My skin is something I have always struggled with. Being a makeup artist I know that great makeup starts with great skin. I am constantly trying to keep mine under control which can be challenging since I have sensitive, acne prone, dehydrated skin. Over the years I have found a few products that work well, however, now that I am in my 30's I am noticing a whole new set of concerns. This has lead me to do a bit more research and add in a few extra products to my previously limited skincare menu. Take a look below at my current skincare routine.
My morning routine is fairly simple. Usually I will splash my face with some water then head out the door for a walk. Once in the shower I wash my face with a gentle cleanser. After showering I always spritz my skin with Caudalie's beauty elixir. I am completely obsessed with this product, ever since I have started using it my skin looks more radiant. Next I apply moisturizer, I do this immediately after the elixir before my skin is completely dry, I find moisturizer absorbs the best this way. Currently I am using Racinne's Ultimate Aqua Boost lotion but when I am feeling dry I will use Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream. I also take a few minutes after showering to apply Kiehl's Creme de Corps body cream. Lastly I apply Lucas Paw Paw ointment to my lips (which I also do at night and frequently throughout the day).
Nighttime is when I incorporate a few more steps into my skincare routine. I remove my makeup with Fresh Seaberry Cleansing Oil, which melts away my makeup leaving my skin feeling soft. Next I use a gentle cleanser as a second cleanse, this gives me the guarantee that I have removed all traces of makeup. I am prone to breakouts so this is an important step for me. Same as I do in the morning I then spritz with Caudalie's Beauty Elixir before applying a serum. Right now I have two that I am rotating with; Fresh Black Tea Firming Serum and Racinne Aqua Blanc Concentrate. After my serum I pick how I am going to hydrate. Typically I go with Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream or Caudalie's Divine Oil but sometimes I rotate in an overnight mask.
Twice A Week
I like to exfoliate at least twice a week. Since I have oilier skin I can get away with exfoliating three times a week if I am using a gentle exfoliator. Currently I am using Racinne's Gentle Refining Scrub but I just finished up Fresh Sugar Face Polish which I absolutely loved. A couple times a week I will skip my regular evening moisturizer and add an overnight mask. Right now I am using Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask and Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask.
Once A Week
Generally I do a hydrating mask once a week. If my skin has been breaking out I may add in a deep cleansing mask like May Lindstrom's The Problem Solver or Fresh's Umbrian Clay Mask, which I will also use as a spot corrector. Multi-masking is also a great option if you don't have time to do two separate masks. Once a week I exfoliate with Fresh's Cocoa Body Exfoliant in the shower to give my body a little extra love.
When I Remember
I am guilty of constantly forgetting to apply eye cream. When I do remember I generally only apply this at night unless I notice that my eyes are puffy in the morning. Currently I have two on rotation, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream.
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Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.