1.13.2012

Low-Maintenance Skincare Routine.


Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I thought I'd share with you my current skincare routine since it's changed quite a bit since I last talked about it in detail.

Morning Routine
In the morning, my goal is to simply give my skin a quick rinse to remove any oil that may have developed overnight. If I use anything too strong, it'll dry out my skin, especially in the winter, so I like to use Cetaphil Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. I follow-up by adding a bit of moisture back into my skin and prime it for my foundation with The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. It's not really much of a cream at all, as it's very light and quick to absorb. 

If my skin is in dire need of extra hydration (e.g., my patchy, dry cheeks these past few weeks :-/ ), I'll top it all off with a bit of Olay Active Hydrating Cream in Original only where I need it most. It healed my dry patches within about 2 days, and I haven't seen any traces of them since. Win! I also am using up the last bit of my last pot of the Swedish Skin Anti-Aging Eye Cream (which I forgot to photograph), but I'll soon need to find a replacement for it since the company no longer exists. If you have any light and hydrating eye cream recommendations, please let me know :)

Night Routine
At night, after I remove any makeup I have on with makeup removing wipes (although those will soon be tossed aside as I just ordered a new bottle of my favorite cleanser EVER, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh - eeek!!), I give my skin a deeper cleanser with a nickel-sized amount of Murad Clarifying Cleanser on my trusty, berry Clarisonic Mia. The Murad cleanser can be a bit drying if used twice daily (perhaps it would be more appropriate in the summer, more oily months), but when reserved for once daily usage, it's an oily, acne-prone skin savior! It has a bit of a tingling, cooling effect when you use it too, which is refreshing. 

As for the Clarisonic? It's AMAZING. Can't live without it. I got it from Sephora when it was 20% off and it was worth every, shiny penny (<<< a lot of pennies!). While the Clarisonic itself will not get rid of all traces of acne as it's only an exfoliator after all, it has allowed me to get the most out of my cleansers by giving me the deepest, yet gentlest, and most effective cleanse ever. It has made a vast difference to the texture of my skin!

After thoroughly cleansing my skin, I apply my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to my forehead, chin, and jaw line (areas where I'm most susceptible to breakouts). I love this stuff because it really makes a difference when used routinely (I used to use it morning and night when my acne was really bad), but yet, it's gentle and non-drying. This is about my fifth tube, so that's saying something! I finish off with a generous application of the Olay cream to lock in moisture as needed. I predict I'll only really be getting use out of this cream in the colder months when my skin isn't an oil slick, because it's much too hydrating (although not oily) for my skin under normal conditions.

And if any of you were curious, yes, I stopped taking the cod liver oil. I happened to run out of my bottle around the same time I started using the Clarisonic and decided to take my chances - and it paid off! It makes me feel good that I'm saving about $20 a month by not using something my skin doesn't really need any more. However, it's worth noting that had I not started using the Clarisonic, I most likely would still be taking the cod liver oil. My skin always needs something to give it an extra little kick in the @ss, if you know what I mean!

What are some of your skincare favorites and must-haves?



27 comments:

  1. A Clarisonic Mia 2 in hot pink!!!!!! I WANT!!!!! Too bad I already got the original one... Definitely can't justify to buy another one =/

    I really wanna try La Roche Posay Effaclar line... There's like A, H, K, G.... letters!  I don't know which one is good for me!  Btw, how long does one tube last you?  It looks tiny!

    x Rica

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  2. My lavender Clarisonic Mia and I are VERY happy together. Can you believe how well your moisturizer works after using it!? I feel like mine is twice as effective at least!

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  3. Totally agree about the Clarisonic! Also really, really love TBS mattifying day cream, it's perfect for my oily skin as most lotions are way too heavy for me. I have a big sample size of the Effaclar Duo but haven't tried it yet. I can't wait because I know now that both you and J really like it, so it's bound to be great for me!

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  4. About 3 months!

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  5. I'm glad you like your clarisonic! I couldn't live without mine either - it's a skin saver! 

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  6. love that you can still have nice skin without emptying out the piggy bank. i go through SPF moisturiser like there's no tomorrow and had to find some affordable options, really loving the dove essential nutrients moisturiser (SPF 15) and for warmer days the neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch (SPF 30) ... both are moisturising and don't have that white sunscreen residue =)

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  7. I'm always on the fence about the clarisonic since I wonder if it exfoliates in the same way as a scrub exfoliator (of which I have plenty). I'm thinking about getting one the next time Sephora has a % sale! I've heard so many good things about the La Roche--- I really want to try it too. Thanks for this helpful post!

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  8. This is a great routine! Really, you can use any cleanser with Clarisonic - you don't need to use an expensive one! I love LaRoche-Posay products, too! I used Perricone MD serums, but I use Boots moisturizers!

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  9. My skin is combination to oily but I'm currently experiencing some dry patches on my cheeks :'( I need to check out this Olay moisturiser! xx

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  10. I use Olay moisturiser as well, but in the sensitive type and in lotion form (perfect for travelling too).

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  11. I've been using the Olay moisturizer version of this for years and switched to the cream and I just love both of them so much! 
    xxx

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  12. Hi Tiffany! I just gave your blog the Cute Blog Award! View it here- http://seventhingsbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/01/cute-blog-award.html

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  13. I love Cetaphil! It really soothes my very problematic skin. x

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  14. Personally, I LOVVVE Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum - it's one of a few products, for me, that have made the biggest discernible difference in the quality of my skin. Clinique's eye cream is another, and hot cloth cleansers - Liz Earle's is lovely, but the Boots one works just as well! Along with the same TBS moisturizer and maybe Caudalie Beauty Elixir, these are my bare minimum must haves! 

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  15. i love your skincare
    i love that u dont put to much..
    less is more..
    i have oily skin and idk if cetaphil will work for me

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  16. Ahhhh I really want a 
    Clarisonic!! Think I'm going to have to get it for my birthday or save to get it! I don't think I've ever seen anyone say anything bad about, they always say it's amazing. xx

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  17. Let me know how you like Effaclar Duo!

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  18. I feel like *everything* works better and looks better after using the Clarisonic! :)

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  19. Ooo, that sounds nice! SPF is so important but I *hate* the oily residue most of them have :-/

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  20. You should definitely get a Clarisonic next time Sephora has a sale and if you end up not liking it, you could always just return it. It's gentler but much, much more effective than a scrub exfoliator, in my opinion.

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  21. Thank you so much, Aly!

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  22. Thank you! I'm going to look into the Clinique eye cream when my current one runs out!

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  23. I have oily skin too and I use it. I think it's a good cleanser to use in the mornings when you don't have any makeup residue or too much oil. At night, I prefer to use something stronger.

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  24. I hope you get one!

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  27. Loving theBalm's Cranberry eye cream.  I didn't think my eyes are aging (I'm in my 20s!), but I noticed that now more of my lid shows when my eyes are open.

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