Skincare Routine | Updated

It hasn't been too long (only a few months) since my last skin care routine post, but like I've mentioned before I experiment with ...

It hasn't been too long (only a few months) since my last skin care routine post, but like I've mentioned before I experiment with different things until I find the perfect combination for my skin type and I've found some new staples, ditched a few old things, and am continuing my search for a few others. My last skincare post, here, was only about my face routine today I'm giving you my up-to-date full body skin care routine. Head to toe, here we go!
C L E A N S I N G  R O U T I N E

  1. Clarisonic Mia 2
  2. Lush 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion (face wash)
  3. Tea Tree Body Bar (body wash)
  4. Almay Eye Makeup Remover / want to try this
  5. Simple Facial Wipes
  6. Lush Dark Angels (facial cleanser)
The Clarisonic gives my oily skin the deep down clean I need, I use it 1-3 times weekly depending on my activities and if I've been wearing a lot of makeup. Lush's 9 to 5 is a great everyday cleanser. I don't wash my face in the morning--I just rinse and tone it, so I need to make sure the cleanser I'm using before bed gets ALL the gunk off my face. For my body I started using the Tea Tree Body Bar from Paul Mitchell. I've been using it for about a month now and every time it leaves me skin feeling clean and refreshed.  This Almay Eye Makeup Remover is okay. It does it's job, but I'm still looking for a better option. The skin surrounding my eyes is extremely sensitive (more so than the rest of my face) and I find if I have to use this to get off stubborn mascara or eyeliner that skin is left feeling raw and sore. I've been weeding my way through face wipes for awhile now trying to find a natural one that will do it's job, but doesn't have an overpowering fragrance or an abundance of chemicals in the ingredients. I just picked up a 2-pack of these Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. I'm not in a place to judge them quite yet, but I'm hoping they live up to their reviews. Last but definitely not least, Lush's Dark Angels facial cleanser is my go to for a deep clean and slight exfoliation. I use this a minimum of once a week. If I'm looking for a deeper clean and more exfoliation I pair this with my Clarisonic!

M O I S T U R I Z I N G  R O U T I N E

  1. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion (body lotion)
  2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
  3. Lancôme Biénfait Multi-vital Night (night cream)
  4. Aveeno Clear Complexion (daily moisturizer)
This Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion is another product I've been loving forever. I used to use traditional baby lotion until one day at a health clinic I found out it was loaded with parabans and other harsh ingredients--no thank you. You'd think it would be a great product considering it's "formulated for babies sensitive skin" right? That was around the time I was making dermatologist appointments a routine to help my troubled skin and one of the non-medication lines she recommended was Aveeno. I made the switch and haven't tried another body lotion since. This is the first lotion that has left my skin fully moisturized without drying out in 24hrs. My Laneige Water Sleep Mask is my skins savior, especially when traveling via airplane. I discovered it when I read about it on another blog. It goes on clear unlike most masks so I don't look like a freak if I want to wear it in public. My night cream--Lancôme Biénfait Multi-vital Night is the second of the three recent additions to my skin care routine. I was looking for a quality night cream that wasn't going to be too heavy but still worked like the heavy creams. After a couple months of using my previous night cream I came to the conclusion it just wasn't doing what it should be for it's $25 price tag--it was working more like a $10 product if that. I switched to another random option (No7 was the brand, the green one) I picked up at Target for a similar price but I wasn't loving that either. I adore all my other Lancôme products and this one had great reviews so I stopped into Ulta after work to check it out. I decided to make the splurge when the Lady at the Lancôme counter told me it's from the same line as my holy grail tinted moisturizer/BB cream. The opposite of night is day and my go to daily moisturizer is Aveeno Clear Complexion, it keeps my oily skin under control during the day without being too heavy and it's combination of Aveeno's total soy complex and salicylic acid keep my acne under control and skin looking bright and refreshed.

