Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Current Skincare Routine.

It's been a while since I posted a skincare routine (since this past March) and for the past several months I've been following the same routine and it's been keeping my skin in good shape.

MY SKIN TYPE: My skin type year round is typically in the normal range, as I rarely suffer from dryness or excess oily skin. My skin is generally fairly clear with the exception of some minor, past blemish marks and light sun spots on my upper cheeks. My skin is also sensitive, and prone to break-outs. My breakouts usually occur on my lower cheeks.

-Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Brush (previously mentioned here)
-Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
-100% Pure Jojoba Oil
-Baby Oil

-Stridex Maximum Strength Daily Care Acne Pads

-Ellen Lange Peel Accelerator Pads (from the Express Retexturizing Peel Kit, reviewed here)

-Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum (previously reviewed here) OR Your Best Face Skincare Hydrate B Serum, which are both very similar.
-Clarins Vital Light Serum

-Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, DMAE Night Cream (previously reviewed here)
-100% Pure Argan Oil
-DDF Ultra-lite Moisturizing Dew (previously reviewed here)
-Unrefined Shea Butter

-Unrefined Shea Butter

-Smith's Rosebud Salve


(Cleanse) Cleanse my face using an Olay Pro-X Brush with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, rinse and pat dry.
(BHA/Blemish Control) Wipe a Stridex Pad all over my face; especially in areas prone to break-outs, let dry.
(Moisturizer) Apply a light moisturizer to my face such as DDF Ultra-lite Moisturizing Dew.

(Cleanse) Remove eye makeup with Jojoba Oil or Baby Oil and a cotton pad, wipe clean.
(Cleanse) Cleanse my face using an Olay Pro-X Brush with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, rinse and pat dry.
(AHA) (If my skin looks dull, or looks like it needs exfoliation, I will use an Ellen Lange Peel Accelerator Pad. If I use this, I will skip using a Stridex Pad, as I've read that using a BHA & AHA close together can cancel each other out. I'm not sure if it's true, but that's what I've been going by)
(BHA/Blemish Control) Wipe a Stridex Pad all over my face; especially in areas prone to break-outs, let dry.
(Serum/Treatment) Apply Hyaluronic Acid Serum all over my face to aid in hydration, let dry.
(Serum/Treatment) Apply Clarins Vital Light Serum all over my face to aid in evening out my complexion, let dry.
(Night Cream) Apply Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, DMAE Night Cream, sometimes adding a drop of Argan Oil for added moisture and healing.

When I follow this routine, my skin looks it's best. It's hydrated, my complexion is even and radiant and I shouldn't have any breakouts (Unless it's hormonal). There are many instances where I will skip my routine from tiredness, and my skin ends up suffering the consequences with a scatter of blemishes. I always make sure to at least cleanse my face and use a Stridex Pad, if I'm not up to the rest, in order to avoid breakouts.

I love all of the products mentioned and I will continue using them until I find any better replacements. If you have any questions about any particular product mentioned, or have any recommendations, let me know in the comments below!


  1. Its so important to keep a good cleaning routine. I love cetaphil. It leaves my face super soft.

  2. Do the stridex pads work pretty well in preventing breakouts?

  3. This is so good to know Natty, I've been considering the Clarisonic, but I'm all about saving a buck. I just may try the Olay brand :) Thanks!

    1. You can get a free one as a gift when you order something from Proactiv. I think it works great, but I've not compared it to the Olay or Clarsonic brands.

  4. On the subject of BHAs and AHAs, basically there's no point to using a BHA after an AHA because the AHA has totally stripped the skin, including the live skin cells whereas BHAs will only strip dead skin cells. That just means that the BHA will have nothing to dissolve.

  5. Dani - Yes! They've helped me so much from keeping new breakouts from forming and for helping get rid of new breakouts.

    Jinelle - Definitely the best low cost alternative!

    Megalina - Very good to know, thank you!

  6. Olive oil is an excellent eye make-up remover as well, its what I use and I have yet to find something better. And you can't beat the price!

  7. Thank you for sharing. Where do you purchase jojoba oil?

  8. I also like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. I never heard of this brand before, thanks for the info, take care

  10. It seems to have a good skin care product, but i have never tried this one.

  11. Thanks for the share! Your skin looks so great in your pics and it's always nice to see what others are doing. Funny to think that most men don't go through even half the trouble we do wit skin care routines haha

  12. Hi, I was wondering how long do you use your Olay brush for each time? Like 1 minutes or ect..

  13. I'm so terrible with my skin but I really need to start taking better care of it!
    Your guide is helpful... Quite a few products I want to try!

  14. What shea butter undereye treatment do you recommend? where do you purchase? I'm desperately looking for a good undereye treatment is is moisturizing but will tighten and less appearance of fine lines. Thx

  15. Yes, I'm also wondering how long you use Olay brush for each time?

    I want to buy and use it.

    Thank you for your share.

  16. Woww great blog. I want to use like you also. I never know ceptaphil. I just know it from this blog.

    Thank you very very much.

  17. Ive never tried Cetaphil but maybe i shall look into it!

  18. So many of these products I want to try!

  19. Marbear - I agree! Olive Oil works great!

    Ally - I usually purchase mine at Whole Foods.

    Mariana - Thanks so much! HAHA! I know, right!?

    Anonymous - I do my face in sections, starting with my cheeks, moving it around for around 20 seconds in each section, then moving to my chin and forehead. I usually rinse and go back over my lower cheeks, which is where I would typically break out.

    Anonymous - I actually use unrefined shea butter, which is basically raw shea butter that hasn't been processed. I purchase mine from Coastal Scents. It works wonderful as a healing moisturizer.

  20. How much is the Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Brush?

  21. DO NOT USE THE OLAY BRUSH!! , it will tear your pores and hurt you in the long run. Use a Clarisonic. Its expensive, but its worth it. Your skin will thank you.

    1. Any facial brush including the Clarisonic can hurt your skin. So far, I've only had good results with it. The brush is soft and gentle on my skin.

  22. It is very useful.I wish this product will have real cleaning routine qualities.Thanks for sharing,I love your post..Natural Skincare

  23. Cetaphil is really effective for those having sensitive skin. It is proven safe and efficient to use.

  24. bioderma for normal days, proactiv cleanser evening only on my pms week to keep blemishes away! lancome renergie lift for eyes. mario badescu spot treatment for occasional spot. everyone is in love with cetaphil. why can't i love it too. makes my skin feel sticky!

  25. It is very important to maintain a daily routine to keep your skin healthy.Drinking a lot of water,having some fruits in our normal diet can be helpful. Thanks

  26. This is really good of your daily skin routine... some of the products are good to try too ...

    Thank you very much for sharing ...

  27. when do you use the shea butter? morning and night? every day?

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