It has literally been years since I have used one line exclusively for my skin care routine. I blame this mostly on the fact that I read so many articles and posts on products and think if someone else says it’s great it must be! That’s not all bad – because I value the opinion of others – but the downside is having so many products and not knowing what to do with them!
My friend Laura was the first person to turn me on to products from the brand called The Ordinary. When she raved about the peeling solution and I saw how affordable it was I had to have it. I was impressed with it! One thing to note: I absolutely hate spending a lot on skincare UNLESS I buy it from my dermatologist. I also do not like to spend a lot on cleansers – they wash off so why would I spend a lot on something that literally is designed to go down the drain? For years I have used either Cetaphil or Cerave after I remove my make up with my trusty Make Up Eraser. I used to use make up wipes but got tired of the waste.
What lead me to revamp my whole routine was the urge to know I was using the products in the correct order and that I was not over exfoliating nor using products that were not compatible. To further confuse me, The Ordinary is not readily available in stores near me so I had to take to YouTube to do a little research. This seems to have worked well for me as I found a YouTuber close in age to me with similar skincare goals.
It was eye opening to me to see that rather than use the same products in the same way each night I should mix it up a bit. The AM skincare routine is the same each day but at night things change slightly. I am including a description of each product the first time I mention it.
Take a look at my AM routine:
Step 1 – wash my face with cleanser – currently using Cetaphil
Step 2 – Buffet – a peptide rich serum that boosts collagen reproduction. Peptides are delivered to the skin on a cellular level to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Step 3 – Matrixyl – high strength peptide formulation that softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin.
Step 4 – Amino Acids – targets skin hydration and boots its natural repair process by improving barrier function
Step 5 – Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F – this formula contains a high percentage of vitamin C. Vitamin C is most commonly associated with anti-aging and aids in brightening as well as revitalization of mature skin.
Step 6 – Moisturizer – Locks in other skin care and boosts surface moisture.
I do wait a few minutes in between each step to let the product sink in.
Then I apply my sunscreen and the rest of my make up – easy!
Now My PM routine has two different schedules – basically alternating nights. I always begin by removing my make up and washing my skin.
On Monday – Wednesday – Friday – Sunday here are the products I use:
Step 2 – Amino Acids
Step 3 – Retinoid – improves skin cell turnover and lessens fine lines and wrinkles
Step 4 – Moisturizer
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I use these products:
Step 2 – Amino Acids
Step 3 – Moisturizer
The results? Overall my skin seems softer and brighter. It doesn’t appear as red or pink as it has in the past. I have been so pleased in fact that I actually re-ordered products! That almost never happens but I am sticking with this routine for the foreseeable future.
Not only do I love the results I am seeing but nothing I linked is over $18 – in fact most are under $10! What do you look for in skincare? I’d love to hear about products you use and love!