I’ve had several requests for my current skincare routine so here is what I do and the products I use daily and weekly. I have been using this routine for at least a year and a half now and I believe that using this routine consistently is what has healed up my skin from all of the issues I was having a couple of years ago. I very seldom deal with any eczema or rosacea flare ups anymore. My skin is so much healthier, even my skin tone changed to where I actually have less red in my undertone making me more neutral. A lot of it was rosacea redness before and I didn’t know.
For background, my skin type is combination sensitive skin that is also dehydrated. I get can eczema and rosacea on my face very easily from different products, allergies, and sometimes even from what I eat.
I will sometimes add in new products to my routine to test them out, but I always go back to this routine. My skin always seems to do the best when I am consistent and gentle. My skin does not like a whole lot of change.
I won’t get into how I test out new skin care in this post, but if you would like me to explain some tips and how I approach testing new products without making my skin freak out, let me know and I can make a separate post about that.
Morning Skincare Routine
I feel like my skin does best with a simple routine that does not include layering too many products at a time. I mainly focus on cleansing, one treatment serum, a moisturizer, and sunscreen.
My skin likes consistency and gentle formulas applied with light pressure. I do not use any acids to exfoliate except for the lactic acid that is in the La Mer Treatment Lotion. I have been testing out some acids like glycolic and salicylic, recently and my skin is still responding negatively to them so I am not ready to use them again yet.
CLEANSE: In the morning I always cleanse with my La Mer Cleansing Foam during my morning shower. I just always stick to this same cleanser in the morning so I don’t have to think about it. In the morning I just like to get done quickly.
ESSENCE: After I shower I apply the La Mer Treatment Lotion and let that soak in a minute. I apply a few drops of this with my fingers and pat it into my skin with light pressure until absorbed. I never rub my skin anymore when applying skin care.
Light pressure in a patting motion is best and helps keep rosacea away. If you have broken capillaries or veins close to the surface of the skin rubbing can make those worse by increasing redness. Sometimes too much pressure can even break capillaries. I really feel like I learned this the hard way because I used to be much more rough with my skin and I do have some broken capillaries on my cheeks and around my nose now, and this method helps prevent any new ones from forming.
SERUM: After the essence, I follow with the La Mer Concentrate and pat that gently all over my face, concentrating on areas that are prone to irritation, eczema, or redness such as the tops of my cheekbones and around my nose and chin.
MOISTURIZER: I then follow with the La Mer Soft Cream (in fall and winter) taking a small pea size amount and warming it between my fingers and then pressing it into my skin with a light patting motion until absorbed.
Transitioning My Day Time Moisturizers: In the Spring and Summer I use the La Mer Matte Lotion all over my face with a little bit of the Cool Gel Cream on the areas of my face that get the most dry, like the tops of my cheekbones. I apply that on top wherever my skin seems to need a little more moisture that day.
I will start switching over from the Soft Cream in late March by seeing how my skin feels as we get more humidity in the air, and as the temperatures warm up. Through March and April I will just use the soft cream on days that my skin feels more dry. I also do the same method in the fall to transition from the Matte Lotion back to the Soft Cream.
Masks and Treatments
FACE SCRUB: I exfoliate with the La Mer Oil Exfoliator on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. I do this in addition to any cream or clay masks I will use. I use this right before I cleanse with the La Mer Cleansing Foam during my morning shower. I will sometimes use the Chanel Grains de Vanille scrub on Sundays if I remember to grab it before I get in the shower, but I don’t leave it in the shower because it’s a heavy glass jar.
MASK: I use a mask on Wednesdays and Sundays. I either use the La Mer Revitalizing Mask or a sample I may have. Sometimes I’ll use the Chanel Clay Mask (discontinued, but the newest one can be found here) if my pores seem more congested.
I always cleanse my skin with the La Mer Micellar Water and use the La Mer Tonic before I do a face mask. I really feel like it helps the mask work better on my skin. After I do the cream mask, I get in the shower as usual and will just rinse it off in the shower and then follow with my face scrub and then foam cleanser. I cleanse after my masks and exfoliators to remove any excess residue from my skin and I have found that this method works best for me and is one of the key things that keeps my skin from breaking out because my skin prefers less layers of skincare.
Night Time Skincare Routine
I am more likely to spend a little more time on my skin care routine in the evening as a part of my self-care and as a way to relax before bed.
MAKEUP REMOVAL and FIRST CLEANSE: In the evening I start by removing my makeup with my Neutrogena eye makeup remover, then use the Micellar water on my face to remove most of my face make up. Then I use cleansing oil to fully remove all traces of makeup with either the La Mer Cleansing Oil or Chanel Cleansing oil currently.
SECOND CLEANSE: After using the cleansing oil, I will follow with a foam or gel cleanser. I will just randomly choose from any of these cleansers based on what I feel like using that day. Cleansers I rotate between are La Mer Foam Cleanser, Chanel Foam Cleanser, La Mer Gel Cleanser, Chanel Le Blanc Foam Cleanser. I don’t have to change cleansers in the evenings, I just enjoy using all the different ones and switching it up sometimes. Switching up cleansers is a gentle way to get a little variety in my skin care routine without changing core steps that can aggravate my skin.
ESSENCE: After I cleanse, I will apply the La Mer Treatment Lotion.
SERUM: Then I apply the La Mer Hydrating Serum. I just use about a half a pump and spread it around between my fingers and gently pat it all over my face. A little bit of this goes a long way. I feel like this helps combat the dehydration in my skin.
SECOND SERUM or FACIAL OIL: Some nights I will feel like using a second serum, like the La Mer Regenerating Serum, or a facial oil to switch things up sometimes. Or if my skin feels like it needs something extra I will add it in after my hydrating serum. Sometimes I will use the La Mer Renewal Oil mixed in with my night cream on nights I am feeling like I need even extra hydration or just want extra pampering. On nights I am really tired or just want to get done, then I skip this step and just stick with the hydrating serum.
MOISTURIZER: In the evening I always follow with my Creme de La Mer Moisturising Cream all year long. I will take a small piece size amount and warm it between my fingers for a few minutes until it turns mostly clear. Then I will gently press it onto my entire face and backs of my hands. Sometimes I will use this as my moisturizer for the daytime in the winter, if my skin is feeling extra dry.
EYE CREAMS: I don’t always use an eye cream but when I do I tend to use one of these La Mer Eye Creams, or a sample I might have, like one of the Chanel eye creams. Since I don’t use eye cream every day, I don’t tend to buy full sizes because I’d like to use these small ones up before I purchase more. The deluxe samples tend to last me forever.
When I do use an eye cream I tend to only use it in the evening and I will put it on right before my moisturizer. I just will randomly pick one from one of these or a sample on nights that I feel like using it.
This is the full explanation of all of my skin care routine. I tried to be as detailed as possible and present it in an organized way. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you have any questions about anything feel free to ask me in the comments.
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