E X T R A  S T E P S

  1. Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil (acne spot treatment)
  2. Lancôme Rénergie French Lift (anti-aging)
  3. Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen
  4. Lush's Tea Tree Water (toner)
  5. Biotin 5,000mcg (hair, skin, + nails dietary supplement)
  6. Shea Moisture Shave (after shave healing elixir)
Pretty much everyone cleanses & pretty much everyone moisturizes, but everyone has those little things that make their routine their own. I've tried numerous spot treatments for acne both medicated and drugstore, my skin doesn't respond to them. For the first time ever I found something that actually made a difference. Another social media find--one of my favorite youtubers talked about using Tea Tree Oil from Trader Joe's as a spot treatment to get rid of her breakouts. The only downside to using it is the strong tea tree scent. Anti-aging creams are something many people don't use until they need it. I read in an interview, of a supermodel, that one of the most shocking (beauty routine related) things to her when she moved to America was the lack of early aging prevention in our youth. In her country young women often started preventing aging as a part of their skin care routine as early as age seven. It made an impact on my thoughts about anti-aging products, enough to make me add another step to my own routine. I first tried Lancôme Rénergie French Lift as a deluxe sample gifted to me from Ulta. I don't slather my face in it nor do I need to, which is great because it's on the pricey side. I apply it to the skin around my eyes and on my forehead where I have fine lines (ugh!) and I've noticed firmer appearance. Next up is a quite important step that I used to skip--yikes! I absolutely hated applying sunscreen partially because I just wanted to be tan and partially because every sunscreen I applied to my face burned and made me breakout. I found Supergoop SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen this year and it has been a miracle worker. It goes on light, no burning and no clogged pores. Another step to beat aging and protect my skin from the suns damaging rays. I told you earlier in this post I only wash my face once daily, at night to remove the days build-up. I found washing my skin twice a day, everyday caused it to produces even more oil and clog my pores aka breakouts all the time. My skin still needs a refresher after my morning rinse and to help keep everything balance I spritz my Lush Tea Tree Water toner and wipe with a cotton round before I apply my daily moisturizer. Now for the only non-topical (other than my dermatologist prescription) part of my skincare routine. Every night before bed I take one Biotin 5000mcg for healthy hair, skin, and nails. My last, and very important, part of my skincare routine is Shea Moisture Shave Skin Healing Elixir. Yet again, another youtuber inspired product. Not only is my facial skin sensitive all of my skin is sensitive. Every single time I shaved I was left with itchy and painful razor burn. I was willing to give anything a shot which is how this came in to play and let me tell you IT WORKED. Okay so it burned for two seconds after I applied it, but I will take that two seconds of burning over days of razor burn. Now I use it after every shave before I apply my body lotion.

L I P  C A R E  R O U T I N E

  1. Hempz Lips (lip balm)
  2. Burt's Bees Beeswax (lip balm)
  3. Lush's Mint Julips (lip scrub)
Hempz Lips is a new addition to my lip care routine. I used to us their original lotion when I was younger because my cousins always bought it--I carried the travel size in my handbag for awhile but it used to be difficult to find in my area. I actually purchased this as a substitute for clear gloss, which I usually apply over lipsticks. I figured I'd give this a try to see if it helps keep the moisture in my lips while wearing lipstick. My Burt's Bees lip balm has been a favorite for years. I remember freaking out if I didn't have it on me... I may still panic to this day. This will forever be my lip care essential! My last item in my lip care routine is Lush's Mint Julips lip scrub. Sometimes you just can't avoid dry skin on your lips--another reason I hate winter. Mint Julips smells and tastes, yummy. It's made of sugar, a common ingredient in scrubs, to rid you lips of unwanted dry skin.
Welp thats about it. I didn't realize how crazy my skincare routine is until I spent over an hour writing this. I guess that comes with the territory of troubled skin. When I'm trying and picking products for my skin I look for things that will give me my brightest, clearest, and healthiest complexion. If something just isn't doing it's job I'm on to the next. As with many things our skin changes and can become immune to products so no saying how long this routine will last. The crazy thing in majority of the items mentioned in this post are things I've been using for quite awhile--a record for me. I hope by the time I find the perfect combination of products my skin won't outgrow my current favorites. I'm dying to have a complete routine I can stick with -with love, xx.

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