HAPPY NEW YEAR...here's to my first post of 2015!!! How did you ring in the new year? I went to bed at 11:00 after a long few days of everyone being sick. We were able to go to dinner, nothing special just Applebee's, and I had my midnight toast several hours early. Many people make resolutions for the new year, things they want to do, try, experience, become better at...individual goals. If you don't have a daily skincare routine, I challenge you to make that a resolution for 2015.
Skincare is very important, especially during the colder months and that seems to be when it's the hardest to care for in my opinion. I have pretty normal skin throughout the year but in the winter i have to assure that my skin stays hydrated and moisturized to avoid dry patches, flaky skin, and prevent breakouts. Luckily I can use a variety of products because my skin isn't overly sensitive, so I don't stick to one particular brand for all of my skincare needs.
Here's my current daily routine when I'm not experimenting with new products. In (...) I will also list the price of each item, based on CVS's online prices.
MORNING ROUTINE: I typically do these steps in the shower, makes life a bit easier
1). Wash my face with Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash ($7.99). I love this brand! They don't use harsh chemicals, dyes or perfumes and it really does make my face feel refreshed and cleansed. I hate using a face wash that makes it seem as if I'm putting on harsh chemicals.
2). 1-2 times a week I will use the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($7.99 or $1.99 for a trial size) instead. I have quite a few pores around the center of my face so I need something to help shrink them. I like that it gives my face a tightening feel, but I think there's probably something out there that works better for my pores. I haven't seen a huge difference, although some, since I started using this about a month ago. If you know of a better one let me know.
3). For the rest of my body I alternate between an exfoliating body wash and moisturizing body wash. Nivea ($6.49) is probably my favorite drug store brand but there are many other good choices like Dove or Aveeno. I'll also be posting a DIY body scrub sometime next week that's absolutely AMAZING!
4). Lotion is an absolute must for me because during the winter my legs get ridiculously dry and flaky. I love the Vaseline Spray N Go lotion ($7.99), but I do still rub it in after spraying it on. Another one that is less expensive is the Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion ($3.79).
5). After cleansing the face I apply a pea sized amount of Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer ($13.49). This helps put moisture back into my skin after washing away the natural oils. It is a lotion consistency, but light and non greasy plus it dries really quick. If you have dry skin you may need to use a bit more than I do.
6). I always use a primer under my makeup, not only does it smooth the skin and help minimize pores, but it also acts like a bit of a barrier between my bare skin and the makeup. I personally think this product is overpriced for the drugstore, considering that for the same amount you can get some higher end brands at Sephora & Ulta. I use the Loreal Revitalizing Miracle Blur ($24.99), but there are others like the Maybelline Baby Skin for only $6.99. However, if you have CVS bucks and coupons you can get any of them for pretty cheap.
1). Before washing my face I like to try to remove as much makeup as possible with facial wipes. I've tried many brands and I'm really not too picky but lately the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6.49) are my go to's. Depending on what eye makeup I'm wearing, the wipes typically do a good job of removing it. If I need a little extra then I'll soak a qtip in Almay Eye Makeup Remover ($5.99) to help get the eyeliner/mascara off.
2). Facial wipes don't remove all the icky, they just aid in the process. In the evenings I use Simple Moisturizing Facial Scrub ($7.99), the exfoliating beads aren't too rough on my skin and it leaves me feeling smooth and clean at the end of the day.
3). For the 2nd time in the day, I repeat step #5 from my morning routine by moisturizing my face before bed.
This is my daily skin care routine using all drugstore products. There are other things I do to nourish and care for my skin on a weekly or biweekly basis. Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more. Later next week I've got a DIY body scrub planned to share with you, let me just say...AMAZING! Stay tuned and HAPPY FRIDAY!