I'll be the first to admit that it is hard for me to stick to an actual routine when it comes to my skin/hair/makeup/anything really. I am always wanting to try the new products, or get sent something that is intriguing that I need to try out. Since I've been pregnant, I've noticed a change in my skin, and if I am not super consistent with my skincare, I get breakouts and uneven texture which isn't fun at all. As I've picked up a sort of "routine" over the past months, my skin has never looked better and I'm actually enjoying having a consistent routine to fall back on.
To wash my face in the morning, I've been using this face wash by First Aid Beauty, it is amazing and super gentle on my sensitive skin. I've always been prone to redness and dry skin after using a soapy face wash but since this one doesn't foam up as much, it feels much more comfortable to use. It is made for all skin types though so anyone can use it! It does a really great job of pulling out impurities and unclogging pores. There are also no parabens, sulphates, or phthalates and is free of artificial colors and fragrances so you don't have to worry about putting anything weird or harmful on your skin. It is gentle enough to use daily, which I do every morning! I apply it with my fingers and massage for a minute or so and then rinse off.
For a long time I was using this Ole Henriksen moisturizer and I really loved it, but it felt a little to heavy for summer so I decided to go back to a staple that I've been using for going on 8 years now! Obviously Clinique is so well known and established as a brand, they've been around forever and have such a great reputation, and for good reason too! This moisturizer is amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and perfectly hydrated. It is technically formulated for combination to oily skin so if you have dry skin this stuff may not work well for you. If you have sensitive skin like I do, the gel formulation makes it so perfectly lightweight it feels like nothing is even on your skin. If you are on the drier side, this Clinique moisturizer is a great similar product (although it is not the same gel formulation).
In the evening I find it important to take the extra step to make suer my face is super clean and there are no traces of makeup on my skin before I go to bed. I've been using the same makeup removal technique every night and it has been working really well for me. The first product I use is this Neutrogena eye makeup remover. It has aloe and cucumber extracts that really soothe the skin and it is oil free but it removes even the toughest eye makeup gently. It's so affordable too, I always go back to this stuff, it's definitely one of those holy grail items that I'll use forever!
Following the eye makeup removal I use this micellar water. I feel like micellar waters have become somewhat of a phenomenon over the past couple years. I am SO glad their popularity has risen and allowed me to discover how amazing the products are! I honestly can't seem to tell much difference in quality between brands but I keep going back to this particular one, so I must like it better, who knows? I hate to admit it but I used to sometimes just use my eye makeup remover and then this product and go to bed without using a cleanser... but it really works that well! I don't think I'd recommend doing that on a nightly basis but every once and a while we all get a little lazy, right? Such a simple product but for the price you NEED to pick it up if you haven't tried it yet!
In the evenings I use a different cleanser on my skin since I also use this facial cleansing brush which can be really harsh if you use the wrong cleanser. But I LOVE using it since it gets everything off and leaves skin so soft and glowy. Many people say to only use it a few times a week but I've been using it nightly and as long as you use the correct product with it, it will cause no problems for your skin. It's best to use a non-foaming product that is non-drying since the brush really exfoliates off all the dead skin and dirt on your face. I love this cleanser to use with my face brush. It is actually made to be used on dry skin or wet skin and can be simply wiped off with a wash cloth if you want to skip moisturizing, as it is a two step product. I prefer to use it with my brush and then rinse it all off and apply my Clinique moisturizer. It's all about what you prefer though. I love this product since it feels super gentle, and leaves my skin feeling balanced and refreshed, no dryness or tightness which I can be prone to after using a facial cleansing brush.
Another affordable product that deserves an honorable mention is this facial mist. It is super affordable, and although I don't use it every day it has been an amazing addition to my summer skincare products. I love this stuff to refresh during the day, I'll throw it in the fridge when I'm at home and it is such a nice cool treat to use. I also will take it with my when I'm running errands or out and about and it feels so luxurious to use when you need a quick skin refresh. I love it so much, I had to mention it even though it's not an actual part of my routine!
Alright, there you have it! That's my super simple skincare routine. Obviously I will always update you all if I discover a new product that I am loving and I'm sure eventually I'll swap out some of these for new favorites, but for the meantime these are the products I swear by to keep my skin perfect and balanced! Let me know if you've tried any of these and which ones you love!
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