Winter nighttime skincare routine

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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!

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Skincare solutions: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Pimples. They’ve plagued me all my life. My skin wasn’t terrible in my teen years, but I did get a few spots here and there. I still cringe from the memory of my sixth grade teacher asking if I had “pushed a peanut with my nose” after popping a particularly large one right on the tip. Generally, my skin didn’t wreak too much havoc. However, over the past 2-3 years I’ve definitely dealt with some breakouts, usually hormonal. I got a pretty good skincare routine down, but when I got pregnant I had to stop using most of my arsenal. Who knew so many products were no-no’s during pregnancy? My skin wasn’t too bad during that time and I got by on a pretty minimal routine of just a face wash, toner, and moisturizer. After Ava was born, I continued on the same routine without a problem. Until a couple of months ago. I started breaking out mostly around my jawline, with a few others sprinkled here and there. I broke out all the retinols, AHA & BHA products that I’d tucked away and started up again with the old routine. Except this time it wasn’t working! As soon as one pimple was on it’s way out another one was coming to the surface. I even started up with my Clarisonic again. Nothing I had was working, so of course I turned to the beauty bloggers for advice. I’d actually heard about the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo in the past, but at the time I wasn’t having any problems. They carry it at Target so the next day I went to pick it up. I used it day and night after cleansing and toning. I think within 3 days my skin was significantly improved, all my blemishes were shrinking down and there were no new ones making a debut. I’ve been using this every day since then, typically just at night unless my skin starts acting up and then I add it in in the morning as well. I apply a thin layer all over my face, not just where the pimple has set up shop. I have combination skin (oily T-zone & drier everywhere else) and it can cause some dryness so that’s something to be aware of. I think benzoyl peroxide treatments have a tendency to do that. The other downside is the price, I’m pretty sure I paid more than $30, on Target.com it’s priced at $28.49. Despite the price tag, I still think it’s worth it.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

If you decide to try this, please let me know if it worked for you! And share your skincare favorites!