Where did the spring go? Since being in lockdown, it seems like the days have all run together. As we adjust to the new normal, for now, and start getting out more, our skin will be exposed to the sun, heat, and hot days. A simple skincare routine will help keep skin glowing. Keep reading for the step by step routine.
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The first step is always cleansing. I start by removing eye makeup. Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover is awesome. It instantly dissolves mascara plus it doesn’t leave an oily residue.
The next step is removing makeup and sunscreen. Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil does an excellent job of removing both.
I use a double cleansing method, so the next step is a cleanser. I like a gentle cleanser like Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Because of the treatment products I use, my skin is sensitive. This product is dermatologist-developed to cleanse even dry and sensitive skin.
After that, while my skin is damp-dry, I apply moisturizer on my entire face and neck. I’m still using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. It’s for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. You can read about it in my earlier post. This bottle of lotion has lasted a long time. It gives my skin a supple silky feeling without being greasy.
The skin around my eyes is dryer than the rest of my facial skin so eye cream is a must. LaRoche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Yeux/Eyes is a lightweight formula that I wear morning and evening. It’s formulated with shea butter and Niacimidime.
A good glycolic/lactic acid treatment is necessary because it exfoliates dead skin cells, and helps skin care products absorb better. The Ordinary 10% lactic acid serum has a reasonable price point. I use it several nights a week. When I use this product, I apply it before the moisturizer.
Tretinoin cream is the gold standard for anti-aging skin treatments. I use a pea-sized amount of it on my face and neck on alternates night as the lactic acid serum. This is a prescription product from a dermatologist.
Here’s the thing though, it requires an adjustment and time to get used to. The side effects may be irritated dry and flaking skin.
If you want an effective, milder, over-the-counter treatment try Cerave Skin Renewing Retinol Serum. This product contains encapsulated retinol combined with the skin-loving ingredients ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to reduce wrinkles.
I think good skincare with inexpensive options is very doable. Consistently using the right products for my skin is key. I switch out moisturizers and cleansers sometimes and like to try new products, but the basic routine stays the same, cleanse, moisturize, and treatment.
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