My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

Product reviews, Skin, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
OK, no more safety talk. I hope that if you choose to experiment in skincare, you’ll do your own research and find what seems realistic for your skin and lifestyle. I’ve found that there’s a lot of experimentation involved, sometimes at the expense of your wallet. Here’s an overview of my routine now. https://youtu.be/J2h36yQgKLQ Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry Vitamin C serum (Optional) Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser Retinol - wait 30-40 minutes Hydrating serum Moisturizer Eye cream (Optional) Spot treatment Tuesday/Thursday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry BHA - at least wait for it to dry, but aim for a 15-25 minute wait Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser AHA…
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How to Use Skincare Actives

How to Use Skincare Actives

Tutorials and Tips
Howdy! In my last post, we talked about the importance of SPF and moisturizing, different types of skincare actives, and why the pH of your skincare products is important. Before we jump into part 2, I want to remind you that I’m not a dermatologist or esthetician, and you should talk to your doctor or a skincare expert if you have specific questions about your skin. Adding actives to my skincare routine was time-consuming and full of learning experiences, but my new routine has made my skin extremely stable. I get fewer breakouts, my skin feels more comfortable and moisturized, and I’m much more comfortable wearing light or no foundation. My skin glows. My skin just after applying retinol I can’t promise that your skin will be perfect if you…
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My New Skincare Addiction

Musings, Skin, Tutorials and Tips
I have a confession to make. I fell into an internet rabbit hole. I enjoy finding random blogs and scrolling through Tumblr and Reddit. Somehow, I found the subreddit Skincare Addiction, and let me tell you, it is certainly an addiction. It started innocently: I started reading the information in the sidebar. A month ago, I considered myself to be mildly interested and educated in the world of skincare. Ha. The more I read, the more I realized I knew nothing. Skincare is truly a science, and companies hide it behind words like "brightening," "deep-cleansing," and "renewing." It turns out these words often mean much more than they seem. Chemical exfoliation is a huge topic in the subreddit, and I'd somehow never looked into it despite having used Stridex and…
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Updated Skincare Routine

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Videos
I got a video request a while ago to do an updated skincare routine, and I finally got it together! The video is a quick high-level of what I'm using in the morning and at night. I'll be spending this post giving a little more detail about all these products. https://youtu.be/I0NlolQCXz8 I had a lot of fun making this video, and I hope you enjoyed it! Now let's talk details... A.M. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera - I picked this up when I ran out of my Mario Badescu toner, and I'm really liking it so far. It doesn't irritate my skin, and it gets all the oil off my skin from sleeping. Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Fusion Treatment Toner - I had this sample…
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Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Hey, everyone! I've had a crazy time lately, just trying to get my last month of grad school (!!!) in order. Anyway, after my Clarisonic review last time, I got a couple of requests for a skincare routine. So, here's my current skincare routine, both morning and night! And yeah, I couldn't give up the opportunity to use that ugly screencap as my thumbnail photo for this video... and this post. Whoops! :D I am in no way saying that I've found the perfect products of life and that I'm set on this routine forever. This is just what I've been doing lately, and I've generally been very happy with it. It doesn't mean I'm not willing to take suggestions if you know of better products! I hope you find this…
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