Talk to me about your skincare routine/products

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
Post # 16
1157 posts
Bumble bee

I uaed to have quite a extensive routine when I was breaking out, but as my skin normalized I reduced some of the products I use due to frequent traveling. That’s not to say I don’t have a lot of skin products… I alternate the ones I use by the skin condition of the day.

Two step cleanser: I normally use a two-step cleanser. Shu Uemura’s oils to remove heavier makeup, then Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox foaming cleanser or SK-2 Gentle face cleanser.

One step cleanser: On days I am not wearing heavy make-up, I’ll use AHA Skin Cleansing Research Face Wash for both mild makeup removing and cleansing. It seems to be a cult favorite.

Toner: SK-2 Miracle Water. I didn’t notice a difference until 3-6 months in, but I don’t think I can go back. It’s improved my skin condition on so many different levels.

Serums: I take a break from these when I don’t need them, but I ocassionally go back when my skin needs a little pick me up. SkinCeuticals’s Retexturing Activator, Phyto Corrective Gel and/or C E Ferulic.

Eye cream: Essano rosehip eye cream.

Face cream: La Prarie Swiss Ice Crystals cream.

Sun care: innisfree Daily UV protection cream mild SPF 35. On more intensive days I would switch to Shiseido’s Anessa (yellow bottle).


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Post # 17
237 posts
Helper bee

I was using clinique religiously for around six or seven years before I ran out one day and decided I didnt want to keep spending fifteen dollars on two ounces of moisturizer, and I found myself a way easier and way cheaper skincare routine that works WAY better! I use Thayers rosewater toner in the morning when I wake up, followed by aveeno’s daily face moisturizer with spf 30, and then at night I use burts bees makeup remover wipes, I like the white tea scent because its super gentle ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow that up with a cotton round with micellar water on it, and moisturize with aveeno moisturizer without sunscreen, and thats it! Ive found that since simplifying my skincare routine and taking out all of the harsh stuff that was in those expensive cleansers, my skin is sooo much better off! Every once in a while I still get a tiny zit here and there but its so much better than what it was before ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m now a strong believer in the less is more philosophy when it comes to skincare ๐Ÿ™‚ Ps I really dont do anything to prevent wrinkles or fine lines, so if thats what youre looking for, these products wont really do anything for that purpose 

Post # 18
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Backyard

I use Rodan and Fields Redefine line and now that I’m TTC I switched to their Soothe moisturizer since the redefine night cream has a retinol derivative. It is important to use something to prevent fine lines / wrinkles IMO before they set in. I have acne prone, combination skin w/ fine lines forming (I’m 30) so for me it’s worth the $179 every few months. I stopped using the products for a month and instantly regretted it as I noticed my pores getting larger, more redness etc without the R+F. Also I hate MLM’s so I just buy it online without a “consultant.”

Post # 19
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I used to struggle with cystic acne (and now occasionally get a flare up when I’m under a lot of stress and on my period) so I’m used to thinking a lot about my skincare.  And now that I’m 34, moisture, hydration and preventing signs of aging are a concern.

I wash my skin religiously, even if it’s a wipe (I love Ole Henriksen’s wipes).  I tend to favor non-foaming, rich, creamy cleansers that don’t dry my skin out.  GlamGlow Thirsty Cleanse was my fave but it was discontinuing so now I’m hunting for something new.

Then I use a toner/essence – May Coop Raw Sauce.  I love this stuff.  I lightly pat it into my skin and already it feels moisturized.

Then I do a serum either for hydration or for firming.  I tend to rotate here since I have so many samples.

Then I do a facial oil.  In the winter I’ve found this is crucial to keep my skin from feeling tight.  Historically Caudalie makes my fave though I also got some Herbivore for Christmas so I am excited to try that.

Then I do a cream.  Usually a heavier night cream at night and a moisturizer during the day.

I also exfoliate about every other day, use GlamGlow supermud when I have a breakout, and sheet masks frequently for self care.  Like others have said, exfoliating was a game changer for me.  I wasn’t doing it nearly enough and going for a facial they said it meant my products were just sitting on top of my skin.  Then I used physical exfoliants which I was told were actually harsher on my sensitive skin than chemical exfoliants.  Now I use Dr. Dennis Gross peels pretty religiously.  They’re very effective without being harsh on my skin.

But I should also say I LOVE skincare.  I find applying it really relaxing and like an act of self-care.

