I’d be lying if I said I’ve dealt with skin issues my whole life. Thanks to drinking lots of water, and good genetics, I’ve had a pretty easy run in the complexion department. That’s not to say my skin is perfect. In fact, in the last year or so, my skin has been the worst it’s been, ever. I’ve heard a thing or two about delayed, or second puberties, and I think I am IN IT. When I stick to a solid routine, and a clean diet, I notice a huge difference in glow, clarity and softness.
In this blog I break down what I do in the mornings, in the evenings, and the weekly and annual skincare indulgences I allot myself. This is by no means the PERFECT skincare routine, but it works for me. If you’re looking for a routine, or ways to switch up your own, I hope you find something new that you love!
Every morning I start out by washing my face with Cetaphil Daily Cleanser. It’s nothing fancy, you can get it at most drugstores, and it’s great for sensitive skin. (I’ll jump in right now though, and say, if I’m going to the gym I just splash my face with cold water because I’ll do my routine afterwards instead.) Once my face is dry I apply my Mario Badesco Glycolic Acid toner. I let it sit and dry for about 2 minutes and then apply my Mario Badesco honey moisturizer. I’m OBSESSED with this stuff. I literally put it on my arms and legs sometimes because I love it so much. If I’m going to be out in the sun, I’ll either swap my honey moisturizer for Mario Badesco’s aloe SPF 15 moisturizer, or I’ll put on Coola (reef safe!) SPF 30 or La Roche Posse tinted SPF 45+ if I’m beaching.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
STEP 2: TONE
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE
STEP 4: SPF
My night routine isn’t all that different from my morning routine, except I add an eye cream and essence spray.
So again, I will start by washing with Cetaphil, followed by toner. Once that dries, I spritz my face with a Mario Badesco essence. I have the rose water, lavender, and cucumber aloe one, so I kind of just rotate depending on what my face is up to that day. If I’m breaking out, I use the rose water. If I’m dry, I’ll use the cucumber. And every other night I use the lavender one because, hello, bed time! Once that sets I apply Clinique eye cream under and up the sides 0f my eyes (not the lids). The one I use isn’t necessarily a night cream, but I just prefer to use it at night. Once that sits for a minute or so, I apply my honey moisturizer.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
STEP 2: TONE
STEP 3: ESSENCE
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
STEP 5: MOISTURIZE
WEEKLY & MONTHLY ROUTINE
My face is pretty sensitive, so all the fun “self-care” indulgences that are popular right now don’t really suite my skin. In place of my daily Cetaphil, I’ll switch it up for a scrub or enzyme cleanser. Once a week, when I’m feeling particularly breakout-y, I’ll use a face scrub. My favorite is Maddie’s Market Green Tea With Envy scrub. (All-natural, small batch homemade, female-owned!) It’s not a hard rule that I use it once a week, but that’s usually how it ends up working out. Then twice a week (usually when I shower at the gym) I use a Mario Badesco enzyme cleanser. An aesthetician I saw earlier this year said that my skin may benefit from using it weekly because it picks up excess dirt and oils. Again, not a hard rule, but I usually end up using it 1-2x per week.
Ah, face masks. I have had so many ups and downs with masks. So, as of right now I can’t recommend one particular mask I love or use regularly. Honestly, I switch it up almost every time. This is something I’ll do mayyyybeee once a month. I enjoy when I do make the time for it, but it’s not a regular indulgence of mine like so many of my friends. If you do have a mask you love, please share!
1x PER WEEK: SCRUB
1x PER WEEK: ENZYME CLEANSER
1x PER MONTH: MASK
The grand finale. Facials. I get a facial about once a year. It’s not planned, it’s kind of when I have some extra spending money and when I feel like I need some good ol’ deep cleaning. If you’ve never gotten a facial, I HIGHLY recommend it. Not only does it feel amazing, and leave your skin looking totally refreshed, it’s educational! Your aesthetician will be able to offer some insight into what they notice in your skin’s tendencies, offer products or new routines that may benefit you, and will often be able to help you understand your skin a bit better. Always do your research on the spa or person before booking! See what others have to say about their experience, and even check out their inquiry process. Do they ask about allergies? If it fancies you, do they offer natural products? As tempting as it may be, don’t necessarily go with your cheapest option.
1X PER YEAR: FACIAL
MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS
I’m a creature of habit who always tries to branch out, only to be disappointed. It’s true with restaurants and skincare alike. I’ve used Cetaphil since high school, Mario Badesco since middle school, and La Roche Posse and Clinique since ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! They work for me, and every. single. time. I try something new, something terrible happens. A rash, hives, breakouts, you name it, it’s happened. So, I stick to my favorites and I don’t often try new things. Once in a blue moon I’ll find something new that I love and trust, and just like I am with friends – once you’re in, you’re in.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SKINCARE ROUTINES
You can have the most ~perfect~ skincare routine in all the land and still have skin issues. Remember, beauty always comes from within. If you’re not properly hydrating, nourishing, and moving your body, there’s no way you can be your most radiant self. Think of everything you put into your body as needing to come out eventually. Guess what? Most of it excretes through our skin. So if you really want to transform your skin, transform your habits. Get proper sunlight, drink a lot of water, avoid sugar. Those are the most simple hacks for great skin.
As always, take this as a guide, not a rulebook. What works for my skin may be irritating for your skin, and vice versa. Earlier this year I tried a ton of organic, all-natural products and guess what? My skin FREAKED OUT. It didn’t work for me. So, the products I shared are what work for me. If you love them, great! If you don’t, keep searching. There’s something out there for everyone, so don’t give up. I hope you liked this routine break-down, and if you order any of the products from the links on my page, let me know! <3