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Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – December 2018

Skincare routine

My current morning skincare routine.

Step 1 – Hydrate

No.7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask – On days when I have more time in the morning, I will start the day with a hydrating mask and leave it on for an hour or two before cleansing. I like this moisturizing one from No.7. Available online.

Step 2 – Cleanse/Exfoliate

ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub – This sea kelp and clay exfoliator is an Allure Beauty Award winner. It reminds me of Kate Sommerville’s ExfoliKate and it’s a fraction of the cost. Great scrub for stimulating the skin first thing in the morning. Available at Whole Foods or online.

Step 3 – Serum

Buffet Serum by The Ordinary – This is a great all-around serum as the name suggests. It combines several anti-aging peptides, amino acids, and hyaluronic acid into one serum at a very affordable price. Sephora will begin carrying The Ordinary line in January and of course, you can always order direct.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – I have been alternating days between using the Buffet serum and this Vitamin C serum also from The Ordinary. This is my third tube. It’s very potent, containing a high concentration of Vitamin C as well as being incredibly affordable. This product is gritty and some people don’t like that but I don’t mind it at all. It melts into the skin and works fine under makeup. Available at DECIEM.

La Fontaine Cosmetics Derma Dream 1.0 mm Derma Roller – A couple of times a week I use a derma roller before my serum or Vitamin C for extra penetration of product and to increase collagen production. I have three sizes: .5 mm, 1.0 mm, and 1.5 mm with .5 mm being the most subtle. I use the 1.0 and 1.5 sizes with a very light hand. Available online.

Step 4 – Eye Cream

THE INKEY LIST CAFFEINE EYE CREAM – The Inkey List is a brand new affordable, no fuss skincare line in the same vein as The Ordinary. I’ve been trying a few products in the range such as this caffeine eye cream. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, and helps reduce puffiness. Available at Cult Beauty.

Step 5 – Moisturize

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Face Cream – I found this gem of a moisturizer browsing the depths of Dwane Reade recently. It’s incredibly moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. It’s hypoallergenic and recommended for use on babies as well. Made in France, available online.

Step 6 – Protect

Paula’s Choice RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 – I’ve never used a formulation such as this. It’s a gel primer and SPF in one. I love the way it performs under makeup or on its own. It’s lightweight and contains SPF 30, my personal minimum for a daily sunscreen year round. Available at Paula’s Choice.

night time skincare routine

My current night-time skincare routine.


Step 1 – Cleanse

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – I’ve been looking for a micellar water that works just as good as BIODERMA and this one is a close second when it comes to removing eye makeup. Available at drugstores.


Quantum Hydrox Exfoliating Facewash Gel – I’m thrilled to tell you about this range. I discovered it in a Canadian pharmacy this past summer. The range is made in the Pacific Northwest and is based on marine peptides. I love this cleanser and will definitely repurchase. It contains aloe, glycolic, and salicylic acids. Available online.


Step 2 – Exfoliate


Quantum Hydrox Facial Toner – I’ve also enjoyed using the exfoliating toner with glycolic and salicylic acids from this line. Available online.

retinol


Step 4 – Serum


THE INKEY LIST RETINOL SERUM – I’ve been alternating back and forth between my prescription strength retinol and this one from The Inkey List. This formulation contains 1% stable retinol, 0.5% retinoid, and squalane for hydration. It delivers a high dose of retinol without the irritation sometimes caused by prescription strength Retin-A. Available at Cult Beauty or FeelUnique.


Obagi Tretinoin – The prescription strength Retin-A I’ve been using is Obagi .1%. You can find it at a dermatologist’s office near you.


Step 4 – Eye Cream


Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream – Quickly becoming one of my all time favorite eye creams is this peptide packed cream from Drunk Elephant. It’s emollient and brightening. Available at Sephora.


Step 5 – Moisturizer


Crema F Nourishing Cream by Santa Maria Novella – Over a retinol I’ve been alternating between this moisturizer or facial oil. Crema F is a rich and nourishing night cream containing avocado oil, olive oil, and Vitamin F. A deeply moisturizing and luxurious cream. Available online.


CLARINS Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I’m a longtime devotee to facial oils. Clarins Blue Orchid is a favorite. It re-hydrates depleted skin, and I like to use it to lock in whichever serums I’m using, in this instance retinol. It’s made of pure plant extracts, essential oils, hazelnut oil, sunflower oil, and is void of preservatives. Available at Nordstrom.

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