What skin type do you have? Combo: oily nose (and around my nose), kinda normal forehead, dry everywhere else.
How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice, now that my dermatologist has scolded me for not washing with a cleanser in the morning. (I used to wash with just water and toner in the AM, vs. a cleanser in the PM.) If I exercise mid-day, I wash my face afterward, so that’s 3 times a day. But my workouts usually happen at night, so I can do my PM skincare directly afterward.
What is your current facial wash? I’m trialing new ones because my usual PM cleanser (Origins Plantscription) is too drying in the AM. This week I’ve been using Paula’s Choice Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser in the morning and Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser at night. So far, so good!
Before my PM wash, I use micellar water to remove any makeup and help remove sunscreen: either LANCôME - Bi-Facil Face Bi-Phased Micellar Water Face Makeup Remover & Cleanser or TARTE - Micellar Magic Makeup Remover & Cleanser ; and
Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover 4.2 oz/ 125 mL for eye makeup.
Do you exfoliate? Yep: chemical exfoliation 2-3 times a week; physical (FOREO - LUNA™ mini 2 ) exfoliation once or twice a month.
What brand do you use? Chemical exfoliation: First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA 1 oz/ 30 mL . I also occasionally treat for acne with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel.
What moisturizer do you use? Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Lightweight Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid 2 oz / 59 mL most of the year. In frigid winter weather, I switch to DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer —but this winter I’m going to try layering my YTTP moisturizer with Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL
Do you have freckles? Nope. I have hyperpigmentation, though, plus a common (among people of color) skin condition that causes dark raised spots on my face... I always forget the name of it.
Do you use eye cream? At night, I use my YTTP Superfood moisturizer or a facial oil (usually e.l.f. Nourishing Facial Oil, Biossance 100% Sugarcane Squalane Oil 3.4 oz / 100 mL , or KORA Organics Noni Radiant Brightening Eye Oil .34 oz / 10 mL ) under my eyes. For daytime, I’m working through my bottle of Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, which I love, but I want to try replacing it with my night routine.
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Moderately acne prone, I guess. My pimples usually appear randomly and not grouped/clustered. Right now I have a new one forming on my brow bone. I also have cystic acne along my jaw.
Did you ever use Pro-active? Nope. Can’t touch it even if I wanted to: I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide.
Did you ever use Neutrogena? I tried one of their Naturals facial washes years ago. It caused a bad reaction.
What serums do you use? THE ORDINARY - Buffet , Youth To The People Superfood Firm and Brighten Vitamin C Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL (testing it this month, not sure I’ll keep using it), and DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE - Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum. Oh, and I just got a bottle of Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster. EDIT: forgot to list The INKEY List Retinol Anti-Aging Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL