March 5, 2011

What is your skincare routine?

I have most skin care basics down, but when it comes to actual product use I am one of those quick and easy kind of girls (get your minds out of the gutter people) - Every few weeks I'll run into Wal-Mart or Target (or Rossman's here in Germany) and replace my Clearasil wash and moisturizer.

In preparation for our big wedding shin dig, to cross some thing off of my 30 before 30 list and out of fear that this will be me on the left in ten years:

I am ready to put on my big girl panties and delve into a big girl skin care routine. 

I have pretty decent skin - I get a couple of monthly inevitable pimples on my chin and forehead - but I (think?) I'm beginning to see some lines and discoloration developing, too. Is this possible at 25? I still pull all nighters and baked in my first tanning bed when I was a freshman in high school, so yes, it probably is.

I'm on a mission to find some type of program with a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, and a SPF day time moisturizer - maybe an under eye something or another, too. I want that glow back! I've googled and received 'information overload' so I would love some real life suggestions from my readers. What works for you? What hasn't worked in the past? What was a waste of money or is an amazing deal?  I'm partial to going the Clinique route, but I am open to any and all suggestions that you have. 

In exchange for product suggestions, I'm going to 'pay it forward' and leave some easy skin care tips that I follow for the girls out there who have no idea where to start:

No brainer, right? But many of us, myself included, don't drink enough water throughout the day. Pure water is instead replaced with fancy coffee in the morning, soda and smoothies in the afternoon, and alcohol at night. Water is the first and foremost essential part of having radiant skin so DRINK UP!

'Nuff said. I'm guilty and you are too. Make an investment in yourself and purchase a moisturizer with SPF in it. I cut back on my tanning sessions over the years, but I'm also a huge believer in the necessity of getting some Vitamin D - it's just important to limit yourself. We all know that the sun is the leading cause of skin damage and melanoma even though its 90someodd million miles away, so stop to think about what kind of damage those UV lights are doing just inches away from your skin the next time you want to tan five days in a row.

You know it's a huge 'no no' to sleep with your makeup on, so why wash off your face just to replace your foundation with cream? Your skin is hard at work and fully capable of regenerating itself on its own while you sleep - plus, "Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Use of nighttime moisturizers signals the sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin. Over time, skin becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear "normal." - Dr. Hauschka

Brutus is constantly in our bed (we're bad fur parents, I know), TJ uses my pillow for his pre-game naps, and I have my own weirdo body oils, dirt picked up from the apartment or other random things that just feast while I sleep. Clean your bedsheets in hot water at least once a week. Or be OCD like me and do it twice. Your skin will thank you.

I clean my cell phone every day with baby wipes. It's a bacterial breeding ground. Think about the time you split between checking Facebook and texting with your fingers to then have your phone glued to the side of your face. I guarantee if you look in the little crevices around your screen and numbers you will find all kinds of makeup, dirt, and who knows what else. Yuck.
I just started doing this two days ago. It's a no brainer really, so sorry if I bore you with my newfound enlightenment. Scenario: You wash all kinds of dirt, makeup and grime off of your face at night, place the wash cloth on the towel rack or end of the sink to dry, and wake up in the morning to repeat the same routine --- only this time you're reapplying all of that nasty bacteria (and then some) back onto your face. It sounds annoying, but use a new wash cloth every time you wash your face. They have cheap-o wash cloths at the dollar store, so you have no excuses!


  1. I use Decleor Tonifying lotion and Aroma Cleansing gel morning/evening for cleansing and then for moist during daytime I either use Decleor or Biotherm. For night its Clarins 100% natural aroma oil..When you are like me in the 30 something stage its ALL about the first sign of aging and the best way of hiding them:)))


    I live for Dermalogica products. They have so many different options so your able to find the right products for your skin type. They also have starter kits for each line so you can test the products before you spend a lot of money on something you might not like.

    I started with the MediBac Clearing and am in the middle of switching to the AGE smart to get a head start on the aging!