Post # 20
373 posts
Helper bee

To wash off makeup I use the Simple makeup removing wipes and the garnier micellar water (pink top). As my moisturizer I use the Chanel hydrabeauty microserum…expensive but there’s something magical about it for my skin. I’m super oily and sensitive and it’s water based. I also tried the neutrogena water based one and it was good, but the Chanel one is just perfect for my skin. Those are the products I consistently use. 

Post # 21
1846 posts
Buzzing bee

I have mildly combination skin. Slightly oily T-zone and normal everywhere else. I wear makeup every day I work and I typically leave it off on weekends or holidays unless I have an occasion that calls for it. Makeup for me is typically full face, primer, foundation, concealer, eye shadow, liquid liner, mascara, powder and a bit of blush or bronzer, followed by some setting spray. I take my make up off every night, because I know for me I get eye infections and break out if I leave it on. 

I have pretty good skin, rarely break out and if I do it’s 1 or 2 pimples around my period time. I’m a devotee to SPF and won’t go outside without some on. 

I use Clinique 3-step and have since I was 16, it works well for me.


Wash with bar, exfoliate with step 2, moisturizer with spf, eye cream, then makeup.


Wipe to take off makeup, exfoliating scrub, wash with bar, exfoliate with step 2, overnight cream, eye cream.

edited to add:  I have a love affair with face masks, both charcoal ones and sheet ones. If I’m soaking in the tub they’re on my face. I also use biore pore strips on my nose about once a month and get facials done 2-3 times a year.

Post # 22
125 posts
Blushing bee

kcoast :  You should be washing your face with something gentle once a day and exfoliating 2-3 times a week depending on your skin’s reaction. I also use a gentle alcohol-free toner and moisturizer every night. In the morning, I use a moisturizer with sunscreen because I’m fair like you. Even though you have ance prone skin, you still need to moisturize. It makes a huge difference in your skin and you can find products that won’t make your skin greasy. I recommend a gel moisturizer instead of a cream (clinique and tarte both have good ones, but I’m sure there are equally good drugstore options). One of the best cleansers for acne prone and sensitive skin is cetaphil. I use pixi glow tonic toner and it is absolutely amazing I would recommend it to anyone. I know you said you don’t wear much makeup, look for foundations/concealers that are water based so they won’t clog your pores. And nutrogena makeup wipes are good both for removing eye makeup easily and as a cleanser when you really just can’t make yourself wash your face. I use an eye cream at night also but that’s not necessary. Also, when using new products, you might have a bit of an acne flare up because your skin is purging (this means it’s working). Give it a couple weeks of constant use before deciding whether to continue using a product, but if it’s burning or irritating your skin stop using it asap. 







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Post # 23
9648 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

i have pretty normal skin.  I do almost nothing.. I like letting my skin handle itself for the most part.  I used to use washes and moisturizers a lot more but I dunno over time I kind of just realized it made no difference. 

I use clinique mild face-wash in the shower: mostly because I believe conditioner = break-outs.  I have a bottle by the sink too for the odd time I need it, but generally I only wash my face out of the shower if I’m washing off a mask or makeup.  I have one of those makeup-remover-towels that you just get wet and use to wipe all the makeup off of your face: I use that instead of soap when I can.

I use Dr. Jart+ Ceremidin Gel-Cream to moisturize any time after I wash my face.

I have an assortment of masks I got from a couple sephora mask samplers.  I use one every so often–maybe once a week-ish?  This is a new development, but it’s kind of fun.  I can’t say I see a big difference either way but meh.

In the summer I always use glossier’s “invisible shield” sunscreen.  It’s a bit pricey but it’s the only sunscreen that really doesn’t feel like sunscreen: I love it to bits!  In the winter there’s no need, since I live in Seattle: I’m rarely outside and when I am it’s always cloudy.

I have a few other samples of stuff here and there that I use sometimes.  E.g. Caudalie beauty elixer.. I’ll spritz that sometimes if my face is feeling just slightly dry… more of a summer thing, for me.

Post # 24
2406 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ll be 43 this week. I’ll be honest, I don’t do much. I wear clinique makeup daily & rarely wash it off at night. I shower every morning & use Irish Spring (regular) bar soap in the shower.  I use Clinique daily moisturizer  (that I got free when I purchased my makep) & a touch of Gold Bond lotion for the psoriasis around my nose (folds) that occurs periodically. I’ve got extremely sensitive skin & can’t put too much on it without causing breakouts. I need to order some coconut oil, as I’m out now, but it definitely helps with winter dryness & my face did not react poorly to it. I look about 8 years younger than I actually am & feel good about that. I’m open to getting botox & fillers as I age, once I start getting wrinkles.

