Navigating the ever vast landscape of your local beauty store in search of the perfect products for your skincare routine can be overwhelming. Between the hundreds of serums, moisturizers, and cleansers you also have to take into account your skin type.
Oily, Dry, Combination — which one are you? You may be dealing with discoloration, rosacea or acne, so it’s really important to get products that will not aggravate your skin.
For instance, I have oily, acne-prone skin so I stay clear of anything containing pore-clogging oils and alcohol. Coconut and mineral oils are some comedogenic, or pore clogging culprits. And alcohol removes oil on the skin, causing it to become dry and irritated.
We’re looking into the day and nighttime skincare routine of 4 fashion and beauty bloggers. They share their skin struggles and the products that they trust and love to combat any skin woes.
Skincare Routine for Oily Skin
I follow that with Murad’s Essential-C eye cream with SPF 15. Most days, I follow with It cosmetics tinted moisturizer or CC cream which has SPF, but if I’m just hanging around the house I put on Supergoops’ Matte & Poreless Sunscreen.
To remove my makeup, I use a cleansing balm. I’ve tried a few but, most recently, I’ve been using and obsessing over Physician’s Formula The Perfect Matcha 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm. It literally melts your makeup off. I wipe off with a damp towel and proceed to cleanse.
Next, I alternate between Herbivore’s Bakuchiol, which is a plant-based retinol alternative. Or I’ll use my dermatologist-prescribed trentinoin cream to keep my pores clear and acne away. It’s also great for the fine lines around my eyes. I also alternate using Glow Recipes’ Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. It amazing for moisturizing my skin without clogging pores.
I end with a layer of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask. I wake up with the softest lips ever!
Skincare Routine for Dry, Sensitive Skin
If I applied any sort of overnight mask the night before then the first thing I do in the morning is cleanse with Garnier Micellar Water.
I like to wait a couple minutes for my skin to dry and then I’ll apply a few drops of Glossier Super Bounce + Super Glow. Next, eye cream — I really enjoy using Bubblewrap, I feel like it really smooths the way for under eye makeup. Then, I’ll apply a dime size amount of Priming Moisturizer in upward sweeping motions to help lock in moisture.
Lastly, I’ll apply sunscreen. I really like Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop – it has a natural finish and clear consistency so there’s no white cast. I also love that it minimizes the large pores around my nose.
If I wore makeup that particular day, I’ll start with my trusty micellar water. Then, I’ll hop in the shower and cleanse my face with Skincando Aloe Foam. Aloe Foam is a sensitive skin cleanser made with organic aloe and key lime essential oil.
I like to tone my skin with the Sage + Gold Toner by Skincando. Can you tell I love this brand?
I’ll wait a couple minutes for the treatment to soak in and then I’ll apply a couple drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5 to rehydrate.
There are two moisturizers that I keep in my beauty cabinet year-round: Weleda Light Nourishing Skin Food and Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet. Weleda is great for the colder months as the cream is much thicker and only requires a small amount. During the warmer months, I like to use the Caudalie moisturizer. It’s very lightweight but still manages to keep my skin hydrated.
Skincare Routine for Combination Skin
First, I Cleanse with Pixi Hydrating Milky Cleanser. Followed by Maelove The Glow Maker Antioxidant Serum all over face and neck (vitamin C serum). After a minute or two, I apply Tula 24-7 Moisture all over face and neck (save 15% on Tula with ENG15).
I remove my makeup with Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm on dry skin and remove with a damp washcloth. Then cleanse with either Maelove The Refresher Triple AHA Cleanser or Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash.
Using a cotton ball, I tone my face and neck with Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner.
Finally, I apply Beautycounter Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream all around my eyes by patting with my ring finger. Two or three times per week, I apply Beautycounter Resurfacing Peel after I tone and before I moisturize.
Skincare Routine for Normal, Hormonal Acne Skin
Morning and night, I start with washing my face with the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and the PMD face brush.
Then, I tone with witch hazel. This is the exact witch hazel I use and I prefer it over any other brand:
In the morning I apply Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer and then I apply sunscreen
I apply is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This moisturizes and nourishes my lips and acts as a barrier to protect my lips from the next product — retinol.
I apply The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (although I prefer 2% in emulsion – it’s currently sold out everywhere). The retinol helps fade my hormonal acne scars.
Then, I follow up with the same moisturizer I use in the morning and I’m all done!