Having a good skincare routine is almost more important than having good makeup products. With a good skincare routine, your skin will be smoother and more even toned which makes applying makeup much easier and makes it look better.
Skincare also doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of the products I use are from the drugstore and they do not break the bank at all. I try to get simple products with basic ingredients – no gimmicky stuff. I have adapted my skincare routine from information I found on Reddit, available in the Skincare Addiction Subreddit.
I have dry skin. My skin is not super sensitive and I don’t usually have any problems with acne. If you have a different skin type or are sensitive or acne prone I suggest looking elsewhere! But I think this routine will work for most people with dry or normal skin.
Here are the products I use:
- Oil free makeup remover (store brand dupe of Neutrogena’s, $5)
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $10 (I also like the CeraVe hydrating cleanser)
- Alpha Hydrox AHA Soufflé 12%, $16
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $12, 2 oz.
- CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, $11
I get the moisturizer from Sephora, the AHA soufflé from Amazon, and everything else from the drugstore or grocery store.
Now I will go into more detail about each product and step of my routine:
- Remove Makeup: I use a generic oil free makeup remover and a cotton pad to take off the hard to remove stuff like eye makeup. I also sweep it over the rest of my face to remove a bunch of makeup before moving on to my cleanser.
- Cleanse: I like to use gentle or hydrating cleansers on my skin. The Cetaphil cleanser does not foam up and is not drying. If you use a cleanser that is too harsh on dry skin, your skin will be parched and it will look flaky. Also, since cleanser is only on your skin for a short time, you really don’t benefit much from an expensive one. Just get one that won’t dry your skin out.
- Exfoliate: I use a chemical exfoliant that contains AHA, more commonly known as glycolic acid. I use a chemical exfoliant because it gently exfoliates by loosening dry, dead skin from the fresh skin. AHA also helps bring moisture to the surface of the skin. I don’t use a face scrub because most of those can be very harsh and can actually cause micro tears on your skin.
- Moisturize: I like to use pretty thick, heavy moisturizers, but not ones hat leave me feeling greasy. I really like the First Aid Beauty cream for this. It provides plenty of moisture but absorbs quickly and sits well under makeup.
- Eye Cream: I’m 25, so I’m starting to approach the age where “fine lines” and “crows feet” start to actually appear on the face. Eye cream is generally much heavier than a regular moisturizer to provide extra moisture and plumpness to the thin skin around the eyes. The CeraVe does that nicely for me. I only use this at night time though, because my concealer breaks up easily if I put this on underneath.
- SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN!!!! I wear sunscreen every day. Every day. Sunscreen is the single best anti-aging method out there. About 80% of visible aging is caused by sun damage. I apply under my makeup, on my neck and chest, hands, and any other skin exposed to the sun. If you wear sunscreen every day your skin will retain a youthful, fresh appearance for much longer than without it! I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen, $11. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t make me greasy and doesn’t leave a white cast.
So I hope this was helpful or informative to some of you! This is just my every day skin care. I own other products that I use weekly or as needed that are more intense, but this is the day to day stuff that I use that does most of the work! Feel free to leave questions below!