My Skin Care Routine // Week Four

Hi guys!

Of course I am here to talk about skin care (duh!) but I quickly wanted to point out my new blog design!!!!! Do you love?! I do! Let me know your thoughts in the comments and please please let me know if you run into any issues with links etc so I can fix ASAP. Ok, YAY!

Alrighty, SO. Last week’s skin care routine is linked HERE. From now on, I am going to review each routine on its original post. You’ll want to click HERE and then scroll to the bottom to read on my thoughts and see any photos of progress. It will keep the posts a little bit cleaner.

Click HERE for Week One
Click HERE for Week Two
Click HERE for Week Three

Okay, so for the AM this week I will be using a very simple routine, just five steps! Go below the picture to see the order in which I apply.

My Skin Care Routine // Week Four

  1. CleanseCleansing Balm by Beauty Counter – Just your basic cleansing balm. No scent which is nice 🙂
  2. Toner – Multiactiver Toner by Dermologica – I spray this all over my face and let it dry. It is super mild, smells delicious, and doesn’t dry the skin at all. Sometimes I will really douse my skin with this and then use a cotton pad to wipe off the excess. This product lasts forever and is pretty inexpensive!
  3. Treatment – Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution by Dr. Dennis Gross (see weeks one, two, three for more info)
  4. Eye Cream – Complete Eye Renewal Balm by Algenist – I’m going to be using this morning and night this week. This is a nice lightweight but effective eye cream. It claims to reduce puffiness and dark circles. I will say, my under eye area has been a lot less red/purple since using this!
  5. Moisturizer – Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty – I started using this cream years ago and I wasn’t initially wowed by it but I think it is because I wasn’t using enough. I literally glob this on my face and just keep rubbing it in (also down my neck) until it is mostly absorbed. I let it sink in before applying my makeup but I think for the price, this has earned a “favorite” title from me over the years. This is another product that lasts forever, btw!

In the PM I am going to be using the same cleansers as last week…I swear…this Cleansing Oil lasts FOREVER, but I wanted to see how I liked the Luna Oil without the Good Genes. Go ahead down below to see the order in which I apply.

My Skin Care Routine // Week Four

  1. Cleanse OneDeep Cleansing Oil by DHC – effective makeup removal at a great price point!
  2. Cleanse TwoCleansing Balm by Beauty Counter – Just your basic cleansing balm. No scent which is nice 🙂
  3. Toner/Acid – P50 (see here for info on this product) Can’t live without this!
  4. Eye TreatmentPro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment by Elemis – I love the dropper that this guy has. It is really controlled and I never feel like I’m wasting product. I feel like this guy + the Algenist eye cream are making a huge difference in my under eye wrinkles.
  5. Eye Cream – Complete Eye Renewal Balm by Algenist – I’ve used this on and off for years and I think pairing it with the eye treatment above has been working out really nicely. I like that the cream is not heavy at all.
  6. Face Treatment/MoisturizerLuna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley – Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains a powerful, yet gentle trans-retinol ester and moisturizing botanical oils to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and sun damage while preventing flakiness and irritation.

Check back next week for reviews of these routines + photos of my skin throughout the week!

What have you been loving lately? What would you love for me to try and review? Leave me some love in the comments! xo

UPDATE 4/11/2016

Alright – it has been a week and I have mixed thoughts. Here are some pics from throughout the week — my feelings are below.

Taken April 6th wearing only a light tinted moisturizer + blush + highlight. No concealer. I feel like my under eye wrinkles are greatly reduced since week one. Also, my pores are still pretty tiny! YAY!

Taken April 6th wearing only a light tinted moisturizer + blush + highlight. No concealer. I feel like my under eye wrinkles are greatly reduced since week one. Also, my pores are still pretty tiny! YAY!

Taken on April 10th in the morning after my AM Routine. Notice the redness on my cheeks? This happens to me after cleansing but is gone within 20-30 min.

Taken on April 10th in the morning after my AM Routine. Notice the redness on my cheeks? This happens to me after cleansing but is gone within 20-30 min.

Taken on April 10th after my PM Routine. The eye wrinkles towards the inner corner are on another level of bad (allergies and drinking this weekend)... but otherwise, pores are looking good to me and the redness from AM, as you can see, was greatly reduced. While you can see my hyper pigmentation spots, you can also see that they are very light in color and probably only noticeable to me on a day to day basis.

Taken on April 10th after my PM Routine. The eye wrinkles towards the inner corner are on another level of bad (allergies and drinking this weekend)… but otherwise, pores are looking good to me and the redness from AM, as you can see, was greatly reduced. While you can see my hyper pigmentation spots, you can also see that they are very light in color and probably only noticeable to me on a day to day basis.

