I love skincare to the point of obsession and so I thought I’d share my routine!! It took a couple tries to get it right, especially because my skin is so damn sensitive so it’ll freak out at the drop of a hat. I stick with the classic cleanser-treatment-toner-moisturizer routine and it does pretty well for me. I am not a professional or an expert by any means! I have combo/dry skin and I am thankfully not super breakout prone, and this is what works best for me!!
I use this charcoal cleanser from Biore, which also serves as a light exfoliant, when I wake up and before I go to sleep. It smells nice and leaves my skin feeling very fresh!! I use it with my Clarisonic, but there are a million cheaper alternatives to my brush (like this one from Amazon!). I prefer using an electric brush so I can feel like I’m really getting the most from my products.
As far as masks go, I use a few regularly that is just as good for my brain & anxiety as it is for my skin. At least once a week I use a deep exfoliant (scrub or something like the Hell Pore Mask or a blackhead strip) followed by a moisturizing sheet mask. I use sheet masks on an as-needed basis, whether that means my skin needs a little help or I need to de-stress a little. I tend to buy my sheet masks in bulk on Amazon, these Tony Moly ones being my favorite. They’re super easy and smell so good!! There are a couple other miscellaneous fun masks I use, but those are my regulars. I tend to only do masks at night.
I use this Dermalogica toner, and it’s the first one I tried and I’ve never strayed from it. I’d like to try out some cheaper or milder toners sometime, because this one feels and smells pretty severe and isn’t cheap, but for now it’s my go to! I feel like it balances out my skin tone nicely, as I am very prone to redness. I use it twice a day.
I use two different moisturizers, one in the morning and one at night. In the morning I use this ridiculously simple moisturizer from Neutrogena that gets the job done and isn’t expensive, and at night I use Wanderlush from Ofra. I was dying to find out what the hype was about it and when I finally tried it I understood completely. It’s a little too heavy for me to go on in the morning, but at night it’s perfect. It also works great as a primer under foundation.
For overnight spot treatment I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and this stuff is magic. You leave it on overnight and in the morning the blemish is almost if not completely gone.
I literally always have a bottle of the Mario Badescu Rosewater spray on my person. I don’t know what the fuck it is, but this stuff is magic. It feels so nice, so refreshing, and I am a new person every time I use it. I’ve recommended this to so many people, it’s one of my favorite products. I also use it before and after putting on makeup as a setting spray and a way to help my foundation look fresher and dewier!
And that’s it for skincare! Upping my skincare routine has made a huge difference in not only my skin but the ritual of it has been great for anxiety, it’s really helped me. It also has made makeup application easier and I’ve definitely noticed that my foundation has had a much more flawless finish, and I’ve been using lighter coverage foundations. My routine changes once and a while, but these have been my favorite for a while. I always love recommendations, though, so if you have any send them my way!!