My Daily Skincare Routine
Let's get right into it. I didn't use to be as into skincare as I am now. But, I suppose at some magical age (for me it starts with a 3), I decided that it was time to start taking care of my face so it didn't turn into a crumpled paper bag. It's so much easier to avoid all of this stuff when you're young. And by young, I mean not-yet-30. And even then, I 'm still young. Yes, I know. So, what products do I use on my face, you ask? Well, I've started using a ton of different things and to be honest, I like to experiment. Just like shampoos or makeup, I feel that using the same product too consistently is the plateau to facial smoothness...or something like that. Regardless, I switch it up quite frequently, but these are my go-to ride-or-die favorites.
Cleanser: Tula Purifying Face Cleanser
When it comes to face cleansers, I'm all over the board. In the past, I've been a big fan of Neutrogena products - I use their Acne Wash Cleanser often when I take a shower, and the Makeup Removing Pads on my post-run sweaty skin to prevent breakouts (these I still use daily). I also keep packs of these Simple Cleansing Wipes in my gym bag. Perfect for a quick grab-and-go cleanse post workouts. However, I started using the Purifying Face Cleanser from Tula and it's amazing. It has a light and clean scent, which I love, and it's gentle on your skin. Some of the Neutrogena products--while great--do have a tendency to be a little harsh and make my skin feel dry. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I do have to worry about my face becoming overly greasy from sweat.
(I try to wash my face every morning, so this is usually the first thing I grab. If I'm heading out the door to run, I don't like to waste a good cleanser, so I'll use a Simple Cleansing Wipe first thing in the morning to remove my nighttime face creams and wash my face fully post-run. )
Vitamin C Serum: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Without fail, every morning, I reach for my Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. It's definitely my favorite product of the entire Drunk Elephant line (actually - it might be a tie for the Sukari Baby Facial, but that's something I'm working on for another post!). It's a Vitamin C serum that you can mix into your favorite moisturizing lotion. Vitamin C is so good for your skin because it helps promote collagen production and fights free radicals, all of which are enemies of our healthy, young skin. The best part of the Drunk Elephant serum, (and not all serums are made this way) is that it creates a reservoir effect, meaning that it can't be wiped off or sweat off for 72 hours! So it makes it perfect for running. You just need a single pump, which means that the bottle will last forever.
Just like many of my other facial products, I rotate my moisturizer based on the day. My personal favorite is the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. It's incredibly thick, highly moisturizing, and makes the skin feel silky to the touch. However, being thick does have a downside and when I'm headed out the door in the morning for a run, it feels too thick on my skin (not to mention, it's expensive, so I don't want to just sweat it off!). So, on mornings that I'm coaching or not running, I start with one pump of the Protini. If I'm running, or I know I'll sweat, I prefer to use the Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream. It's a multi-purpose moisturizing cream for both day and night use, but I like how light it is. It doesn't leave my face feeling greasy and I mix it with one pump of the C-Firma Serum.
Under-eye cream: Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream
I've always had dark circles and puffiness underneath my eyes. For the most part, that is genetic, but I know that I don't always get quality sleep. So, I'll take a little bit of help in the form of Tula's Revitalizing Eye Cream. Again, Tula comes in clutch with some really great (and affordable!) eye cream. This eye cream helps reduce the puffiness and "tiredness" of my under eyes and, just like the Day & Night Cream, it's light and feels great on my skin. Again, a small tube goes a long way, so this is something that will last you quite a while.
Sunscreen: Supergoop Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF 50
I don't think that I need to mention how incredibly important sunscreen is for your face. I don't often find myself running outside in the middle of the day during the Austin summers, but when I do, it's so incredibly important to make sure to use a sunscreen for a variety of reasons. The main reason, of course, is to prevent any additional sun damage from happening. But, equally as important is by using AHAs (such as Sunday Riley's Good Genes or Drunk Elephant's TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum in my P.M. routine) makes your skin extra susceptible to sun damage. Saturdays before long runs are a perfect example of a time that sunscreen is a must. I like Supergoop Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It's lightweight, not overly expensive, and doesn't smell like ... well, sunscreen. I use a little bit on my face when I know that I'm going to be out in the sun and it's water resistant. (If I'm wearing makeup, I don't use foundation - I use Clinique's Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40, so I don't need a sunscreen on top.)
