A few weeks ago, a reader asked for an update on my skincare rituals. Many of you commented on the original post – so many fun and interesting product ideas!
I am now ~4 months and 2 Sephora orders into my current routine, so I figured I’d just provide an update.
- Mild (drugstore) cleanser in the shower (Cerave)
- Every couple of days — Ole Hendikson pore balance facial sauna scrub
- Vitamin C serum — I tried Drunk Elephant but ended up preferring Sunday Riley’s CEO. However, I am looking for a cheaper alternative (Any devotees of The Ordinary or specific recs?)
- Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue with SPF — I really like this product and have re-bought it!
- My usual fairly minimal makeup (eye shadow, mascara, SOMETIMES little lip stain, nothing crazy)
- Fresh Soy Cleanser
- Aesop B&T Toner (to remove last dregs of makeup and for extra clean feeling)
- Alternating use of Sunday Riley Good Genes (Lactic Acid) and Luna Face Oil (which contains Retinol). I find that every day is too often with this products, but every other feels right. This is good because they are $$$.
- Algenis eye cream (alternating with a Drunk Elephant Vitamin C eye cream sample which I do like, but am not sure I want to spring for long term!)
- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve moisturizer
I have gone from someone who only halfheartedly SOMETIMES removed my makeup to someone with an actual skin routine! I have missed a handful of days over the course of the last few months, but am otherwise pretty consistent.
And the results? I now get carded!
Just kidding. I don’t think I really look different. HOWEVER, I have been acne free since I started this, and that’s a big deal for me (~2 months ago I also started hormonal birth control pills to treat my PMDD, but even before that I was able to cycle without the usual painful zits that tended to pop up just in time to make my luteal phase THAT MUCH WORSE). My skin feels just . . . calmer and less inflamed, and more moisturized.
I have not seen much improvement in a couple of dark spots on my face (thought perhaps the Vitamin C would help, but I don’t see a difference). I also have not seen any real change in aging signs, although I will say the Good Genes tends to have a plumping quality so that my entire face seems to look a little better the mornings that I wear it overnight.
So, there you go. I am pretty happy with the routine. With respect to cost, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how long some of these products have lasted, even with daily use. The full size Fresh moisturizer and cleanser have lasted since I got them in September and still appear to have at least a month left, so that’s pretty impressive. My Aesop toner has also lasted months. The Sunday Riley products I bought were sample size (bought the same kit twice) and only last a month with daily use. I do really like the Good Genes and Luna though, so I am probably going to invest in the full sizes. Eventually. Unless someone has some great DUPE suggestions.
So what’s the point of all this? I like my routine! I like the changes in my skin (even if subtle) and the feeling of self-care that comes from following it. It only takes a few minutes, but I feel like it has a small but significant positive role in my day. Therefore, it will stay.
(On a tangentially-related note – I was asked about my manicures and how long they last and whether I’ve considered gels / powder dip. I find that my nails are passable for about 1 week — a small chip or two may develop, but they still look reasonably good until that ~7 day mark. I am not interested in gels/powder . . . just seems like too much!)
((There was a great Forever 35 episode recently with Chemist Confessions! I really enjoyed hearing their scientifically minded thoughts on the skincare industry and product development.))