Today I wanted to walk you through what I do once a week (usually) to keep my skin clear and glowy. If you’ve been following along with my journey for a while, you know my skin has gone through quite the transformation. If you want to see my whole breakdown of how I managed to clear my skin, check I did a blog post on it a few months ago that you can read here. However, since then I’ve also developed a routine that I like to do once a week if I have some free time on my hands. Usually, I do this on Sunday night since that’s when I’m usually relaxing at home and have some time to give my skin some TLC. I always do it in the order below, which was recommended to me by my dermatologist, so I recommend you do the same! Let me give you the run down!
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My first step is always a face mask. I change these up sort of often depending on what I feel like my skin needs, but my go-to is usually the Shea Moisture radiance mud mask ($16). And I’ll leave this on for at least 20 minutes, but usually longer since I’ll just keep it on while I’m working, watching something on tv, or making dinner.
Wash My Face
Once my face mask is ready to come off I take as much of it off as I can with just warm water and then I wash my face. As of right now, my go-to face wash is the Bioclarity Cleanse Face Wash ($10). It’s all natural and so I just really trust it on my skin.
LED Light Mask
Next up I get to play with one of my favorite skincare tools, my Neutrogena LED Light Mask ($30). This is another tool that is so easy to just throw on and continue whatever you’re doing, which I love. Using this is like getting a super expensive skin treatment, but at home, and for way less. AKA it’s awesome! And don’t worry, there’s no UV lights or harmful chemicals involved at all, so it’s totally safe and totally awesome.
Toner, Serums, Eye Cream, & Moisturizer
Once I’ve finished with my mask we can run through the rest of this routine pretty quickly. I use my Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner ($18) all over my face. Then I apply my Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85) which I’m obsessed with and smells ah-mazing. And then I go in with my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye treatment eye cream ($48) to get my dark circles lightened and moisturized. And of course, lastly, I have to moisturize. My skin is dry as the desert, so it’s super important for me to take care of that. I use a Clean & Clear moisturizer ($7) all over my face and my Glossier Balm dotcom ($30) for my lips.
Retinol & Face Oil
Retinol is a new addition to my skincare routine, but I’m looooving it. it has so many great benefits for your skin like reducing and preventing wrinkles, unclogging pores to help with acne, and evening out your skin tone. Seriously, every single person should be using retinol on their skin every single day. I use the Ole Henriksen Retin ALT Sleeping Cream ($55) which lasts forever and smells so great. And then for face oil - don’t run away people with oily skin! Face oils aren’t the type of oil that your skin produces and won’t clog your pores or make your skin more oily. It just helps to moisturize your skin and shrink those your pores! I don’t use face oil on the daily, but usually about three times a week for a deeper moisturizer.
That’s almost everything I put on my skin, so I like to grab my roller and make sure all the products sink in together deep into my skin. I own two rollers - the Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Facial Roller ($69) and a pink quartz roller ($28). Both are great, but my Nurse Jamie one is new, so that’s what I’ve been reaching for the most lately. These are great for getting your lymphatic system moving which can help to reduce puffiness in your face as well as increase your circulation to reduce fine lines! These are probably a total fad, but I’m buying in for now at least.
And then, of course, you can’t forget to spot treat if you have any breakouts. I’m still using the old faithful, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17). It works wonders on my skin and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who has regular breakouts. It will seriously change everything.
And that’s the whole routine! Yes, it’s totally a lot. And that’s why I do it once a week, or sometimes less. I don’t know that putting this much product on your skin every single day is a great idea (it probably depends on your skin type). However, treating your skin with extra care once a week is great and I’ve seen awesome results from kick-starting my weeks this way. As always, you should talk to your dermatologist about what will work best for you to make sure you’re getting the best results for what your skin needs!