I frequently reference my skin type on Instagram and YouTube. In 2008, at a facial that marked the turning point on my journey to clearer skin, the aesthetician asked if I was of Scandinavian descent. “Yes, some…” I said as I straightened my neck to prepare for the barrage of compliments I assumed she was about to bestow upon me. “Yes, it appears very sensitive and prone to dryness…a lot of dryness” she muttered as she furrowed her brow while peering through her Magnivisor at the sea of acne and redness before her.
It has taken me over a decade to cull a skincare routine to assist with a myriad of issues. I don’t just battle with problems I inherited. My skin can be triggered by a strong concentration of a specific ingredient or by a change in the weather. My routine is constantly evolving when you combine genetics with two pregnancies in quick succession and turning 35.
I love to try new products and have a revolving arsenal in my bathroom to deal with my complexion’s unpredictable nature. I have been sent quite a few DMs inquiring about my routines, but I don’t have a specific routine for morning and night due to this facial volatility.
Therefore, this is my routine when my skin is clear and I have my dryness under control:
- At night, I try to wash my face as often as possible in the shower. I have convinced myself that just standing in steam for five minutes helps. Whether or not it really makes a difference, who knows, but it’s an easy way to decompress at the end of the day. I am currently using the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Face Oil Cleanser on the days I do not use my Clarisonic. I will use it every three days and then give my face a break for a day. When I do use it, I typically use it with Neutrogena’s Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser.
- I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads immediately after I get out of the shower. I use these 3x/week.
- I apply LUMIONskin Serum after I am done with the peel pads. On nights when I don’t use the peel pads, I barely pat my face dry before applying the serum. This helps lock in an extra bit of moisture.
- After the serum has had time to absorb (usually 15 minutes later), I put on Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid Toner.
- After the toner has dried, I will apply the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. I use the Cream nearly every night in the winter but use it about 3-4x/week when it isn’t as dry or cold outside.
There you have it! I will write more about my routines when my skin is extremely dry, breaking out, etc. soon! If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Instagram @reinesoleillesoin