Yes, it’s been a while. Like I say every post, it’s been a CRAZY time. I honestly just cannot wait for school to be over and to be able to relax, focus on my career, and StyLin of course!
Today I am writing about skincare if you couldn’t already tell by the title. Skincare is a recent love of mine, so I am in no way claiming to be an expert. However, I’ve watched my fair share of youtube videos and had many chats with the lovely women at Sephora and the beauty counters at Nordstrom. I’ve also been consistently using the products I’m sharing today and they are all my honest opinions.
As we all know, no matter what your skin type it typically fluctuates between seasons. For me, my skin gets pretty dry, even though I have combination skin. So, to fight this I’ve been slowly but surely building my skincare regimen. If you’re interested in the products I use, keep on reading and head to your local Sephora or Nordstrom to get some samples and try out these products!
Step 1. Remove Makeup
I always begin by removing my makeup. I don’t know about you all, but I think removing makeup is one of the MOST satisfying things ever. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something about removing all of the days wear and grime. To remove my makeup I typically use my Garnier micellar water and a large cotton round and gently rub off my makeup. However, if I’m feeling especially lazy I use a Neutrogena makeup wipe. I try to avoid this though, because it usually ends up leaving residue on my face.
Step 2. Cleanse and Tone
Now that my makeup is off, I go in with my Olehenriksen oil balance control cleanser. This stuff has worked miracles for me. I use it day and night. I swear I’ve already gone through three bottles of this stuff. It leaves your skin feeling so soft and helps reduce my daily oil. One I’m done cleansing, I apply my toner using a smaller cotton round and let it dry.
BONUS STEP: Sheet Masks
When I’m in need of a little pick me up, whether I have a noticibley large amount of blackheads or my skin looks dull I LOVE doing sheet masks. They’re so relaxing, and force you to carve out just a small portion of time to relax. I always do this right after I use toner, just because the toner acts as prep for the mask. Below are my current favorites!
Step 3. Apply Oil/ Serum
After my toner is dry, I gently apply my Caudalie vinosource nightly oil. To apply this I warm up 6 drops on my fingertips and then rub it onto my face lightly. It has significantly changed my skin. I wake up every morning and my skin feels super hydrated, brighter, and glowy! It’s fabulous! This is also the time you would apply serum. Currently, I’m only using the oil, however, I highly recommend the Caudalie serum as well. As it is a serum it has a more lotion-like texture. I’ve also been wanting to try the Olehenrisken truth serum, so if any of you have tried it leave a comment below letting me know what you think!
Step 4. Moisturize
Once I apply my oil, I take my Olhenriksen counterbalancing cream and gently rub that all over my face. I then blend the excess onto my neck! This stuff smells great and always leaves me with a cool and refreshed feeling on my face.
Step 5. Overnight Mask
Technically you could be done after that step and go straight to applying spot treatment. However, three times a week I like to apply an overnight mask for extra hydration. This really helps me fight my dry winter skin, and it just feels luxurious! Some of my current favorites are the Origins drink up overnight mask, the Glow recipe watermelon mask, and the Laneige water sleeping mask. I typically just rotate all three. For more intense hydration and a more peel like consistency, I reach for the watermelon mask. For a mask that just feels like thicker moisturizer, I reach for the Origins or the Laneige.
Step 6. Spot Treatment
I mentioned in my last skincare routine post the Kate Sommerville eradicate spot treatment. I am STILL loving this product. Like I said before, it’s very comparable to the Mario Badescu spot treatment, but I think this one is a bit stronger. It’s amazing at zapping those unwanted pimples for clearer skin.
Hopefully, you made it to the end of this post! That concludes my updated winter skincare routine. I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to update your routine! If you have any products you recommend I would love for you to leave a comment below so I can try it out! Talk soon. Xo, L!