Current Skincare Routine

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Happy Monday, all!

Today's post will be discussing the key players in my skincare routine. I have just recently started venturing more into the skincare realm and I am learning more every day. This is my first post of this type, but my skincare routine is sure to evolve over time. Expect future updates! If you're new here, my skin concerns are dryness, slight redness, texture/occasional acne, and large pores.

Makeup Remover: I am a huge fan of the Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. It is the one and only makeup remover I've found that removes any type of waterproof makeup while simultaneously not stinging my eyes the slightest bit. It also does not leave my eyes feeling greasy or oily. A little goes such a long way with this product. I've tried the CVS and Target brand versions of this makeup remover but they seriously pale in comparison. 

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Cleanser: I religiously use my Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk both in the mornings and at nighttime. It removes my face makeup like a breeze and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. Since it is a cleansing milk, its texture is a bit thicker than your standard liquid cleanser. The thicker consistency helps in preventing my face from feeling like it's been completely stripped of any moisture. It also smells deliciously like peaches, which is a nice pick-me-up when used in the morning.

Toner: The toner that I find myself consistently reaching for over others is the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's mild and does not sting my skin at all, but I find that it leaves my cheek area (the place on my face with the largest pores) looking brighter and healthier. I don't use it every day, but I love reaching for it on days where my skin is looking a bit drab and dull.

Serum: Admittedly, I'm just beginning to enter into the uncharted territory that is the world of essences/serums. I haven't tried out too many yet, but lately I've been using the Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion. It's very light on my skin and makes my skin feel refreshed and a tiny bit more hydrated. I don't find that it shrinks my pores at all or gives me enough hydration to last throughout the day, but I really like using this after applying toners/exfoliators that have a tendency to dry out my skin.

Moisturizer: My moisturizer of choice throughout the harsh winter months this year has been Soap & Glory's Righteous Butter. It is a thick, creamy moisturizer that my dry skin drinks right up. Despite it being so thick, it doesn't take a terribly long time to absorb into my skin. I like to apply it after cleansing/toning/using my emulsion before starting my eye makeup in the morning. By the time I need to get started on my face makeup, it has left my face feeling nice and smooth and hydrated any dry patches. The one drawback is that it is quite strongly fragrant with a perfume scent that may bother some people. 

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Some rotating skincare items that are also included in my routine are various exfoliators and face masks. I add either a chemical or physical exfoliator into my routine a couple of times a week. I've found that I like to use an AHA when I have dry patches on my skin and prefer to use a BHA when struggling with breakouts. I also really love to use my Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub on days when I really need to buff away some bumps and texture manually. I also tend to use face masks about twice a week. The masks I choose to use depend greatly on the skin concerns that I'm having at that time.

What products are staples in your skincare routine? Leave a comment below!