This blog post outlines my daily skin care regimen and an Origins skin care review (and a few other brands I use!). I’ve had (almost) consistently clear skin for over 2 years – it took a while to find what works for me, but I finally feel happy and confident in my skin.
UPDATE: Shortly after I wrote this post in September 2016, I switched all of my skincare products to Beautycounter in Nov 2016 since I wanted safer products with safer ingredients. And my skin has NEVER looked better. I get compliments from complete strangers on my skin, in person and online. This post has the details on what I use from Beautycounter and you can see recent pictures of my skin on Instagram. To learn more, sign up for my skincare and beauty newsletter here.
I’ve been meaning to blog about this topic for…years. Cough, sorry about that. This is my second most requested blog post. The #1 requested blog post is how I curl my hair and someday I’ll figure out how to set up my camera to actually show you!
I am so flattered that so many of you have asked about my skin care regimen. I had really, really rough skin for YEARS, all through high school and then as an adult. I’m finally in a place where my skin is happy and I feel confident, even without make-up (or an Instagram filter! 😉 ).
I’ve been using these products for about 2 years, and whenever I’ve tried to switch out my cleanser or moisturizer, my skin freaks out, so I don’t mess with those. I’ve been able to experiment with different eye creams, serums and masks without breakouts so that’s where I have fun. 🙂
Quick overview: I use a cleanser, AM and PM moisturizer, eye cream, retinol, and sunscreen every. single. day. It sounds like a lot but it doesn’t take too long, and I am a firm believer in using products that I enjoy using so I don’t dread washing my face. All of these feel and smell great and aren’t too outrageously priced (with the exception of one exfoliator).
I also have a few other things that I think are critical for keeping my skin clear, even though they’re not a daily thing, so I included those too (spot treatment, exfoliator, masks).
I’m also on a rotation where products run out at different times, so I don’t have to buy everything all at once and cry at the price tag. So maybe try to rotate it one new thing at a time to help with the cost and that way you can more easily tell what makes your skin improve, get worse, or stay the same.
Also, I will say that while skin care products are hugely important, identifying food triggers is really important too. When I did the Conscious Cleanse, I figured out that soy is a major trigger for breakouts for me (buh bye tempeh 🙁 ), so if you consistently struggle no matter what, you may want to consider an elimination diet to see if food is part of the issue.
Alright, let’s get to it!
The Daily Basics
Cleanser: Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash. I use this 1-2x a day. I try not to wash my face twice a day because I have pretty dry skin. But, if I run in the morning, I end up washing my face twice (second time to take off make-up at night). If I wash my face at night after CrossFit and don’t run the next morning, I just rinse my face with water in the morning. I’ll instead use witch hazel to freshen up – more details on witch hazel below!
- AM moisturizer: Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. This smells great and is really lightweight. I use this in the warmer months, but in the winter, I switch to something a little heavier for the day. Last winter, I used Origin’s Starting Over, and will probably get that when I run out of the GinZing one.
- Sunscreen: Cosmedix Reflect. I love this stuff. It’s super light weight and a bottle lasts forever. I usually only have to replace it once a year and I use it daily, year-round. If you only take one piece of advice from this post, it’s this: WEAR SUNSCREEN. I have way too many friends in their 30s who have already dealt with skin cancer.
- Retinol: I put this on a night after I clean and before I moisturize. Using a retinol has been a game changer in keeping my skin clear. If I run out and think I won’t replace it to save money, inevitably, I break out. So this is a non-negotiable now. and it’s an excellent anti aging treatment!
- Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM: this is the one I currently have and I really love it. But dang, it’s pricey. Especially when you accidentally dump 75% of it down the sink with your sleepy, clumsy hands. Seriously, I wanted to cry. I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again because I need a bottle that’s more secure to prevent spills like that!
- Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum. This retinol is about 1/3 of the price. I don’t think it works quite as well as the Peter Thomas Roth one, but clearly, I can’t have nice things. So… I may stick to this Roc one for a bit! If you’re new to retinol, ease into it. I haven’t had issues, but it can be tough on some people’s skin (tingly, redness). Start with it a few days a week and increase to daily use.
- PM Moisturizer: Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched renewal cream. I loooove this stuff. It smells great and is super rich and creamy, but not greasy.
- Eye cream: Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer. To be honest, I rarely buy eye cream, but when I do, I buy this one and hoard it. The way I keep my eye cream supply going strong is always picking eye cream as my freebie when I buy anything from Sephora or Trish McEvoy. This ROC eye cream is another one I really like when I have to buy one.
- Masks: I know they’re important, but I hate doing them. I’m lucky if I do them once a month. However, I LOVE Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst because I can put it on at night and go to bed. Great for extra moisture.
- Origins Original Skin Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay. This is a great one to clean out pores. I love this Aztec Secret Indian clay mask too but you have to mix it yourself, which is sort of a pain. But it’s dirt (heh) cheap, and I have a container that has lasted for YEARS.
- Exfoliator: For as much as I hate masks, I LOVE exfoliating. This Lancer “The Method – Polish” is my absolute favorite but it’s stupid expensive ($75). Sooo I don’t use it very often in an attempt to make it last longer. However, I’ve always felt like it smells a bit like baking soda, which makes me want to try this $8 Biore baking soda scrub to see if that’s just as good.
- Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. Sometimes it will be a couple hours before I can shower after Crossfit, so I use these after class. And if I want to grab breakfast or coffee after a run, I use them post-run too. I keep a pack in my gym bag, at home, and in the car. They’re everywhere and I love them.
- Thayer’s Rose Water Witch Hazel. Witch hazel has really helped even out my skin tone. I HATE spending money on a toner, and most toners have witch hazel as a main ingredient anyway. If I’m not washing my face in the morning, I use it just to feel fresher. The rose petal one is my favorite, but generally I just buy whatever is cheapest. The cucumber one is nice too.
- Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. This stuff is magic to stopping a zit from turning into something disastrous.
- Clarisonic Mia 2: I keep this in the shower and use it 2-3x a week with my cleanser.
A note on where to buy things:
I like shopping online at Macy’s for skincare stuff because they almost have coupon codes to use, and they are on eBates so I can get cash back. If Nordstrom is having triple cash back through eBates, I may buy stuff through there. And I like Sephora because they have a rewards program. Origins has a rewards program too, but they are often out of products(how??? I don’t understand), so I don’t always order from them. So, in short, I just shop around for the best deal.
Also, this post isn’t sponsored. Origins doesn’t know I exist. I wish they did. 🙂 And Maizey said to tell you guys that wrinkles are a beautiful thing. 😉
Also, genetics are huge. My mom is nearly 70, looks 55, and has gorgeous skin. Thanks Mom! <3
Phew, this was a doozy of a long post! I hope you found it useful! Let me know if you have questions!! And, if you have a retinol you love, will you let me know? I’m still searching for the ONE.
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