  3. None of the moisturizing creams out there suit my skin which is a pain coz it tends to get very dry overnight at the corners of my mouth. Vaseline is my only solace.
    Cleansing and toning were once a part of my daily routine but my dermatologist advised me against it; it wasn't doing anything for me. So it's back to facewash and Vaseline, my companions since high school :)
    I've been told by a friend who studied dermatology that all we require is a gentle facewash for daily use and exfoliation once or twice a month. More importantly, she said it's not what you put on your face, but what you eat that makes the real difference. Leafy greens are a must in anyone's diet, not just for the health factor but for your skin too.
    Hope you get your glow back :)

  4. I did not know that about Night Moisturizers, but it makes sense!
    And yes unfortunately, we are not too young to start seeing this. Can't wait for a facelift one day, haha. No, I am sure you are the only one who can see anything :)

  5. ohh, I love this post! Skin care routines are such an inevitible nuisance in life :( I personally use Clinique... I don't think you can go wrong there :) They have so many different products and for all different skin types. Plus they have all of the extra little eye creams, SPF lotions, color neutralizers, etc. and they work well. It's good quality but not ridiculously expensive. Just remember, whatever you choose to go with, give it 2 months (1 at the very least) for your skin to adjust!

    I've pretty much given up tanning altogether... I've been cutting back more and more each year and I can honestly say that I'm 6 months "clean" ;) I love having that tan glow, but I've decided it's just not worth it. I get my vitamin D elsewhere, any time the sun is out I make sure to get out for a bit, and have even tried the sun light lamps (they're very popular in Finland because it is so dark during the winter) a time or two. I haven't been using any sunless tanner this year, but I have in the past and have several friends that do-- it's amazing how far the products have come from that orangy oompa loompa stuff a few years back!

    Loved your tips also- there are just so many simple things that can be done that a lot of people over look! I see a noticable difference when I eliminate soda, drink more water & wash the sheets more frequently... and the night cream thing was very interesting! Great tips, thanks KY! :)

  6. oh, and I have to give you one other word of warning, just because I wish someone would have told me. If you're taking birth control, I highly suggest weaning yourself slowly or something (when you decide it's time to go off, of course)... I stopped taking my pills last June (after like 6 years of taking them) and my skin has not been the same ever since!!! It's gotten much better... but I almost NEVER got breakouts before, even prior to starting BC... now they come out to play a little too frequently :(

  7. I never thought about putting the moisturizer on at night causing your skin to be even drier. Wow. I'm glad I don't most nights, and go to bed with just a clean face! and the washcloths...guilty. I'll fix that. Great post!

  8. Best thing I ever did was start using retin-A when I was in my late 20's. My dermatologist prescribed it originally for acne, but I have used it faithfully for the last 10 years. No one ever guesses I am almost 40. I use baby shampoo to remove my mascara which is about the only makeup I wear.

  9. I'm with you. Glad you wrote about this because I've been searching for something too. I've used Proactive for a few years now, and I am really happy with it, but I'm not sure it's beneficial in terms of "aging" and all that. Can't wait to read future comments here! Botox, anyone? Just kiddin'.

  10. To be completely honest, I usually wash my face with my body wash in the shower and be done with it. All through high school and the past 4 years I maybe had 2 pimples. Then I had 2 kids 10 1/2 months apart, am coming up on my 24th birthday in 2 days.... and everything has changed. My skin is horrible, I have yet to find anything that seems to work.

  11. LOVE this post!! it's amazing how the simplest care routines can really do wonders for your face. I am the laziest and always sleep in my makeup. ugh. i guess because i was so bought on the bareminerals "make-up so pure you can sleep in it" blah. and now that i've switched to a liquid foundation, i still sleep in my makeup. just because i was used to it! (bad, i know!)

    and the whole wash cloths thing. it's sooo right. i notice my wash cloths get nasty after a couple days use. but what do i do? keep using it anyway because there just isn't enough wash cloths to use on a daily basis. but what a smart idea...hello dollar store! i'm sure i can get a nice 3 or 5 pack for a dollar. thanks for the idea :)

  12. Eye cream! Eye cream is so important, even for young gals like us! I recently finished off a pot of some awesome Estee Lauder cream ( - it's a little pricey (at least for me, since I buy most makeup at Target), but it lasted almost a year. Right now I'm using a Garnier eye cream that actually works really well too, but I'll probably splurge on the EL stuff when this needs replaced.

