My skincare routine is forever changing , I love trying new products and seeing what works and what doesn`t . I have to admit I can be quite lazy when it comes to skincare so I keep it basic, so I tought I would finally share some of the products I use on a daily basis.
I am going to start of by saying that I am not an expert in skincare, everything I know is based on personal experience and what I have read, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Skincare is just so personal, first of all there are so many different skin types plus in every skin type there are different concerns or areas we want to treat. My skin has been quite dry for the last year or so and the main problems I focus on improving are dehydration in my skin as well as improving discoloration from past breakouts.
Personally the best thing I have done for my skin and the main thing anyone should do to improve their skin in my opinion is to drink more water (still working on it) and have a good balance diet. I am a firm believer in treating your skin from the inside out, I have previously done a post all about foods that will help your skin as well as a post dedicated to the foods that can affect the skin which I will also link here and here. The first step in my skincare routine is cleansing/ makeup removing, like I said I am lazy in this department and I mostly only use a micellar water ( maybe twice a week I will use a separate face wash depending on how tired I am at night, something very basic like a Cetaphil). I am a huge fan of micellar water and I have tried my fair share ( Bioderma, Loreal, Garnier, Avene) and out of all those the Garnier is the one I stuck to. The price is amazing for the amount you get (400 ml/ 13.5 oz.) and I honestly don`t see much of a difference between it and Bioderma. The packaging is not that great, you can`t really control the amount you put on the pad but what I think I will do is buy one of the Biodermas that comes with a pump and when I finish it just decanter the Garnier in it. (price 7.98$ Feel Unique)
Personally I take my makeup off as soon as I get home, and in the evening before bed I either (rarely ) use my face wash or use another cotton pad of micellar water and then do the rest of my routine.
The next step is toning and the product I use is the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner . I gave up on manual exfoliation for my skin just because it is quite sensitive and it wasn`t having it anymore (I now only use an exfoliant when I feel the need to maybe once a month). So this product is a chemical exfoliant that I use to target my hyperpigmentation and my enlarged pores. I have really seen the difference since using it, mostly in how even my skin has become but also it absorbs my moisturizer so much better. Don`t be put off by the “acid” or “chemical exfoliant” I personally have really sensitive skin and I haven`t had any problems. Even though it`s recommended to use this toner both morning and evening I only use it in the evening and it has been enough to see the difference. (price 18.00$ Nordstrom 8 oz.)
In the mornings instead of toner I use this thermal spring water spray from La-Roche Posay. I like adding an extra shot of moisture to my dehydrated skin first thing in the morning. This type of product is very easy to get right in my opinion since it is basically really pure water so any brand is ok . This huge can of 10.1 oz. has been going strong for almost a year ( price 28.75$ Amazon)
In the hydration stage I start with this serum from Avene which is made specifically for dry dehydrated skin. The texture is quite watery and it sinks really fast into the skin, I haven`t seen a drastic improvement in my skin but for someone who doesn`t have skin as dehydrated as mine I think it wold work good. My one issue is that by using it both morning and night I am going through it quite fast and even dough for a serum is not that expensive I can`t really be bothered to get a new one every other month ( price 29.00$ eBay) so I don`t think I will be repurchasing it.
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion I have been using for a couple of years now. In my opinion this is such a universal product just a no-nonsense moisturizer that does what it needs to and nothing more, really great for über sensitive skin as well. Having said all that at this stage my skin has been really dry so I think I will be switching it out for something more hydrating. (price 26.00$ Nordstrom 4.2 oz.)
Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you found something useful in all my babble and if you have any recommendations for dry skin please let me know I would love to try some new stuff.