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

My morning skincare routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser – This is another hero product in the Toleriane range for sensitive skin. The eye cream and moisturizer are wonderful and affordable as is this cleanser. This range is simple, clean, quality skincare at its best.

Step 2: Mask

FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – A couple of times a week, I’ve been using this mask first thing in the morning if my skin is feeling a little dry from retinol use or eating too much salt the night before. I like it but there are more affordable options for a simple hydrating mask.

Step 3: Serum

Dr. Sebagh’s Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum – This is not budget-friendly but I was intrigued to try this resveratrol rich anti-aging serum. It smells terrible which doesn’t bother me as I appreciate brands that resist the impulse to add fragrance to high-quality skincare. It smells like Thai food or some kind of food ingredient. It includes vitamin C, three anti-aging peptides, and hyaluronic acid. I’ve only been using it for about three weeks but I plan a full review soon.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Garden of Wisdom Eye Contour Serum – I’ve been using this anti-puffing eye serum all summer long. It’s effective, affordable, and I’m pleased with how long this $22 bottle lasts. It contains numerous peptides including Matrixyl 3000, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid.

Step 5: Moisturize

A-Derma Hydralba Hydrating Cream Light – A-Derma is a French skincare brand and makes one of my all-time favorite moisturizers. This one is similar (it’s lighter than the repair cream), and just as nourishing.

Step 6: Protect

Shiseido Spot-Control Base SPF 35 – This tinted SPF acts as a primer and sunscreen in one. I like to use it on its own on no-makeup days and under foundation.

My evening skincare routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

Clarins One-Step Facial Cleanser – I love the smell of this orange and moringa seed cleanser. I use this with a cotton pad to remove makeup around my eyes and face.

Filorga Scrub & Mask – After my initial cleanse with the Clarins solution, I apply this mask and really work it into my skin for several minutes to slough off any dead skin. My skin feels baby soft afterward. I give this very high marks and it will be going into my Hall of Fame of Exfoliators.

Step 2: Treatment/Night Cream

DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30 – This is the highest Vitamin C treatment I’ve ever used at 30% or even seen on the market. It is indicted strictly for night time use. It packs quite a tingle and wouldn’t function well under makeup. I’ve been alternating nights between this Vitamin C and the retexturizing night cream throughout the week. The Vitamin C Night Booster will irritate/burn any open sores, cuts, or blemishes on the skin so I advise caution and only use it when your skin is clear of sores.

Retexturizing Night Cream by January Labs – Equally potent is this Lactic Acid intense night cream. Because of the strong active ingredients, I do not use these two together, then go to bed. I’ll use one for 2-3 nights, then switch the rotation. My skin got a little red after the first week so I backed off and used the A-Derma cream from my morning routine at night for a couple of days. This night cream also includes niacinamide and peptides. A fantastic skincare product.

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