Spring Skincare Routine
I love that you all are as interested in skincare and beauty as I am! I need to start sharing more beauty on the blog because I am always trying new things and experimenting with different products seasonally. I tend to change up my routine every few months as the weather changes, this season as it is getting warmer my skin is finally a little happier than it has been the past few (cold) months. I tend to get super dry during the winter so I use heavier moisturizers and gentler cleansers. The transition to spring is always welcome because my skin feels so much more comfortable in the warmer months, and I love wearing lighter products! I feel like it allows me to wear less makeup during these months too which is such a refreshing change and a welcome break for my skin.
I’m going to break down my routine by product, my day and night routine are very similar and I don’t use a ton of products so this is a routine anyone can get behind!
I only use two different makeup removers and I have for years! These are the only products that never really rotate out of my routine. They work well for me and I have no need to change up this step, so without futher ado, here’s where I start my skincare routine!
I always remove my eye-makeup and brows first. Right now I am using the Target brand version of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, but it is literally the exact same product, ingredients and all. I soak a cotton round with product and hold it on my eye for a few seconds to dissolve the makeup and then swipe it away. I try my hardest not to rub because, wrinkles.
I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove the rest of my face makeup, and it works like a dream and is incredibly gentle, perfect for sensitive skin. I always go over my face twice to make sure I get as much makeup removed as possible before I cleanse. It makes no sense to use an expensive cleanser on skin that has a layer of foundation still on, you will not get as good of results, I promise. Take the extra time to remove your makeup if you wear it daily, it is worth the extra step for healthier skin.
I have tried so many different cleansers, I am pretty picky about what I use to wash my face! I recently started using the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I need a daily cleanser that will scrub off the day really well since I wear waterproof makeup that can be stubborn at times. This cleanser does such a good job in the evening when I use it with my Clarisonic brush! You can use it with any manual exfoliating brush for the same effect. Speaking of face brushes I’ve been wanting to try the Foreo Luna, I’m planning to buy it this year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
In the mornings, I like to use a super gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of moisture but will wash away any bacteria that may have accumulated from my pillow/sheets (gross, I know. It’s a thing though)! I find if I wash and moisturize my face in the morning my makeup goes on better too. I love to use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. You can get it at basically any drugstore, or Ulta. It’s super gentle and won’t strip your skin, or leave it feeling tight and uncomfortable.
As mentioned above, I use a Clarisonic Mia brush (linked is the newest version) to cleanse and exfoliate my face every 3-ish days. Not joke, I’ve had this brush since I turned 21. It is SO old and I can’t believe it’s still kickin’! But girl’s shown no sign of slowing down so I plan to use it until it dies because I love the deep clean it gives. Cleansing brushes are so important to remove the build-up of dead skin cells and to encourage cell regeneration by removing the dull surface layer. I also find that I can’t remove every last trace of makeup with just my hands. An exfoliating brush allows for a super deep clean to remove any last trace of remaining products on the skin for the ultimate clean and to allow for maximum product absorption of moisturizers and oils. I haven’t been able to find another brush that offers similar results to the Clarisonic but I have yet to try the Foreo Luna. I have heard great things about it and I would love to replace my super old Clarisonic for a product where I won’t have to continue repurchasing brush head replacements. Plus, can anyone confirm that Clarisonic is struggling as a company these days? I heard they laid off a bunch of people a few years ago and are maybe slowly disappearing, but it’s all hearsay.
Not going to lie I really didn’t see the purpose of this product when I first got it. I tried it a few times but it just didn’t work for me. I realized later on that I wasn’t applying enough product or leaving it on my skin for long enough, and once I got more patient and tried these tactics, this product quickly became a regular in my routine! I love using this gentle exfoliant on days where I want to exchange my Clarisonic brush for a milder exfoliation. Peter Thomas Roth’s FIRMx Peeling Gel is a great product to use for any skin type, and is also fun to use! Not only does the product have ingredients such as pineapple and pomegranate, it also includes enzymes that exfoliate the skin for a smooth complexion without leaving your skin tight and dry, or irritated. It peels off as you rub it in which is also an enjoyable experience. I’ve noticed it reduce the size of my pores, decrease overall dryness, and make my skin more radiant and youthful!
I just switched from my all time favorite Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream moisturizer to this Tula Aqua Infusion Gel Creme. I was super skeptical, but I had heard great things about Tula products from more than a handful of friends so I figured it was worth a try. I was pleasantly surprised and have switched from my PTR moisturizer to use this one morning and evening! It is a super lightweight formula but still very moisturizing. It gives me a great amount of hydration without feeling heavy at all and it absorbs so fast! I’ve found that my skin has been smoother and makeup goes on easier and less cake-y when I use this moisturizer since it doesn’t even feel like anything is on my skin after I use it! I am obsessed! If you all want to try it out use my coupon code
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I figured I’d share my little secret weapon since I use it weekly and it technically is a skincare item! Tanceuticals CC Color Correct Self Tanning Face Lotion has been a staple in my skincare arsenal for going on three years! I get the “Dark” color and use it on its own or even 50/50 mixed into my moisturizer for the perfect glowy tan all week long! I reapply it every few days or so to maintain. I love this brand because they pride themselves in using good ingredients, plus they don’t seem to leave that weird fake tan smell that other tanning products are well knows for!
I got this product as a sample last summer and have been using it ever since, I can’t believe there’s still even product left in the container, but I’m going with it! This Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Eye Cream is so amazing because it decreases the look of fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, amongst other things. I find that I look much more awake when I use a vitamin C product under my eyes and this product is 50x more powerful than traditional vitamin C making it super effective! I live for this stuff, and I never thought I’d be one to have to use an eye cream daily, but I can’t go a day without this stuff!
Although I have pesky blackheads in my T-zone, I don’t get acne very regularly. I will get sporadic breakouts here and there, but nothing super unmanageable. These Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Pads have salicylic acid and glycolic acid to clarify the skin and help combat visible blackheads or the occasional breakout. I like to swipe a pad over my face when I feel like my skin is acting up (once every couple weeks for a few days). They help to tighten and clarify skin while providing a subtle exfoliation with the texture on the pads. They also smell like peach bellini!
This Neutrogena Red & Blue Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment is a fun tool that I never thought would actually work (I am quite pessimistic when it comes to gimmicky stuff). I found myself so desperate when I got a breakout before an important networking event last summer that I was willing to try anything to get rid of the nasty blemish. I was shocked after the first time I used this and saw VISIBLE results. I guess the red and blue lights kill bacteria and reduce inflammation in order to target and treat a breakout effectively and quickly. I use this thing regularly when I get a breakout and it really helps to make it go away faster than anything else I’ve tried!
If you made it this far, I LOVE YOU! Thank you for reading! I hope you were able to gain a little bit of information of some awesome products and how I am able to take care of my skin in the Springtime. Comment below what your favorite skincare product is!