Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – December 2018
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
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.
My current night-time skincare routine.
Step 1 – Cleanse
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – I’ve been looking for
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.
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
Step 5 – Moisturizer
Crema F Nourishing Cream by Santa Maria Novella – Over
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