I know I talk a lot about different products, but I thought you might find it interesting to see the full regime as it stands now. First off, I ought to say that I have a staggered rotation system for skin care. I like to have an older product I’ve been using for a while roll into my trial for a new product so that I’m not changing out every item at the same time.
For example I am currently testing three Timeless Skin products (gifted to me by Timeless Skin for testing and review purposes for which I am extremely grateful). The Hyaluronic Acid Serum I have been using for two weeks now (Labor day started week three so I will be reviewing it on the 21st after 30 days of use), while the while the Squalane Oil from Timeless skin is just starting its second week of use and the HA Spray is on its first full week of use.
The same can also be said for my Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk. I used it for a month but will use it a little bit longer since I just started with the HA spray. I’ll use the same cleanser while I figure out how everything reacts and then I’ll start a new cleanser trial. I generally find that staggering new products keeps my skin from freaking out with the new so I get a more accurate opinion about how things work.
Now I do have one disclaimer, my skin care routine is slightly jumbled a bit because I am trying to get in several workouts and don’t want to just sweat off my products, so I’ll try to put those in here as well.
In the mornings, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I am trying to get in about twenty minutes of strength and flexibility training. This is mostly with youtube videos, wii fit and yoga. It is done in doors and because I have the tendency to talk myself out of it, I find it is easier to start with the workout before I’m fully awake. So on those mornings I splash water on my face to rinse off the remnants of my night cream, towel off and after dressing, do my planned work out.
After I turn on the coffee pot and cool down a bit, I start in on my morning skin care. I start by washing my face, currently with the Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing milk.
I then use a toner. I just finished the Akar Balancing Toning Mist and am now trying the Pixi Skin Treats Clarity Tonic. Typically with Pixi I tend to go for their exfoliating toners so this was a new one for me. While early in my use thus far I have been liking it.
After toning I use a serum on my face, neck and decollete. Currently, the serum I am trying out is the Timeless Hyaluronic Acid Serum. And I did remember to take before pictures this time so I will have before and after photos from 30 days of use.
I’ve actually noticed a positive change actually, but I will get into details with the full review. At the moment I can say that I really like this serum and am turning into a pretty big fan of Hyaluronic Acid in skincare.
After I apply the serum, I brush my teeth while it takes it’s time settling in. While this serum sinks in fast, I really like to give it a little extra time to settle in before I move on. You can probably see it in the background of the above photo but I am a big fan of the Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste. It has been my go-to for years. I like the taste better than I like the regular aqua fresh. Although sometimes the foaming can be a bit much. But it is a good toothpaste.
Then once I have wiped up all of the toothpaste fall out, I apply my eye cream. Currently I am using the Glossy box Skin Care Eye Boost Cream (I’ve almost finished my month of use so a review will be coming soon). With eye cream I not only use it around my eyes, but on the fine lines around my lips.
The same formulation that helps eye cream work on the delicate tissue around the eyes also helps it on the fine lines around the lips. It was one of my grandmother’s favorite tricks and one I use increasingly as I get older. In its own way that skin is just as delicate as the eyes and a little extra help in fighting those lines doesn’t hurt.
After the eye cream I use the oil. At the moment I am using the Timeless 100% Squalane oil. Oddly enough, I am finding that I can use it both morning and night unlike many other oils which I have only been able to use at night. I think it’s because squalane’s main purpose is to simply lock in moisture and it really is just one type of oil (it’s also a really affordable oil as these things go). I’ve just started using it so I’ll have to see how it works moving forward. Right now I am really enjoying it. I use three drops and apply it to my skin and then follow with my moisturizer. I like applying the oil first rather than blending it in with the moisturizer. No real reason, it is just what I prefer.
The moisturizer I am currently using is the Dior Dream Skin Capture Totale. It was sent to me by Influenster and comes in a refillable container. I can already tell you I am going to want to get a refill.
At the moment it is running about even in my moisturizer preferences with the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer and the Volition Celery Green Cream.
Those three may be my top three moisturizers of 2020 at this point. Still the year is not over.
Speaking of Volition, after I apply the moisturizer I top it off with my Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield with SPF 50. I keep trying other sunscreens and I keep going back to this one.
You will notice there is a second sunscreen in the picture however. This is the Polaar Fluide Solaire also with SPF 50. While it is a good sunscreen, I don’t like it on my face. It feels just a little too heavy. It is perfect for my neck and upper chest where v-neck t-shirts expose the skin and I have really been enjoying using it there to give my skin some extra protection.
I then add my Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask in the scent Maple to my lips. It really does smell like maple syrup. And it tasks kind of like it too. I generally find that not only does it keep my lips wonderfully soft but the scent makes me feel like I’ve already indulged in some delectable treat and thus makes it less likely that I will feel like snacking. I sort of feel Like I’ve already snacked.
