I don’t know about you, but I LOVE reading about or watching people’s skincare routines! Skincare is so personal, and what one person may consider an HG product might be terrible for me, but I love to see what steps people go through to take care of their skin. My routine has changed periodically over time and as I’ve tried new products or brands, but I think I’ve found a routine that I want to stick to.
I used to have a more elaborate morning routine but I’ve since stripped it down to just three products. Most days I don’t even bother with cleansing in the morning, I just rinse my face in the shower with water, but if I feel a breakout coming on or I feel like my skin needs the extra cleanse, I turn to my trusty Shea Moisture African Black Soap. I use the bar (which is why it’s not pictured because it looks raggedy lol) and have been using it for the last 3 or so years. It gets my skin clean without feeling dried out and has been great at minimizing my breakouts (it’s formulated with Tea Tree oil so no surprise there).
Once I’ve cleansed I apply The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension to slightly dampened skin. When I first tried this product I was not a fan to be honest. The texture is pretty gritty because of the HA Spheres and it actually caused a bit of burning (not a crazy amount) around my nose and chin. It didn’t make me breakout or hurt though so I decided to go ahead and keep at it to see if my skin adjusted. The texture was almost a deal-breaker for me though because I don’t like the feel of physical exfoliation on my face, I did discover however, that applying it to damp skin helps dissolve the Hyaluronic Acid Spheres into the skin and the texture is actually quite nice!
After I’ve let that soak in for a while I finish with the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47. I am ride or die for Clinque Dramatically Different Gel, but I find it obnoxious that I have to apply a separate product for sun protection. I discovered this moisturizer about a year and a half ago and it is my absolute favorite. I have very oily skin and even though this is a heavier moisturizer, it sinks well into my skin and actually has made me feel less oily over time.
At the end of the day makeup removal is made really easy with the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil. I’ve also used Banila Co Purity Cleansing Balm to remove makeup, but I like this cleansing oil because I feel like I can use it without have to follow up with another cleanser. I know some people love a double cleanse method, but I find that just using this oil does the trick, and it’s gentle enough I can use it around my eyes.
I alternate between a lactic acid treatment and retinoid every other day because these two don’t really play well together. I started incorporating retinoids into my routine to help me with acne flair ups and I found it’s a great way to keep those at a bay. There are other anti-aging benefits to using retinoids, but I’m only 30 so I can’t really speak to that as far as results go. One thing that has been bothersome to me is that retinoids can be so expensive, and since I’m using it primarily to help with acne, the cost was getting to be too much. Thankfully I stumbled across The Ordinary, because this baby only sets me back about $10!
On evenings when I don’t use the retinoid, I use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. Listen, LISTEN, this stuff is made out of unicorn tears or something because it is AMAZING! I’d been using Sunday Riley Good Genes faithfully for about a year and I was coming up on time to repurchase. I think it’s an excellent product but the price tag is over $100! *cut to me sobbing into my empty bottle* Since Sunday Riley has a high concentration of lactic acid, I decided to give The Ordinary a try to see if I would get at least similar results. The first night I used it I was totally hooked. It absorbs well into the skin, I didn’t find it to be irritating, and my skin looked so glowy and smooth the next day! I’m already planning on buying back-ups of this because I refuse to run out!
Once I’ve let the Retinoid or Lactic Acid absorb, I usually follow up with an oil or heavy moisturizer. Currently I’m using the Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil which I’ve been using for a few years. I like it, but I’m not married to it, so I’ll probably switch it up once I run out.
This routine has made my skin the best it’s ever been, I’ve actually taken to skipping foundation most days!
What is your skincare routine? Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? If you want to hear more about products from The Ordinary check out Allison’s recent review on Mercuteify!