Wow- two posts in one day, a record for me! This post is for Miranda who requested an outline of my daily skin care routine. My routine is fairly simple and it changes depending on the season and if I had (or planning) a facial 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).
Early AM (pre-workout)
Splash warm water on your face
Pat dry to get rid of the moisture
Then apply Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator serum OR Elta AM Moisturizer
Splash water on your face while showering
Apply the following to my entire face:
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 face with Perfect Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
Then apply Finacea foam, Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream, and Neocutis Biocream.
2-3 days per week I use Skinceuticals retinol (0.5 or 1.0%) 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 with a green lid). For hands, I use Cetaphil or Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Formula. I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser as body cleanser, only cleaning the areas that get smelly.
This routine changes occasionally when I am trying a new product or after a treatment (then I only use 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!