My Skincare Routine // Week One

Hi guys! I am so excited about this post because I think I have come up with a great idea that my readers will LOVE! Yesterday I posted on my Instagram that I will be launching a new *weekly* skincare feature on my blog and today is the dayyyyy that I go over all of the details with you. Yayyyyy!

Since starting my blog, I have gotten tons of beauty related questions from my friends and family. I get a lot of makeup questions, but mostly I get a lot of questions about skin care. What do I use? When do I use it? How do I feel about botox? How much time do I spend on my routine? SO many questions. A few weeks ago I was at a party and my friend Julie started asking me questions about what I’ve been loving lately for fine lines and then her friend Kathy was asking about night creams and then… it hit me. I need to just post what I use on my face and post it constantly. This is how I thought of my new feature.

Each week, starting today, I am going to pick out several products from my collection and create an AM skincare routine and a PM skincare routine. Once I pick out my products (I already did this, see below) I am going to use ONLY those products for an entire week. At the beginning of each week I will show you the products I have chosen and why and then at the start of the next week I will talk about what I liked and did not like about the skincare routine and THEN post about my new one for that week. Make sense? Since I am just starting this today, this post will only be about what I have chosen to use for the week and why. Next Monday’s post, however, will have my thoughts on the this weeks routine and also my new picks for the upcoming week. Will I always change the entire routine? No, but I will be swapping out several products and reviewing each product as well as the routine on the whole.

I am so excited! I am excited because I think everyone will really benefit from hearing about the products I’m using and if they are actually working. I am also really pumped to finally finish some products up. Ugh, I am the worst at this. I will buy something, say a moisturizer, and yeah, I will love it, but before you know it, I’ve bought myself a new product and then totally forgotten about the half finished one over there in the corner. I need to clear some stuff out. Look at all of my products…. it’s gotten excessive. Okay, it’s been excessive for awhile now.

Weekly Skincare Routine // Week One

My bathroom counter (insert scared emoji here)

Weekly Skincare Routine // Week One

My bathroom wall (mostly where I keep cleansing balms and face oils)

My skin care drawer

My skin care drawer

I hate to admit this, but I even have a bunch of products underneath my bathroom sink too….AND….a bunch of face masks and exfoliating stuff in a drawer in our guest bathroom. I told you, it’s excessive! My name is Mary and I’m addicted to skincare products.

Okay ladies and gents, here are the rules for each week:

  1. I will pick an AM and PM skincare routine on Sunday night and post it on Monday + explain why I chose each product
  2. I will use ONLY the products chosen for the entire week, even if I’m not loving the results. The one exception to this rule is if my skin has a bad reaction to a product.
  3. Sometimes I take baths at night and when I do, this is when I use face masks and exfoliating products. I haven’t had time for this lately, but should I take a bath and use something not in my list, I will let you know.
  4. The following Monday I will review the products I used and rate the results of my routine on a 1-10 scale + post my new routine + explain why I chose the products I did
  5. Repeat

Things to know about me and my skin:

  • I am 31 years old.
  • My skin is pretty normal but tends to be a bit dehydrated (Not dry. Yes, there is a difference). I get oily in the T-zone throughout the day but it’s not overwhelming. I am not acne prone. I have tiny crows feet starting to develop. I have horrible allergies so I have some dry and saggy skin under my eyes since my eyes get swollen frequently. Stupid dust mites. What else? Umm.. I have a teensy bit of hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone on my cheeks and forehead due to over tanning in my youth. Lastly, my pores are pretty small at the moment but I work really hard at this. A few years ago my pores were HUGE and I looked gross so now I try really hard to make sure my pores appear as invisible as possible.
  • The products may change but the routine is generally always the same. For an in depth explanation of each step click HERE but the short version is this:
    • AM Routine
      • Cleanse
      • Toner/Acid
      • Facial Spray
      • Treatment/Serum
      • Eye Cream
      • Moisturizer
      • Lip Balm
    • PM Routine
      • Double Cleanse (yes, I cleanse my face twice at night)
      • Toner/Acid
      • Facial Spray
      • Treatment/Serum
      • Eye Treatment/Serum
      • Eye Cream
      • Moisturizer/Oil
      • Lip Balm
  • I have been getting Botox on my forehead since my early 20’s. No regrets at all. I am being open about this because while Botox prevents me from getting deep forehead wrinkles, my skin is smooth like a baby’s bottom because of my skincare routine. This is an important distinction.

