My skin care routine focuses on calming and hydrating the skin on a daily basis, avoiding strong active ingredients as I am sensitive and prone to redness. I use certain active ingredients as my extra a few times a week.
Cleansing: My cleanser is Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal purifying cleansing jell.
I massage it into my face for a while before rinsing off. This product is efficient in removing all oil and dirt from your face, leaving it really mate. This is not for a dry skin. Yves Rocher has, in its Sebo Vegetal line, also have more cleansers for other skin types.
Toning: another cleansing I do is use a toner. From my experience a good toner will give you the extra benefits when applying your skin care. Your skin “drinks” it better. My toner is Loreal Rare flower toner. I find it hydrating and soothing, softens my sensitive red skin and helps calming it.
Eye serum: – after cleansing I take care of my under eyes. The first product I use is Kiehl`s Super multi corrective eye opening serum. I massage it on under eye, and out, up to the brow bones, repeat. As I proceed I start seeing my under eye dark circles get better. They don`t disappear, but I can see that they are less prominent.
Hydration: – then I reach for my Lancôme – Hydrazen – anti – stress moisturizing beauty essence – which was discontinued by the brand. I have a lot as you can see in the bottle and love the hydration, the comfortable soft feeling it gives my skin. Such a beautiful, great smelling, efficient product! Lancôme! What have you done!
Eye cream: – I dub on my under eyes an eye cream – mine is Kiehl`s Creamy eye treatment with avocado. I think that any extra moisture for that area is a bonus, if it`s not oily. This eye cream is very nourishing, much more than other anti aging eye creams, including products from this same brand.
Finally moisturizer : Careline – Young hydrating cream jel SPF 15. This is a product I recently discovered, after buying it a year about a year ago. I did so with the goal of mixing it with cover fx cover drops. These drops are supposed to be mixed with your skin care or another foundation. I have tried it once with another moisturizer and it was not perfect. I also did too much. Now that I am lazy, I don`t bother with those drops. One oily day, I knew I will not get away with my Lancome – Hydrazen moisturizing cream without having that greasy situation, I decided to try this one. It gave me a fresh look, naturally flushed but not red. It actually brightened my skin tone, and the texture was a little richer than a jel but not too much. I never feel oily after applying it, the moisture is enough, and get compliments from family and friends when I go bare faced.
Lip balm: I have two lip balms of choice. The Yve Rocher is for more dry days. This is very effective and inexpensive one. The Frey Ol one is good for preparing the lips before applying a lip product.
I repeat my two cleansing steps, the eye cream and the Lancôme beauty essence.
The change is in the eye cream – I use Kiehl`s again, but this time – the Midnight recovery eye. This is also extremely nourishing, something that characterizes many of Kiehl`s products.
The other change I make is in the moisturizer, I let it be more rich, so this time it`s the Lancome Hydrazen anti – stress moisturizing cream spf 15. This also helps with my redness, more calming than brightening. It feels thick, but not greasy, rather a little like a clay mask as you apply it – and they disappears really fast into your skin.
Last step is a lip exfoliating treatment. I have posted about the Jeffrey Star one, which was good, but I found something excellent! It always removes any dryness, product leftovers, etc, exfoliates and even gives moisture – Sabon lip scrub. ! It was said to be a limited edition but I managed to restock two months after my first buy, so it`s unclear.
There are things I do to my skin a few times a week, that include more activity, more than just hydration and moisture.
Once A Week:
A cleansing mask: I have already mentioned this product in a favorite post long ago. Omorovicza – deep cleansing mask. This made it`s way into my routine for once a week, nearly taking the place of Lancôme while clay mask I have been using for a few years. I let it sit on my skin for aournd 25 minutes and wash it off. The smell is not strong but not amazing either. Not horrible but – feels natural, yes. I have already raved about what it does to my skin. It removes redness, oil, pampers, even a little feeling of moisture if you don`t keep it for maximum time. 30 minutes. It is written in the instructions to avoid using right after e shiwer as the steam can make some toxines surface.
A Few Times A Week: (depending on the need)
Now we are getting into those products that do have active ingredients! Before using any of them I will cleanse and tone.
Spray: My first step after that is spraying my face with Ven Effects Skin Calming mist. This I have already mentioned, too. This gives you a boost of freshness, hydration and as a result the skin tone looks more even.
Vitamin A: The Alpha –H serum, Vitamin A 0.5% with evening primrose. This serum performes in a more pleasant way on my skin if I apply it after the previous step, rather than right after the toner. Vitamin A is said to have anti – aging benefits, including:
exfoliation, evening out skin tone, firming and elsasiticy of the skin. I remember applying it for my decollate erea for a while – and my sun burn marks disappeared.
Moisture: Kiehl`s Skin Rescuer minimizing daily hydrator. It`s a product that works well after vitamin A serum, we all know it is required to give moisture after exfoliation like treatments. It feels a bit oily as I apply it, but after a while it blends in.
Extra Hydration: If I am not in my oily days I use the Alpha – H Vitamin E with macadamia serum, which is an oil. It always gives you a layer of protection and your face is not effected by the wind or by anything extra drying. It helped with my redness as well. If you are sensitive – not the type that prone to break outs and rosecha – here i cannot tell – I highly recommend trying it! I have been using it as a primer as my skin overall more dry than it was before. It works well for leaving skin tacky to stick the foundation, adds hydration and some soft dewy look.
Vitamin C: More often I do use Apha – H Vitamin C serum with grape seed. We all know the benefits of Vitamin C – the antioxidant, this particular serum is said to boost collagen as well. The results I can actually see are a very brightening, “waking up” your complexion, effect. I think that if you have a dull, pale skin you can also benefit from using it.
Moisture: After this step, I love using the Lancome – anti – stress moisturizing cream jel. This is supposed to be a two in one cream that gives you both the effect of the Hydrazen beauty essence – and that moisturizing cream. This cream is good especially after applying the vitamin C serum, or a booster. Does it give me the same effect of the previous beauty essence did? No. My skin goes a little more red once again and stays like that, more or less for the rest of the day – if I apply it alone.