So, I’m not going to post photos with this, because I have no desire to go and take them, but I am going to post links to all of the products listed, because someone might find this useful.
I am not a skincare expert. In fact, I’m probably shitty at it, because I don’t go out in the sun and therefore don’t have a lot of visible signs of aging, so skincare was never high up on my list of concerns. However, I do realize that I won’t be that lucky forever, so I am trying to make more of an effort to take care of my skin. Also, I work at night, so I sleep during the day, so my night/morning routine is going to be different from most people’s, because I do the morning routine before I go to bed.
So, at night, before I go to work, this is how it usually goes. In the shower, I wash my face using a Foreo Luna Mini and First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. I’ve been using the Foreo Luna Mini every day since I got it, in January or February this year, and I don’t regret buying it at all. It’s a gentle way to feel like you’re getting a deeper clean when you wash your face, without scrubbing at it with a brush. The vibration is actually helpful in other ways, as well, because I am prone to ear and sinus infections, and if my ears ducts or sinuses feel plugged, letting the Luna vibrate over them for a moment while I’m washing my face helps relieve the pressure. I’ve only been using the First Aid cleanser for about a month, but it’s really good at making my face less oily.
After I completely gotten dressed and ready, my face is the last thing I take care of before I leave. I tone, make sure to apply lip and eye treatments, and then moisturize. I don’t wear makeup to work, so my main concern is making sure that my bare skin is as hydrated as possible. For toner, I have started using Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner by Origins. I honestly don’t know yet how much I like it, because I have only been using it for a short time, but it does have some aspects that I’m not thrilled with. It’s a little drying, and I don’t like the bottle opening, because it’s very large and I feel like that makes it too easy to pour out more than you need when you’re putting it on a cotton pad.
For a lip and eye treatment, I’m currently using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream on my eyes and my lips. It moisturizes and has hyaluronic acid in it, but it absorbs quickly, since it’s a gel-cream, so I don’t have to worry about it getting in my eyes if I get sweaty, which is why I like to use it before I go to work. I put it under my eye, in the outer corners, toward the temple, and on my brow bone. I also use it on my lips, since it’s hydrating and gentle, and then, on top of that, as an outer layer to lock in the moisture, I use Jack Black lip balm.
After all that, I put on my go-to moisturizer, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, which, again, moisturizes and has hyaluronic acid in it. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t sit on the skin, so I don’t have to worry about, again, having it get in my eyes or mouth when I get sweaty.
Lastly, if I have any blemishes, I’ll dot on some Clean and Clear spot gel, which isn’t the best spot gel, ever, but it’s clear, so I can wear it while working without worrying about it being visible. I use a more visible and more effective spot treatment at home, but we’ll get to that.
Then I throw on my glasses, wash my hands, grab my lunch box and purse, say goodbye to my cats, and head out the door.
When I get home in the morning, I usually wash my hands and take my medication first thing, because one of them is Ambien and it usually takes me a while to wind down, so the sooner I take it, the sooner I can go to sleep. Then, after I eat/do oral care/change into my pjs, I go see what needs doing with my face. Since I don’t wear makeup to work and I deep cleanse before I go to work, I don’t need to do a lot of cleansing when I get home, so I just give my face a thorough going-over with either a Simple Micellar wipe or some Garnier’s Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad. Then I tone again, with the same toner as above.
For facial treatments, I’m currently using Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair eye cream on my eye area and Neutrogena Ageless Intense Deep Wrinkle serum on the rest of my face. I don’t actually have any wrinkles, deep or otherwise, but they both contain Retinol, so it’s a better safe than sorry kind of situation, as I’m hoping to prevent wrinkles later on. I also like to put Dr. Brandt Pore Thing on my nose, since it’s supposed to tighten pores, but as it’s apparently also been discontinued, I won’t be able to use it anymore when I run out, so it will probably not be part of my routine for much longer.
As far as moisturizing goes, if my face doesn’t feel very dry, I’ll go ahead and use Neutrogena Hydro Boost again, but if it does seem kind of dry, I like to slather it with GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment, which doesn’t absorb quickly and has a thicker consistency, since it’s supposed to be worn as a mask, so it stays on while I’m sleeping, probably until it rubs off on my pillow. Sometimes the area where the skin of my nose comes together with my face (which, what do you even call that?) gets a little dry, so I’ll dab some Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil or some Josie Maran Argan Oil right in those little crevices and let them marinate. I usually put on some kind of moisturizing lip balm before going to bed, but I don’t always do it, especially if my lips don’t feel particularly dry.
Lastly, but not leastly, if I have any blemishes, I am using the Kate Somerville Eradikate spot treatment for them. The acne fighting ingredient in it is sulfur, so it smells really terrible, and it’s a pink color, like calamine lotion, so it’s not something you can wear on your face if you plan on going anywhere. It works, though. You just dab on some of the treatment with a q-tip, and your blemishes look much better when you wake up. I’m trying to make sure I use it on spots as soon as I see them, to keep me from having things to pick at on my face. Picking at your face makes everything worse, but as a former self-injurer and a fidgety nail-biter, I have the hardest time keeping myself from doing it.
A couple of times a week, I try to do facial masks and pore strips. My favorite masks are GlamGlow ones, SUPERMUD and YOUTHMUD, for clearing and exfoliating, respectively. However, as neither of these is cheap, I was giving L’Oreal’s new line of masks a try. I was using what I thought might be roughly analogous to the GlamGlow ones, the Detox & Brighten mask in place of SUPERMUD and the Exfoliate & Refine mask in place of YOUTHMUD. They both seemed more drying than the GlamGlow masks and they both have really strong smells. Detox & Brighten isn’t so bad. It smells kind of like magazine paper, and I actually like the way magazine paper smells. Exfoliate & Refine, however, has a really strong citrus-y chemical cleanser smell, and wearing it for the required ten minutes honestly messes with my asthma. Fortunately for me, Hautelook had a sale on GlamGlow recently, so I have managed to restock my stores of SUPERMUD, YOUTHMUD, and THIRSTYMUD. The L’Oreal masks are a decent cheap alternative, though, if you aren’t asthmatic or averse to strong smells.
I also use Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Vacuum Cleaner, if the pores on my nose are bothering me and I want to do a quick degunk, because it’s a thin formula without any kind of clay, so it dries quickly, doesn’t need to sit for that long on your face, and is easy to wash off. I don’t use it as often as SUPERMUD, though.
For pore strips, I like to use them after I’ve masked, because I feel like the mask makes the stuff in the pores more likely to come out, and the hot water I used to wash the mask off has helped steam my pores open. Obviously, I use Biore pore strips, because when it comes to ripping solidified oil out of your pores with glue, there’s no point in buying anything fancier. I tried Boscia pore strips once, and it was just a waste of money, because they didn’t work any better than Biore.
So, on a mask day, it’s cleanse, tone, mask, wash off mask, pore strip, treatments, moisturizer. It’s really time consuming, so I usually try do it on days when I have free time.
Aaaaand that’s what I do to my face.
Unless I’m feeling crazy, and then I can’t be bothered to do ANY of it. But that’s a tale for another time.