Yep, that’s me making the face that so many of us do when we are little kids and concentrating realllllly hard: Sticking my tongue out as I try to arrange all of my bottles of skincare. I feel like I know what to do, but that face represents how a lot of people feel! We all want the benefits of great skincare, but it can be really confusing when it comes to layering, alternating days and nights, and adding in weekly treatments. Plus, there are products that just should not be mixed. Here, I am going to show you what I do for someone like me: I want anti-aging and corrective products that will also help with occasional breakouts. I want smooth and even skin, and want to address loss of firmness. I also want a weekly treatment that will help with texture, and brighten my skin. That is a long list right? Well it can be done with the right combination of products in the right order!
This list here may help you to figure out what to do, and when. I am not naming specific products in this post. Here, I am simply giving you a list that I think might help in your quest for figuring out your daily/nightly/weekly treatments. Just plug in your favorite product, and feel free to omit what doesn’t work for you!
In this list, you will see an “optional” from time to time. That means that the product is not a necessity, but it is something that I like to use in MY routine. For instance, not everyone wants an oil, but I use one. And if you use an oil, you may not absolutely need a moisturizer. I say do what works for you, but whatever products you choose, you should apply in this order.
Two things I think every person must have: Retinol and Sunscreen. Let me say it again: Retinol and sunscreen! If you have to choose one product for day, choose sunscreen. And if you have to choose one product for night, choose retinol. I don’t care what brand- any retinol is better than NO retinol 🙂 As far as retinol/retinoids are concerned, I like ROC night time, Obaji, The Ordinary, and prescription Tretinoin. All are great! But whatever one you choose, please opt for the evening, because it makes you sensitive to the sun, and you may want to start slowly- every other night- then work up to nightly. You may also want to use an oil to help buffer the retinol. Some brands have oils built in. Choose the right one for you!
For sunscreens, I like Supergoop, Elta MD, and Drunk Elephant. Please, just wear a sunscreen! Rain, shine, indoors or out… if you don’t wear sunscreen, then don’t even bother doing anything for your skin. OK, I know that was harsh, but I am dead serious! UV light is the number one cause of aging behind stress and sugar!
Without further ado, here is my list of products by type, in order of use.
These are the things I do on a daily basis. You can see that toner is optional (I don’t use one, but if you want, go for it!). Also please note that eye cream is optional is well. I believe that we can use the products that we put on our face, on our eyes. For me personally, I have suffered from itchy irritated skin around my eyes, and so any eye cream I have tried has not worked for me. For years, I have simply used my La Mer Original Moisturizing Cream, which really saved my eyes and healed the irritation from eczema. But recently I did find a product from The Ordinary, which really works for me! I say vitamin C or Niacinamide because they cannot be mixed, so choose one. Both are going to even skin tone, and niacinamide (a B vitamin) will help with acne as well. Choose one that works for you. Currently, during the day I am using Niacinamide but I am testing some vitamin c products to see what I like. Hyaluronic acid is also optional, but if you like a more hydrated, plumped skin, definitely get one! It holds 1000 times its weight in water, so it legit makes skin plump. I say Moisture optional because if you’re using an oil and/or a hyaluronic acid, you might not feel the need for moisturizer, especially if your sunscreen has added ingredients that hydrate the skin.
For evening, I alternate a few products since I want all of the benefits, and some products should not be combined. This allows for me to do some shallow microneedling plus peptides on some evenings while still being able to use retinol at night. Here you will see two night routines: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday.
SELF CARE SUNDAY
This is what I do weekly, and Sunday is a great day to do it! Here is where I incorporate my deeper chemical exfoliation at night. I like to use only soothing and non treatment types of products after my peel, to aid in recovery.
And that is my routine you guys! Feel free to pin, and make sure you get over to my other post, where I break down some of the ordinary products I have tried. You can incorporate them all into this routine. Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!