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Taking care of my skin has been something engrained in me from an early age. I’ve done a post like this before…outlining my skincare regiment and mentioning my mom’s influence on quality of products over quantity. While that still remains the same and many of my products are also similar or the same, my skin is (yikes) another year older. I think it’s important to take time every once in a while – without judgment – to assess what your needs are and whether what you’re using is still working after all this time.
After doing just that, here’s my current (2018 winter) skincare regiment sectioned off into day, night and weekly blocks.
Step 1: Wash and Tone. In the mornings, I just rinse my face with cold water before applying my toner. You’ll notice a lot of my products are for brightening and include plants like rose and hibiscus, and that’s because I rarely get outside to soak up Vitamin D and other nutrients that keep your skin healthy, and these help.
Step 2: Protect with SPF. Even in the winter, even when your other products include SPF, you can never be too careful. A thin layer of your favorite sunscreen is a simple step to prevent future skin damage.
Step 3: Moisturize. Under eye circles will always be the bane of my beauty existence, so I go through eye creams like crazy. Currently, I’m using this Kiehl’s one, but I like to alternate between that one, this one and this one. And then of course, to round it all out, a good layer of moisturizer.
Step 4: Prime for Makeup. Post-moisturizer, pre-makeup, primers lock what you’ve already done in, and set your skin up for what comes next. I’m in love with this cooling one because it works to shrink pores and make makeup go on more smoothly.
Step 1: Remove Makeup. I’ve never been picky about which brand I use, but Origins just released this one and after testing it, I fell in love. It’s a jelly, and it actually brightens your skin while removing your makeup instead of making it dry and red.
Step 2: Wash and Tone. I love foaming face washes, and this drugstore set works really well for me.
Step 3: Serums and Oils. I recently started using a Vitamin C serum because I feel like my skin is losing elasticity and Vitamin C produces collagen. Other popular reasons you may consider oils and serums include anit-aging, acne, balance and brightening. Rub a few drops between your hands and pat deeply into the skin.
Step 5: Moisturize. A thick layer of moisturizer before bed locks everything in so your skin can repair while you sleep. I’ve been dying to try this Korres one, but it’s backordered. Until then, sticking with my Clarins.
I thoroughly enjoy spa days and services such as manicures, pedicures, massages and facials. However, I really don’t have the time to invest in professional pampering all that often. I don’t mind though, because with with the addition of the following products, I can (for the most part) keep my skin healthy and fresh on my own.
The Origins charcoal face mask has been a go-to of mine since I started masking. I’m not 100% sure what it does, except every once in a while I just know (at this point) that that’s the mask my skin needs. More often, though, I use the Origins rose clay mask. I’ll use this one weekly, because it’s so gentle and really makes a difference in the brightness and softness of my skin after a long few days. Similarly, the Clarisonic is great for getting that hard-to-remove makeup and dirt a regular cleanser may miss. My skin is a little sensitive, so I can’t use this more than once a week, but when I do, I feel so much cleaner. I like to have a few days in between the mask and Clarisonic so both can do their jobs. These Philosophy wipes come with me when I travel as a replacement for makeup remover, cleanser and toner. I’ve tried a bunch of brands, but these are my favorite. Lipsticks and the cold weather can be very drying for the lips, so I like to use this Fresh Beauty Lip Polish when my lips are feeling a little extra-dry before bed. You can even just use a washcloth for this if you want!