Talk to me about your skincare routine/products

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 31
267 posts
Helper bee

My skin is acne prone and on the dry side. My morning routine is cleanse with Cerave face wash, Thayers Witch Hazel as a toner, Murad acne control moisturizer, and Bert’s bees eye cream.

I wear a full face of makeup everyday and, believe it or not, I have seen a lot of improvement in my skin since I started my makeup routine. I do use mid to high end products though so that might make a difference. 

At night, I use a makeup eraser to remove makeup, cleanse with Cerave except for every third night when I exfoliate with Mario badescu glycolic foaming facial cleanser instead, Thayers Witch Hazel as a toner, Mario Badescu Vitimin C serum, spot treat with 10% Benzoil peroxide gel, and finish with Mario badescu renewing night cream.

I do an Amazonian clay mask mixed with apple cider vinegar once a week as well as a 20% glycolic acid peel once a month.

Post # 32
1240 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

Skin type: oily/acne-prone

In order:

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil (if my skin feels really gunky)

Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser (mid-day and night)

CosRX Acne Dots (before toner and moisturizer, these are amazing)

Peter Thomas Roth 8% Glycolic Acid Solutions Toner (liberally)

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (gel consistency, not heavy)

I have pretty much clear skin now, from hormonal cystic acne that was huge and painful non-stop. Even most of my scarring is gone, oily skin and the glycolic acid has a lot to do with that.

Post # 33
10462 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

DaniGirl03 :  

OMG, I could not exist without my Botox.  I won’t let anyone other than the cosmetic surgeon inject me, though.  He does a beautiful job.  I started somewhere probably forty something.  I use actual Retin A, the 0.1% gel.  I had the beginnings of a wrinkle showing the last time I got Botoxed.  I wasn’t exactly calm about it, my darling surgeon gave me a tiny drop of Restlyane and poof, it’s gone.  I love modern science.

I had a grand epiphany sometime around nineteen or so.  Nobody I knew was using moisturizer for fear that it would cause break outs.  It dawned on me that even if that were true (it’s not), zits go away.  Wrinkles don’t.

Post # 34
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

sassy411 :  I’m 33 now and currently look younger than both of my younger sisters and plan on keeping it that way. My paternal grandma walked me through good skincare when I was 16. She’s like your not going to have that youthful glow forever take care of it. No wrinkles yet, and it’s going to stay that way. I do what I consider to be basic maintenance, facials 2-3 times a year, a trim every 8 weeks, highlights to hide Amy sneaky early greys every 16 weeks. Nails done every three weeks, moisturize my hands all the time, brows done every 4 weeks. To me that’s just maintenance my FH, has long since given up trying to talk me out of it. 

Post # 35
75 posts
Worker bee

I used to have terribly dry skin, then I started using Purity face wash and I’ve never looked back! My skin is so smooth and healthy looking and I never have dry patches anymore. I noticed results after a month or so and I’ve been using it for 2 years now.

Post # 36
10462 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

DaniGirl03 :  

I’m lucky, Dh actually likes that I indulge in so many beauty rituals.  He encourages that sort of thing.

Ah, yes.  The highlights.  Another must have.  I haven’t the foggiest notion of how much gray hair I have.  Don’t care.  Doesn’t matter.  The last time I saw my natural color I was sixteen.

Post # 37
10462 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

katherinesarah15 :  

Purity is good stuff!  And reasonably priced.  I just gave Dh a big bottle.

Post # 38
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

sassy411 :  I have an inkling how much grey I have. It’s not much and anytime I see it it’s swiftly covered. I know what my natural hair colour is but I like it so I’m fine with that.

It’s funny I explained to my 11 year old the importance of a good cleanser and moisturizer. I’m teaching her young. We found one that’s gentle for her skin and a moisturizer that has spf. Explaining to her young how to take care of her skin. She washes her face every morning and night and she moisturiszes to. Her friends think it’s hilarious that mom took her to get good quality skin care products. I buy her the little bits of makeup she’s allowed as well. Just try and teach her about quality products and how to properly apply it. No reason for her to look like a clown just becuase I did lol.

Post # 39
1881 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

kcoast :  I actually just made a big change to my skincare routine, and my skin has been so much clearer!!! I was formerly using MaryKay products, cleansing and moisturizing each morning and evening. 

New Routine:

Morning-Cleanse with Clarisonic and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Moisturize with L’Oreal Hydra Genius. 

Evening- Wash with Cetaphil, moisturize with Hydra Genius. 

This new moisturizer is extremely moisturizing without being greasy, and I dont get oily at all throughout the day! Also, using the clarisonic, my adult acne has nearly disappeared!

Post # 40
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think one of the biggest game changers in my skincare routine has been the use of Cerave cleanser. It really helps keep my skin balanced. Most people only think their skin breaks out when it’s too oily, and don’t know that their skin will also break out if it’s too dry. 

