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Updated Holy Grail Skin Care Routine for AM & PM

May 4, 2019

At this point, most of you know I am a complete & total skin care product junkie and have tried and tested so SO many things - many I have liked and many I have hated. I finally have it narrowed down to what I truly LOVE. While there are many things I have tried and liked, I still didn't repurchase some because I have streamlined and focused on high-quality products that I see a big difference with. 

 

That said, I have also moved to using as clean of products as I can for skin care (and all body related products like shampoo, body wash, shaving gel along with food - mostly!). So some of these are pricey and some of them have maybe 1 ingredient I still don't love, but it is certainly a huge improvement and better than before.

 

I've listed them all out in the order of use - I don't use them all every time, but I noted that below! I probably only wear makeup 1-2 times per week at this point, so I have made skin care the focus and where I spend way more. Makeup always looks better on a good canvas. 

 

I have used these for months now and have noticed such a difference in my skin texture and tone. The only new ones below are the melting butter and makeup eraser and I have been using a different variation of it. These have even pretty much stopped hormonal breakouts (fingers crossed) so I have full faith and it goes to show how much crappy chemicals irritate your skin more than help. You may recognize some of these from the Sephora Sale post I just did and it's because I stocked up! That sale is still happening until 5/06!

 

Cleanse: 

Drunk Elephant Makeup Melting Butter - I use this to remove my makeup first

Caudalie Makeup Removing Oil - If I have a lotto eye makeup, I use this there too

Makeup Eraser - Along with the first two, I use this to wipe away the makeup with water

Drunk Elephant Pekee and Juju Bars - I'm a fan of double cleansing so I wash with these

Caudalie Deep Exfoliator - If I need to really exfoliate, I'll use this instead of the bars

 

 

Tone/Serum:

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Serum - This is exfoliating with 12% AHA/BHA (pm only)

Vintner's Daughter Botanical Serum - This is pricey but the best - packed with all needs

Augustinus Bader Riche Cream - Testing this but doubt I'll rebuy - Vintner's the splurge

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream - I think I am losing the undereye line battle this helps

 

 

Moisturize:

Drunk ElephantProtini - This is packed with peptides and really hydrating 

Farmacy Lip Balm - for the morning

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask- for sleeping 

 

 

OR 

 

 

AM:

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar

Vintner's Daughter

Augustinus Bader

Drunk Elephant Eye Cream

Farmacy Lip Balm

 

PM:

Makeup Removers if needed

Drunk Elephant Pekee or Juju Bar

Drunk Elephant Glycolic Serum

Vintner's Daughter

Drunk Elephant Protini

Drunk Elephant Eye Cream

Agave Lip Mask

 

 

If Needed:

 

Drunk Elephant Daily SPF - I do not wear spf daily (bad on me, I know) but oh well 

Coola Anti-Aging Face Tanner - If I tan my body, I use this on my face mixed with Protini

 

 

Masks for Fun:

 

Estee Lauder Eye Masks

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - great for moisturizing

Dr Jart Rubber Lover - great for moisturizing

Caudalie Moisture Mask - great for moisturizing

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial - great for exfoliating

Origins Charcoal Clearing Mask - great for clearing skin

Caudalie Detox Mask - great for clearing skin

Sand & Sky Pink Clay -great for shrinking pores / blackheads

Dr Brandt Pore Vacuum- great for shrinking pores / blackheads

TaTa Harper Resurfacing Mask - great for texture

Origins Retexturing Mask- great for texture

 

 

Other Tools:

 

Dermaplaning - I do this one every few weeks / when I remember to really exfoliate. It helps products sink deeper into skin and gets rid of dead skin then use my usual products

 

Facial Steamer - I use this before a clearing/pore shrinking mask to steam my face and open my pores

 

Pore Vacuum - While steaming, I will use this to literally vacuum my face. sounds crazy but works and I apply a charcoal mask after! Cleanse, steam, vacuum, mask, products

 

Microneedling - I do this when I remember as well (theme for all of these things) and it helps to boost collagen production and allow products to penetrate further

 

*I also have and like ice rollers, jade rollers and the gua sha tool. None of these tools and extras are needed, but they're fun on a relaxing Sunday and do make a difference if you have the time/dedication.

 

 

If you only buy a few of these, The Drunk Elephant Framboos Serum, Vintner's Daughter and any good cleanser would be the musts! I use masks for fun and if there is some sort of issue I am having so I do not by any means use all of those all the time! I have tried and liked them all though.

 

As rule of thumb, the brands I lean toward that are cleaner are Drunk Elephant, Caudalie, Origins, Farmacy, Herbivore and others I haven't used as much but fit the bill are Tatcha, Youth to the People, Indie Lee, Supergoop, Biossance, TaTa Harper and REN.

 

Follain has a really good guide and ingredients list to avoid along with Drunk Elephant and you can always check EWS and Think Dirty for product ratings.

 

XO

 

 

 

 

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