Skincare Routine for Healthy Beautiful Skin

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I’m so happy about finally creating this post because I love to share what works and with my background in working in dermatology I feel like this is a great guide for everyone. This is a long post but super informative!

I believe that a simple skin care routine is always best. Keeping a routine that works for your skin is very important to find. I wanted to write about my skin care routine because I have found what works and the ingredients that are in these products are what the skin needs to be at its healthiest. This can be accomplished with other skin care lines so this is a great guide for anyone wanting to establish their skin care routine. There are some tweaks here and there that some people could need but these are the basics to skin that is combination or normal. Acne prone skin would definitely benefit from this guide but if it is a more serious case of acne than a retinol would be advised to add in or any other products that will help keep those pimples away. Some times acne can also be hormonal so it would be treated differently but most of these ingredients would also apply on that daily regime. Please contact a dermatologist at that point.

Below I’ll go over my day and nighttime routine. I’ll first explain the main ingredients and then I’ll go in to detail about what each product does and how it benefits the skin. I will also have a guide on what days and the order I use each product.

To start of my day, I just rinse my skin in the morning, I do not wash it because I don’t use any skincare products with silicones in it or any other unnecessary ingredients that are used as fillers into the formulation. Then I apply a total of 5 skin care products that do these 5 things:

  • Vitamin C to protect my skin like a shield

  • Hyaluronic acid in a serum form to hydrate my skin from within

  • Eye serum that is lightweight and super hydrating (the under eye area is the driest)

  • A lightweight cream that is also hydrating to lock it all in

  • SPF is the most important and it needs to be used everyday

These are the best day time ingredients to keep skin glowing all day and to maintain healthy skin.

Moving on to night time, I wash my face with a calming gentle cleanser if I don’t have any make up on, I use the Honest Beauty Magic Gel to Milk Cleanser. If I have makeup on, I first remove it with a biodegradable makeup wipe, I use the Derma E hydrating makeup wipes or I use a cleansing oil. Then I wash my face with a purifying cleanser, I use the Drunk Elephant Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser. I also pair up my Jelly cleanser with my Foreo to really get in those pores and keep them clean. For my skin care products, I alternate between products and some times it changes depending on what my skin needs but mainly the order I use is listed below under the night time routine section of this post. I have a total of 5 skin care products but use 3-4, since some alternate. These are the 5 main benefits of these products:

  • Anti-aging serum that will penetrate deep into the skin layers

  • Niacinamide to help clear out and minimize pores (this product is also amazing for acne prone skin to help prevent breakouts)

  • Eye cream that is not clogging and will help brighten the under eye area

  • Facial oil to seal it all in and bring in plant nutrients to the skin

  • AHA & BHA serum that helps unclog pores

All of the products I use do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, fragrance, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs. They are clean skin care lines without toxins. Non of these lines are tested on animals. All vegan.

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MORNING ROUTINE

DRUNK ELEPHANT - C FIRMA DAY SERUM

A super potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes. Antioxidant complex of l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid and vitamin E, plus other formula-supportive enzymes and antioxidants. Has a pH level of 3.3.

*Stays active on skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed or rubbed off.

*The vitamin C in this formula is stable.

Benefits:

  • Neutralizes pollution

  • Neutralizes environmental stressors

  • Neutralizes damaging effects of free radicals

  • Firms and brightens the skin

  • Improves signs of photo-aging

  • Replenishes lipids

  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles

DRUNK ELEPHANT - B HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATING SERUM

Ultra-hydrating serum that replenishes the complexion and improves the look of skin tone and texture. Formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide. Formulation is biocompatible (easily penetrates skin). Lightweight serum with a pH of 5.7.

*Delivers steady hydration throughout the day.

Benefits:

  • Maintains healthy skin barrier

  • Diminishes dullness

  • Prevents dryness

  • Improves appearance of fine lines

  • Promotes brighter skin

DRUNK ELEPHANT - SHABA COMPLEX EYE SERUM

A satin eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes resulting a rested, more youthful appearance. Contains potent doses of black tea ferment, copper peptides, a combination of edelweiss stem cells, niacinamide, and Co-Q10.

