it's been a few months since i've shared my skincare routine, so i thought i'd let you in on a few new secrets that i've discovered. obviously, my skin is at its driest during the winter months. especially right around this time, since it's been winter for several months and still dry as the desert. pretty much every time i go to touch something, i see a little spark of electricity from my fingertip to said thing. my nails are 100% worthless and my back gets itchy when i stretch a certain way because my skin is screaming, 'MOISTURIZE ME'. so, that's where we're at.
i use a pretty healthy mix of drugstore and 'luxury' skincare products. i lean more heavily toward the drugstore side, but the couple of more expensive products i use have been skin-altering for me, so it's worth it.
every morning starts with cleansing my face with Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub. i have very sensitive skin and this is one of the few face washes i've found that actually feels like it's cleaning my face, while also not leaving it irritated, bumpy, or dry. so, it's a keeper. and it has the little beads, which i love the feeling of on my skin. i lather up on Vaseline's Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Moisturizer because it truly is intensive care. i can almost feel my skin just soaking it all up when i put it on and it lasts all day long. and smells amazing. for my face, i like to apply Covergirl Smoothers BB Cream as both my moisturizer and first layer of foundation (i dust powder foundation overtop). it moisturizes well and provides SPF protection. for lips, i love Vaseline Lip Therapy Original for moisture and longevity. a little goes a long way and lasts a long time.
my nighttime routine is pretty similar to my morning routine. i use Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser to remove all the dirt and grime of the day. if you lather it on long enough, you will start to feel it really cleaning out your pores and removing the junk. i moisturize using Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex because it is amazing. i've been using it for a couple months now and my skin is totally showing the difference. it's more clear, bright, and healthy looking than ever before. even during these dry months, it's moisturized and has a dewy look. i love it. i have the small container for travel and the large one is kept in my bathroom for my nightly routine. even though it is certainly not cheap, it does last a long time because you need just a little bit to cover your whole face and neck. for the results i've seen, it's worth every penny. interestingly, i received a free sample of the eye cream and it caused my skin to break out in a rash where it was applied. so, that's weird. lastly, i love Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask for nightly wear. it hydrates and softens my lips like a champ, and is still just as fresh when i wake up than when i went to sleep. it's sticky as all get out, so beware. but it does last all night.
on a pretty regular weekly basis, i treat my skin to some 'special' things. i love the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. it leaves my skin soft, bright, and clean. throwing it back to my middle school days, i still love Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips because it's a cheap thrill. i'm the gross human that likes to watch peeling the strip off with a magnifying mirror so i can see just what exactly is being pulled out of my skin. it's a cheap thrill. for Christmas, i received the little container of Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. i was anxious to try it since i'd heard good things about it. if you need ultra hydration, you should try this. you're basically just spreading hydration on your face when you apply it. it's thick and goes a long way. the first time i used it, i overestimated how much i needed and ended up with a very thick layer on my skin, which was a bad idea since it mostly ended up on my pillowcase by the next morning. i use far less these days, and just apply a thin layer to my entire face and neck before bed. i wake up with super-hydrated, dewy looking skin. it's worth a shot if you've been curious about it. even the small contained can last you quite some time!
so, that's that. my 'as of late' skincare routine. it's done well for me this winter so far, so here's hoping it continues to provide enough hydration to last!