It’s been about a month since I’ve started this new skincare routine and added a few new products and my skin has never been better. I have combination/acne prone skin, and up until I recently I was getting some serious dry patches around my chin and nose. Those have all disappeared, along with the breakouts I was getting over the past few months. The overall tone and texture of my skin is also much improved, I’m not getting as much redness around my nose and cheeks. So, here’s what I’ve been doing and using lately that my skin has been loving.
Step 1: Makeup removal.
I’ve been consistently using my Garnier cleansing oil to remove my makeup every night. It takes off everything, including anything waterproof. I actually don’t like using my makeup remover wipes anymore because the last time I did when I was having a lazy day it felt like it was stinging my skin. Although using cleansing oil is a little more time consuming I think it’s worth it.
Step 2: Cleanse.
I’ve remained loyal to my Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Cleanser that I started using almost 2 years ago. It’s marketed towards acne prone skin, but I don’t find it to be too drying or harsh at all. I usually just use my hands with this, unless I feel like I need a little extra exfoliation, then I use my Clarisonic Mia with the sensitive skin brush head.
Step 3: Tone.
I’ve also been using the Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Facial Tonic in conjunction with the cleanser. It removes any residual makeup & dirt that I might have missed and it feels pretty refreshing.
Step 4: Apply serum.
I recently started using the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster again, and I have to say this stuff is a game changer. Since I’ve added this to my routine, my skin just looks brighter and more even. My husband actually said, “Your skin is so soft.” I think it’s even helping in terms of my blemishes and breakouts, ever since I started up with it they have been so much better. So much so that I don’t even use my acne treatment as much as I used to. This is definitely a repurchase as soon as it runs out. Just a side note, it does have a pretty strong orangey candy type smell.
Step 5: Treat.
I started using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo when my hormonal acne was flaring up this summer. It’s helped immensely and I pretty much haven’t had a bad breakout since. I was using it twice a day all over my face and now I’m down to 1-2 times just in the areas I usually get breakouts. This stuff just works.
Step 6: Moisturize.
I was using the Ole Henriksen (can you tell I love his products?) Vitamin Plus for awhile, but because I’ve been getting dry patches I wanted to get a heavier moisturizer. I decided on Nurture Me, which is targeted towards sensitive skin. It’s a richer cream and very moisturizing, but it doesn’t feel too heavy. It also doesn’t make my skin feel too oily. My dry areas have been banished since using this. And BTW, it also has a strong candy scent, it reminds me of Juicy Fruit bubble gum.
I’ll include my eye cream here as well, which is the Clinique All About Eyes. I’m not super crazy about this product, but to be honest I haven’t been crazy about any eye cream I’ve ever tried. It’s moisturizing enough and I’m not about to waste it, so I’m using it up. Once I get close to the end I’ll probably try something new (recommendations are welcome!).
This routine was worked wonders in the dry, cold weather; I might need to switch things up once summer hits. For now, it’s working. My daytime routine will be coming soon!