I really love my Clarisonic. A lot of people are way too harsh on their skin with exfoliators and the like. I can use my Clarisonic twice a day (but only usually use it once). 

I’ve been consistently impressed with philosophy’s skincare products. Hope in a Jar is a really nice, everyday facial moisturizer (I’m always worried with face lotions clogging my pores and breaking me out). I may end up switching to something different though, as while Hope in a Jar is unscented and normally doesn’t smell like anything, the last few I’ve bought haven’t smelled too great. 🙁 I have also considered trying the Cerave moisturizer since I like the cleanser so much. I sometimes use the Simple facial cleansing/makeup remover wipes when I’m lazy and have been happy with those products.

After speaking with my dermatologist, good skin and skincare really isn’t about using all these fancy products or procedures (I’ve seen a lot of people do the new HydraFacial), or even using a lot of products – just finding a couple good ones that work for you and your skin type. I haven’t found my $45 Makeup Forever foundation to be any better for my skin than my $10 Maybelline foundation. But, I suppose a lot of skin related issues do rest on genetics. Some people age faster than others, some are predisposed to horrible acne, etc. So, you really have to take that into account. In the grand scheme of things I’m pretty lucky.

Post # 41
268 posts
Helper bee

I’ve tried it all, but what works for me is quite simple.

I use Neutrogena foaming face wash (2x) day, it is very gentle, or if I am lazy before bed I use a Pond’s makeup remover wipe.

I exfoliate with St. Ives scrub 2 or 3 times per week.

I use Neutrogena night cream in the evening and neutrogena lotion for combo skin during the day. During the winter I occasionally dab Aquafor around my eyes and use on my lips for extra moisture.

My skin looks pretty good so I think this will be my routine for years to come.

Post # 42
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Love all of the tips in this thread!

My routine is pretty simple… although I have been wondering when it is a good time to switch from my strong acne wash into something that is gentler. I am 26 and still notice breakouts. Maybe the bees on this thread could weigh in? 


Anyways, this is what I do. I also have very fair, sensitive skin that is prone to redness. 

Cleanser 1x at night:  Neutrogena Clear Pore w/ hydrogen peroxide (specifying this is important because salicylic acid is not compatible with my skin as an acne treatement!)

Moisturizer 1x at night: Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief 

Exfoliate 3x a week: Alba Sea Algea Enzyme Scrub

I also like to use clay or charcoal masks, although I am not as consistent with those as my other products  

And of course SPF!


One of the main things that has helped me with redness is doing my routine the night before, which lets my skin calm down and soak in the moisturizer. In the morning my skin is clear and I just have to apply some light foundation. I use Urban Decay Naked. 

Post # 43
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

I have oily combination skin, and have struggled for years. I’ve used all the popular American brands and they didn’t help or made it worse. Going ‘all natural’ and using nothing but clean water didn’t help. I figured I was just one of those women who was cursed with acne as an adult for forever.

Until I found out about the Korean Beauty program. First, it freaked me out with all the steps that was invovled, but I find that it doesn’t take me more than a few minutes morning and night.

My face has never been clearer or as soft. I’m a convert!

Here’s what I do for my oily combination skin:

  1. Oil cleanse with Heimish All Clean balm
  2. Rice Water Bright by the Face Shop cleanser
  3. Son and Park Beauty Water toner
  4. CosRX Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence
  5. Mizon All in one Snail Repair cream
  6. Missha Gold Snow Radiance Eye cream
  7. CosRX Birch Sap oil free moisturizer
  8. Nature Republic watery cream for oily skin

I exfoliate a few times a week using a Neogen Dermology gauze pad. It’s a pre-soaked pad that both chemically and physically exfoliates.

At night I will sometimes use a moisturizing mask.

All of these products are fairly cheap and are on Amazon.

Post # 44
10462 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

npoliver :  

Cerave is great stuff!  I use their soap, ointment, body lotion, you name it.  I’ve been suffering the tortures of the damned for well over a year now—all over infernal itching, flaking, and peeling.  Cerave’s anti-itch products keep me sane.

We finally have a diagnosis, it’s a drug eruption caused by a beta blocker I was taking for anxiety.  It has been causing a psoriasis-type reaction.  I’m hoping now it finally starts calming down.

Funny about the less pricey products.  In the olden days, I wanted high end everything.  But, I think that technology has advanced now to the point that the lower priced products are pretty impressive.

Allure’s daily digest does roundups of products they like, I’ve been amazed at how many products they love that are at the lower price points.

Post # 45
790 posts
Busy bee

I’m 33 and have really young looking skin. I do VERY little. I use Rodan & Fields but only do it like 2 times a week. That’s it. I wear very little make up- occasionally wear mascara, eye liner, and loose powder. If I wear that, I’ll use a wet cloth to wipe it off. My goal is to up my R&F rountine to 3-4 times a week but it’s doubtful that will happen. 

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