There are a lot of facial scrubs and cleansers out there that are targeted towards your acne-riddled teen years, but what happens when you outgrow those? Just like everything else in life, there’s no instruction manual. No “do this!” billboards as you go along (which would be super helpful BTW). But skin care is super important! Not only will it keep you radiant and beautiful as always, it can help to prevent any skin issues down the road.
Below, I have gathered what I use in my skin care routine, as well as how often I do each one.
Garnier Micellar Water ($6.99)
I have actually used this Micellar Water for a long time now and I absolutely love it. I’ve never been one for makeup remover wipes, so this is a great alternative. It gets all of my makeup off without leaving my skin oily like other removers did.
How often I use Makeup Remover: As needed
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($6.39)
I have been blessed with not having many acne issues, so I switched to a basic cleanser that does what it needs to do: clean my face.
How often I use Facial Cleanser: 1x a day
Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner ($9.95)
Not only does this stuff smell so fresh and clean, it makes your face feel that way too. I was a non-believer in toner for a while, until I stopped using it and kept getting annoying pimples. Once I began using this toner, I fell in love!
How often I use Toner: 1x a day
Target Brand Facial Moisturizer ($6.49)
The almighty moisturizer is probably one of the most important parts of a skincare routine, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it, especially in the New England winters. Make sure your moisturizer has SPF in it!!! That step is so-so-so crucial in keeping your skin healthy from the UV rays.
How often I use Facial Moisturizer: 1x a day
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($10.79)
So if you’ve got young, perfect skin, you probably don’t need to worry about eye cream. I, however, have been blessed (JK, cursed) with genetic dark circles that NEVER GO AWAY. The purpose of eye cream is to reduce lines, puffiness, and dark circles. I’ve been using this particle eye cream twice a day for a week and have yet to notice a difference but it is still early! I won’t knock it until at least a month in.
How often I use Eye Cream: 2x a day
St. Ives Coconut and Coffee Scrub ($3.59)
I love St. Ives!! I’ve used so many of their scrubs and masks, but I love this one because it is a deep exfoliator, meaning it really gets in there to get all the bad surface stuff off your face. The smell is kinda funky (and I’m a huge coffee and coconut person) but it doesn’t override the amazing results this scrub gives me.
How often I use a Scrub: 2x a week
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mask ($9.79)
If I’m not using a scrub, I’m using a clay mask. Masks are amazing because they make you feel like you’re at the spa in the comfort of your own home. This mask in particular has Kaolin, which a clay that reduces oil, but exfoliates and refines pores at the same time!
How often I use a Mask: 2x a week
Homemade (DIY tutorial here)
You can buy a facial oil, but you can also just as easily make your own the way you want to! Facial oil is good for all skin types, even oily because they help to balance your natural oil production. A few drops are all you need and I apply it before I go to bed so my skin has as much time as it needs to absorb the oil.
How often I use Facial Oil: 1x a week
Yes to Night Treatment Cream (on clearance $4.68)
I wasn’t much of a believer in night cream, until I actually used it. This beauty was on clearance and I figured, why not? I used it that night, and woke up to a glowing goddess in the mirror! I was hooked after the first night. Night cream moisturizes your face overnight, but is more heavy duty than a regular facial moisturizer. It helps to maintain a healthy complexion, minimize pores, and this one smelled like delicious grapefruit!
How often I use Night Cream: 3x a week
Below I have put together a schedule of what I do when to make it easier to understand.
What’s your skin care routine?