Several folks have asked what my skin care routine is, especially on the days when my skin is looking great. Through my Petit Vour subscription, I've been able to try a lot of different cruelty-free products. A number of the companies making these products also place importance on natural and sustainable ingredients responsibly sourced, so I feel good about using them and my skin looks good from using them.
I've got combination skin that tends to be on the dry side coming out of the shower, but can get oily throughout the day. However, I've found using oil based and moisturizing products have helped balance out the oilyness.
Here's what my go-to products are:
(I don't have affiliate links, so this is what I regularly pay for and use)
I don't often wear make-up, so my cleansing routine on a daily basis tends to be quick. I just rub on my oil cleanser before I hop in the shower and let the steam help open pores and soften the skin, then wipe off with a damp warm washcloth. Other days, when I've gone heavy with the make-up, I'll use a make-up remover and oil cleanser before I go to bed.
1. Make-up remover: SW Basics Make-up Remover - Love this stuff for heavy duty make-up removal. It's incredibly effective on water-proof mascara. Yes, it's an oil, but don't be scared! I take about a teaspoon in my hands, rub it all over my face to loosen the make-up and then use a damp washcloth to wipe it all off. You're gonna wanna dedicate a few washcloths to this effort since, sometimes, the make-up stains. I'm currently out of this stuff, otherwise I'd totally have a picture up here. I'm using coconut oil instead, which isn't as luxurious as the SW Basics remover.
2. Cleanser: Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow + Geranium Oil Cleanser - I've become a big fan of oil cleansers, even in the humid summer! It's gentle and kinda luxurious feeling to rub oil all over your face. Once I've massaged in a healthy amount (about 1 teaspoon is good for me), I soak a washcloth in hot water (not scalding hot) and then place it on my face for about 30 seconds until it cools off. This is supposed to help bring the sebum to the surface. I then gently wipe off all the excess oil.
TONING & MOISTURIZING
Despite my routine involving 3 steps, it's not time consuming and I'm left with really well moisturized and supple looking skin. I will warn you though, that some days I go a little heavy with the serum and my skin can look a little oily for an hour or so until it totally soaks in. If I'm short on time, I'll just blot it a little with a tissue. I don't want to remove too much because it's sooo good for my skin.
3. Toner: Hana Skincare Gentle Toner - I have to admit, the delivery bottle is crappy, it doesn't really spray a fine mist because the toner is a little on the thicker side. I often pump a bit of it onto my hands and spread it on my skin. I stop once I feel like I got a good thin film on my skin, but it's not totally absorbed yet. This will be important for the next step. I love this because it doesn't dry out my skin and doesn't feel sticky.
4. Serum: Apoterra Rose Nourishing Serum - This stuff feels like a lightweight oil. I only need about 4 -5 drops in my hands and then I first press it onto my skin, then spread it. The thin film of toner I left behind helps this serum spread easier. On some days, I stop here, but most days I go one step further.
5. Tinted CC Cream: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream - This might sound intense, but it's hands-down the best tinted moisturizer I've ever tried. It spreads on evenly and becomes invisible on my skin. I don't feel like I'm wearing any kind of foundation, but it really does help even out my skin tone and even minimizes my rosy cheeks. There are a lot of other benefits to this CC cream that I love, especially since I'm not getting any younger.
That's it. That's what I do on a daily basis. Sometimes, I'll adjust or experiment with things here and there, but I always return to these staples. Every now and then, I need a good exfoliation to help smooth out my skin. I've been experimenting with a homemade scrub using ground espresso and coconut oil that I'll post about later if it continues to be successful. I'll also throw on a mask every now and then. I haven't found a favorite yet, but that's why I love Petit Vour's subscription boxes.
While my skin-care routine might not be right for everyone, I encourage you to try different products. You need to give them time to work and your skin to adjust. I usually give it a month before I decide my skin doesn't respond to it. Sometimes I even go through a bad patch before my skin normalizes, so don't give up.
Let me know what you use and why you love it. I'm always willing to try new stuff.