups. To see what order they go in, for me. I love to layer products. So my simplified steps are still quite a few steps. My extensive, more in depth routines include weekly or bi weekly routines. It gets very confusing on my Instagram (@lovemascara) and I get a lot of questions about when I use this or that, where do I use this or that in the routine, and what's my AM routine is like.
So I thought it'd be easier if I didn't over explain in depth about the products them self and what situation exactly I would use a certain product is. I'm simply going to add in some routines of products that you've seen often, briefly explain what they are and where they go in my routine. I also think I'll break this up into AM, PM, Extensive Treatments, Multi Masking/Pamper/Selfcare Sunday. With a new category named "routines" on the blog which will be different from the category "go to routines" which target a specific concern I'm having with the skin.
So lets get into AM routines, this is where I truly keep it to as minimal steps as possible if I'm wearing makeup/going outside. If I'm going to be inside or if I'm sick actually, I tend to do a couple more steps like a mask or something. I will note that when I'm inside all day, and I literally mean all day because I work from home, I don't put on SPF. I don't think there is anything wrong with it of course but SPF requires a double cleanse at night, even if you didn't wear makeup. It can break the skin out somewhat if you don't cleanse it properly. So if you like to keep doing to keep it as habit, which I totally understand, just remember to double cleanse at night.
I'm going to start with simple routines and then lead into the most products I would ever do in the morning.
First up is my recent go to:
Dr. Roebucks Cleanse, Drunk Elephant Firm-C, Differin Gel (works as a mild retinol for me and suitable for day time) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer (has AHA benefits), Ren Anti-Pollution Mist.
This is nearly as simple as it gets for me. I like a lower percentage Vitamin C during the day and Firma-C has been a staple in my routine for years. Although I do like the Sunday Riley Vitamin C (CEO Rapid Flash Serum) it's 15% Vitamin C. Differin I use if my skin in just being maintained and I'm not testing something. If I need to cut something out because my skin is sensitized then Differin is the first to go for me. I would also then do my best to use all things that will protect and soothe my skin in that situation which is the next routine.
Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, Hey Honey I Peel Good (AHA free peel), FAB Fresh Greens Mist, Drunk Elephant Firma C, REN Global Protection Day Cream. (SPF if I'm going outside obviously)
This is my routine that I tend to take my time with because the skin is needing extra love and attention. When I say extra attention I just mean it's tired or needs a break, not that it's super painful or anything extreme. I still, no matter what, will get Vitamin C in there (always getting in the Antioxidants where I can). The cleansing balm from Elemis is actually one of my favorite things to use as a little hydration support by leaving it on a few minutes before removing it. It feels good on the skin because of the texture and loveliness and hydrates as well as cleanses. The Hey Honey I Peel Good is fantastic for beginners or to use in between "acid exfoliation". I have a whole post on it which I will link here. The FAB Mist is very soothing, plain and simple. RED Evercalm line is something I'm just getting into but oh my gosh, this feels like.....a good decision. I don't know how else to put that, you just can't go wrong. It not only makes the skin feel FANTASTIC but you get solid protection from environmental pollutants, it's a barrier between yourself and what your skin gets exposed to. Keep in mind if you're going outside to put on a proper SPF. Although when my skin needs a break or is very tired I prefer to keep it out of the sun at all costs if I can. The next routine is for going out, a full day of wear, makeup application, etc.
Neostrata Glycolic Foaming Wash (has AHA in it), REN Rapid Flash Rinse (water activated Vitamin C rinse), Differin Gel, Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Moisturizer (has a little more Vitamin C), REN Anti Pollution Defense Mist, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Moisturizer (basically it fills in lines and makes concealer look better), NeoGen Daylight Protection Sunscreen SPF50.
This is a few more steps. I like utilizing rinses, mists, and liquids that will just automatically absorb rather than layer on my skin in the day time to simple prevent "rolling" as you add more stuff. I do use a separate SPF and moisturizer most days. I didn't always but recently I find that I prefer that. I love products that start out giving me a glow from Vitamin C and not necessarily because the products has a reflective luminosity. Although, I do like Ginzing Eye Cream from Origins and it has a pearlescent reflect to it. If I want a luminous base I usually use a luminizing primer or add luminosity to my foundation with liquid highlighters. So now I'm going to name off some good makeup bases. These prep the skin for makeup and I use them often when I wear makeup.
REN Perfect Canvas. This is serum style and it's newer. It's got plenty of skin benefits but it literally does make the skin a canvas for makeup. Easy to use works like a dream.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. This is the only product I use that has mineral oil in it, but that is exactly what makes it good for makeup applications because anything that goes on over this: be it primer or just straight to foundation is not going to break through the barrier of mineral oil. I find it does well for all skin types.
First Aid Beauty and Korres Priming Moisturizers. These are the "new" thing in makeup and skincare it seems: "Priming moisturizers". I like the idea though. Instead of a primer that's hydrating, which I've never found one that actually worked properly like that, it's like they reversed the formula and made moisturizers that could grab on to makeup and help the wear and look of it. Which I'm more apt to use instead of a primer these days. If you're oily I would avoid and stick with your primer that you like. First Aid Beauty is a Coconut Priming Moisturizer and I hate the smell. Just being honest, guys but it does work. Korres Smoothie Priming Moisturizer I like a little bit better because the smell doesn't bother me, it's a little bit more light weight.
There's plenty of other products I could sit here and talk to you about but I don't want this to be confusing so I'm going to keep it here. Keep an eye out for the next installment on Pm or "nightly" routines.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.