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

My morning skincare routine:

Step 1: Cleanse/Exfoliate

MD Complete Restoring Cleanser – I’ve been using this drugstore cleanser morning and night. It’s affordable, hydrating and contains aloe vera, chamomile, and green tea. It removes make-up and leaves my skin feeling nourished.

Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask – I’ve loved Dr. Sebagh products for years and this one is a favorite. A few mornings per week, I apply this exfoliating mask. It removes dead skin cells and brightens the skin.

Step 2: Hydrate

May Coop Raw Sauce A longtime favorite hydrating essence is this one by May Coop. It contains maple tree sap. I never understood the hydrating properties of maple tree sap but there is a noticeable difference in the softness of my skin when I use this compared to days I don’t. It’s an excellent Korean Beauty essence.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – I tend to layer skincare products and in between, I will give my face a spritz with a thermal water. La Roche-Posay makes a good one. Avene is a favorite. This one could easily be my 10th can. I’ve used it for years and always have a can on hand.

Step 3: Eye Cream

Garden of Wisdom Eye Contour Serum – I’ve been testing the de-puffing capability of this eye serum. I can recommend it. It’s a lightweight gel formula that penetrates easily into the skin and it’s affordable.

Step 4: Moisturize

Ryor Daily Moisturizer with Q10 – While browsing Czech pharmacies last summer for skincare, I noticed most of the inventory was French and most excellent. I was looking for something regional to try and decided upon this moisturizer from Czech skincare brand, Ryor. I love how moisturizing it is but don’t care for the strong fragrance. It smells a little like your grandma’s night cream, but I’ll happily use it up and don’t regret buying it.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA-UVB Sunscreen SPF 30 – This is a very nice high protection sunscreen that works well under make-up. It’s costly and I don’t think one needs to spend $40 or $50 on sunscreen. I certainly have and never regret it as I feel it’s money well spent. This one also includes antioxidants, ceramides, niacinamide, and vitamin E and I appreciate the extra skincare ingredients.

Cellabel MC Recovery Balm SPF28 PA++ – It’s been incredibly HOT and most days I can’t bear to put on foundation so I reach for a tinted BB cream and call it good. I love this one by K Beauty brand, LJH Cosmetics. It offers light coverage, hydration, and sun protection all in one. I bought this one in a K Beauty store but this is a reputable online retailer.


I have an overstock of face masks that I’m trying to use up before I buy any new ones. These are some that I have enjoyed lately.

Coreana Orthia Perfect Collagen 28 Days Intensive Ampoule Aqua Mask – I love this one. I bought a single mask once in a store and went back and bought a box of 10. It contains a collagen serum at the top of the package that you apply first followed by the mask. It’s plumping and moisturizing.

Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask – I didn’t notice any minimization of my pores but I didn’t expect to despite buying this one. I was interested in trying it for the mushroom extract. I liked it as an overall moisturizing face mask and Masqueology makes some quality face masks.

Forever Luminous, Alluring Decolletage Mask – I think I bought a pack of these at TJ Maxx. I like the idea of a mask specifically targeted for the décolletage. These are easy to use while laying on the couch watching TV. While retinol is the way to go for real lasting effects for the face, neck, and décolletage, there’s nothing wrong with giving this part of your body a little TLC.

My evening skincare routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – An excellent and affordable makeup remover for removing eye makeup. It’s a dual-phase solution that requires a quick shake before putting it on a cotton pad and removing makeup. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and I would buy this again.

MD Complete Restoring Cleanser – I follow the makeup remover with a second cleanse of the skin with a wash towel. This one is designed for PM use but I’ve been using it morning and night.

Step 2: Exfoliate

IDC Trilogy Exfoliating Mask – IDC is a Canadian skincare brand. This exfoliating mask combines AHA’s and fine granules for both chemical and physical exfoliation. It’s a great product but it smells terrible. I have a high threshold when it comes to medicinal or chemical smells in skincare. I’d rather a skincare product smell like it’s natural state than masked with a ton of fragrance however, I don’t know if I would buy this one again because the smell prohibited me from the enjoyment of using it.

Step 3: Serum/Treatment

Osmosis Stemfactor Growth Factor Serum – This serum is one of my Top 3 best growth-factor serums. I use it exclusively at night (to make it last longer) on dry skin on nights when I’m not using a retinol. It’s packed with adult stem cells that gives my skin an overall healthy and bright appearance.

Anna Lotan Retinol Capsules & Replenishing Balm – This retinol treatment was recommended to me by my longtime aesthetician. I consider this a mild retinol treatment. It doesn’t make my skin peel and summer is the perfect time of year for this product. I’m currently alternating nights using this product or the Osmosis serum.

COUP D’ECLAT Marine Collagen Vials – On evenings when I’m using the retinol, I also use one of these ampules. I absolutely love this product and have written about them before on the blog. This is the night time version containing marine collagen and Matrixyl. It is one of those products that always make a noticeable difference in the appearance of my skin but I can never explain why.

Step 4: Eye Cream

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes Retinol Eye Cream – I’ve used Redermic R retinol cream for the face numerous times. This is the eye cream formulation. They are both excellent mid-range (from mild to potent) retinol creams. I don’t think one needs both. I take my retinol creams up around my eyes regularly, careful to avoid getting it in my eyes. However, for a stand alone retinol eye cream, this is a top pick.

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