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 know it can be 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 brightening. That is a long list right? Well it can be done with the right combination of products in the right order!
These regimens (you can save them to your camera roll by holding down on the images!) may help you figure out what to do, and when. You can omit anything you want (especially the ones named optional!) I am not naming specific products in the regimen images- Just plug in your favorite product, and feel free to omit what doesn’t work for you! I decided to add some of my favorite products to this post, but this is just to help you narrow things down if you need it. Use what works 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 need a moisturizer. D what works for you, but whatever products you choose, you should apply in this order.
Three things I think every person must have: Retinol, Sunscreen and vitamin C. Let me say it again: Retinol Sunscreen, and vitamin C! 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, The Ordinary, prescription Tretinoin and Shani Darden Retinol Reform (check out my before and after here!) All are great! But whatever one you choose, please opt for the evening, because retinol reveals baby skin, which can be sensitive to the sun. Start slowly- every other or third night- then work up to nightly if you want. You may also want to use an oil and hyaluronic acid to help buffer the retinol at first. You can layer them on before or after, depending on how sensitive your skin is (I show it after on these regimens). Some brands have oils built in. Choose the right one for you!
For sunscreens, I like Supergoop, and Elta MD. 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 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!). Eye cream is optional is well. I believe that we can use the products that we put on our face, on our eyes. I have suffered from itchy, irritated skin around my eyes, and so most eye creams I have tried haven’t worked for me. For years, I simply used my La Mer Original Moisturizing Cream, which really saved my eyes and healed the irritation from eczema. But recently I did find products from The Ordinar and Shani Darden that really work for me! Vitamin C and Niacinamide should not 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 Paula’s Choice Vitamin C, and niacinamide has taken a back seat. 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. Moisturizer is 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 built in moisture.
For evening, I alternate products since I want all of the benefits, and some products are not good combined. This allows for me to do some shallow microneedling (.25-.30 depth- Gin Amber micro needling rollers are amazing, too!) on some evenings while still being able to use retinol at night on opposite nights. Here you will see two night routines: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. Feel free to use one, or both!
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 and follow me on liketoknow.it and instagram, so you never miss a thing!