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Skincare Routine of the Day

This is a place to share your skincare routine of the day!  Whether it be daytime routine or nighttime routine, I know you have one.  From simple to complex, expensive to inexpensive products: show and tell! If you are anything like me, your skincare routine changes daily. Skincare isn't as showy as makeup, but it is the quiet work horse of our daily lives. 20200118_005115.jpg

 

You might want to include with your post: your skin type, skin concerns (& the weather where you are).

Sometimes if all you can do is your skincare, that is enough.

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Lol, it is in the first picture, I just keep it in a separate location than the other actives. I feel like we've all got some product we keep elsewhere, @eshoe and forget to photograph.

 

I've only used the biotherm a few days, so I can't really comment. I've been using at night, and then masking, and maybe I'm not waiting enough time but it feels like a waste to put it on before a mask then wash them all off? It is hydrating, but it does have alcohol high up and some fragrence oil; the instructions discuss it more as a cleansing toner but also restoring so 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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Ok thank you so much, @haleyvvvv. Sounds like it might make a good pm toner.

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I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, @eshoe, if you end up using!

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Thanks for sharing your routine! We're skincare twins (sort of). I also mask on a daily basis and love some of the masks you featured (the Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay 2.5 oz/ 75 mL is my favorite for deep cleansing and getting rid of texture). Also, a huge fan of YTTP skincare. The Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser 8 oz/ 237 mL is one of the best gentle cleansers out there. I'm also obsessed with the Youth To The People Superfood Skin Reset Antioxidant Mask.

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Yes!! Semi-masking twins, @PenelopeBT! That origins mask definitely helps just reset my skin, and calm down redness, it's so good. And the YTTP cleanser is one of my favorites, I love how it cleans without feeling like it strips my skin. I haven't tried that YTTP mask, but it looks like it would just reset the skin and be so nourishing.

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Definitely so refreshing @eshoe!

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Last night, minus the sheet mask-I wasn’t up for noting a new mask so I went with one familiar to me. 
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One use left of the DE and the Skinceuticals. The Huxley Secret of the Sahara is something my skin loves, and has a light hydrangea/grassy scent. Very, very enjoyable to use. 

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Been testing a new-to-me product since Monday morning. Here’s last night’s retinol routine, with doubled down BHA to combat new acne. Chicago’s in that fickle midwestern almost-spring weather period now: yesterday’s temps were in the mild 35-45ºF range. 
 
Products used in clockwise order, starting with the magical makeup wipes.Products used in clockwise order, starting with the magical makeup wipes.
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Makeup removal: Koh Gen Do Spa Water Cleansing Cloths. I wanted to see if they could remove eyeshadow & liner. They can, and I didn’t have to scrub my lids raw in the process. They’re not as good at that as Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover, though. 
 
Wash: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser. 
 
Tone/essence: e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence. Forgot to test the Frudia toner again. 
 
Lip care: Aquaphor, topped at the end of this routine with Tatcha Kissu lip mask. 
 
Exfoliant: Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, applied only to my jawline. 
 
Serums: The Inkey List Retinol. (I usually cut the seemingly empty tube open and find a couple more nights’ doses inside, so I close it back up and try to reduce air exposure.) Then I applied NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate all around my orbital bone. I’ve been using this day and night since Monday. I don’t unrealistically expect it to give me an injectable’s results, but it’ll be interesting to see what (if anything) these specific peptides do under/around my eyes this month. 
 
Spot treatment: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel, applied only to acne spots.  
 
Moisturizer: Herbivore Emerald CBD Oil, followed by YTTP Superfood Moisturizer. 
March 2 was AHA + BHA night. 
 
The tube of balm next to the oil cap/dropper is just there to keep the oil bottle from rolling away. :DThe tube of balm next to the oil cap/dropper is just there to keep the oil bottle from rolling away. 😄
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Wash: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser. 
 
Tone/essence: e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence.  
 
Lip care: Aquaphor, topped at the end of this routine with Tatcha Kissu lip mask. 
 
Exfoliant: Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, applied only to my jawline and oily zone. Then I used FAB Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA on my whole face. 
 
Serums: NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate all around my orbital bone. I skipped my usual DDG eye serum because I wasn’t sure if my undereyes would need a retinol break—though the % of retinol in that eye serum is probably very low—during this NIOD Fractionated intro period. But that skin hasn’t flipped out over this serum + my full face retinol serum, so it’s probably fine to use the NIOD and DDG on the same night. 
 
Mask: Avatara Chill Out Face Mask. Though aloe’s featured in the sleeve design, there’s more cica (centella asiatica) in this mask than aloe—and my skin’s fine with that. It’s one of the few fragrance-free sheet masks I’ve come across that are pleasant to wear and give me good results, so I’ll definitely buy more of these. 
 
Moisturizer: Herbivore Emerald CBD Oil, followed by YTTP Superfood Moisturizer. 

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@WinglessOne 

How's that retinol been for you? Is it something you would use again now that your at the end of this tube?

