Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Current Skincare Routine!

Hello my lovelies! This time of year my skincare routine changes all the time! But, I do have current favorites that I wanted to share with you. You will see alot (and I mean ALOT!) of products but, I don't use them all at once! So, here's a rundown of the products and how I put them to use to get the best results for my skin! (I realized after I wrote this post how complicated this tends to be and it is longer than I had intended!) But, this is my routine and I definitely have better skin because of it! My skin fluctuates from combo/oily to a bit dry and flaky depending on the time of year.

My "Day" routine:
When I shower in the morning, I use either the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash redness soothing cream cleanser (middle - $8.49 at Walgreens) or, if my skin needs a bit of exfoliation I'll use the All-in-1 Acne Control daily scrub. ($8.49 at Walgreens) Then I will follow up with Clean & Clear Advantage acne control moisturizer. ($6.99 at Walgreens).

I really like the Neutrogena cleansers. The redness soothing formula claims to "clear breakouts and reduce redness". It is a cream formula and feels very cooling on the skin. It has aloe and chamomile, and salicylic acid acne treatment. The All-in-1 Acne Control daily scrub claims to "clear up acne's past, present & future". It also claims to fade the look of past acne marks, clear present breakouts and prevent future breakouts. This scrub also contains salicylic acid acne treatment. I don't use the scrub on a daily basis because it will dry out my skin. I use it probably two to three times per week depending on how dry my skin is. For moisturizer, I came across the Clean & Clear acne control moisturizer at Ulta and decided to give it a try. It is oil-free and claims to help treat and prevent acne. I'm not a fan of the scent as it's rather medicinal, but it fades away and I don't notice it. It is a relatively light moisturizer, so on days where I have REALLY dry skin, I'll use one of the other moisturizers I'll be talking about below. I do find that I haven't had any issues with breakouts since I've been doing this (*these!) particular combinations of products.

Makeup removal:
Once again, this is dependent upon how my skin is behaving and what type of makeup I am wearing. I always remove my eye makeup with Neutrogena's eye makeup remover lotion. Yes...LOTION! ($7.99 at Walgreens.) I stumbled on this because I needed a new eye makeup remover because one of my "lovelies" spilled my bottle everywhere! I love that it's a lotion because I just put a dab on each of my pointer fingers and gently massage the eye area and wipe the lotion away with some soft cotton pads. It removes MOST of my eye makeup. I find that sometimes it takes a little longer to do away with waterproof mascara. It is moisturizing and soothing and also doesn't have much of a scent. If I'm having dry skin, I will use the Olay 4-in-1 daily facial cloths for sensitive skin. ($8.99 at Walgreens). There are also ones for normal and oily/combo skin. They do have a subtle exfoliating property and remove my makeup completely...even stubborn full coverage long wear foundation! The cloth lathers up when you apply some water, you wash your face and then you just rinse out the lather, use the same cloth to rinse, then throw the cloth away. (There is a brand at Wal-Mart called "Equate" that is similar, but I think it only comes in one variety, but it is cheaper.) I use those cloths about four times per week. On the days I don't use the Olay cloths, I use Neutrogena's Pore Refining Daily Cleanser ($7.79 at Walgreens) which claims to make pores visibly smaller week after week. I don't really notice my pores being smaller, but I have noticed a reduction in the number of blackheads around my nose area. After cleansing my skin, I follow up with the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action toner. ($8.49 at Walgreens). This also has salicylic acid acne treatment. If my skin is very dry, I will only use this around the perimeter of my face and under my jaw to remove any makeup that I missed while washing my face. If my skin has been oily, I will use it all over before I do my nighttime routine.

Nighttime:
Here is where we get into the expensive stuff! After I've finished removing all of my makeup, I use Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum. ($62.00 for 1 oz. *There are a few different sizes of the serum, so they range in price from $62.00 to $120.00 on Macy's website.) I first discovered this when I received it as a gift with purchase and liked it so much that I bought a full size from Macy's.com in a set that contained the serum and the Advanced Time Zone eye cream and moisturizer for $65.00. The set contains a 1 oz. serum,  .17 oz of eye cream, and the moisturizer is .5 oz. So, not a ton of the cream products, but for the price of $65.00 to get all three is a pretty good deal.  This is probably the best serum I have ever used and it definitely has made a difference in the feel of my skin. It sinks in almost immediately, leaving your skin very soft and silky. I follow that up with the Advanced Time Zone eye cream and then I decide which moisturizer I wish to use for that night. The Advanced Time Zone moisturizer that comes with the set is a light, smooth texture and not too heavy. I use that one if my skin isn't too dry. The scent is perfumed, but subtle and, I find it fades quickly. I also have 2 other moisturizers from Estée Lauder that I really like. I received these as a gift with purchase. They are from the Resilience Lift line and are both .5 oz. Since they don't carry that size, I can only give you a price range for each of the products sold online. They range from $58.00 to $94.00 (at Macy's.com) depending on size. (You will see many "sets" of skincare products online if you visit Macy's.com and I feel that buying sets is definitely a better value!) If my skin is super dry, I use the Resilience Lift night because it is a VERY heavy moisturizer. After using that for one night...no dry skin in the morning! I love it...except I cannot handle the smell! It is heavily perfumed and I find it so strong that I almost don't want to wear it. However, the scent does fade eventually. I always have to wash my hands after I apply it though, that's how strong the scent is. And, if I'm having dry skin I will use the "regular" Resilience Lift for a day moisturizer because it is heaver than the Clean & Clear one I use. The regular Resilience Lift is a very creamy texture and is also heavily perfumed. However, the scent does fade. I don't find that any of the Estée Lauder moisturizers I use leave my skin overly greasy feeling. For the benefits I see from the use of the Estée Lauder products, I will definitely repurchase!

So, as you can see (if I didn't bore you to tears and you made it this far!), my skincare routine completely depends upon how my skin is acting. I find that this combination of products gives me the best results for my skin. I can be oily or dry, so this is what I found that works for me. Hopefully this was helpful to some of you out there that have crazy skin like me!

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