-My Day and Night Skincare Routine-
My skin type – I have dry/oily skin. I’m more oily in my T-zone and dry near the sides of my face.
First thing in the morning I use a scrub on my face; however, I do not use the same scrub every day. Once a week I use the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System. It makes my face a lot softer and helps remove what I feel like is excess rough spots (I’m sure some people can relate). This product is very intense, after using it my face is completely red. Using it more than once a week would be too much for me that’s why I use other products in the meantime. The Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System is made to help prevent wrinkles, cleanse pores, fight age spots, and increase firmness. The next day after using this product my face is glowing, it’s amazing. I highly recommend this product. It comes with 12 Rejuvenating Puffs and you can repurchase them. They are little circles pads that you press onto the Microdermabrasion Applicator. Once again, I only use it once a week. If your face is more intense than mine, then I recommend using it twice a week. It comes with better instructions, but this is how I use the product. You can buy it at Target, Walmart, or order it on Amazon. I paid around $18 for it. It’s super affordable and completely worth it.
Throughout the rest of the week I use DHC Facial Scrub. This is the best hand facial scrub I have every used and I have tried a lot of them. I use this product twice a week. It says use the product after cleansing your face, but I use it before because it makes more sense to me to scrub off the excess before actually cleansing your face. The product costs $17.50 and you can get it off their website or amazon.
In between the two scrubs I listed above, I use St. Ives Even and Bright in Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub. This scrub is not intense at all. It does have some beads in it and you can feel them, but it’s not an intense scrub. I use this scrub in-between the others because I don’t want to constantly deeply scrub my face, I want to let it rest; however, I still want something in the morning that I can feel exfoliating my face. There is a couple of different St. Ives scrubs you can use, but I chose the Even and Bright one because my goal is to have my skin texture even all over my face. I bought mine at Kroger (a grocery store), but you can buy it at many drug stores for around $3.
After scrubbing my face, I use the 3-Step Skin Type I/II set by Clinique. I skip the third step and use L’Oreal Hydrafresh Toner (using a cotton round to apply the product to my face). The toner is alcohol-free. It gently sweeps away dull, tired skin and is pro-vitamin B5, which helps protect against moisture loss, and it only costs around $6. After the toner, I use Clinique’s Superdefense daily defense moisturizer broad spectrum SPF20, only in the mornings. This product helps with UVA/UVB protection. It’s an all-day hydration that strengths your skins moisture. So, basically, I use this product to fight off radiation to help prevent any damage from the sun, which could cause skin damage, cancer, and aging of the skin. I bought this product at the Clinique stand at Macy’s for around $48.
At night, I use Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Crème. The directions do say to use day and night; however I just use it at night because I use the Clinique Superdefense for UVA/UVB protection for when I go out during the day. I know all of this sounds like a lot of products, but once you get in the habit of doing this you will fly through the process, and it’s completely worth it.
The first step in the Clinique 3-step set is to use the liquid facial soap in mild. It’s gentle on your face and does effective cleansing on individuals who are dry in the cheek area and oily in the T-Zone. That’s why I love this product. It’s like it was made for me. It goes great with my skin type. They have other sets for other skin types, just make sure you know what your skin type is before buying the set because they can be pretty expensive. You can get the set at Macy’s, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom. I got mine from Macy’s and it was around $66, because I got the travel set with it. I know it’s expensive, but I promise you it is worth your money. It has worked great for me and it lasts a long time. I have had mine for over a year now, and I’m just now getting to the bottom of the bottles. With this product, a little goes a long way.
The second step for the 3-step set is the clarifying lotion (dry combination). It’s a huge purple bottle and when you apply this to your face, you instantly get a refreshing feeling. The directions say it’s a non-drying exfoliator that gently removes dull, dry flakes to uncover skin that’s vibrant, glowing. It refines pores, smooths texture, helps skin accept moisture; and over time it helps your skin look and act healthier. This step, is my favorite step in the process. You can just feel the product working. I actually use this product in the middle of the day, if my face is feeling oily. It helps remove that feeling, and you can see the difference on your face.
At night, I do not use a scrub. Just the 3-Step Skin Type I/II set by Clinique. Before using the Estee Lauder Anti-Aging Crème (at night only), I use the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye Crème. Do not apply the eye crème after your facial crème. It kind of defeats the whole purpose, and if you use an acne spot treatment use that before adding any cremes as well.
I have really really really bad dark circles around my eyes. It’s genetic and I am still trying to find things to help make them go away. The Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye Crème, does reduce my darkness (which is better than nothing), but I still have to use a color corrector when doing my makeup. My makeup doesn’t always cover my dark circles, but when I use this product it helps reduce the darkness to where I able to cover these god-awful circles. I have noticed when I stop using this product my circles come back even dark, which goes to show that this product does help reduce black circles to a point. So, if you have light-ish dark circles (I’m sure you know what I mean by that), then I’m sure that this eye crème would work great for you. I got both the eye crème and ant-aging crème, with a serum (that I haven’t tried yet) in a set for $65 at Macy’s (click here for small set). I am literally down to my last bit of both products, and I will be purchasing the ant-aging crème again. However, I do want to find another product that can do more for me when it comes my dark circles. But, like I mentioned, if you have dark circles that aren’t too intense, this product will not fail you. The Estee Lauder Anti-Aging Crème for 1oz is $51.01 and the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye Crème in 0.5 fl oz is $60. I would buy the sample as a set, before buying them individually in a bigger oz. You will be able to see if the products work for you, and if it doesn’t you’ll save money.
This is just my routine that I wanted to share; just in case if someone has the same skin type/problems as me. All of my posts will be about products that did or did not work for me.
I hope this helps!