Happy ALMOST Friday everyone! I wanted to do an updated skincare routine post -- over the past few months my skin went through a lot and I finally found the best products to cater to it. I have primarily dry skin, so I tend to gravitate towards products that provide very intense hydration (especially in the winter months). I also always make sure to look for products that help make my skin look dewy and give me a glow that lasts all day. Keep reading to find out my favorite current skincare products and how I use them every single day.
Step 1: Cleanser
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($21 at Sephora and Ulta)
This has quickly become my favorite cleanser of all time. I hadn't really used many products from First Aid Beauty before this, but once I started, I was hooked. This cleanser works for ALL skin types, and it makes my skin feel so fresh and smooth after I wash it. It's important to make sure you're not doing this step in the shower, because the hot water can damage your skin cells and cause inflammation. I wash my face religiously every night at the sink with cold/lukewarm water.
Step 2: Glycolic Acid
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($28 at Sephora is you purchase the value set with their Marula oil)
Glycolic acid is truly life-changing. I heard a lot about it last year, but never really researched it until one of my friends recommended I try it out. I first tried out Pixi's Glow Tonic, which also contains glycolic acid and is designed to truly exfoliate and remove impurities from your skin. Unfortunately, the Glow Tonic made my skin even drier than usual and broke me out. I recommend you really do your research before using glycolic acid. In a shorter version, glycolic acid is known for removing the outermost layers of dead skin cells from your face, and also helps with discoloration and boosts collagen production. Your skin may go through a purging phase where you may see redness/acne for a few days while you get used to the new product, but after those first few days, you will see the magic. If you still continue to break out after a week, it could be a reaction and you should NOT use the product! Like I said earlier, I bought the value set from Sephora, so this product was in a pretty small bottle for me. I only use a small amount every night, so it's lasted me for the past 3 months, which I didn't expect. I'll definitely be buying this again!
Step 3: Hyaluronic Acid
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80 at Sephora)
I'm OBSESSED with this. Hyaluronic acid is legendary for people with dry skin. I started applying this every night after my glycolic acid, and the results were incredible. My skin was so soft, moisturized, and hydrated the next day, and I no longer had dry patches in the winter like I usually do. The best part about this is the price point - The Ordinary is known to be an extremely affordable skincare company, and I highly recommend checking out their other products as well. You can see what fits best for your skin and your needs.
Step 4: Face Oils
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($49 at Sephora)
I actually got this product as one of my Sephora rewards, so no, I did not spend $49 on an oil. I had heard incredible things about this face oil and how it cures dry skin, so I decided to give it a shot with a trial size version. The best time to use any facial oil is right after using hyaluronic acid, because hyaluronic acid is designed to draw in moisture to the skin from the environment. This product lives up to its amazing reviews - I woke up with shiny, hydrated skin, and the lavender scent helped me feel calm and relaxed before I fell asleep. 10/10.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($28, included in the Drunk Elephant value set at Sephora)
The actual price of this oil is $72. I honestly don't think anyone should be spending that much on oil, especially when it's so easy to get marula oil from cheaper brands like The Ordinary. I just wanted to add this in my post because it does work very well, and I realized I can't live without facial oils in my skincare routine. I won't be buying this again, but I definitely want to look into other brands that provide the same amount of hydration for a better budget.
Step 5: Moisturizer
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Intense Hydration ($12 at Sephora)
Like I said earlier, I started truly loving First Aid Beauty products, and they've really impressed me. I was in search of a face cream that was both affordable and helped my skin soak in as much moisture as possible. I got this at Ulta when they were having their holiday sale, and I got 2 minis for $15. The mini tubs are more than enough and are definitely gonna last me the next 6 months!
I'm so happy to have FINALLY found my own skincare routine that I can follow every single day. I've noticed such a huge difference in the quality of my skin over the past couple months, and I attribute it to the targeting I've done to my problem areas. Skincare is really about the research you do and really looking at the quality of the products you're using. I have very sensitive skin, and the products I recommended above have worked well for me. Let me know your skincare favorites so I can find new products too! <3