Last important note before we get started. What works for me may not work for you. I will definitely be as transparent as possible, but please don’t hold me accountable for your skincare woes should you try any of the products I am reviewing. If you are acne prone, you might not like some of my recommendations because my products are not geared towards acne prone skin. Know your own skin and make choices based on YOU.

Now that all the logistics are out of the way…. let’s get going. This week my routine is as follows:

Weekly Skincare Routine // Week One

This week my skin is feeling a little dehydrated so I chose products to make my skin look plump, hydrated, and glowing.

In the AM routine for March 14-20 we have:

  • Cleanse – Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm by Sunday Riley – I chose this because it clarifies and cleans but also moisturizes the skin so after your rinse it off, your skin never feels dry and tight.
  • Toner – Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner – As far as toners go, this one is pretty “light”. It wipes away anything left over after cleansing, clarifies, and soothes the skin too.
  • Facial Spray – Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist – I have the travel size and just love the scent. If it weren’t so pricey, I’d splurge for the big bottle. This step is always optional but I do feel like it adds a layer of hydration and refreshes the skin.
  • Treatment/Serum – Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution – I chose this because because it repairs sun damage (I mentioned above that I have some hyperpigmentation) AND it protects from further damage. It also claims to reduce the appearance of pores. I am using this all over my face as opposed to a “spot” treatment.
  • Eye Cream – Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream – I have mentioned this a billion times. I’ve used up so many bottles of this and I just love it. It may be too heavy for some to use in the day time, but it works for me since my under eye area is really dry.
  • Moisturize – Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb – I have two large samples of this that I will be using this week. I have used it before and really like that it is hydrating without being heavy.
  • Body Lotion – Honest Company Face and Body Lotion – I decided to try using just one body lotion per week too. I like that this lotion is plant based but I am hoping I will still find this lotion to be super hydrating. My body is a bit dry so I need all the moisture I can get.

Instead of doing an entirely new routine in the PM, I will be using mostly the same products but I will be adding the Dr. Jart Micro Water as my first “cleanse” to remove all of my makeup. To use this, I pour a bunch on a cotton round and just wipe gently on my face to remove my makeup before I cleanse my face. My Treatment/Serum for PM will be the Tata Harper All-Natural Replenishing Nutrient Complex. This product is all natural and full of tons of great ingredients that are considered anti aging AND used to treat acne. After I apply the Nutrient Complex, I am going to use the Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil as my moisturizer. I like thick products at night so that my skin stays hydrated while I sleep. This oil is soothing and prevents premature signs of aging. It also supposedly boosts collagen production to encourage more supple skin. I need all the suppleness I can get! Before putting on my Bobbi Brown eye cream, I am going to use the Elemis Pro Collagen Eye Renewal so help reduce the appearance of my fine lines around my eyes.

The Lip Balm for both routines is the Jouer Lip Enhancer. It is really hydrating and it makes my lips look pretty 🙂 I used it last night but forgot to put it on this AM. Whoops.

Alright, that was a lot of information. Not all of my Weekly Skincare posts will be so long, I promise. Are you as excited as I am? I can’t wait to see how I like this routine and fill you guys all in on my progress. I DID use my AM routine this morning. Soooo….I thought it might be nice to throw in some really unflattering, up close pictures of my skin so you can see what I’m working with here. I took these this morning after doing my makeup. I wear very light makeup during the work week…just some tinted moisturizer, blush, highlight, and mascara.

My Skincare Routine // Week One

In the first picture you can see the baggy under eyes and some visible pores.

My Skincare Routine // Week One

Things aren’t as bad when you’re a little further away 🙂

Okay, I’m off. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! xo

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