Jun 14, 20172468 views

What does your skincare routine look like?

I am relatively new at trying to take care of my skin, and I'm still figuring out which products to use when on a day by day basis.
Lately I've been joining lot of Beauty drops, and I'm beginning to develop a new routine as things get delivered. For the record, my previous skin care routine (if you can call it that) was: wash face with whatever cleanser is around, then slather on whatever moisturizer is around + sunscreen in the morning. So, I'm taking baby steps here and it's been fun so far.

Here are the drops I've joined so far and my first impressions. This is pretty much what I've been using on a daily basis.
Skin type: Normal/combination
Benton Snail & Aloe Daily Skincare Set- Benton is awesome and I like this set a lot. After doing some research, I've found that Benton is generally so full of active ingredients that many of their products don't even contain water as an ingredient. It's awesome. It's also very snail-y. This isn't a problem for me because I'm into snail stuff. I generally go from thinnest/most translucent to thicker/creamier with these products. I try to let each product soak into my skin a little before moving onto the next one, but sometimes I skip one of the last two steps. I'm still not sure if these products truly are intended to be used all together at once, but I do know that my skin has been really, really clear since I started using them (about 4 weeks longer than any of the other items on this list).
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (2-Pack)- I'm still figuring out where to add this in with all the Benton products, but I do like it so far. I've been using it on my wrist, and it's actually already helped diminish the appearance of a scar I have from surgery there. It's not as sticky as some of the Benton products that have a lot of snail mucin in them.
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (2-Pack)- This arrived just yesterday and I'm really into it. When I bought this, it looked like it would be good for double cleansing as a second step. I didn't read much about what ingredients are used.. I assumed from the packaging it would be pretty simple and decent at doing what it's supposed to. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this has a really lovely botanical fragrance that reminded me of tea tree oil and eucalyptus or something. It's also a very gentle and effective cleanser for me. I love that this is a 2-pack because I can keep one at my bathroom sink, and the other in the shower.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (not pictured)- This is something I already owned so I forgot to take a picture of it. But I love this stuff because it offers very full coverage, and even though it's pretty thick in consistency, it's pretty gentle on my skin and effective as a mask (it is very much NOT like that powdered Aztec clay mask that comes in a tub that you add water or ACV to). I use it probably once a week and will repurchase when I run out.
Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bars (2-Pack)- Technically this may not be a part of skincare, but I just got these last week and I'm a little obsessed. They apply glossy with the perfect tint of color. It's not sticky, it's super moisturizing, and they're so cute. I got Juicy Cherry and Neon Orange-- they smell really yummy! It's almost like they actually smell juicy? Choosing colors was difficult, but I think it's hard to go wrong here. After looking up reviews, even the colors that I didn't think I would consider (like neon yellow, etc) actually come out way better than expected. I also.. just cannot with lipstick. I want to, I really want to because it looks so awesome on everyone else, but I can't get it together enough to make sure it's always touched up throughout the day and I still can't figure out lipliner for the life of me. So this is kinda perfect for me because it's so easy.
After this, the main thing I'm looking for is an awesome sunscreen-- something with minimal white cast, is on the more watery side than viscous, and has at least SPF 30.
What does your skincare routine look like? I wanna know your HG products and recommendations as well as tips & tricks you've discovered along the way!
clairekm, RealThatNateGuy, and 83 others

high spa sunscreen every day
do you have a favorite?
i use Clarins 50 SPF each and every day. I am allergic to ingredients in some sunscreens and Clarins never bothers me. I sometimes use Shishedo 50 SPF - i think it is called face milk - blue bottle. I am nearly 60 and have been told I look mid 40s. Been using sunscreen since i was about 20.
At 50 I am dealing with wrinkles. I use Fresh Toner, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, Paula's Choice Retinol 2% and Lactic Acid. Right now I am using Fresh moisturizer and eye cream. I often use The Ordinary Marula Oil or their vegan Squalene Oil for extra hydration especially under Fenty Foundation which is drying to my dry skin.
My routine is VERY simple. I used to have a little acne in my early 20s and discovered the Clinique 3 step Wash, Tone, and Moisturize. I used it for a couple of years until my acne started to subside. Now I’m all about preserving my skin, with a hydrated and dewy fresh finish. After the day I use neutrogena make up remover in the night time scent (purple pack), then rinse my face with warm water and a wash cloth. I tone with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to get any dirt I missed. I hydrate with Tarte Drink of H2O (i love anything water based)! And for added moisture plus a dark spot and scar corrector I apply a small amount of vitamin e oil. Finishing off with a Jade Roller to lock in all of the oils and products and sculpting of course! For extra hydration throughout the day I spray hydrating milky mist by Pixi.
