My Updated Skincare Routine

I’ve had a couple of questions about my skincare routine since I mentioned it in my wedding makeup post. I’ve actually been meaning to do an update for about a year since my last post about skincare was almost two years ago!

Things have changed a bit product-wise, but actual routine wise things are pretty much the same.

In the AM: wash with water -> tone -> chemical exfoliation (Stridex, a BHA, every other day) -> moisturize -> sunscreen (even if I use a moisturizer with sunscreen I still add sunscreen if I’m going to be outside, just a moisturizer isn’t enough).

In the PM: remove makeup with baby oil (if wearing) -> wash with cleanser -> face oil -> eye cream if I remember -> lactic acid (I’ve been using Good Genes by Sunday Riley, an AHA – see below) -> moisturize.

Other than that I might throw in a sheet mask or something once a week.

Also, if you’re new to chemical exfoliation you can read more about it here. I find it’s more gentle for my skin than a scrub.

Okay, so, products.

The only one I still use that was in my last post is the baby oil if I do an oil cleanse (read about that here). I’ve switched my face wash and moisturizer to CereVe, the foaming facewash and the moisturizing cream (the one in the big tub). Both available at any drugstore. I felt indifferent to the Olay face wash and moisturizer so I thought I would switch them up. The people on Reddit Skincare Addiction rave about CereVe, it’s inexpensive, and it seems to work well for my skin. Plus they both last forever! I’mma likin’.

I got rid of the specific brand of vitamin C serum that I was using because I didn’t really notice a difference in my skin. I might try another one sometime, we’ll see.

For chemical exfoliation I switched to Stridex from St. Ives Exfoliating pads (not to be confused with the apricot scrub, don’t use that it’s bad for your skin!).

I find them to be fairly similar and interchangeable but St. Ives is discontinued so the Stridex is just easier to get. You can also find it at any drugstore. I’ve found using every other day works best for me, and I sometimes will cut one pad in half — one pad has a lot of product.

I’m using Thayer’s rose petal witch hazel toner, usually just in the morning, and I looooove it.

It’s alcohol-free and it makes my skin feel so smoothy-smooth. Honestly, I don’t even know what toner does but I enjoy using it so much I keep it up.

I’m not married to this sunscreen but I’ve been going for the Clinique Super City Block tinted sunscreen which I switched to last summer and use on top of my moisturizer.

I like it okay, but it’s not quite matte enough to be my favourite. If you have any face sunscreen recommendations I will take them!

I’m still not sold on eye cream. I think just moisturizer might be enough. But my friend sent me the Rodan + Fields Redefine eye cream a while ago so I’ve been using that when I remember to and I’ve been liking it well enough.

I don’t think I’ve noticed a HUGE difference but I guess I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I have a stubborn bag under just ONE eye (which honestly may be just how my eye is meant to be, I don’t know) and I’ve seen maybe a little improvement on that but nothing crazy. And as I said I haven’t been using it religiously. I did recently order it again though just to see if it’ll make a difference if I step it up (I think you’re supposed to use it daily both morning and night but that seems a little much to me).

Two new products that I have discovered and am absolutely loving are both from Sunday Riley — Luna Oil and Good Genes. They’re expensive so I don’t know if I’m going to be using them forever, but they come in a combo pack at Sephora for like $110 and they’re decently sized and both last a good few months (the Luna Oil a bit longer). I LOVE them both and feel like my face is just basking in luxury when I use them. I imagine it’s like putting the blood of baby unicorns on your face. I noticed a difference with both the very first night I tried them.

Luna I was wary of because it’s an oil and I thought it might make me more shiny (which I DO NOT NEED), but it didn’t at all. I use a couple of drops every night after I cleanse my face and it feels so good on my skin. It absorbs quickly, and in the morning my skin is brighter, more evenly toned and honestly my pores seem smaller. Also I should mention that it has a retinol complex in it so hurrah for anti-aging.

Good Genes I might use every other night as it’s a lactic acid (so I don’t use it on the same nights I use Stridex as it’s also a chemical exfoliator, an AHA while Stridex is a BHA). I noticed a difference right away on my skin’s texture with this. I think it makes my skin look smoother and plumper. I do experience a slight tingle when I use it but nothing irritating. I put this on about five minutes after the Luna Oil and I use a very small amount, maybe 1-1.5 pumps.

Luna Oil and good genes work really well together but if I had to pick a favourite of those two I think I’d say Luna Oil.

I have also heard really good things about Drunk Elephant products but haven’t tried any of those yet. I probably won’t switch up anything before the wedding in case my face turns into a giant hive or something, but I might experiment after that’s over.

If I’m feeling lazy at night (it happens) the least I will do is wash my face and moisturize.

Products that I’ve tried and didn’t like: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. I just didn’t see a noticeable difference and it’s expensive so for me it’s not worth it, although it has great reviews. Also the Sunday Riley moisturizer called Tidal. It’s supposed to be a brightening cream but eh. I think it made me break out. I was good with just the Good Genes and the Luna until I introduced that. I had samples of both the Ceramic Slip and Tidal and now that I’ve tried them I don’t think I would buy them.

