This summer, after getting the nasty sunburn that I referred to here, I’ve really been focusing on my skin care routine and getting my skin into the best shape possible. I’m 35 now (gulp!) and I know I really have to start paying attention to what my skin is telling me, how it’s appearance is actually demonstrating long term issues, and how to keep lines, brown spots and discolouration at bay. More than that, I’d really like to get away from using foundation to cover everything up and instead learn to embrace my skin the way it is, with just a few touch ups.
Cleanser – I rarely use the same cleanser every day. In fact, I have about four cleansers that I keep in regular rotation. I’m certainly not suggesting that for everyone; it’s just what has worked for me. When my skin is craving exfoliation, I use either Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub or Garnier Pure 3 in 1 Cleanser, which can be used as a cleanser, scrub, or mask (I’ve used it all three ways and love it). When my skin is feeling a bit oilier than normal, I like to use Garnier Clean+ Anti-Shine Cleansing Gel, which definitely helps to keep slickness at bay. And when I have a fair bit of makeup to remove (especially stubborn mascara), I like to use Neutrogena’s Ultra Light Cleansing Oil (last seen here).
Micellar Water – When I first started using Micellar Water, I tried it purely as a cleanser……and hated it. Honestly, it was taking four + pads to completely clean my face. I could not for the life of me understand how that was actually easier. However, at the suggestion of my girlfriend, I started using it as a substitute for toner and now I love it. My skin has definitely improved since incorporating it because it ensures that I get every single trace of makeup completely off my face.
Tone Correcting Moisturizer – This has become my saviour since I fried my skin earlier this summer. Not only does it have sunscreen built in, the retinol complex has evened out my skin tone dramatically over the last few weeks. I use this every single day, though I will admit that it causes a bit more oiliness in my t-zone than I would like. But honestly, the tone improvement is totally worth having to blot a bit more.
Vitamin C Cream – I follow up my tone correcting moisturizer with Vitamin C cream every morning, and I occasionally use it at night as well. Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C24 cream has the highest concentration of stable Vitamin C I’ve found and it definitely works to brighten skin and fade discolouration. It does tingle a bit when you first start using it, but that is a good sign it’s working. I use this one mainly on my t-zone and the apples of my cheeks, where I tend to see the most sun damage. The combination of this cream with a tone correcting moisturizer has significantly improved the texture and appearance of my skin, to the point where I have stopped wearing foundation, except for special occasions.
In terms of my evening routine, I repeat steps one and two, and depending on how my skin is feeling, for step three, I’ll use either a wrinkle cream or deep moisturizer, never both. I normally chose Neutrogena’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream with retinol, or Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisture Lotion +.
What are your favourite products for keeping your skin clear, bright, and even? Do you stick to the same products, or change it up now and then? Let me know what works for you in the comments below, I’d love to hear what your favourites are!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,