My skin care routine consists of the Revision Brightening Face Wash, Revision Papaya Face Wash when skin is feeling super sensitive, the L'oreal red algae clay mask, Avene TriAcneal mattifying lotion for both day and night, and Elta MD tinted sunscreen for acne prone skin at SPF 49. I work at a dermatology clinic so I've tried so many samples that they recommended and this seems to work best for me. I have sensitive skin from combination to dry skin and tends to breakout when my face is too dry. Therefore, I only wash my face once a day in the morning and only put on creams at night. For make-up. I remove my make-up with the Garnier mineral water, rinse my face thoroughly for a few minutes and pat dry following the Avene TriAcneal lotion for night. This is definitely an expensive skin care routine, but I would try at least one of these products once in your life. Before this, I jumped around to different drugstore brands and even tried ProActiv. Everything either bleached my towels, worked for 2 weeks and then stopped, etc. I have used this routine for the last 3 years and have had clear, bright, and plump skin. Definitely shop around and try things out, but when all fails, please try Revision!
I am loving bluemercury's own range, called m-61. It's all free of parabens and sulfates, which is what I am focusing on right now. (These are known as hormone inhibitors, I believe. My hormones got thrown out of whack for at least a year, mainly because I was overdoing soy products. But I read about this too, so try to avoid it where I can.) For my combination skin, the shop assistant advised a fantastic face wash (the Power Cleanse) and moisturiser, that have been working a charm in the drier, colder climates I've found myself in the past 2 months. The face wash foams ever so slights and has a bit of glycolic acid, which gently exfoliates the skin. I specifically asked for skin care that would help deal with pores that were opening up a bit too much, which this set dealt with beautifully. Also, what I understand is that toner is essential for open pores. Make sure you use that every day, twice a day. I used to be very lax about skincare (toner and moisturiser), but make sure it happens twice a day, most days. It works!
I want to echo one of the response above on Cetaphil daily cleanser. I have used it for years. It's super light, doesn't dry my face out and also seems to clean without being very "lotion" like. It also goes a long way........One thing to note - it doesn't foam up, but don't let that mislead you. It definitely cleans. Also also, is unscented, which just seems more natural.
I use ointment from a local dispensary that has thc in it. It's moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory. Good for healing rosacea.
It's been a bit over 6 months since I started having any sort of skin care routine, so I thought I'd update since it's gotten colder in the winter months and I've gotten more familiar with different products:
(PM) Banila Co. Clean It Zero: Purity- about to run out so will be replacing with Muji Sensitive Oil Cleanser per @Muiju's recommendation! (AM/PM) COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser- love the smell and it does its job, but I've only just realized that this actually makes my skin feel stripped and dry. I spent so many years mistaking this feeling for "clean" (AM/PM) Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner - I got this as part of the set but I like it so much that I repurchased the full size on its own after I ran out (AM/PM) Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (optional- I use this if my skin is feeling on the drier side) (AM) Valjean Labs Facial Serum (Firm &/or Glow) (PM) Valjean Labs Facial Serum (Restore &/or Hydrate) (AM/PM) Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion- kinda just using this until I run out (AM) Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel SPF50+/PA++++
Introducing serums to my routine was such a game changer. It was a little overwhelming because I didn't know where to start with them. I really like these Valjean Labs serums. They are dupes for the Glossier ones and you can find them at Urban Outfitters for $15/each. However, I found these at TJ Maxx for $6/each so they were a great entry item for me. The first night I used one, I woke up the next morning with noticeably smoother skin.. it was like magic!
Would love to know how people's routines shift as we move into winter. I hope everyone's holidays are merry & bright!
I'll list my AM/PM routine as one since the only difference is the double-cleansing steps vs micellar water. My skin type does well in humidity and sort of rests between combination/dehydrated.
1. MUJI Sensitive Skin Oil Cleanser 2. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser 3. SON&PARK Beauty Water 4. Bioderma Hydrabio Toner 5. Buckler's Chapped Skin Remedy
The Buckler's is actually meant to be a hand cream but the ingredients are suitable for face use and it's saved my skin the past few days. It's non-greasy and dries down to a semi-matte, kind of almost waxy texture which makes it a good occlusive and makeup base. I think their other products are usually marketed towards men, but I love the no-fuss packaging.
ok here it goes. I have sensitive, dry skin, I'm 37 years old. I've been doing this (or a slight variation) for about a year and I am thrilled with the condition of my skin. I used to break out regularly (small breakouts) and get dry, tight skin.
