I try to update my skincare routine once a quarter as things change, but it’s definitely been a minute since I have posted one, so I thought I would do that today. A big question has been if I’ve changed my routine since moving to the south. The answer is not really – for the most part. I’m inside a lot and there’s air conditioning. I’ve changed my makeup routine a bit (I’ve been using more cream blush and bronzers, and I always use a setting mist to help keep my makeup on) but at the end of the day I have very dry skin and am getting older (I’m 39). My skin rarely breaks out, loves rich creams, and really appreciates the humidity. I will say that I’m extra religious about toner? It keeps my skin balanced. But then I still slather on a rich moisturizer over toner.
I also want to add that whenever I share an updated routine, if I switch things up, people freak out a little. The answer is that it’s a huge part of my job to try new products and review them here and on social media. So if I’m using a Farmacy toner and then I switch to Biossance, it’s not because Farmacy is bad! (And if something is bad I’ll always tell you – if you watch my Instagram stories, you know this: I don’t hold back). I’m not particularly monogamous to any products besides my Dr. Bader and my Biossance Lactic Acid. Also while I have you: my Biossance code THESTRIPE20 gets you 20% off sitewide through 7/15/21.
Current Skincare Routine: Summer 2021
My overall principles and “rules,” plus a few notes:
I switch my bedtime routine up most nights. I typically do retinol (or right now: the Beauty Pie Ampoules, they are amazing!) 2x a week, lactic acid 2x a week, and just plain Bader 3x a week. I’ve been asked to make a schedule but I’m not gonna do that, just space out your nights. So if you do retinol one night, give your skin a break the next night, and then maybe an acid or a peel the night after that.
I make sure I get Bader (The Rich Cream!) on my face at least once a day. Usually that’s in the morning, but 3 days a week (see above) I will do it morning and night. It’s my personal fountain of youth.
I do get Botox.
I’ve only had it once but it is something I plan to continue doing as I love the results. I got it for the first time 4 months ago, so it has mostly worn off. And I really like my esthetician (Christina at Ever/Body is magical) so am planning to go see her next time I’m in New York. I can’t stress this enough: getting Botox didn’t change anything about my skincare routine, I see it as something extra. Botox targets the muscles under your skin. It’s dramatic and amazing but you still need a quality skincare routine. Both/and. Getting Botox is incredible and was probably the most noticeable thing I’ve done for my skin from an anti-aging perspective but it absolutely does not excuse you from being vigilant with SPF, doing retinol, etc etc! I personally see Botox as corrective and skincare as preventative.
My guide to product order is right this way. This is always a hot topic w/DMs and comments. Oil technically goes after moisturizer. I know some people prefer it the other way around, and that’s okay! I don’t think anything bad will happen if you flip them.
Lastly, I choose to invest quite a bit of time (and money) into my skincare routine. I enjoy taking care of my skin – it makes me feel good. This is where I remind you that I am older, and also a blogger who gets sent a lot of things to try. I am sharing everything I currently do as it’s something I get asked about a lot, it is a part of my job, but that doesn’t mean you need to do it too. I have a more affordable skincare routine in this blog post.
My Morning Routine:
Cleanse: I do a mild gel cleanser. I loooove this one from Farmacy. It smells like honey and feels really refreshing but isn’t at all drying.
Tone: I use this Biossance toner. I like that it is gentle and nourishing but also has BHAs to gently exfoliate.
Serum: For daytime I alternate between this Beauty Pie Serum (it is incredible for lifting), and this Biossance Vitamin C Serum (for brightening). I alternate, or if I have a specific concern (like if my skin is a little puffy I grab the Beauty Pie).
Moisturize: You are not supposed to do this but I use the Dr. Bader most mornings over either serum. Shhh.
My Evening Routine:
Cleanse: I love a cleansing balm at night. There are so many good ones (my usual go-to is the Farmacy Green Clean) but I am using the Elemis cleansing balm right now. I love that one as it smells SO good.
NuFace: If I am doing my NuFace this is when I use it. I try to use this 4 or 5 times a week as it really does make a difference, especially in the neck and jawline. I personally prefer to rinse the gel primer off afterward and do my skincare, but you don’t have to.
Tone: The Biossance, again!
Eye Cream: The Strivectin one.
Serum / Treatment: As mentioned above my general rule is retinol 2 nights a week and acids 2-3x a week (never on the same night), and plain old Dr. Bader 2-3x a week. Right now I’m using my Biossance Lactic Acid and these Beauty Pie ampoules.
Moisturize: If it’s a serum night I don’t use Dr. Bader, I use this moisturizer from Sobel Skin instead (you can read my full review of it here!) Also: on Dr. Bader only nights, I typically will also add a drop or two of the Isle of Paradise drops (in medium) to get a little glow/self-tan in. Do not do these drops on acid or retinol nights!!!
Oil: I’m not fussy about oil, and I don’t do it every night, it depends how my skin is feeling. But if my skin has been acting extra dry I will pat a little oil on over moisturizer. This Biossance oil is really, really nice!
My Favorite Treatments/Masks
To be totally honest, I haven’t been doing as many masks and treatments as usual (I’ve just been home less than usual) but when I do, I always use my facial steamer. It does such a great job opening up your pores so that your masks (and then serums/moisturizers afterward) can really penetrate. It also feels incredible – it is hands down, one of my favorite pandemic purchases! This blog post is up to date with my current favorite face masks. Also, this post has my favorite method to do an at-home facial… I am overdue!
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photos by Clay Austin.