My Current Skincare Routine

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I built my current skincare routine for the evening around the dream of having evenly-toned skin that is blemish-free and has a radiant glow.  A little backstory: I have normal to dry skin, and am sensitive to many products and brands.  I love trying new things, but don’t want to purchase over-priced “miracle products.”  Most importantly, I want my skin to last and be beautiful.  After some trial and error, I have come up with my favorite assembly of products to use at night.

For the past ten years, I have washed my face every night.  In fact, my nightly routine almost always included a moisturizer too. I would sometimes add a toner or a spot treatment, but never gave brands much thought.  It was an accident if I ever used two products of the same brand.

That all changed this year.  I finally decided that though I have a great love for makeup, I have an even greater love for my skin.  When I took it upon myself to give up buying makeup during the month of May, I did so to focus my attention on my skin and hair.  I finally pared down my collection of skin products and chose only a handful to be my regulars.  I wanted to give my skin a consistent dose of purposeful nourishment, not just random products that promise good things.   The results came in and I couldn’t be happier.  My skin is healthy, blemish-free, and evenly toned.  Allow me to introduce my current skincare routine!

 

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Olay Daily Facials Gentle Clean Cloths

I begin my night-time routine with warm-hot water an Olay Gentle Facials cloth.  They are dry paper towels that have soap dried into them.  Once wet, they bubble and lather soap excellently.  I prefer dry cloths over wet cleansers because they never sting my eyes or dry out in the package and become useless, the way wet cloths can.  I will say that their soap can dry out your skin if you don’t add any moisturizer on afterwards, but who doesn’t do that?  Perhaps my favorite thing about these cloths is that they remove ALL makeup, even eye makeup.  I rarely have to follow up with a makeup remover oil, and if I do its only to remove pesky mascara from a day of heavy use.  And that rarely happens.  Well, not the heavy use of mascara.   I meant the makeup removing oil.  🙂

 

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner

IMG_20160621_164245Next I like to use a toner.   My go-to toner is the Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner.  I love this because it is natural, light, and doesn’t sting at all.  It gives an extra radiance to my skin by cleansing my pores a little more than the facial cloths and adding nutrients at the same time.  At first, I didn’t believe it was possible for a toner to add radiance.  But after continual use and careful scrutiny, I really do believe it makes a difference.  I don’t necessarily use toner every single night, but I do most nights and my skin is better off for that.

I love the Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner, but if I need a really deep cleanse, I go for the Sea Breeze toner.  You might remember my love-hate feelings about that toner.  I like it because it is the most effective product I have (besides a facial spa brush) in cleansing my skin.  However, there is a difference between a tingling sensation and a stinging sensation, and this one definitely stings.   I can’t call it a go-to in my skincare routine, but I definitely have to mention it as something I use.

 

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum

Once my skin is cleaned and toned, it’s time to start adding nutrients back in!  A while back I learned a beauty secret that I have found to be true: always layer on your products in order of weight.  If you put moisturizer on first, and then end your skincare routine with a serum, all you do is waste money and miss out on the benefits of your serum.  By putting on lightweight products first, however, you give them the best chance of soaking into the skin.  Any heavy products are perfect for the finale, because they seal all the nutrients into your pores.

Anyway, I like using this Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum to begin adding nutrients to my pores.  Despite its watery formula, this product is so rich that I only use it every other night.  I love the scent and how quickly it seeps into my skin.  The glow-factor that this gives is definitely one of the best features of this product.

 

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Clinique All About Eyes Cream

This product is definitely my secret-weapon product.  I tried it by chance when I received it as a bridal shower gift.  At first, I used it occasionally and while I liked it, I didn’t see much of a difference in my skin.  But then I applied it consistently for a week and OH. MY. GOODNESS.  The results blew me away!!  The fine lines around my eyes had evaporated.  The skin near my eyes was practically glowing with health and silkiness.  The smile lines–GONE.  (Unless I smile, which is okay). If I hadn’t given this cream a chance, I definitely would have guessed it was an expensive miracle cream that promises a lot but doesn’t do much more than a regular moisturizer.  However, I can say with confidence that this cream really IS a miracle cream, and is worth every single penny.  I really love it.

 

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream

This is the product that “started it all.”  It inspired me to create my current skincare routine in the first place.  It is such a good cream that it even convinced me to try the entire Radiance line.  This cream is cooling to the touch, buttery, lightly-scented, and extremely gentle.  It moisturizes my skin very deeply, but isn’t so heavy that I can only wear it at night.  In fact, I currently use it as morning and evening moisturizer.  It has been my go-to moisturizer for a while, as I have purchased and repurchased it.  I can’t say enough good things about this cream!

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Secret Eyelash Serum

I apply this homemade eyelash serum on my lashes a few nights a week.  It really is a wonder treatment.  I have found my eyelashes grow longer and thicker when I use it, and look so much better in mascara. I only need to use it in bursts of two weeks at a time, because that is about how long the growth goes on for.  I take a few weeks off, and then use it for another two weeks.  Since using it, my eyelashes have never been the same.  You can get my recipe here.

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Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm – Coconut + Pear

My last step is the lippies!  I really like this balm as it is moisturizing but not heavy.  Sometimes I love a heavy lip balm at night, but other times the goopiness drives me crazy!  This balm is perfect because it is lightweight and creamy.  The scent and “flavor” are gentle, which I always appreciate.  If my lip balm is going to have either of those traits, I want it to be gentle!  This is not my first Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, but so far it is my very favorite of those I’ve tried.  There is no tingling sensation with this variety, which I like.  It really is the perfect way to end my nightly ritual.

That is the conclusion of my night time current skincare routine.  Like I said, this is my first time ever having a formal and calculated routine.  The results are completely different from my past fun but less-effective days of mix-and-match skincare.  Even though it is exciting to try new products and various brands, I try not to make my skincare routine a game of variety.  It has been proven that using as many products as possible from a single line is more successful than a routine composed of a variety of brands.    Sticking to one (or mostly one) skincare line keeps you from being redundant about a certain nutrient or omitting an important one.  My own trial and error have proven this true too!

My post was not at all sponsored by Burt’s Bees (too bad! haha).  But I use so much of their Radiance line because have I found it to be effective.  As mentioned above, I use eye cream and facial cloths of different brands simply because Burt’s Bees does not make those products and I like the ones I use.  For the most part though, I have tried to stick to one skincare line, and to consistently use it every night.  I am so pleased to say that the consistency has paid off and my skin is positively the best it has ever been!

If you have tried one of these products and have an opinion about it, please share below!  I would love to know what your current skincare routine is.  Thank you for stopping by and reading!

 

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