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

My current morning skincare routine.

Step 1: Cleanse

Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – I like to begin each morning with a mild scrub. This one from Murad contains the main three; salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid yet it’s not too harsh. Available where Murad is sold.

Step 2: Treatmen

0.5 mm Derma Roller – I’m trying to use my derma rollers more frequently to get all the active ingredients I’m using to penetrate deeper into the skin. This 0.5 mm size is painless and helps get the blood flowing in the morning. Available online.

Step 3: Hydrate/Essence

Coup d’Eclat Lifting Ampoules – It’s hard to put into words why I love this essence. One ampoule in the morning makes my skin look more awake and a bit more radiant. Available online.

Step 4: Serum

The INKEY List Collagen Serum – I’ve been adding the Vitamin C powder to this collagen serum and like the tightening effect. You cannot beat the price. Available online.

DR SEBAGH Vitamin C Powder Cream – I bought a few of these vials last summer. I have used more potent Vitamin C serums in my skincare routines but I like this formulation for adding Vitamin C to other types of serums I’m using such as collagen boosting ones. Available at online.

Step 5: Eye Cream

Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye – This little eye stick is good for morning use because of its thin consistency and icy effect. It’s a lot like a lip balm for the eye area. It hydrates and de-puffs. Available online.

Step 6: Moisturize

DermaCell Collagen Cream – This brand was kind enough to send me this cream with a derma roller. The derma roller I chose was a 1.5mm. That treatment level is no joke and I only use it about once a week with a very, very light hand. I love it. It penetrates deeper than my other derma rollers because the needles are more spaced out. I like this cream; very moisturizing and brightening. Available online.

Step 7: Protect

Paula’s Choice Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 – A different type of SPF than I normally use as it’s a gel, and being a primer as well, works great under foundation. Available at Paula’s Choice. I love her range.

I’m currently using prescription strength Retin A in heavy rotation at night so I alter this routine slightly.

Step 1: Cleanse

Soap & Glory THE ULTIMELT – This is a make-up remover and cleanser in one. It also comes with a wash cloth. I bought this in London and I’m hoping that it becomes part of the range available in the US. Works great.

Step 2: Treatment (Retin A routine)

Retin A 0.1% – Two to four nights a week, I’m using a prescription strength Retin A. My skin usually tells me when I need to take a step back but I try to use it on its own, only at night, as often as possible.

Step 3: Moisturize (Retin A routine)

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – When I use Retin A, I try to only use it on its own. I apply it to a dry face then go to bed but sometimes if my skin is feeling too dry, I will use a face oil on top. This one is absolutely brilliant. It’s packed with oils (seabuckthorn, cranberry seed oil, camellia seed oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil), so deeply moisturizing and satisfying. Available at Sephora.

Step 2: Serum (non-Retin A nights)

Murad Recovery Serum – On evenings when I need to give my face a break from Retin A, I use a serum and night cream, or just night cream. I’m using this deluxe sample of recovery serum since I don’t need very much. It has a comforting effect on my skin. Available at Sephora.

Step 3: Moisturize (non-Retin A nights)

Paula’s Choice Intensive Repair Cream – This moisturizing night cream has retinol in it but its an over-the-counter derivative. I would never use this over Retin A. I use this on nights when I’m not using Retin A. Available online.

Step 4: Eye Cream

No7 Restore & Renew Multi-Action Eye Cream – A quality, no-nonsense and very affordable eye cream. Works great. Available at Target.

Step 5: Weekly Mask

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE MASQUE VIVANT – Again because of the heavy Retin A use, I find my skin needs a little TLC. This is one of my all time favorite masks. It’s not for the faint of heart. It looks and smells like poo, and takes some getting used to. If I didn’t love the effect it had on my skin, I’d never buy it again but for me, the discomfort is worth it. It’s a sticky, smelly, brown mess to use. It contains live yeast extracts, Vitamin B, and witch hazel. It’s French and can be hard to locate. I buy from this reputable source.

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