And skin care done I sit at my desk and get a few hours of work done. I don’t put makeup on at this point as my meetings tend to be in the afternoon and I still have my daily walk to get through. All my skin care has a couple of hours to soak in though.
Then I take my walk. Before I leave the house I spray myself all over with a spray sunblock. I’m partial to one from Neutrogena. Even with the sunblock underneath, I like to be extra careful, especially after my bad burn earlier in the spring.
In general I sweat profusely during my walks. Which is fine. I like to think of the seat as encouraging my weight loss. However I am a mess when I return. While I often employ the Busy Beauty Showerless wipes to get me through until I can take my evening shower, and have various ways of dealing with my hair, my face is a different matter.
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If I don’t wash my face after my walk I am just going to feel gross the rest of the day. But I don’t want to strip my skin. So I tend to use a gentle cleanser that will just wash away the sweat (and sometimes pollen) residue from my walk in the park/walking trail.
The cleanser I have consistently used for a while has been the Olay Cleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser. It is an excellent oil free, no frills cleanser that just makes my skin feel less gunky after a good sweat.
To be honest I have been using this as my post workout cleanser since I started my weight loss journey. I have lost track of how many times I have used up and replaced this bottle. It is also the cleanser I grab when another cleanser is giving me problems because I know it is effective and reliable. So I use it after my walks.
Something new I am trying, because it came to me in an IPSY box, is the 111Skin Cryo ATP Sports Booster. It is a serum you are supposed to use after a workout. So because I wanted to see how it worked, I have started adding it to my skin after my quick wash with the Olay. Previously I just did the quick wash and then moved into my makeup.
After the 111Skin has had a few minutes to settle in, I apply my makeup for the day. While I usually end with a setting spray, the HA Spray with Matrixyl 3000 sent to me by Timeless claims to be able to be used as a setting spray as well as being skin care, so this week I started using it to set my makeup. There will be more on that later this week. But I will tell you now that is it wonderfully refreshing and smells like cucumbers.
And then I go about my day.
At the end of the day I use a cleansing balm or oil to remove my makeup and then I use a cleanser like the Purlisse. I just finished the Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleansing oil and tonight I will start using the Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser. It too came in a Petit Vour Box and I am looking forward to testing it out.
Often times I will remove my makeup after dinner and then use a mask of some sort while reading or watching television or you tube. With my mask I will apply the Bite Beauty Agave Nighttime lip therapy mask to my lips. It is more intense than the maple one I use in the mornings, although with less of a scent.
It also keeps me from snacking while watching television. I know it is technically supposed to be left on over night, and sometimes I will re apply it just before I lay down but I find when I am watching movies or television with my babydoll in the evenings I am tempted to snack. This really keeps me from snacking, even after the face mask is removed.
Eventually, I will migrate to the bedroom. I do my night time skin care before I start to read in bed. Once or twice a week I will use an exfoliator. At the moment I am using the Avant Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant. It is an extremely gentle physical exfoliate but I don’t like to use them too often lest it damage the skin.
After the exfoliate is rinsed off (on the nights I use it) I go back in with my toner, followed by serum, teeth brushing, eye cream, oil and moisturizer. Depending on the moisturizer I am using I will either use the same one I use during the day or a night cream. The Dior is good for both day and night, but on a few days where I have been outside a bit longer, I replace my moisturizer with a night cream. Currently I am trying out the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping mask. I only use it a couple of times a week.
Then I read in bed for an hour or two and go to sleep.
I know, that’s a lot of different steps to my skin care. Personally, I enjoy the ritual of it and I really like taking the time to work on my skin. At the moment, my skin is doing really well. Most of my acne has faded. I still have a few clogged pores where my mask presses into my face, but really that is a combination of mask and sweat. Some combination of elements in the last week has really been doing my skin well.
This is another reason I like rotating products. I can check in with my skin and see what I was using when things start to get better and I can monitor it as I stop using certain products and see where things change. I helps me to figure out what is actually working and what is not. It is also why I am not opposed to taking extra time in my routine. To be honest, written out it looks like it takes a lot longer than it actually does. It only really takes me about twenty minutes in the morning and then another twenty at night (not counting the mask) so it isn’t really as onerous as it looks on paper.
But there you have it. Even though some of the products rotate out, the sequence and system remains more or less the same. There are always changes based on products though. Sometimes the oil I’m testing is one I only want to wear at night and so I skip it in the morning. Sometimes I will try two different serums, one at night and one in the day because one reacts poorly to the sun. Sometimes my skin needs more or less exfoliation. But in general, this is my daily skin care regime.