Nighttime serum: Drunk Elephant's TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum OR Sunday Riley's Good Genes
So for a long time, I was using one pump of Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum before I went to bed. I find that for an acid exfoliant, it's incredibly gentle on my skin and for the first few uses, it would cause a bit of a tingle. What I loved about it, was that it made my skin feel smooth and it just looked bright in the morning when I woke up. Because it helps to pull dead skin away and sinks into the skin, I did notice that it caused me to break out over the first few uses or so that I used it (does this mean it's working?!), but that quickly cleared up after that first week. I wouldn't say that my skin is overly sensitive, but I always break out after facials when estheticians do extractions on my face, so I assume this is nothing different. I think a couple small breakouts are worth it, though, for some seriously glowing skin in the A.M. Drunk Elephant does recommend using the Marula Luxury Facial Oil as a night time layer over the TLC Framboos. For me, personally, the Marula is too much oil for my face (I have pretty normal skin) and I felt like it clogged my pores if I used it every night. I much prefer it as a once-a-week treatment for your face.
I very recently picked up the Sunday Riley Good Gene's Lactic Acid Treatment as an alternative to give it a try. Because, marketing (I'm not ashamed to admit it). As I started writing this blog, I didn't think that I had been using the Good Genes long enough to give a legitimate opinion (+/- 2 weeks). But, I think that it's been long enough because, I seriously, really like it. I feel as though my daily skincare routine sounds like an ode to Drunk Elephant, but that's because they make some seriously quality products. But, in this case, I think Sunday Riley wins the nighttime serum category.
Good Genes is a lactic acid treatment, so essentially it's in the same family as the Drunk Elephant TLC. It's an exfoliant for dead skin cells, plumps the skin to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and with extended use, reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation. First of all, I love the smell of Good Genes. It's an orangey citrus scent and it just smells summery and fresh. It's a bit more of a lotion/cream than the TLC, so it leaves my skin feeling a little bit less greasy. I'm always concerned with my skin's ability to breathe at night when my face feels like I'm wearing a layer of Vaseline, so this is a nice change. But the biggest change is just how I feel it leaves my skin in the morning. My skin just glows. It seems brighter, healthier, and I feel like my overall skin tone is more even. Everyone told me it was a "miracle product," and I personally hate those terms, but this is seriously one of the best night serums I've ever tried. It's definitely pricey, but I find that I only need about one pump at night, which means the bottle is going to last me a while. Even better, I've had zero breakouts with this treatment, something I can't say honestly about the Drunk Elephant (even if it was short-lived!).
Eyelash conditioner: Revitalash Advanced Conditioner
Okay, here comes my pitch for my favorite beauty product of all time. I can't say enough good things about this eyelash conditioner. I had a discussion with a friend one day on a long run about one thing that we would do if we had a ridiculous amount of frivolous money to spend. (C'mon, you know you've had that conversation, too!) For me, it would be eyelash extensions because I love the look of super long, super thick lashes. However, I have zero intention of spending $200/month to keep up with the maintenance. So, instead, I use Revitalash. Much along the same lines as Latisse, except not prescription-only, Revitalash is a nightly conditioner that helps to grow your lashes. It really does work. I've been using it religiously since a few friends told me I just had to try it. (Are you sensing a pattern? I'm a sucker for marketing and friend's peer pressure when it comes to beauty products.)
You apply a thin line of Revitalash to the top layer of the lashes and leave it alone. I prefer to use it at night so there's less chance that I will rub it off or it won't get absorbed into the lashes. It won't make your current lashes longer, but continued use will make the new lashes that grow (because, just like your hair, your eyelashes continually fall out and regrow) super long. It also helps with volume, and you'll quickly notice that you have a bunch of baby lashes growing out. I will warn you, however, that there is a awkward phase when you start using it. I feel like it's akin to growing your bangs out. You just have to let them do their thing until they're long enough to include in the rest of your hair. But, it really does work. I've had numerous friends ask me about my lashes and even had estheticians comment on my lashes or ask if I have extensions in. It really is that good.
And the best part is that it's relatively inexpensive, and gets cheaper the bigger tube that you get. I try to stock up during the Nordstrom sale because they usually have a 2-for-1 deal (if you can snag it before it sells out), but you can get a 6-month, 3-month, or 1-month supply of Revitalash to try it out!
Eye Cream: Tula's Revitalizing Eye Cream
I just finish off my nighttime routine with another little dab underneath the eyes of my morning eye cream for a bit of extra help. Love this stuff over the more expensive nightly eye creams.
I know I've mentioned this before, but I truly love and use the Drunk Elephant line daily. If the price tag on the full priced items scares you, Sephora has a great bundle called, "The Littles" which is a travel-size bundle of all of the best products from DE: C-Firma (the Vitamin C serum), the Marula Luxury Facial Oil, and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, as well as some really awesome moisturizers, cleansers, and eye creams. For some, the Facial Oil especially, the travel-size will last forever. I'd highly recommend it if you're on the fence or if you are looking for a great gift for someone who loves skincare!
Have any questions about my daily skincare routine? Leave them below!
Photos by David Lemon Photography