Everything I’m slathering on my face AM & PM.
I love reading these types of posts as I am just a tad nosy and like getting a peak into other people’s routines. Thus, today I wanted to chat about the products that I’m currently using and loving for my skincare, both morning and evening as well as a few tips/pointers that I’ve picked up along the way. For reference, I have combination skin that tends to lean more oily in the summer. My biggest complaint is typically little breakouts in the t-zone area that seem to pop up whenever temperatures go above 75 degrees – lovely. In order to combat this, I have tested out what feels like loads of skincare routines over the years – everything from over drying my skin with misaligned products (very bad – don’t do this!) to prescription strength lotions and potions. Yet, finally it seems that I am at a decent place with my current routine and I believe it is all due to switching to a more natural, organic line up. I have determined that my skin does not need all of those harsh chemicals and aggressive formulations to maintain an even/balanced keel. Rather, the more straightforward, simple, and nourishing that the ingredients are, the more favorably my skin reacts. I’ve listed out all of the products below that I have been using for the past few months (in the order that I use them) and rambled on a bit about my thoughts on each. I hope this is helpful for anyone looking to build out a skincare routine as I think it’s a solid guideline, which you can mix and match with your own tried and true favorites.
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser – I’ve talked about this one before and as you can see, I really love it, (need to repurchase a new one ASAP). I apply it to dry skin in the morning and really rub it in/massage until it takes on a slightly oily texture. Then I simply rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a wash cloth.
Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner – The perfect balancing toner that does not strip my skin. I apply a bit onto a cotton pad and swipe all over my face and neck. It’s important to remember that even if you are dealing with acne, you really don’t want to use products that are too harsh or drying because your skin will overcompensate by creating more oil and recharging the vicious cycle. This toner is gentle but feels cooling and refreshing on the skin.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – I’m going to make a bold statement and say that this is my favorite mist of all time. It sprays very fine, smells delightful, and perfectly preps the skin for serums/oils. I also love spritzing this throughout the day as a light pick me up.
Marie Veronique Vitamin C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum – Vitamin C is the best thing ever for brightening the skin and doling out a subtle glow. The antioxidants also help your SPF perform better. This formula is a win, win – I saw results pretty much right away and the ingredient list is incredibly clean.
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream – I’ve waxed on about this one before and it remains one of my all time favorites. Lightweight, non-greasy, and hydrating for the delicate eye area. I find that half a pump is plenty for both eyes – I quickly tap it all around the orbital bone area.
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 – I’ve gone in depth about my adoration for this product before and really it is the best SPF/moisturizer combo I have found. It beautifully seeps into the skin, leaving behind no residue at all. Instead of being chock full of chemicals that clog your pores, it actually feels nourishing and light. Love!
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser – Another one that you can tell is well loved from the minuscule amount left in the bottle. I have repurchased this cleanser multiple times because it is the best non stripping formula that I have found. The oils feel luxurious and miraculously remove all eye and face makeup as well as SPF. Again, I apply just one pump (a little goes a long way) of this onto dry skin at the end of the day and really massage it in for a good couple of minutes. Then I rinse with lukewarm water and my face is left feeling clean as well as plumped and hydrated.
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser – I subscribe to the double cleansing method at night, which really ensures that your skin is nice and clean before bed. Since incorporating both an oil and purifying cleanser, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in the amount of breakouts.
Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner – Same exact method as above.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – As I mentioned above, perfect for use any time of day, morning and night 🙂
Marie Veronique Vitamin C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum or One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum – I rotate on and off here depending on what my skin feels like it needs. The One Love Organics serum is perfect for those times that I have irritated patches or my skin feels super dry as it is so hydrating.
One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm – Another one that I have written up in the past and remains a tried an true staple in my routine. I love how quickly it melts and seeps into the eye area – providing immense amounts of hydration. I’m also thinking that it would be perfect to use on a plane in order combat some of the dry air.
Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum – I used to apply heavy moisturizers at night until I came to the realization that they were clogging my pores. This serum is so much lighter, but provides all of the hydration that my skin could need. The name is a bit deceptive, it feels more like an oil than a serum. Regardless, the morning after applying this, my face feels so soft and I am obsessed with the light, floral scent. It sinks in quickly and you only need one pump for your entire face and neck! (I rotate between this and the Vintner’s Daughter as my final step).
About once or twice a week, I try to incorporate a mask depending on what my skin feels like it needs. Typically, I’ll slather one on and then watch 20-30 minutes of bad reality tv – (i.e Real Housewives, Southern Charm, The Bachelorette) aka the best form of relaxation ever. 🙂 I am currently on my second tub of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which I talked all about in this post. I love the way it eliminates that top layer of dead skin, eww! Also, I’m still going strong with the May Lindstrom Honey Mud, which I sometimes use as a second cleanse when my face feels particularly dirty. I leave it on for about 30 minutes and it draws out impurities without making my skin feel as dry as the Sahara.
Before I end this super long write up, I want to leave you with a few key pointers that I have picked up along the way and that have really altered my skincare approach for the best.
- When applying skincare – always go from lightest formulation to heaviest. This gives each and every product the best chance of seeping in (i.e. you will be able to reap all the benefits).
- Double cleanse every night with on oil cleanser first and then a more targeted cleanser for your skin type. This way you will ensure that you are properly removing all impurities and not leaving anything lingering to create problems when you wake up.
- Even if you have oily skin, don’t be afraid to use oils in your routine! This was a huge milestone for me once I finally got on board. Oils are wonderful for your skin and your face needs them to remain balanced – just find the one that is suitable for you specific needs.
- Pay attention to ingredients. Once I started looking at all the harsh chemicals that mainstream skincare is comprised of, I was a little shocked. After I switched to only using natural/organic brands, my overall skin tone and texture improved. I’m not certain that this will be the case for everyone, but definitely try and look at what you are putting on your skin. There may be some common irritants that your particular skin type just does not respond well to.
- Invest in skincare rather than makeup! Your makeup will not apply smoothly and will only look as good as your skin underneath. Thus, I really make a point of going all out with skincare for anti-aging purposes, but also because I know that skin is the basis of it all. Additionally, everything that you do shows up on your skin – diet, exercise, sun exposure, and products are all key players so try and maintain a holistic approach.
Phew! That’s it for now, but leave me a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions! Also, I know that skincare is highly personal to each individual, but hopefully this helped provide a bit of an outline for anyone curious what my routine looks like on a daily basis.