    I'm also a big fan of deep pore cleansing masks - I've used all sorts of different drugstore brands, but recently invested in some Kiehl's stuff - it's like getting a facial every time you use it! Compared to other department store cosmetic/skincare stuff, Kiehl's isn't as pricey and the tub will last a long time.,default,pd.html?start=11&cgid=face-cleansers-scrubs

    I'm religious about taking my makeup off at night, and putting moisturizer/eye cream on, but I think it might be time to look for a moisturizer/cream made for night-time use.

    Great post! I love seeing everyone's advice and preferences about skin care!

  13. The absolute best value for your money is to buy some cotton balls/pads/whatever and a big ole bottle of the highest quality olive oil you can find. It will clean SO MUCH GUNK out of your face, and it's close enough to the oils your body produces that it just moisturizes and doesn't increase the oiliness. It's particularly good in the winter, but I use it year round. It leaves your skin SO soft, you won't believe it! I don't even have to follow up with a moisturizer.

    I use Mario Badescu toners - I've used the Seaweed and the Cucumber one and both are excellent. All of his products are excellent. If you have horrendous callousy heels like I do, the Elbow and Heel Smoothing Cream works wonders as well.

    I use a Lush serum under my moisturizer, which helps all the good stuff get sucked right in. I like the Full of Grace one because it smells good and I like my body products in bar form:

  14. My skin care routine is also pretty basic. I wear mineral make-up and my skin is not at all oily, so I even sometimes sleep with my make-up on (gasp!). But I use clinique's hypo-allergenic make-up removal soap bar for taking off make-up after I shower and I use also use a face moisterizer everyday since my skin is extremely dry.

    I should probably consider adopting a big girl routine sooner or later :)


  15. I have had problem skin all my life. Unfortunately it's genetic. I keep getting told it's good as the oil will stop me from aging so fast!! I still get told I look about 19 (Im 25)! But I just got sick of being 'an adult' and still worrying about my skin everyday and checking to see what spots had developed over night. I wnet to the Clarins counter which I had always heard good reviews about. Guess what? It has totally worked! I get compliments about how well I'm looking and how my skin is looking good. I use the fash wash, toner, serum and moisturiser on the morning and then on a night sometimes the lotus oil (lush!). I also use flash balm under my make up which wakes me up. I also pressed it over my make up to help me touch up after my flight to the states and it made me look and feel brighter (again it smells great).

    It's defintly an investment but it's something I can't live without now. If you only get one thing however from them I would say get their gentle skin exfoliator. I have tried exfoliator from everywhere and have a reputation with friends as it's all I bang on about on hols. There's is hands down THE best thing I have ever encountred by way of exfoliation! Fantastic stuff!

    On the side of my spots I have discovered just about the most amazing thing: Witch hazel stick. I got it at Boots here and every night I use it around my jaw line (problem area) and any little spots on my face. I also use it on the morning as it sits fine under make up. This makes the spots calm down in a day and disappear in a couple.Love it!

  16. My routine actually resembles yours pre-big girl panties haha! I wash my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean daily exfoliating cleanser every morning (with my hands, no washcloth), then follow it up with Oil of Olay moisturizer with SPF. Honestly, I don't believe the $$$ creams make any real difference. I think like a pp said that your diet and sun exposure are the real factors.

    Visiting from FTLOB :)

  17. Well, if you are looking for some serious skin care products and dont mind spending a little money, i would recommend Cellex-C or glo-therapeutics. This is a corrective skin line and i have seen first-hand what it can do. I also worked in the beauty industry for many years as an aesthetiican and in management so i have a little knowledge in this area.

    If you want something less expensive, Loreal has a line that is a good over the counter skin care system.

  18. 25 is definitely not so young to start noticing fine lines.... The year between 25 and 26 brought up so many new lines on my face and I have been using eye cream since I was 19... I LOVE dr Hauschka, and tried not moisturizing at night when I used their line, and my skin was sooo dry. I understand the concept, but for me night cream is a must must must. I love dr Hauschka body products though. While in Germany, the pharmacy carrries some great skin care for good prices... La Roche Posay and Avene are my two favorites.

  19. Dr. Wexler line at Bath& Body Works!! It works wonders for those really deep pimples. Like CMD, once I came off of BC my skin got really bad. I tried Pro-active for a while and it really didn't seem to help. Dr. Wexler has a whole line of anti-aging products as well. I just went on the BBW website tho and it looks like you can't order it online bc the product isn't available...? I don't know, when you get back to MA I would suggest getting the starter kit for $30...well worth the money.


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