Benefits:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging

  • Reduces fine lines

  • Smooths skin

  • Protects from environmental aggressors

  • Protects against sun damage

  • Helps fade age spots

HONEST BEAUTY - HYDROGEL CREAM

This moisture-release cream has 2 types of hyaluronic acid and Squalane. After application it creates that gorgeous glass skin finish.

*Squalane is the second ingredient! This ingredient is naturally derived and it’s amazing at keeping the skin barrier protected and hydrated.

Benefits:

  • Protects skin’s outer layer

  • Creates firmer and smoother skin

  • Creates a dewy and supple complexion

  • Reduces fine lines

AVENE - BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50

This 100% mineral sunscreen has a daily broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a lightweight lotion. Formulated with powerful antioxidants and soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water. This formula is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, calming on sensitive skin, water-resistant up to 80 minutes, lightweight formula with a natural skin finish, chemical free, reef safe, octinoxate-free and oxybenzone-free (chemicals), and FSA approved.

*Non-toxic formula with only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens have been proven to go into our plasma and they don’t know what the long term effects are.

*Non-toxic for our environment, save for coral reefs and fish because it doesn't have any chemicals. It has been proven that chemical sunscreens are killing what is left of our coral reefs.

Benefits:

  • Protects skin from damaging sun rays

  • Prevents premature wrinkles

  • Prevents sun spots

  • Prevents dryness

  • Prevents dehydration of skin

THE ROUTINE

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

  • C Firma Day Serum / B Hydra Intensive Hydrating Serum / Shaba Complex Eye Serum / Hydro Gel Cream / SPF 50

NIGHT ROUTINE

ALASTIN - RESTORATIVE SKIN COMPLEX

This is the holy grail of all anti-aging products. I find that it isn’t talked about on youtube or any social media platform but it’s one of the best products within the dermatology world. I work at a dermatologist office and the science behind this product blows my mind. To keep this short, this formula clears out old collagen and elastin and produces new healthy collagen and elastin, it also thickens the outer layer of our skin.

Benefits:

  • Builds collagen & alastin fibroids

  • Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen

  • Restores volume & plumps up skin

  • Improves fine lines & wrinkles

  • Contains potent antioxidants

  • Evens out skin tone

THE ORDINARY - NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1%

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and one of the most stable ingredients in skincare with a pH of around neutral. It’s easily absorbed by the outer layer of the skin and keeps our acid mantle healthy.

Benefits:

  • Evens out skin tone & texture

  • Restores hydration

  • Improves skin barrier

  • Controls sebum production

  • Minimizes large pores

  • Reduces hyperpigmentation & age spots

  • Reduces redness & rosacea

  • Promotes collagen

  • Improves skin elasticity

DRUNK ELEPHANT - C TANGO MULTIVITAMIN EYE CREAM

This eye cream is full of potent antioxidants, replenishing ceramides, plant oils and soothing actives, all designed to refresh and restore a radiant appearance. This formula includes eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract.

Benefits:

  • Restores the skins barrier

  • Brightens the under eyes

  • Firms and strengthens the skin

DERMA E - RADIANT GLOW FACE OIL

A rich emollient oil formulated with skin-loving antioxidants to help nourish and deeply moisturize skin. It has a mixture of jojoba, argan, and sea buckthorn oils.

Benefits:

  • Keeps skin hydrated without it feeling oily

  • Renews skin tone and texture

  • Plumps and smooths skin

DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM

An AHA/BHA night serum that refines and resurfaces skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion. Has a blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids, and blended with raspberry extract. Ideal pH level of 3.8.

*Chemically exfoliates without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization.

Benefits:

  • Resurfaces dull skin

  • Helps with appearance of pores

  • Gets rid of excess oiliness

  • Reduces discoloration

  • Reduces lines and wrinkles

THE ROUTINE

MONDAY WEDNESDAY

  • Restorative Skin Complex / C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream / Radiant Glow Face Oil

TUESDAY THURSDAY SATURDAY

  • Niacinamide / C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream / Radiant Glow Face Oil

FRIDAY

  • Restorative Skin Complex / C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream / Radiant Glow Face Oil mixed with T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

SUNDAY

  • Face mask of my choice, it all depends on my skins needs!

  • Restorative Skin Complex / C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream / Radiant Glow Face Oil