My Fall/Early Winter Skincare Routine.

My Fall/Early Winter Skincare Routine.

With the change of seasons I have been getting several of emails about skincare routines so I thought I would make a little mini post today to share my current routine. Just keep in mind everyone’s skin types are different. I have very dry skin and am older than a lot of you so my concerns may be different than yours! I’m listing out the products I use every day and then you’ll notice there is a big “as needed” section below. Honestly, I think the best skincare advice I ever got was to listen to your skin and what it needs. Sometimes it needs a little extra exfoliation. Other times it needs a soothing moisturizer because it’s red or aggravated. And sometimes it needs extra hydration (this week!) which is when I bring out the big guns (Weleda Skin Food).

Fall/Early Winter Skincare Routine

My Evening Skincare Routine:

  • Wash face with Elemis Cleanser.
  • If my skin is extra dirty / I wore makeup that day I will do a double cleanse and use an oil cleanser (love this one from Tata Harper) BEFORE the Elemis.
  • Then I will use my new Skinceuticals serum. It’s pretty intense and so I haven’t been using it every single day – I’ve been aiming for every other night.
  • I let that soak in and then apply a thick layer of Dr. Bader’s cream (the BEST anti-aging cream I’ve ever tried, I was trying another brand and noticed a really big difference in my skin when I wasn’t using this.)
  • If my skin is dry I will pat on face oil over my moisturizer. There are so many good face oils but I really love Everyday Oil.  If I have time I will do a 5 minute facial massage using my favorite gadget.
  • Lastly I will use my favorite eye serum (the ceramic applicator irons out puffiness and fine lines!) and sometimes neck cream if I’m being fancy. I forget about neck cream but I do notice a big difference when I use it regularly. Apply with upward strokes!

My Morning Skincare Routine:

Because my evening routine is pretty intense and you don’t get  (double cleansing; the serum has retinol, etc) I don’t do much in the morning.

As needed:

Sunscreen – Honestly, I am inside most of the time so really just rely on the SPF in my tinted moisturizer but I will apply sunscreen if I am going to be outside more – love this one!

Favorite lip mask before bed.

Additional exfoliation. I love this face scrub. I am exfoliating a lot less than usual as my new serum has retinol in it but if I need more I will do the scrub, or use Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (instead of Dr. Bader) before bed. It leaves skin so glowy! The Herbivore Prism Serum is a great Vitamin C serum that I was using before I got the Skinceuticals one. Or I would use P50 (a favorite, but definitely can’t use it while I’m using retinol).

My Wrinkle Reducer. Once my skin fully adjusts to the retinol I plan on using my beloved Kiehl’s treatment again. This stuff is the BEST and makes such a visible difference. (I wrote more about it here!)

Additional moisture. My skin has been freaking out with sudden cold (and heat) in my apartment. My two favorites are May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon and Weleda Skin Food. Blue Cocoon is basically an oil balm with tons of soothing ingredients (great for redness, etc) and Weleda Skin Food is amazing for when your face feels like it’s peeling off (me right now). It’s so hydrating and is basically like the natural, $12 La Mer. Yesterday my skin was so dry so I used my Clarisonic Face Massager to massage in the Blue Cocoon, waited a bit, and applied Skin Food over that. All of the moisture.

Masks. I do a ton of masks. There are about a million mask reviews on my site, I alternate based on what my skin needs but try to do a mask every other day or so. Right now I would say that the masks I use the most are Clark’s Botanicals Instant Radiance and Deep Moisture masks, Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, and Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask.

PS – The correct order to apply your skincare products!

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  1. I’ve really got to start applying neck cream! I never even knew they made creams specifically targetted at the neck – I usually just use my body lotion haha!

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    • grace at the stripe says 10.24.18

      I think it’s okay as long as you are moisturizing!!! Not always sure you realllly neeeeed a neck cream but I like using one!

  2. Sharona says 10.23.18

    Wondering if you’ve ever tried the Foreo facial “brush”? Would love to hear your review if so! It was just recommended to me when I stopped into sephora last week and I’m curious about it!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.24.18

      I haven’t tried it yet! FWIW I am obsessed with my Clarisonic, so haven’t felt a real need to change that!

  3. Brianna Rooney says 10.23.18

    I have been emailing back and forth with my dermatologist to figure out what’s right for this terrible in-between season because my face is falling off, it’s terrible!

    I hate to say the Kiehls Vitmain C serum did NOTHING for me. Short of causing my entire face to itch, I stuck it out for almost 8 weeks and saw no difference which was a bummer since so many people rave. Skin is weird so let’s hope I can get it under control this winter!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.24.18

      Oh no! I’m so bummed to hear that as it’s one of my favorite products ever! I guess it just really goes to show you that everyone is so different!

      • CL says 10.28.18

        I have oily, dry and sensitive skin and I’ve noticed that even the highest quality, best intention products can aggravate my skin – and when I only wash and moisturize (SPF during day) with the occasional
        glycolic serum and also Botox, my skin is at its best. I love the multiple step routine stuff but have realized it’s just not for me.

  4. Sarah ann says 10.23.18

    Love this, what do you use for a body moisturizer? My skin is dry and I just can’t figure out the right option. Thanks!

  5. Erica says 10.23.18

    I’m so happy to read you still love Dr. Bader’s cream! I’ve got it on my wish list. It’s so expensive that I wanted to know what you thought after another couple of months. Thanks Grace!

  6. Lauren says 10.24.18

    Hi Grace, I always love these skincare posts, thanks for sharing! Quick question though – I thought you had said that you aren’t supposed to use anything underneath the Dr. Bader cream so it’s closest to your skin? I’ve been debating whether to buy it because I am intrigued by all of the rave reviews but don’t know how it would fit in with my current routine since I really love using P50 at night and SK-11 in the morning.

    • grace at the stripe says 10.24.18

      You are correct! You’re not supposed to. That being said, I started using the Skinceuticals serum and stopped using my Dr. Bader and noticed a change in my skin in just a couple days so I said eff it and started using the Dr. Bader over my Skinceuticals. Honestly, I still see the same great results from it while using the serum – better actually, as the serum is really awesome.

      So I am definitely breaking the rules but I love my other products too much! And FWIW I’ve also used P50 under Dr. Bader and had great results!

      Hope that helps. It’s technically not following the rules but works for me!

  7. Jeanne says 10.24.18

    Since I’m really older I wash my face in the am with coconut oil. Because of good genes and, started cleansing my face real early in life as the french do my face hardly has any lines except laughing ones.

  8. Lindsay says 10.24.18

    After hearing that you are still obsessed with your Dr. Bader cream, I am SO tempted to pull the trigger!

  9. Alexandra says 11.3.18

    So into skincare posts recently so a winter routine is perfect especially with my skin getting drier as it gets colder this was a good read. | Alexandra

  10. Haley says 1.11.19

    I’m on a serious hunt to find the perfect wrinkle reducer cream.