I've spent some hours and some money this summer trying to fine tune my skincare regimen. For the most part my skin is pretty good. My skin type is normal, but I suffer from pigmentation mainly due to scarring from very old acne and irritation due to plucking unruly chin hairs. Welcome to your thirties!
But I wanted to share what my current regimen is. I'm still fairly new in the skin care world so I'm not committed to any of these just yet.
I use whatever makeup wipes are available to me. I am not brand specific, and sometimes use generic wipes (that don't specify makeup remover) as they are cheaper. Makeup wipes tend to be pricey so I'm always looking for a sale and often end up with the Nice or Up and Up brand.
I use Target's oil free eye makeup remover for days that I wear mascara and eye shadow. I use a cotton ball to tackle the mascara.
Wishlist: Neutrogena Ultra Light Oil Cleanser
I use Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. It is a personal favorite since it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and it helps get the makeup residue off.
Wishlist: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
I'm currently using Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel. I add some to a cotton ball after cleansing and it picks up any residue my cleanser might have missed which is really important after wearing a full face of makeup. I'm definitely in the market for something fancier with more skin benefits.
Wishlist: Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner
AM: Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel. I started using Paula's Choice BHA Liquid but I did not feel like I was seeing a difference. I read that BHA is good at reducing pore build up/blockage but AHA was a bit better for dark spots. My guess is that BHA is better for those with issues with their pores. I will say that I can feel the AHA on my skin whereas the BHA felt like water. The AHA formula is a gel however, and the BHA was liquid. The AHA dries very quickly which I like, as it allows me to move on to the next step in my regimen quickly.
PM: COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid Be sure to keep this refrigerated to preserve its use. This is a brand new product in my regimen but I've heard rave reviews. Everybody needs a Vitamin C product in their regimen. I look forward to seeing some progress on my old hyper pigmentation.
4% Hydroquinone (prescription only) I'm just working on finishing up this bottle as it cost me $70 from my dermatologist. I use this intermittently on days that I forget or choose not to use my AHA and Triple C serum. I like it, but i'm not sure it is worth the cost.
AM: Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel This is a great moisturizer if you have oily skin. It is lightweight, smooth and leaves your skin feeling natural. The active ingredient is hyaluronic acid which has great health and skin benefits to counter the effects aging.
AM: Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. I dab some sunscreen on all year long to protect the health of my skin. But it is extra important due to the serums and acids in my regimen. These serums leave you at a higher risk of sun damage and can exacerbate hyper-pigmentation instead of cure it if you leave your skin unprotected. If I am wearing my tinted moisturizers I skip this step as they are SPF 35.
PM: Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream. I'm not in love with this but I like to use at night to moisturize heavily. The smell leaves a lot to be desired, but it is thick and creamy. I'll likely be replacing this once I find something that smells better.
Wishlist: Lush Skin Drink
PM: Acure Rosehip Oil. I wish this was scented, but overall it provides great moisture and sets into my skin quickly. This should be refrigerated to preserve the quality of the product over time.
Wishlist: Organic Bath Co Enhance Face Oil
What are you using on your skin this Fall?