Wow- two posts in one day, a record for me! This post is for Miranda who requested an outline of my daily skincare routine. My routine is fairly simple and it changes depending on the season and if I have had (or planning) a peel or other treatment (microneedling and Resurfx are my go-to maintenance treatments).
The products are in the order of application unless otherwise stated. In general you should apply thinner (serums) products first and use moisturizers last. The exception are medicated products – which should be applied first (except Retin A can be put over other products to decrease intensity).
My Daily Routine
Early AM (Pre workout)
Splash water then Skinceuticals Retexuring Activator serum OR Elta AM Moisturizer
Morning (Post workout)
Splash water in the shower, Finacea foam (for rosacea prevention), Neocutis Journee Bio-restorative Day Cream with Broad spectrum SPF 30 (workday) OR EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (weekend). If my face is feeling dry I will add Neocutis Biocream after the Finacea. If my complexion needs a little smoothing I’ll add a little Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation.
My morning routine involves 2-3 products. I wait a few minutes between applying the products. In general you want to put on medicated products or serums first.
Wash with Perfect Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser , Finacea foam, Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream, Neocutis Biocream.
2-3 days per week I use Skinceuticals retinol (.5 or 1 %) OR Perfect A (prescription strength Retin A with Vitamin C). I apply retinol under the moisturizer because it is not as strong. I apply the Perfect A over the moisturizer to decrease intensity.
For body cream I use Cetaphil (in the tub). For hands I use Cetaphil or Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Formula. I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser as body cleanser.
This routine changes occasionally when I am trying a new product or after a treatment (then I use only Cetaphil cleanser and biocream or even vaseline).
If you have seen my purple product sheet in the office- be assured I have tested/used all the products.
Hopefully this is helpful, thanks for the idea Miranda!