Anyone who knows me well knows that there are few things that I love more and know more about than makeup and skincare. My carry home bag on my way back from college was quite literally my makeup and skincare train case (I definitely have my priorities straight.) I thought I would share with y'all my typical routine and my fave products.
Step 1 is always makeup remover. Nothing gets me more irked than someone who uses a face wash to remove makeup. Take off the makeup first, then clear all that dirt and gunk from deep in your pores. My go to remover is The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser that is a thick cream that you just rub onto your dry skin and then wash off. I haven't found anything else that is quite as effective at getting off even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and doesn't leave my face feeling super dry or super oily after I wash it off. Coming in a $7.90 it is kind of a no-brainer.
Step 2 is cleanser. My skin is kind of all over the place so I have a few favorites depending whether my skin is really oily, dry or if I'm breaking out. If I'm oily it is the Elf SuperClarify Cleanser, if I'm dry I use the Elf Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser, and if I'm breaking out I use the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Cleanser.
Step 3 is toner. It always amazes me that even after makeup removed and cleanser, the cotton pad with toner is still gross after I use it. Toner is a great way to get rid of the last of any dirt in your skin and close up your pores so nothing else can come in. I still have yet to find the holy grail toner for myself (if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments, ya girl needs them), but I have been using the Tula Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner and I haven't been mad at it, it just hasn't blown me away.
Step 4, serums, serums and more serums. Just kidding, I typically only use one serum a day but which serum it is rotates depending on what my skin needs. I got this trio from Valjean Labs and love all three. I apply my serum with a one of those jade rollers partly because they're supposed to be good for your skin and it means less time of my grimy hands touching my face but also partly because it makes me feel fabulous and who doesn't want to feel like a celebrity being prepped for the Oscars.
Step 5 is moisturizer! Besides maybe cleanser I would argue that this is the most crucial step of a good skin care routine. It seals in all the good stuff you just spent all this time doing to your face and gives you that dewy glow that somewhat hides the fact that you were up until 3 am doing your homework. Seeing that I go to school in the dear Windy City and my skin is already dry as is, I use the thickest moisturizer I could find. It is Benefit's Total Moisture and it is my holy grail. It is definitely on the pricier side but if you suffer from dry skin it is 1000 times worth it.
Bonus Faves. These aren't daily use but here are my go to masks, spot treatments, etc.