It’s important to have a daily skincare routine if you want to take care of your skin. I truly believe my face suffers from bipolar disorder because it never does the same thing twice in a row. One minute, my face is clear, smooth, and dry, and, the next minute, it’s broken out, an oil slick, and looks like it has chicken pox. You name it and I’ve tried it, with very little success. Take Proactiv, for example. I was so excited to order this way back when. I used it for less than a month and it made my face worse instead of better. I gave the rest to my BFF, who, unfortunately, suffered the same results. I’m going on 37 and have acne more now than I ever did as a teenager! But, I think I’ve found a routine that I’m happy with.
Morning Skincare Routine
Yep, there are 2 routines because your face needs cleaning twice a day. After I’ve had my first cup of coffee (because nothing happens before that), I head into the bathroom to get started. I was my face with the Oxy Maximum Action face wash and pat dry. From there, I apply the pore perfection witch hazel as a toner. While I’m waiting for that to dry, I’ll brush my teeth to save time.
Once the toner has been absorbed, I decide if I’m wearing makeup that day or not. If I’m around the house all day, I’ll put on my moisturizer and call it a day. But, if I’m heading out, I put on the Garnier BB Cream (it’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF so I’m covered all the way around). If I’m going out, I’ll throw on a bit of eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss.
Evening Skincare Routine
Well, I put it all on and now it’s time to take it all off. I generally wait until after dinner to perform my evening skincare routine, that I way I know we’re definitely in for the evening. I start by using Micellar water to remove all the gunk that built up throughout the day. If I went out and wore eye makeup, I leave the cotton round on my eyes for a minute before removing. This helps to soften the cosmetics and I’ve found it helps prevent smearing.
Once all that is off my face, I wash it with my Oxy Maximum Action face wash. This time is a bit different, however, because I don’t use my hands. In the evening, I use my spin brush to help exfoliate my skin. This makes one hell of a mess but I love the way it makes my skin feel afterward. Once I’ve dried my face, I apply the pore perfecting witch hazel and let it dry. I use this time to clean up the bathroom sink from the spin brush mess.
Once the witch hazel is dry, I apply my CeraVe eye cream. You can use this cream twice a day, but I prefer to use it at night only. From there, I apply the Neutrogena dark spot corrector to my problem areas. Again, you can use this twice a day but I prefer just at night because it contains Retinol. Once that’s dry, I spot treat using the Neutrogena Rapid Clear leave-on mask or spot treatment.
I also apply moisturizer once all of this other stuff is dry. My face is really dry in the winter months so moisturizer is seriously necessary. Believe it or not, since my hysterectomy, my breakouts have been worse, which really pisses me off. But, I have no one to blame but myself because I haven’t been religious about my skincare routine here lately. Things are changing, though, and this is one of them.
I’d love to know what your favorite products are and what your daily skincare routine is. Comment below and let me know!