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

My current morning skincare routine.

Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate
Soap & Glory SCRUB YOUR NOSE IN IT Face Scrub – I prefer a scrub in the morning over a cleanser.  My skin is already clean from the night before.  I just want to wash off any residual product, flakiness from retinol treatments, and generally like an invigorating scrub in the am to help wake myself up.  This is a good scrub day or night.  I bought this one in London but the US version is available in drugstores.

Step 2 – Serum
La Roche-Posay Redermic C10 – I use a Vitamin C serum nearly every day.  You always want to apply it to clean skin before any other product.  I go back and forth between different strengths: 10%, 20%, 23%, and 30%.  This is a very good option and a mild 10% Vitamin C.  This is the French version. You can read more about it here.  By online here.

Collagen Booster Serum by Indeed Labs – Indeed Labs make some of my favorite affordable skincare serums and treatments. I’ve been using the range for years. The Q10 Booster I tried this summer was amazing.  This leaves my skin looking fresh and hydrated.  You can buy directly from Indeed Labs or ASOS. Don’t buy from Amazon, too expensive.

Step 3 – Eye Cream
Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb – I’m trying to move away from heavy eye creams and into more gels and serums to help reduce my puffiness. I am loving this gel eye cream.  It’s working exactly as I had hoped.  It’s thin in texture and very hydrating which helps prevent my concealer from creasing.  A little goes a long way.  This small pot has lasted over a month and I will buy the full size.  Available at Sephora.  Seems to be a favorite of many.

Step 4 – Moisturize & Protect
Garnier SkinActive SPF 30 Face Moisturizer – I prefer to apply moisturizer and sunscreen separately but ever so often I use a combo product and eliminate a step. This is a good option for combining a most decent moisturizer and a high SPF of 30 which is my personal minimum. It claims to be non-creasy, however, I don’t agree.  It works fine under makeup when you’re likely going to powder anyway but this isn’t a good choice if you want to moisturize, protect and run out the door.  You’ll look pretty shiny.  Available at drugstores.

My current night-time skincare routine

Step 1 – Cleanse
Sanctuary Spa Foaming Micellar Cleansing Water – I bought this when I was traveling and had run out of eye makeup remover.  I don’t have any complaints.  It removes all of my eye makeup and doesn’t burn my eyes.   Available at online.

Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Cleansing Milk – This is a wonderfully gentle anti-redness cleansing milk.  It’s perfect to use for sensitive skin, rosacea or when I want something very gentle that doesn’t strip my skin.  This is the French version, similar available online.

Step 2 – Exfoliate
No7 Purifying Sauna Mask – This thermal mask heats up in your hands and contains exfoliating pumice granules.  It works wonders on congested pores, drawing out impurities and leaving skin feeling clean and invigorated.  Available at Ulta in new packaging.

Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads by Peter Thomas Roth – These peel pads pack a punch and are probably too harsh for sensitive skin.  Each pad is chocked full of exfoliating worker bees such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Retinyl Palmitate as well as Vitamins A, C, D, E, and F.  This is a long time favorite and is in my Hall of Fame of exfoliators.  My skin in the morning looks clear and bright when I incorporate them into my rotation.  Available at Sephora.  

Step 3 – Eye Cream
Hylamide SubQ Eyes – Hylamide make some of my favorite serums at affordable prices.  I love this peptide eye serum.  It’s lightweight, incredibly hydrating and addresses a multitude of issues: fine lines, puffiness, and dryness.  Available at DECIEM.

Step 4 – Moisturizer
Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Skin Resurfacer and Intensive Wrinkle-Repair – This is Indeed Lab’s retinol cream.  Not only is this a fantastic over-the-counter retinol that doesn’t irritate the skin, but it is also only $20.  Available at online.

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