Disclaimer: I love face and body care but never considered myself that hard core about it until I constructed this list...lol well anyway I do look amazing, everything feels and smells great, I can't complain :)
Daily Oil cleanser: Banila Co. Clean It Zero (reg or purity, I love both) Second step cleaner: Neogen Real Fresh Foam Green Tea or Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleanser Stick Toner: Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water Calendula **MAGIC** yes technically it's a cleanser but my skin is really sensitive and a lot of toners burn AM Essence/Serum: Corsx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence/Klairs freshly juiced Vitamin C Serum PM Essence/Serum: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence/Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule Oil: Acure Organic Rosehip (sometimes I skip a serum and use this in it's place, sometimes I use both) Summer Moisturizer: Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel or Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Sun block: Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk **MAGIC** applied religiously
2x week treatments Masks: Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Mask (sheet mask), Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Mask Exfoliation: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea pads **MAGIC** my skin is so smooth afterwards. I always use this when I feel or see an acne growing under the skin and they rarely come to a head anymore
Makeup Foundation: MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation Highlighter: Milk Makeup Lit Highlighter **MAGIC** holy shit this stuff makes me look gorgeous and it's not overwhelming. I don't wear a lot of makeup and it is really subtle Eyeliner: Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in sparkly coral **MAGIC** it's so lovely
I started using the Banila Co. Clean It Zero (purity) and I love it!! I also ordered the Corsx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence off Massdrop and was just notified that it shipped-- I'm really looking forward to trying this as I've heard it's an HG for many people.
I'm keeping an eye out for some of the other products you've mentioned. That Missha sunscreen sounds amazing, and I've just started to read more about Neogen!
I also have very sensitive, combo skin. I get one or two zits every once in awhile when I'm stressed or if the weekly diet has been too crazy (near chin area only). Here is my AM/PM beauty routine:
- (PM) First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (make up cleanse) - (PM/AM) Fresh Soy Cleanser (entire facial cleanse) - (PM/AM) Benton Aloe BHA Toner - (PM/AM) Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence - (PM/AM) Benton Aloe Soothing Gel - (PM/AM) Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (T-zone/nose/chin area only, this has been amazing - don't wanna jinx, but haven't gotten a single zit/pimple since I started using this in May) - (PM/AM) Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum (Highly recommend topping off with a more luxurious serum, the longer the product is staying on your face, the fancier you can get - don't feel bad ;) ) - (PM/AM) Lancome Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate - (PM) Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask (as a nighttime moisturizer) - (AM) Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion
your skin is going to look young forever haha. how do you go about deciding when/how to integrate new products into your routine?
HAHAHA I'd hope so! Reviews and testimonials from peers with similar skin type! Sample packets are also a great way to figure out if the product is a great fit or not for you (lots of lab rat testing)! If you have really sensitive (hyperallergic) skin, you can apply some of the products on the back of your wrist first before applying to face
I have very sensitive oily skin. I get hormonal breakouts, but they're not bad. My routine is pretty simple. It's the same AM and PM unless I am feeling particularly greasy, then I skip the mochere cream. I also add sheet masks in the evening about once a week!
Cosrx low pH good morning gel cleanser or skin watchers enzyme powder wash
Holika Holika pig-nose clear black head steam starter (on T-zone when I'm having breakouts)
The Face Shop mild papaya peeling gel (once a week, but I've kinda forgotten about it for a few months...oops)
Etude House wonder pore freshner (misted onto face)
Cosrx advanced snail 96 mucin power essence, mixed with 2 drops of Re, DNA propolis ampoule
Mizon snail recovery gel cream
Mizon snail repair eye cream
Mochere witch cream - Alaska ice cream glacier milk
Cosrx aloe soothing sun cream spf 50+ pa+++ (not often, usually only when expecting to be outside a lot - I know, I'm bad)
So cool reading about everyone's go-to products! I'm also pretty new to the "being kind to your skin" thing, and up until recently wasn't using much more than a cleanser, a moisturizing cream, and a way-too-harsh makeup remover from the local pharmacy. A few Massdrop deliveries later, and this is where I'm at. Still figuring out how best to use all of these, but already my dry, sensitive skin is a whole lot happier.
• Naturopathica Oat Cleaning Facial Polish (not pictured): I've been used this, paired with the cleanser below, for yeeears. They were recommended to me by a dermatologist and they haven't failed me yet! • Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk (not pictured) Mizon Collagen Power Lifting Toner: This is a lot lighter than I expected it to be, and it makes my skin feel smooth and plump. Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream (not pictured): I have this one in a smaller tube, so I can bring it with me when I travel. I feel like it's helped a lot with overall evenness and dry patches. Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream Liha Beauty Idan Coconut Oil: I use this as a nighttime facial oil, but it's great for loads of other things, too. And the tuberose scent! Heart eye emoji forever! Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bars: Okay, not skincare, but so darn cute and not overly glossy or drying. I have it in Juicy Apple and Juicy Orange. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick: Goes on smooth, stays on all day, smells real good. I have two popular shades, Chula and Lolita.
I switched to raw unrefined coconut oil as a makeup remover—nothing fancy, just the stuff from the grocery store. Also just got the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All-in-One Cream, and am working on incorporating those.
