I’ll just come out and say it: I was blessed with good skin. Growing up I didn’t have the acne my friends did. I didn’t have oily skin but I didn’t have dry skin either. I never wore makeup and washed by face everyday, but therein lies the problem. Because I had good skin, I never learned how to take care of it as I got older.
I started to wear makeup in high school (apart from the occasional tinted moisturizer) and as my makeup knowledge grew, my skin started to see the results. Like I said, I didn’t have the skin troubles others had so when I started wearing makeup, I continued to do the same thing I had always done… which wasn’t much.
As I’ve gotten older, I have learned how important taking care of your skin really is. You’ve only got one body and it is extremely important to take care of it! For those of you who want to start taking care of your skin but aren’t quite sure where to start, this article is for you! Or if you’re curious about products you may not have heard of or tried before, or you want to change it up just keep on reading!
Morning Skin Care
Yes, I’m someone who does a little routine every morning… and night. Every morning when I wake up I do my best to wash my face with both soap and water to rinse off any makeup, dirt, oil, etc. that I may have missed the night before. My favorite morning facial cleanser for years has been the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser.
I really like this cleanser for several reasons: the smell, the bursting beads, the hydration it gives my skin, and I feel fresh after using it. I am not a morning person and it is very dangerous to talk to me before I’ve had my coffee; this soap helps to wake me up with its scent. According to the Clean and Clear website, this is “formulated with water, not oil, and contains a unique blend of cucumber and green mango extracts.” Under the umbrella of the Morning Burst family is a hydrating formula, a normal formula, a detoxifying formula, and a skin brightening formula so there is something for everyone. I also love how budget friendly this is at only $5.45 and can be found at any drugstore, Target, Amazon, and some beauty suppliers.
My personal favorite way to wash my face is with my Clarisonic. I’ve had my Clarisonic for several years now and I still love it. I’m not sure which make I have since I’ve had it so long, but I think it would be most comparable to the Mia 1 model.
Clarisonics can be pricy (around $129), but I definitely think it’s worth the money. Like I said, I’ve had mine for years and I’ve never had to replace it (except for the brush heads, of course) so it does pay off. I also know that Clarisonic does deals and sales during the holidays so if you’re interested in buying one, that might be a good time! For my Clarisonic, I use the Radiance Brush Head which is the one showed above. I really like it for my sensitive skin because it’s soft, but not soft enough that I feel like my face isn’t being washed.
After I wash my face, I like to go in with a toner or micellar water as a final check that everything is taken off. If my skin is extra dry that day, I like to use a cleansing balm instead because I feel like it helps to hydrate my skin. If I’m using a toner, my favorite one has been the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner.
Glycolic Acid is actually amazing for your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of Glycolic Acid, here is a link to help you out! For me, I’m mostly interested in the moisturizing and exfoliating benefits. I really like this particular toner because it smells good, it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, and I feel like it really helps cleanse my skin.
If I’m using a micellar water, I like the Garnier Micellar Water the best. This particular one is very popular because it is effective, it’s budget friendly, and it can be found in a lot of different stores.
Garnier has 3 different micellar waters: original (pink cap), water-proof remover (blue cap), and a mattifying one (green cap). Since I have dry skin, I’ve only tried the original and water-proof one. I personally prefer the one that can remove waterproof makeup the best because I think it’s stronger and gets my makeup off faster.
If I’m using a cleansing balm, my favorite is the No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm. I really like this one because it’s so easy to use. All you do is apply a small amount to your face, massage it in, and gently rub off with a dry towel and BAM you’re done.
Once I’m done cleaning my face, it’s time to moisturize it. On days where it’s really dry, I like to use some kind of oil to help lock in moisture. My favorite lately has been one from Glossier called Super Bounce.
This is a hyaluronic acid, vitamic B5 serum that you apply directly to clean skin. This serum claims to add hydration, soften, and plump the skin, all of which I have seen since using this. For one bottle is $28 but a little goes a long way so you won’t run out right away.
Nightly Skin Care
So now that we have totally covered that face and all that skin care from earlier with some awesome makeup, it is time to bring your face back to its original form. Usually at the end of the day, a majority of my makeup has worn off as far as foundation and concealer goes. But just because you can’t see any foundation (or any product) on your face doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Before I wash my face with soap and water, I like to go in with a makeup cleansing towelette to get off as much makeup as I can. I like to use the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes because I find the smell really pleasant, they don’t irritate my skin, and it gets a lot of makeup off.
These come in different scents so there’s something for everyone! I don’t, however, recommend the Burt’s Bees Micellar Water towelettes since they made me (personally) break out and I really don’t like the smell. I also really like the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes and I think they’re a great option as well if you want a more understated scent and a cheaper option.
Once I’ve gotten off as much makeup as I can with the wipes, I then wash my face with soap and water. Just like my morning routine, I use my Clarisonic brush but I use a different soap. One that I’ve been liking a lot recently is the Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy.
I got a sample size of this in an Allure Beauty Box and I’ve been liking it a lot recently! According to Sephora, this cleanser is supposed to “melt away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced.” So far I’ve been really liking it and will definitely be buying the larger size once I run out of my sample size!
Once I’ve washed my face, I like to go in with a toner, micellar water, or cleansing balm like I do in the morning to make sure all my makeup has been removed. I think this is more important to do at night because you do it after you’ve had product all over your skin all day and want to make sure it’s all taken off.
Depending on how my skin is looking that day, I will do one of 2 things: add a serum and lotion, or do an over-night face mask. If I’m doing the serum and lotion, I will usually use the same ones I do in the morning. If I’m doing an over-night face mask, my favorite is the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask.
For this mask, you’re only supposed to use it about 3 times and week so it’s not an every night thing. All you do is put this on like you would a lotion before you go to sleep and when you wake up, your skin looks plump, refreshed, and hydrated. This really is a holy grail product for me and I think everyone should try it, especially my dry-skin friends!
Weekly Skin Care
Some things I should add that are very important to my skin care are masks and exfoliating. I like to exfoliate my face about 2-3 times per week depending on how my skin is doing. My favorite exfoliant is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
I use the fresh skin version but there is also one available for blemish control. This is described as a deep exfoliant so if you have really sensitive skin this might be too rough for you. I love St. Ives’ products and they make a ton of scrubs for different skin types and what you are looking for so definitely check this one out. You can find it in most drugstores and I know Amazon carries it as well.
As far as masks go I love to try new ones! Some masks I love are the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On, Tonymoly Sheet Masks, and The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask.
Of course what I like and what works for me might not work for you, so do some research before you buy! If you really like sheet masks, I recommend looking into Facetory that will send you sheet masks in the mail each month for a very low fee (this is not sponsored).
So that’s what my routine is like! I know it’s a lot but it has worked for me throughout the years and I hope this will help you in some way! If you liked this post and want more like it, please let me know in the comments down below!