When I told Sam I wanted to do a skincare post, he teased me about possibly sounding like Christian Bale in American Psycho. The scene when he goes on and on about the skin products he uses, then snaps like a twig when Jared Leto has a better business card than he does. Regardless, I’ll try to keep my cool. I’ve always loved skin care, even more than makeup, and I’ve used a lot of products over the years, so I wanted to share what I’m currently enjoying!
I’ve been using Clinique’s 3 Step Care System since the summer when my friend, with absolutely gorgeous skin, recommended it. My routine is a little different in the morning than it is at night, so I’ll explain what I do for both. I have combination oily skin, which is a blessing and a curse, but luckily Clinique’s program is designed to best suit all skin type, and create balance.
In the morning, I begin by washing my face with Clinique Liquid Face Soap, if I have the time I’ll apply a brightening mask, like Lancome Pure Empreinte Masque, and leave on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing, then tone with Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3. Next, I use Mario Badescu Facial Spray, and moisturize with with a SPF moisturizer. Utah is really sunny, even during the winter, and I’ve used and loved Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 for several years.
For my evening routine, I take off my makeup with Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Wipes. Then, I use my Clarisonic Mia with the same cleanser and clarifying lotion as the morning, then I’ll apply Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. Next I’ll rub a little Shea Moisture’s Argon Oil all over my face, it’s a dry oil so it absorbs quickly. I’ll finish with the same facial spray that I use in the morning, and moisturize with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
About once a week, I’ll use Garnier Pore Purifier Clay Mask to prevent breakouts and really clean my pores. I also like to make a mask of half an avocado with honey, the avocado makes my skin look really supple and honey is a great disinfectant. About twice a week I exfoliate with Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub. Despite having skin that can be oily, I don’t like to over exfoliate because my skin can also be sensitive, so I usually play it by ear.
- Try to keep towels and pillowcases clean. Pillows tend to get dingy because sweat, dirt, dead skin collect in them over time.
- Always wash hands before touching your face. Try to take note if you prop up your chin with your hands or have a habit of touching your face without thinking about it.
- Phone screens collect oil and makeup from our faces when we talk, so next time you make a call make sure it doesn’t need to be cleaned first.
- Try to keep hair clean and away from your face. When I cut bangs, I had the hardest time keeping my forehead from breaking out, although it may be a lot easier for people with less oily skin.
- Clean makeup brushes often, not only to prevent product buildup but to keep pores clean. Brush cleaner doesn’t have to be expensive, Ecotools Makeup Brush Shampoo does a great job at keeping brushes clean and is easy on bristles. I bought it for about $6 at the grocery store.
- The oldest tip in the book, aim to drink at least 8 ounces of water each day. If you’re hydrated on the inside, it’ll show on the outside.