If you’re anything like me, then you know winter can be quite the b*tch on temperamental skin. While I wouldn’t say that my skin is super sensitive, I’ve definitely had my fair share of bad skin days, leading me to try out and experiment with a lot of different products, and I’d thought I’d share the success stories here, so no one else has to waste the money I have (seriously… it’s a problem). Without further ado, here are my morning and night routines to keep my skin happy, healthy, and hella moisturized.
Step One: Clean Skin is Happy Skin
While I’d like to say that I’m amazing at this routine, that would be kind of a lie. Meaning, I’m not always good about doing a double cleanse, and I’m also not the best at doing it twice a day. But hey, I’m only human. I do usually wash my face at night, and when I’m on my skincare game, these are the products that have really worked for me.
- No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil: This is one of the few things that I think really takes off my makeup, plus it smells bomb. Just remember to apply with dry hands and a dry face, only adding water when you look like a raccoon from your mascara, and your liquid lipstick has turned the entire bottom half of your face is bright red. Most of the makeup will come off, but since it is just an oil it doesn’t exfoliate the skin, thus requiring a step two.
- Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Warming Facial Scrub: This is a newer product for me, but so far I’m a huge fan. It also smells amazing, and it comes with an attached silicone exfoliating brush that I think makes a huge difference in smoothing the skin. Plus, it does actually get warm on your face. I like it, although admittedly it’s kind of weird and I’m not totally sure what it does. But it can’t hurt, so I’m about it.
I keep it pretty simple in the morning, partially for time reasons and partially so I actually stick to the routine. These three products are my ride or die for making sure my makeup doesn’t look cake-y or draw more attention to any dry skin I might have.
- Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic: Micellar waters are the best for refreshing the skin and removing anything that may be left on the face (like my nighttime moisturizer), and I recently switched to this one from my previous favorite by Garnier. I find this one lighter and less oil-y feeling, plus it’s natural and vegan. This is the first step in both my morning and night routines.
- Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist: I’ma big fan of the Pixi Skintreats Line and though this one is a newer addition to my routine, I really feel like it’s making a huge difference.I spray it before I put on my primer, and throughout the day to keep my skin looking dewey and not at all dry.
- Pixi Glow Mist: This goes on after all of my face makeup to keep it in place, and to add glow and moisture. I love this stuff, simple as that. I can’t believe it took me so long to get into setting sprays, but I’m never going back. For my eye makeup I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter, but that’s a product for a different post!
I think this is where the skin saving actually happens. This routine happens pretty much every single night, and it makes such a difference in how my face feels when I get up in the morning. Since I make a point to clean my face at night (even if I’m not that great about it in the AM) this routine always happens on freshly washed skin.
- Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic: Because I love it, and because it removes any soap residue, or stubborn mascara left behind.
- Pixi Glow Tonic: While the Pacifica cleansing water has toning properties, I think this does the majority of the work in that department. It definitely helps to remove dry skin and keep my combination skin balanced. It’s alcohol free, but it does have that sting that makes you feel like it’s really working, which in my mind is the perfect combination.
- Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist: As first step in my night time moisturizing, I think this helps my serums/oils to slide on easier.
- No7 Beautiful Skin Blemish Defence Serum or Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil: I use these two interchangeable depending on what my skin is in need of. I use Palmer’s products as my body moisturizer and I love both the smell and the results. While this oil is meant to be used on the body, I find when my skin is at it’s driest this is a total life saver. Quite honestly, the No7 Serum is good, but I’m not sure how much of a difference it really makes on my skin, because I’m generally pretty lucky when it comes to breakouts.
- Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Heavenly Night Cream: I cannot say enough good things about this night cream. It smells like roses (my second favorite scent only to lavender), and it feels delightful on the skin. It’s not heavy or greasy, but still somehow makes my face feel soft, firm, and hydrated. I’m really hoping to try out more of this range soon, as I know Rose Stem Cells are extremely beneficial for ant-aging, and it’s never to early to start protecting ( or panicking about) your skin!
- (Not Pictured) Lip Balm: I can’t believe I forgot to include this, but this is such an essential step, especially if you wear a lot of drying lip products like I do. I oscillate between a ton of lip balms and chapsticks, but I think the most important thing is that you remember to put something on your lips, because as easy as it is to forget, they’re skin too!
I hope this was helpful and thanks so much for reading!