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Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – June 2019

Morning Routine

Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate

Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator – This appears to be discontinued and that’s a bummer. This powdered exfoliator forms into a foamy cleanser when mixed with water. It contains rice bran powder, hyaluronic acid, and red algae to exfoliate dead skin cells and rehydrate. Indeed Labs is a longtime favorite affordable skincare brand. Hopefully, they bring this back or something like it.

Step 2 – Serum

Hada Labo JAPAN Skin Institute Gokujun Premium Hyaluronic Solution – An incredible hyaluronic acid serum at an amazing price. Similar to the NIOD hyaluronic acid serum that I spoke about in April, this contains multiple types (5) of hyaluronic acid and different sized molecules which are able to penetrate the dermis at different levels. It’s very hydrating and my skin loves it. $13 on Amazon.

NeoStrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Serum – I love this serum. Both serums in my current routine can be used morning or night and I’ve been alternating. This one contains growth factors that help to stimulate collagen and elastin. My skin appears tighter and brighter. I bought this in Canada. It’s not easily found but I did find a site that ships to the US.

Step 3 – Hydrate

Löwengrip Moisture On The Go Facial Mist – I give my skin a few spritzes of this facial mist throughout my skincare routine. It contains Niacinamide, a B vitamin that helps tighten pores, lighten dark spots, and control acne. I’ve also used this to set my makeup. I like the fine mist and subtle pretty smell. I bought this in Stockholm but it’s available online.

Step 4 – Moisturize

LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream – Loving this intensily hydrating moisturizer. It’s infused with minerals: zinc, manganese, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium. I don’t know the science behind this but I love the results. This is a deluxe sample size and I would definitly repurchase a full sized jar. I’m trying to use up any opened moisturizers and samples this summer before I buy a new one. Available at Sephora.

Step 5 – Protect

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – A mineral-based sunscreen that is fragrance-free. It melts into my skin well, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and I like the high SPF. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. Knowing what we know now about harmful UVA rays yearround even on overcast days, I won’t use anything but. Available in drugstores.

Evening Routine

Step 1 – Cleanse

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O – Removing eye makeup with my trusted Bioderma. The best. After I run a cotton pad over my eyes to remove eye makeup, I flip it over and take a pass over my face and makeup. Bioderma miccellar water will remove all makeup but I always do a second cleanse with another cleanser and washcloth. I want to be certain to remove every stitch of makeup, suncreen, etc. Available online.

Muji Cut Cotton Pads – I thought I’d give these Muji makeup remover pads a try for a cheaper alternative to my favorite Sheisedo pads. They aren’t as soft as Sheisedo but they’re soft enough, much cheaper, and bigger in size. I can really get my money’s worth if I cut them in half which I do often. I would definitly purchase these again. Available at Muji or online.

Heimish All Clean Balm – I recently discovered this K-Beauty cleansing balm and it’s fantastic. It removes ALL makeup and leaves my skin soft and supple. The smell is a little sour but I don’t mind it. It’s better than a heavily fragranced product. Available on Amazon.

Step 2 – Serum

VITAMEER Lift & Repair SerumVitameer is a Vegan Austrian skincare brand. I was exploring pharmacies in Vienna last summer and picked up this serum to test. The marine-based line contains algae extracts and hyaluronic acid. I have been alternating this serum with the Youth Factor serum day and night.

Step 3 – Eye Cream

LA ROCHE-POSAY Redermic R Retinol Eye Cream – A wonderful retinol based eye cream. I’ve used this before. I’m a big fan of the Redermic R range. Available at drugstores.

Step 4 – Moisturize

Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Anti-Aging Replenishing Night Cream – A most delicious night cream containing Saffron, Orange Blossom, Raspberry, and Sandlewood. It’s a rich cream that plumps the skin and it smells lovely. Available online.

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