I have always been slightly obsessed with skincare, but it wasn’t until I hit my late twenties, that I started focusing on it in the right way.
I have had oily acne prone skin for as long as I can remember. Long enough to recall that the first time my parents purchased Proactiv for me it was via the phone number we saw on a commercial! I was that girl who would try EVERY product anyone swore by for a week or two, and when I didn’t see results, I would move onto the next product.
While 2020 has been, well, I will let you decide the descriptor, it has given me a chance to lockdown a skincare routine that has turned my skin around. I have been using most of the products below for over a year now, but through research and speaking with a professional quarterly, have been able to mix new items into my skincare routine to address problems that arise as my skin changes with the seasons and ultimately age.
My mornings used to be pretty rushed considering I had to leave my house around 5:45am to commute 70 miles for a 7am start time, so I discovered a routine that worked for me with minimal products/steps, but they had a big impact on my skin over time.
Here is a look at what my morning skincare routine currently looks like.
I first wash my face with Fresh Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash. I love this three-in-one face wash because it gently melts away makeup and mascara, removes impurities, and tones for clean, balanced skin. I also use this most nights, because it is one of the first face washes I have used that leaves me skin clean AND soft.
I have to be honest, understanding the ways that I can prevent certain issues versus combatting and trying to fix them as they appear has elevated my skincare. One of the best things I added to my skincare routine was a vitamin c serum. I currently alternate between SkinCeuticals C E FERULIC® WITH 15% L-ASCORBIC ACID and their PHLORETIN CF® WITH FERULIC ACID. Vitamin C provides your skin with environmental protection and can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion. I know there are many options on the market at a lower price, but investing in quality products that are trusted has been my focus (and I can tell a difference).
If there was on step in my skincare routine as a whole that I skipped a majority of my life, it was moisturizing. I always assumed because my skin was so oily that if I used a moisturizer it would make it worse. This is one thing I regret believing for so long. Adding in hydrating products has allowed my skin (that was aging a little quicker than I would have liked) to bounce back and look healthier than it has in a while. My go to moisturizer (for am and pm) is the Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer. This moisturizer absorbs into my skin quickly and never leaves me feeling greasy! I also recently started using the SkinCeuticals HYDRATING B5 GEL and believe this has really helped my skin with its overall texture. My skin looks smoother and my pores are less visible.
This is another step in my skincare that I overlooked for so long. I don’t burn, so naturally I never took the time to care about protecting my skin from the sun. I also was always worried that using sunscreen would clog my pores and make me break out even more. The two sunscreens that I alternate between have never broken me out and my makeup applies on top of them perfectly! One days where I am going to be out and possibly in the sun more than usual, I always use the elta MD UV Daily Broad-Spetrum Tinted Sunscreen. This gives a nice little tint and shine to my skin before applying my makeup. One days where I am just going to be indoors most of the day or heading out later in the evening, I reach for my Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. This actually applies more like a primer, but still gives that SPF 40 protection. An added bonus for both of these sunscreens is neither of them smell like sunscreen!