My Morning/Evening Skin Care Routine

18 Mar 2016

Happy Friday! Hands up if you're excited for the weekend. I am! Today, I wanted to chat about my skincare routine, as I personally love reading about all the different products out there! This time is known as the time my boyfriend hates the most because "I stand in front of the mirror in the bathroom for too long" as he says. I've always had acne prone skin growing up but it's also very dry which makes everything complicated. My skin has come a long way since junior high/high school when nothing I tried would make my acne go away. I even went as far as to try Pro Active which not surprisingly made everything 10% worse. However, now that I can explore skincare on my own, I have found products as well as a routine that works best for me! My routine always starts from within by drinking lots of water and I have noticed such a difference when I don't drink as much. You'll never see me sans a water bottle!

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (Creamy)
Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free Moisturizer
St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer
The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil
Physicians Formula Ultra-Nourishing Argon Oil
Nivea Men Sensitive Skin After Shave Balm
Vaseline Lip Therapy- Cocoa Butter
My routine in the morning usually varies depending on how much time I have to get ready. I'll usually start by washing my face in the shower because I find my skin gets less irritated that way. If I have the time I'll follow up with a toner to make sure my skin is nice and balanced but I usually leave this step out because I'm running out of time. The most important step in my routine is moisturizing my face to make sure that my makeup has nothing dry to stick to. I'm really picky with face moisturizers because I find most times I'll buy one that seems really nice but leaves my skin worse than what I started with. I've been switching between my Neutrogena Oil-Free and the St. Ives Timeless skin and have been finding that both do the job quite well! I also mix in either The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil or the Physicians Formula Argon Oil because I find it easier to apply that way. I also feel like I have better control over the oil this way because nobody likes a greasy face. Both oils basically perform the same so I switch between them depending on which is closer to me. I also apply some of the Nivea Men After Shave Balm because it surprisingly makes a great primer! I jumped on the bandwagon from YouTube and Pinterest with this before Christmas and haven't even used half of the bottle yet so it's a great value! It also makes my makeup last longer and provides a little extra boost of hydration before my foundation goes on. Lastly, I'll apply some lip balm like this Vaseline Lip Therapy one to hydrate my lips and keep them nice and healthy looking. I also love using this before wearing any lipsticks or stains because it makes my lips look super smooth.
Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (Creamy)
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil
Marcelle Tonifying Lotion
 Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream
Vaseline Lip Therapy- Cocoa Butter
Extra Products:
Exact Apricot Scrub
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
My routine for the evening is pretty standard as far as the order of products goes. I'll start off by using a makeup wipe to take off everything that I can. I've been using these Kirkland brand wipes for what seems like forever now because not only are they a fantastic price but I also find that they take off more makeup compared any drugstore brands I've used. If I've worn heavier eye makeup or I'm looking for an easier way out then I'll use the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Cleansing Oil. I've found that it's been great to add some moisturization to my skin if I'm feeling a little dry and it cleans well so it's definitely great for lazy nights.
The only downside is that you have to be very careful not to get this in your mouth when you're washing your face because it makes everything numb for some odd reason. If I'm not using this then I'll just use a little squirt of the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser to get rid of any makeup and dirt left behind by the makeup wipes. It leaves my skin squeaky clean my skin but can sometimes leave my skin a little dry. I've used the foaming kind with the same results but it's never irritated my skin so I really enjoy it! I'll tone my skin with some Marcelle Tonifying Lotion to make sure everything is extra clean so that I don't get any pesky breakouts overnight. I'll then apply the Simple Night Cream so that my skin has a chance to fix itself before I repeat the process over again. I've been loving this stuff because it is so hydrating and I always wake up with really nice skin since using it. 
I've also including two products that I'll use on occasion instead of daily. Facial scrubs are great for removing all of my dry skin and they make my face feel amazingly smooth, but I find getting all the little scrubby things off my face to be a nightmare. I also find that they dry out my skin for days if I'm not careful. This is the off brand of the St. Ives which I've found to be the exact same but twice the amount of product... Score! The Biore Strips are also fantastic when I want to feel extra clean but I find removing them a literal pain as well. Beauty is pain, right? Plus it's grossly satisfying to look at what comes out of your pores.

What products are in your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

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