My daily skincare routine

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!


Sunscreen for sensitive skin

Sunscreen Favorites

Summer season can be difficult for those of us “rashy” and breakout-prone people. I count myself as both and my kids are so rashy I actually got called by the school when my son had a reaction to sunscreen (that was not supposed to be used on him).

Through trial and error, research and rashes I have found a few sunscreens that don’t cause rashes or breakouts (for me or my kids). Here they are.

1. Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. This is my favorite facial sunscreen. It is specially formulated for acne and rosacea (ie rashy) prone skin. While it contains zinc and titanium, they are micronized so it doesn’t look white.

2. Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41. A close second for my favorite facial sunscreen. It contains only zinc and titanium and has a light tint. It doesn’t leave a white glow.

3. Elta MD UV Pure SPF 47. This is a thick white paste, but it protects well and doesn’t cause rashes. It will leave you looking white and also leave white marks on your leather couches, the car and anything else your kid touches (my husband hates this).

4. Blue Lizard Sensitive SPF 30 +. Again, only zinc and titanium. This stuff is seriously thick. It is made by the Aussie’s who are experts in this arena. I order it from Amazon in bulk. Again, my husband hates it.

5.Jason Kids Sunscreen SPF 45. This sunscreen is not as thick and will rub in. I used it for two years on my kids before it caused a rash- you might have better luck.

i have tried many neutrogena, Alba and skinceuticals- and they all caused a rash in me or my kids, however you may have better luck. In general sunscreen that contains only zinc and titanium are less likely to cause rashes. However, be aware of the other ingredients (such as vitamin E, essential oils, paraffin, fragrances) can cause rashes.

Good luck to all my rashy and sensitive readers. Hats and rash guards are never a problem for me.

Let me know if you find a sunscreen I should add to my list.