My Complete Skin Care Routine

This post was requested a lot! It was about time I updated you guys on my full routine and all the products I actually use on a regular basis and have actually seen honest results. With influencers and beauty brands all over our social pushing products, it can be very overwhelming and difficult to invest in certain products, or even be convinced that they’ll even work for you. I know this routine seems time consuming and just a lot overall, but I promise you’ll thank yourself later the sooner you make it a priority and staying consistent with it.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an esthetician nor a dermatologist. Use these products and follow this routine at your own risk. I am only sharing what I know works for me and my skin and what is common in most suggested skincare routines. You mostly want to make sure that you have more natural ingredients versus synthetic ingredients. Let’s get into it, shall we?!

I have oily skin during the summer and combination skin during the fall and winter. I try to adhere to using products that are for all skin types, and I like to mix up my products. I categorized each step of my routine and listed the products in order from lowest price to highest. Everything is linked too, so you can shop 🙂

STEP 1:
Prep. If I am wearing any makeup, I use a makeup wipe to remove most of the makeup using these products.

STEP 2:
Cleanse. I’m such a sucker for a cleanser with a creamy and foamy consistency. I switch up my routine with these:

STEP 3:
Tone. There’s so many different toners in the market. I was really confused about what a toner even does and I didn’t really think it was a necessary step in my routine, but over time I learned this is another crucial step. There is no one toner that fits all skin types, so it is very important to choose the right toner for your skin type A toner essentially gets rid of the excess oil, dirt, and leftover cleanser and most importantly brings the skin back to its neutral pH level, where it is healthiest and the most glowing state.

STEP 4:
Exfoliate. Less is more. Exfoliating once or twice a week is sufficient and is very important because you are wiping away dirt and dead skin cells in order to eliminate dullness, roughness and dryness, or even conditions that amplify the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. By exfoliating you will have more of a smooth and radiant complexion, so quit moisturizing dead skin and just exfoliate.

STEP 5:
Serum Application. Always, always apply your serums before your moisturizer. I always let my serums set in for about 30 seconds to a minute before applying my moisturizer. I never realized how essential serums are until about a year ago when I started to take my skin more seriously after seeing the damage my skin accumulated from the sun, etc. The sun damage is mostly lining my forehead along with a dark spot on the left side of my face and an angioma on the right side of my face; hence, why using spf is so important.
Vitamin C serums, eye creams and moisturizers are what you want to use consistently. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and helps to decrease signs of aging by repairing any damage done by the sun or free radicals.

STEP 6:
Eye cream/gel. Like serums, I was never really convinced that I needed an eye cream until I started noticing darker circles underneath my eyes. As soon as I used an eye cream on a regular basis, I saw clear results and such a decrease in darker pigmentation under my eyes.

STEP 7:
Moisturize. My absolute favorite part of my skincare routine I must say. It’s like the crème de la crème and just completes everything. While preventing your skin from drying out (hydrating), it also protects your skin from any sun damage, so I highly recommend using a moisturizer with high spf.

Skincare Extras I Love:
Don’t be afraid to use oils in your routine! I have grown to absolutely love them just as much as I do all of the above. They’re fabulous for reducing fine lines or rashes, hydration, makeup primer, shrinking pores and protecting.

I definitely plan to try preventative botox in the future, but for now this is my routine and I complete this morning and night besides exfoliating. I hope you were enlightened by this post; feel free to leave a comment. If you have any questions, please send a message 🙂

xx, Lex

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