Ok, so I haven't talked about my skincare routine in a while, so I thought I would.
I have been really concentrating on my skin lately, mainly because since I moved to Saskatoon in July, my skin has been freaking! And I've been freaking! And back-peddaling and revamping, and sampling, and changing all the things I know and do regarding my face.
Plus I'm getting older (30) and my skin is dehydrated (thyroid) so here is what has been working pour moi:
1) (from left to right)
Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover. I have never found anything better. It just works and the price is right.
Clinique All About Eyes eye cream. It's good. It wins awards. I'm not sure if it's working yet, but time will tell.
Soap & Glory Fab Pore Peel. I like this so far. I got it recently and have only used it a few times but it has totally been doing the job I bought it for. My skin has huge pores that get all filled up really easily and then my face looks dull and "junky" (for lack of a better word) and this totally clears all that up. You just pop it on, wait 10 minutes (it tingles slightly as it eats your face--at least that's waht I picture) and then I wipe it off with a warm facecloth.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. I've talked about this one before, It's a great powder that you add a bit of water to and it turns into a brightening scrub. Awesome!
Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Serum. A nice, light creamy serum that I put on after I wash my face and before I put on moisturizer, both in am and pm. Really helping me counteract this nasty winter weather.
Avene Rich Compensating Cream. A nice, thick (but not pore-clogging) cream that goes well under makeup (or not). It really does the trick on this old handbag. :)
Dermalogica Precleanse. It's a cleansing oil that really helps break up dirt and especially makeup (even eye) on your face before cleansing. I'm almost out of it so the true test is whether I cough up another $35 to get another bottle or try something different.
2) Vichy Normaderm is one of those cleansing waters that you don't need to rinse off. I've tried a bunch of them, and as you may know I have and love the Bioderma but I have to say I love this one even more. It really gets your skin down to brass tacks without leaving any film. Perfect to take off makeup before cleansing or just take off the day if you want to do a quicky clean.
3) In the shower I used to use Cetaphil and sometimes still do but I also need to penetrate the dermis a bit ore so depending on the day I either use Soap & Glory Scrub your nose in it on my t zone (can leave on a bit as a masque or just use as scrub) or Lush's Buche De Noel which is a rich scrub made of almond that smells like you should eat it and adds some nice oils to your face while it scrubs. Buche is a holiday product but they have one similar in their regular line if you ask them.
(The other tub is Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly--it is purple with sparkles and smells like My Little Pony--I die!)
Sooo...what I do is soak a couple cotton pads with the Vichy, take off the first layer of makeup and gunk, then I use Precleanse to really get it off. I rub it all over my face, eyes last as it gets your mascara everywhere, and then rinse off (it turns milky--cool!), then I use the Microfoliant to get my pores clean (or do the Soap & Glory peel--which is really a masque--that I leave on for at least 10 minutes) and then take off with facecloth, slap on some serum on face and neck and then the compensating cream and at night the eye cream.