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@missy94612  I love The INKEY List Retinol Anti-Aging Serum! That was my second tube. I started using it last spring, after I’d used the much gentler First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate (just to see how my skin would react to retinol in general). I started with The Inkey List just one night a week for a few weeks, and also decreased my AHA exfoliation to just once a week to reduce the chance of irritation while my skin got used to this retinol serum. Then I ramped up retinol usage to 2 nights a week, and just kept gradually increasing usage until I reached every other night usage. I do full face chemical exfoliation 1-3 times a week, so I often end up layering AHA or BHA with this retinol serum. I’ve had no issues with that. 

 

The Inkey List Retinol contains HPR (hydroxypinacolone retinoate) plus retinol. HPR binds directly to skin’s retinoid receptors, so skin doesn’t have to convert it to retinoic acid before it can work. It’s also reported to be less irritating than than something like tretinoin, which also doesn’t need to be converted in order to work. After asking my dermatologist lots of retinol questions last spring, we agreed that an Rx retinoid would be too irritating for my skin and an OTC option containing HPR would be better for me. The morning after my first use, my face was ridiculously radiant. Other results—hyperpigmentation lifting and line/wrinkle reduction—have been much more gradual. 

 

The only time The Inkey List Retinol has irritated my skin was the night I used it on an already irritated patch of skin. I’d accidentally sprayed perfume on my face the previous day and that patch of skin reacted with red scaly flaking. Putting retinol on it within 24 hours was a dumb thing to do. 🤦‍♀️ But this retinol serum hasn’t caused and bad reactions on its own. Even during my slow into period, this serum didn’t cause lots of dry flaky scaly “retinization” patches like I thought it would. 

 

I have a third tube to open, but I might take this opportunity to try one of the Paula’s Choice retinol DS bottles I’ve received as GWP on a few PC orders. I also have a foil sample of Drunk Elephant A-Passioni, which I’m worried to try only because my skin generally hates DE products. Something tells me I’ll quickly return to The Inkey List.

 

And good grief, this is more than I meant to say on this topic. Friends always say about me, “ask her a question and you’ll get a dissertation.” 😄 I hope some of this was helpful! 

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The NIOD sounds very interesting, @WinglessOneThere have been a couple of products from the brand that I’ve considered but ultimately passed on - I have so many other products I could use. 😆 

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@itsfi  Heh, I know what you mean: I have 2 bins of skincare products still waiting for me to thoroughly research or start testing (or decide to give away instead of testing). 🤦‍♀️  

 

I try to keep my roster of in-use products small for efficiency’s sake, especially for AM, so I’m a big fan of multitaskers. This NIOD serum contains some peptides that aren’t in any of my other peptide-related products—plus so many ingredients found in my other undereye products, I could probably replace most of those products with this one. I think the only thing it’s missing is retinol. 😄 It’s hard to imagine something replacing my beloved DDG eye serum, but this stuff’s a very good candidate. 

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That’s really good to know @WinglessOne! I’ll have to check out NIOD one of the days, though much later in the year. 😆 I looked at my bin the other day and with the exception of a few things I might need (and want) to pick up, I should be good with skincare products through most of the spring and summer months. 😉 

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@l8totheparty  How are you liking the SK-II (I probably already asked you and I really  don't need to know if it's amazing :p). Looks like you use it consistently. Are you testing it or long time user?

Do you think it makes a real difference for you and if yes, what aspect (brightening, pigmentation etc.)?

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The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) 5.4 oz/ 160 mL preps my skin to take all the other products, and even makes my foundation application much nicer. That is its no1 function.  Therefore I want to keep an essence in my routine. However, longer-term (over a month now) is it really doing much more? Uncertain.  I originally thought it was helping my skin tone but that is not correct. 

 

The SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion Toner 5.4 oz Is making my skin soft every time I use it!  It is a lovely addition to the routine. Can I find this with another product? Uncertain at this point. It is supposed to help wrinkles but I have yet to see an improvement there with either product. However, moisturized skin looks supple so I will go with that.

 

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How are you liking (or not liking) the Innisfree mask @l8totheparty

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I actually quite like it. It smells like saltwater, has a slightly creamy consistency that reminds me of Saturday Skin waterfall Glacier water cream.  It is plenty moisturizing for me, however, I should give this the ol' test by itself or earlier in the evening to see exactly how tacky or quickly it sinks in, or how moisturizing it really is. I better like it- I bought it last year then thought I didn't and bought it again 😂🤦‍♀️ @itsfi 

I will incorporate it again this week to check. 

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“I bought it last year then thought I didn’t and bought it again.” Oh my goodness! This  happens to me more often than I care to admit @l8totheparty! Painfully more often! Hahaha! 😂 It’s bad enough when I plan to have backups...when I do it unintentionally?! My goodness!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Haha this was the first time for me and  the moment where I said- I must curb the spending on beauty and skincare.  🙄😏😂

@itsfi 

 

Speaking of which- I used the Innisfree again last night and it was good. The scent reminds me of an ever-so-slightly earthy smell of seawater. The consistency reminds me of Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream or LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask and dried down similar to the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask. It is moisturizing on my skin. Hope that helps!

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