When it comes to skincare, over the years, I’ve learn to keep it simple and focus on what works for me. Every so often, a new hot products will come out, but try your best to focus on those few basic steps.
Cleanse – My main concern is hyperpigmentation, so my routine is tailored for that precisely. A while ago someone commented on this blog and mentioned how using the correct cleanser with a balanced PH was key and they were absolutely right. For years, I used checks and balances by Origins but upon learning the PH was set at 8.5, I ditched it. A good gentle cleanser is between 4.5 and 5.5, I’m loving my current cleanser by Jordan Samuel, it’s only $28 and does a great job. Check out this post if you want to learn more about PH testing.
Exfoliate – P50 1970 is one of my Holy Grail products and I alway use it. It’s really a magic potion, it exfoliates and prep your skin for your routine.
Moisturize – My current one is by Drunk Elephant.
Protect – This step is crucial, I am currently using this one.
My nighttime routine is even more simple, again I:
Cleanse – at night I always double cleanse, I use the same cleanser twice, it is actually not necessary to use two different cleanser. I tone with Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner, this is also a cleansing step, that I will no longer do as soon as I a m done with this bottle, using a toner is fine but not necessary. In order to cut cost, I will stop using one. If you do want to use one, make sure it doesn’t have any alcohol.
Treat – with Retinol, this has been the most effective for my hyperpigmentation, hence why I prioritize using it. If your concern is wrinkles, this is also a great option.
Moisturize – At night I like to use a heavier moisturizer, I am currently using this but will not repurchase. On my next beauty empties post, I will go into more details.
Again to see results, it is not about using this or that product, it’s about following the proper steps and knowing what works for you. I’ve used different Vitamin C serums and soon will switch to another retinol and moisturizer but I’m 100% sure that I will continue to see progress. Also, remember that because a product is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Same applies for chemicals or synthetic products, a lot of them are perfectly fine for your skin. So don’t always believe the hype of clean beauty. Do your research and stay informed.
If you missed the Sephora sale, there is an equally good one going on right now. I get a lot of my favorites from Dermstore and right now you can get 20% off with code SUMMER.
Here are some products I’ve used and highly recommend. FYI, these are all products that I’ve purchased with my own money and used in my daily routine.
- This is my all time favorite Vitamin C serum, my only con is the price.
- this is my current retinol and it has worked great for me, if you are new to retinol, I recommend starting with a milder version like this or this.
- This is my current Vitamin C serum and I’m halfway through it, so far it does a great job and I love it.
- A great everyday sunscreen, I’m on my third tube at this point.
- I had a sample of this and loved it so much, I will purchase it when I run out of moisturizer for my PM routine.
- Love this inexpensive moisturizer, great for dry skin.
- I have a bottle of this and a backup, this is how much I love it. It really does wonders for the thin hair.
- I’ve reviewed this here.
- I’ve reviewed this here.
- I’ve bought this countless times, it smells amazing.
- This is a new prevent serum I plan on getting to try for my AM routine when I finish my current Vitamin C.
- This is the new retinol, I will try next.
Last but not least, I like to take progress shots to really see if my skin is in fact improving. I try not to freak out around that time of the month because my skin often is usually not in the best shape at that time.
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