another goal of mine, after figuring out the makeup routine, was to determine a quick skin care routine. i figured i probably wasn't washing my face enough or using enough moisturizer because i'd skip it when i decided i didn't have time, which was usually in the mornings. so i figured out some products that work for me both quickly in the mornings, and also at night when i have a bit more time.
in the morning, i wash with the neutrogena cream cleanser. after that i use toner. i just get witch hazel from the drug store, it's pretty cheap and easy to find. after that dries (just about a minute or two) i apply eye cream and face cream. both with spf because i don't put other sunscreen on unless i'm going to be outdoors. which i rarely am because i'll be honest with ya, i don't like the outdoors. never have. for my eyes i'm currently using the get defensive cream by mark, and for my face i use cetaphil oil control moisturizer, it is definitely the best for oily skin. i used to hate face moisturizer and sunscreen because i hate the greasy feeling, but this is thin and dries quickly. i never feel greasy and it does not make me look shiny. (refer to my makeup routine to see how i feel about shiny skin.) i let the moisturizer sink in for a few minutes while i drink my coffee, then i apply my makeup. the fact that this whole process takes mere minutes and i'm still getting clean and moisturized makes me very happy!
and for my night time routine:
makeup removal: first i use clinique eye makeup remover. they always come in the clinique gift bags during bonus time, so my mother often has a stockpile. i think my cleansing towels could take off all my eye makeup but i feel like using the clinique first makes the process much faster. it takes off even tough mascara in just a few swipes. then i remove the rest of the makeup with yes to cucumbers towelettes. i love them, they smell great and never bother my skin. one towel takes off all my makeup. i like to remove it before i use face wash. some people find this unnecessary, but i don't feel like i get as clean if i just use face wash.
cleansing: i shower at night because i'm in that routine. i don't wash my hair every time i shower (i only wash my hair about 3 times a week) but when i do wash it, i simply don't have the time to do it in the morning. it's very thick and takes an incredible amount of time to dry, and i avoid heat tools as much as possible. showering at night allows it to air dry. anyway, this means i wash my face in the shower with clean and clear morning burst. i know it's not morning, but whatever.
moisturize: once i'm out of the shower, i use the same toner as from the morning routine, but a different face and eye cream. since i'm not covering it in makeup, i use a heavier cream and allow it a little longer to dry. for my eyes i use clinique all about eyes (another product always in gift bags) and for my face i use derma e hydrating night cream, which i love. both of these cause no problems for my oily t-zone area. they are heavier and take longer to soak in, which is why i don't use them for day time.
as you can see, i don't use tools like the clarisonic. i keep eyeing it but i'm just not sure. i don't have any skin care issues, so i'm just not that sure i need it or that it's worth the investment. does anyone have it? i also don't use weekly masks or exfoliators. i'm sure i should, but as long as this routine is working for me, i'm happy.
(again, no affiliate links and nothing received for free. just what i really use and buy myself.)