The biggest “aging” factor for me right now are my gray hairs! It takes considerable upkeep to remember to touch up roots. The gray hairs don’t take color well, either. Ugh.

Post # 25
165 posts
Blushing bee

I’m definitely in the less is more camp as I’ve found that it works best for my skin. I’ve always had fairly oily skin which I used to hate but am beginning to appreciate as I get older. I used to use a Neutrogena scrub every day in the shower, apply light moisturizer and makeup, then use another cleanser at night, toner, and a retinol cream (trying to fight my skin’s oily nature). Now I embrace the oiliness instead of fighting it and my skin looks so much better and is actually less oily. At night I remove makeup/cleanse with Cetaphil facial cleanser on a washcloth and apply Paula’s Choice Recovery Hydrating Mask. It’s so thick and creamy and you can leave it on overnight. I “wash” my face in the shower in the morning with water only, apply Cetaphil daily moisturizer (with SPF) and Purlisse BB Cream. I rarely exfoliate since the gentle rubbing with the washcloth at night seems to take care of it. Still looking for a good wrinkle prevention cream/serum for night that won’t dry my skin too much. I’ll have to try some suggestions from this thread. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
9055 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t have the time or patience for much. I take makeup off with Neutrogena ultra light cleansing oil and use just a wee bit of Clarins gentle foaming cleanser to make sure it’s all off (but mainly bc I just loooooove the smell of the Clarins cleanser). In the morning I use a bit more of the Clarins cleanser. First Aid Beauty ultra repair cream is my default moisturizer as it absorbs nice and quickly and I have a giant tub of it that’s still half full after 3 years. 

I’ll do a mask/exfoliate with random samples or other odds and ends I find in my stash as I feel like I need it, but there’s no rhyme or reason as to when that happens.

Post # 27
10185 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

kcoast :  

You can get away with absolute murder on your skin when you’re young.  You won’t necessarily see the consequences for years, but not caring for your skin properly now will show later.

At the minimum, a good cleanser is mandatory.  If you really can’t be bothered, Birchbox has absolutely wonderful cleansing pads for about $6 for a large pack.  They leave your face clean and not feeling dry.  You can even use them to remove eye makeup.

A good moisturizer is also essential to stave off wrinkles.  There are lots of reasonably priced options.  A night cream is an extra added protection.

I started using eye cream when I was twenty years old.  Many, many, many decades later, I thank my twenty year old self profusely.

And don’t forget to include your neck in your cleansing routine.

At my age, I have had to ratchet up the skin care.  I’m very fond of serums under my moisturizer and night cream.  And I’m always on the hunt for the Holy Grail—the perfect eye cream.  I use an under eye cream serum now, so the cream gets a nice boost.

I constantly experiment with different brands and switch things up often, I have no loyalty to any brand as my skin ages.  My current favorite thing is an oil makeup primer by Smashbox.  Great for dry skin.  Love the stuff.

The thing with skin aging is, after a certain point, it begins to accelerate rapidly.

I determined many years ago that I would not age gracefully.  I always planned to fight it with all available weaponry.  So far, I have been successful, I look about 10-15 years younger than my actual age.

But, everyone has to handle the aging process their own way.

Just wanted to add that I started using Retin A so long ago, I can’t even remember when.  If you use it, be sure to moisturize 20-30 minutes after applying.






Post # 29
1581 posts
Bumble bee

I have roseacea on my cheeks and forehead.  Very sensitive to skin products.  I also have rediculously oily and dry flaky skin.  

The only product that I have found over many years that gives my skin enough hydration without burning is Excuviance night cream.  I use it day and night.  It’s pricey.  It’s a very thick consistency.  

Post # 30
1846 posts
Buzzing bee

sassy411 :  This is what I got told, It’s easy when your twenty, not so much as you age.

I’m in the same boat as you, I’m refusing to age gracefully, short of botox( I refuse to inject a toxin in my face). But I want to look damn good as I age. Good skin runs in my family all the older women easily look 10-15 years younger than they are, and it’s good genes and taking good care of their skin. I know adding a retinoid product is next for me. I’ve used eye cream since I was 23. What age (ballpark) did you start using a retinoid product? 

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