(Sorry about all the dog fur!)
Finally, can anyone recommend an awesome, nourishing tin lip balm with simple ingredients? The one I used to swear by was a beeswax-based balm in an unmarked tin that I found in a hotel gift shop years ago. Of course, I can't find it now, so looking for a replacement.
I've heard before about Naturopathica, never used them, are they that good?
Also, a good sunscreen that I sometimes use is the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Gel with SPF50+ PA++++. It's lightweight, affordable, more than SPF 30. It feels as if you didn't put anything on at all. It dries very fast upon application and I didn't notice any white cast. You can find this product on Amazon.
THE CON: This product may break you out. There are some people who didn't break out from this, which makes it a holy grail sunscreen product. I got lucky as it didn't break me out (sensitive, combo skin).
Thank you! I just ordered this from Amazon per your recommendation.
For or anyone else reading this, here is an in depth comparison on the gel vs the essence: https://vanityrex.com/2015/05/15/biore-uv-aqua-rich-watery-gel-and-essence-review-and-comparison/
Ok- I finally started using this sunscreen and I love it. Thank you!
Let me start off by stating my skin type: sensitive, oily + dry (combo), with hormonal breakouts on my jaw area here and there. Here is a list of products that worked for me:
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: I don't believe in spending $$$ on a cleanser thats only on your face for less than 2 minutes. This cleanser is great for the morning, its super gentle and it doesn't strip all your oils out. It's super affordable.
Cosrx BHA essence: It's an excellent exfoliant that reduces your blackheads and improves your skin texture. Honestly, I didn't know if it was working until 2 weeks in. My boyfriend noticed a difference in my skin texture as he was touching my face! I started to receive compliment from my friends about my skin (for the first time ever). This stuff works!!!
Cosrx Whitening Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence: Same thing with the BHA - I didn't know if it was working. All I have to say is patience.... wait 3-4 weeks till you see improvements. This really helped fade my acne scars and evened out my skin tone. My face looks brighter now.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Retinol Cream: This has really low % of retinol, but it really works. I see that people don't mix AHA/BHA with this cream cause its too much acid on your face. For people with ultra sensitive or dry skin, layering this might not be for you. It just works for me. Just using this product alone without the AHA/BHA works as well!!
Hada Labo Milk: My face is usually dry in the morning. Applying the retinol cream isn't enough moisture for me. I pat this on my face to make sure it absorbs without leaving a sticky residue, especially around my eyes (you want to lightly tap your eyes like you're playing a piano). This product contains hyaluronic acid. It has the ability to hydrate and plump your skin which instantly reduces the looks of fine lines. I usually switch this up with my Cosrx Advanced 96 Snail Mucin Power Essence. They both work great to lock in the moisture.
PM (same as AM after the AHA):
Muji Sensitive Oil Cleanser: THIS IS MY FAVE OIL CLEANSER. Amazing at taking off eye and face makeup. It's super affordable compared to other brands. I believe it's a round $15? It used to be only $9 but they raised the price... maybe cause more people are buying it. This product melts your makeup within seconds. Surprisingly it doesn't leave your face oily after washing it off.
Cetaphil Cleanser (for oily skin): This is my second cleanser to remove excess dirt or oils
Cosrx AHA Essence: My skin broke out the first week of using this - but apparently this is supposed to happen? a few weeks later, I noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. Less white heads. Usually you want to wait 5-10 mins for it to dry before you put on something else.
Then I use my whitening essence, retinol cream and some moisturizer to lock it all in.
This routine worked for me. You can usually buy all these products on Amazon. Honestly, my skin has never looked this great in 5 years. My foundation application is easier and looks more flawless than before. At the moment I'm looking for a good eye gel/cream.
Thank you for all the tips and recs! Definitely gonna try some of these out as I start to run out of what I'm using now. When you add products to your routine, are you very diligent to wait a certain number of weeks between changes in products?
I used to try out random products at the same time and I couldn't figure the culprits of my random breakouts and reactions. It's better to wait a few weeks to analyze any changes to the skin.
I usually wait around 2-3 weeks before adding new products into my skincare. With the acids, its really important to start with one before you add more. I tried the BHA essence for 2 weeks, then I added the AHA essence. I only had a breakout phase with the AHA, so I knew it wasn't the BHA. Good thing I was patient with the AHA because it helped the texture of my skin.
I use my wife's products (SHAMELESS PLUG). Her stuff is holistic and don't have any harsh stuff in them. And for someone like me, with skin more on the sensitive side, they work pretty well. https://skinutritious.com/
This looks awesome! Which are your favorite products to use?
Honorable mentions to the Wild Fruit + Herbal Moisturizer and the Botanical Oil Cleanser, but my absolute favorite is the Jojoba Glow Moisturizer. Use it every day. #shamelessplug