I’ve also heard people rave on about rosehip oil and how much they love it for their skin but I hated it. It just did not work for me. It made my face shiny again, and it made me break out. So that was a big no. It’s weird because I don’t even have breakouts often, and my skin is okay with other oils (like the Luna oil) but my skin just did not like the rosehip. And the Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen that I wrote about in my last post — I got it in my eyes and felt like I was going to go blind so I stopped using it after that. I didn’t really love it to begin with but thought it was okay.

I recently ordered the mineral peptides from Rodan + Fields — it hasn’t come yet so I’ll have to update you on that. But my friend who is a rep raves about it and I figure it’s a bit similar to the powder I use from Physician’s Formula (only the R+F peptides have sunscreen) so I might like it. We shall see! And speaking of R+F I really like their Essentials line of body sunscreen, best sunscreen I’ve ever used!

So that’s it! It sounds like a lot but honestly I’m pretty lazy when it comes to skin maintenance and neither routine takes very long. But if you’re looking for somewhere to start I think just cleanse -> moisturize -> sunscreen is a good place!


16 responses to “My Updated Skincare Routine

  1. That is the most complicated skin care I have ever seen. Here’s my skincare: Clean and Clear Foaming Face Wash. That’s it.

    I do have both those Sunday Riley things (Thanks Melissa!) and I likey quite a bit but I ALWAYS forget to use them. For a sunscreen recommendation, I really like the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair cuz it has a 30spf and doesn’t make me all shiny.

    Again, I forget to put that on more than not. So let’s just go with the Clean and Clear stuff. 😀

    • Haha. I think it’s the chemical exfoliation that makes things sound complicated. I’ve been reading about it for a long time now so I wonder if my normal seems ridiculous and unnecessary to everyone else. My base is cleanse – moisturize – sunscreen and then I add and switch stuff to see what happens. I dunno, my night routine is the most extensive and it only takes like 5 minutes.
      Good to know, have you gotten that sunscreen in your eyes though? I find neutrogena bad for eye stinging and I don’t want to experience that again! I thought I was going to lose my eye.
      I actually like that clean and clear face wash but the cerave foaming wash has more in it so I don’t have to buy it as often

  2. I don’t know if anyone’s told you, but you’re not supposed to put sunscreen in your eyes. Hot skincare tip right there.

    But no, I haven’t. I always close my eyes when I’m putting stuff on my face and hope for the best. hahaha

  3. I love love love Sunday Riley Luna! My skin was in rough shape post pregnancy and Luna seriously transformed it.
    I’ve used Clinique City Block and found it not matte enough as well. My favorite face sunscreen (I’ve been using it for 4+ years) is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra fluid Lotion. It’s 100% matte and you don’t even feel it on your skin. I’m a fellow Canadian and I get it at Shoppers Drugmart. Maybe you’ll love it too 🙂

    • That’s awesome. Some of the reviews on the Luna are just amazing. I haven’t seen any miraculous results or anything but I do really love the way it makes my skin feel.

      I’m going to look out for that sunscreen, thanks!!

    • 100% back the La Roche Posay sunscreen for facial SPF protection. The body tube is expensive so I just use the Neutrogena Dry Touch stuff.

  4. Ooh YES to the Sunday Riley! That Good Genes makes me look like I’ve had a nap. It’s magical. I am less sold on the Luna Oil. I use the Roc retinol eye cream in a tube and I like it better than R + F (and I like the $$ better). I read that creams in tubs lose their effectiveness because exposure to the air (and your fingers) does something bad to them (so scientific, I know). I also use Josie Maran argan oil as my moisturizer and it doesn’t make me shiny at all! And I have high shine risk. I used to get dry patches but no more! I also love Bioderma for removing makeup. It makes my skin feel so fresh and it takes off ALL of my eye makeup, which is a miracle!

    • Thanks, I’m going to check out that eye cream. I’ve read that too! And yeah, the bacteria from your fingers or something can get in there.
      I actually have a sample of that Bioderma but haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the rec, I’ll have to bust into it.

  5. I’ve been a dedicated Kiehl’s user for years (39 and still get carded on occasion at the LCBO) and your routine is similar to mine. I use their sunscreen, but Coola makes a good one that is matte and has the option of a tint of colour in it.

    • I’ve heard great things about Kiehl’s! I might have to try them out sometime. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone in my skincare routine!!! I find that it’s becoming more of a hobby for me — I don’t like spending a lot of time on my makeup, but skincare is my thing!

  6. Hah, you must be as addicted to /r/skincareaddiction as I am.

    I’ve tried both the La Roche Posay sunscreen that’s suggested up above but as well as Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ that everyone raves about on reddit. They both work the same and Biore is much cheaper, I got it off which I rarely shop from because of the import fees.

    I’m also curious to know about the stridex and where you found it in Ontario? I’ve looked everywhere in Ottawa and ended up getting it from since I couldn’t find it locally.

    -Michelle 🙂

  7. The raves are worthy! reddit also convinced me to purchase the lactic acid from Deciem’s so much cheaper than the good genes (which I’ve only tried a sample of because holy cow is it expensive!).. here’s hoping for good results!!