In the past I had been really loving using the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty but this week it has not been really great for my skin. I felt like the product did not totally absorb into my skin and so my makeup in the morning ended up looking a little cakey, especially around the nose. I am thinking that in the future I need to lessen the amount of moisturizer I am using BUT also add a hyaluronic acid underneath for added moisture retention. Using this moisturizer in the morning and only using the Algenist eye cream, I just didn’t feel like it was enough to keep my inner eye wrinkles under control (also, I boozed hard on Friday and had allergy issues over the weekend) but I still think the Alegenist is working nicely on my outer eye wrinkles.

I finally finished the  Deep Cleansing Oil by DHC and overall, YES! I love it! This oil is a great price and it lasts forever! For a “first cleanse”, this is a big winner in my book. Anything that can easily take off my waterproof mascara is worth a repurchase. With that said, I have a lot of products I need to use up before I can justify purchasing another cleanser, but when I am in the market, I will definitely buy this guy over and over again.

A big change this week was using the Luna oil without Good Genes. I think this was a great and gentle way to treat my skin but I decided that it’s not hydrating enough for me anymore to use alone. I think in a few weeks I may try topping the Luna oil with a thicker oil or balm. Stay tuned for more on that one.

Oh! In the AM I was using the Multiactiver Toner by Dermologica and I really think this is a nice toner for “beginners”. It lasts forever, smells great, is a great prize for the size, and it definitely does the “toning” job. Is it as good as P50? Hell no. BUT it’s gentle and effective at removing residual product after cleansing. On weeks where I am using more acids than usual, this will be grabbed because it is totally soothing.

Wondering about my hyperpigmentation? It’s still there (as you can see in the last picture). Ugh. I seriously don’t know if I’m just more aware of it because of this series or if it was always this bad, but yeah, it’s there and driving me nuts. With that said, any spots I have are very light in color and easily covered up using just a tinted moisturizer so I know I’m being a big dramatic but I want perfect skin dammit! I wish these damn sun spots would go away!!!

Overall, since I’ve been skipping masks and peels for the last two weeks, I think my skin is mad at me. I think I need to take a short break from using the same routine every day. I’ll have a new routine next week but this week I want to focus on masks and peels to try and get things under control a little bit. A pamper day is necessary.

Questions/comments?! Lemme know! xo

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Comments

  1. So, I’m back again this week! Still loving this series! And I got my notification that the Sephora Rogue sale is starting on Thursday, so this series definitely hit at the right time for me. But I am struggling with what to buy. Thought that the Dr. Denis Gross serum was definitely on the list (I have some pigmentation issues on my cheeks I would like to target) but seems like you are somewhat on the fence? Also, I’ve been using Artemis in my AM routine during the winter months because my skin gets SO DRY in our Chicago winters. I REALLY love facial oils so considering the Boscia to use during the summer when I don’t need something so heavy. And now you have me back on the Good Genes bandwagon. As I mentioned last week, I just wasn’t sure I was loving it after my first bottle died so quickly. I went to Sephora this weekend to grab another sample to try the Luna layering you raved about. We’ll see how I feel after using it the next few nights.

    Also grabbed a sample of Drunk Elephant’s Glycolic Night Serum — ever tried? Any opinions there?

    Looks like I might have to tell the husband to ignore the credit card charges over the weekend, ha!!

    • Hi Corrie! Sometimes it is hard for me to tell what is really making the difference in my face because I use different products in the AM and PM (as I should)….so for the Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid, I just can’t say with 100% confidence that it is the reason my redness and hyperpigmentation is lessening ya know? With that said, have you tried their Alpha Beta Peels in Extra Strength??? That is something I KNOW works. If you’re looking for 100% certainty that a product will improve your skin, buy those pads! I get them in the packets so that I can travel with them but they also have them in little oxyclean-like containers. I may include them in my routine next week. When I am using them, I use only 1-2 x’s per week and holy cow, impressive shit!

      Good Genes is good stuff (he he) but I totally agree, the bottles are so expensive and don’t last very long. Last week when I was pairing Luna with Good Genes, I used 1/2 a pump to 3/4 a pump but tried SO hard to not use a full pump on my face b/c it seemed redundant. I am almost out of my current bottle but have a new one ready to go and I am definitely going to be stingy with my new one. Too expensive!!

      The only product by Drunk Elephant that I have used is their C-Firma Day Serum. It is similar to the ferulic acid by Dennis Gross that you’re wondering about. The reviews on both products are really good 🙂 You’ll have to let me know how you like the Night Serum!!!

      xo

      PS. The Boscia Oil would be GREAT for summer use! Good idea!