My first post discussed skin, and hopefully by now you have an idea of what your skin type is. No skin type is better than another, every skin type has their pros and cons, and every skin concern can be corrected via the right skincare. I thought I would share my skincare routine with you and how it has evolved over the years. This might be a longer post so get a snack. Just as a disclaimer, this is what works for my skin, and what works for me may not work for you.
First off, I have normal skin. My skin has never been acne-prone or problematic, but thinking about my skincare routine (if you could even call it a routine) in the past, I don’t know how my skin didn’t burst into flames. I started at Sephora in October of 2015, and at that point this was my routine:
- Wash my face most mornings and nights with a makeup wipe and a bar of soap. Like soap you use to wash your body. And not even the good, moisturizing stuff. Like fucking St. Ives or something.
- Moisturize using Clean & Clear Advanced Acne Control moisturizer (which is a product I still actually like)
And there you have it. That’s it. No, really, that was my entire routine. And I thought, hey, I don’t have any acne so my skin must be healthy. Bitch you thought wrong. The reality is, just because your skin looks clear does not mean it’s healthy. If I had kept using those products, I probably would have had premature wrinkles and skin that looked like leather by the time I was 25. Soap, especially bars of soap, are extremely drying to the skin on our faces, and although I was moisturizing, that soap was stripping my skin of everything it could possibly hold onto. I remember distinctly the day I started a proper skincare routine. I was still a seasonal/temporary cast member at Sephora and we were doing a skincare workshop before the mall opened. We learned about skin types, textures, products to use, etc. Everyone knew I had normal skin, so when we got to the ‘normal skin’ part of the workshop I got asked about my routine. The words ‘bar of soap’ echoed in the room as every single head turned back to look at me. It was in that moment I realized something was not correct. I talked to some of the skincare ladies at my store and I realized just how awful my ‘skincare’ was. And it was at this point that I started venturing into skincare and learning about ingredients and measures I could take to preserve my youthful skin as long as possible. Now, a year and a half later, my routine is just a bit different…
- Cleanse with Boscia charcoal cleansing stick (ya girl suffers from mad blackheads on my nose right now)
- Tone with rose deep hydration toner from Fresh (real rose petals in the bottle, sign me up)
- Tatcha The Essence
- Drunk Elephant C-Firm Day Serum
- Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (admittedly I still sometimes use that Clean & Clear moisturizer mentioned earlier)
- Origins GinZing eye cream (pro tip #1: a lot of my clients think that using their face moisturizer under the eyes counts as an eye cream – no. You shouldn’t use your face moisturizer in this area because the delicate skin under the eyes is much different than the skin on the face. Also, products that are made for the face – such as facial moisturizers or serums – actually aren’t tested on the eye area. In other words y’all could go blind from a product that is ok for your face but not your eyes)
- Remove makeup using Clinique’s Take The Day Off balm (pro-tip #2: taking your makeup off does not count as washing your face. Thats like brushing your teeth without toothpaste – it gets some of the stuff off the surface but not any of the gunk underneath)
- Cleanse, tone, and apply essence as in the morning routine
- Apply either Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum followed by the B-Hydra moisturizer or apply the Glam Glow Dream Duo (serum and moisturizer)
- Apply Origins GinZing eye cream
I also exfoliate twice a week in the morning using Jack Black Face Buff and use face masks maybe once a week or so – I love the Boscia luminizing peel off mask and the rose mask from Fresh. And don’t forget about your lips!! I use lip balm constantly and I also have a lip exfoliator from Bite Beauty that I use whenever they’re extra dry.
So yeah, that was me blabbing on about my skincare and probably boring you to death. Basically just do some shit for your skin. Figure out your concerns or problems, think about preventative measures (anti-aging products should start around 20-21 years old), and if you genuinely have no concerns, look into some hydrating products – everyone benefits from hydration, even if your skin is perfect.
Until next time,