This is one of my more ambitious posts as in it, I’ll be outlining my complete skincare routine, including once a week maintenance rituals and troubleshooting. Wow, I made my face sound awfully like a computer. Anyway, I realized that I needed a change from my simple skincare routine (check it out here) because my face pretty much started to plateau. My skin looked okay, but not great, so I decided to mix it up with product changes and additions to my routine. Before we get started, you might notice that a lot of the products are by Rraw PH. This is in no way a sponsored post; I just hauled a bunch of stuff from them last month to incorporate into my routine. You know how much I love local and wholesome products!
The Daily Routine
My daily routine consists of the products that I use each day. Consistency is really important if you want to make a positive change in your skin, and I’ve outlined the products in the order in which I apply them.
Before you wash your face with your regular facial cleanser, it’s important to remove your makeup first. I love using cleansing oils, and I’m currently using the Bioré Cleansing Oil. It’s a super easy, quick, and thorough way to remove your makeup. I also like The Body Shop and Sephora brand cleansing oils.
Right now, I’m using Rraw PH’s Witch’s Brew Facial Cleanser. It’s made of a bunch of organic ingredients including Virgin Coconut Oil, Kaolin Clay, Activated Charcoal, and Guava Essential Oil. These allow it to clean deeply without stripping your skin of moisture. It lathers up nicely, and my face never feels tight after using this product.
Toner is a really important step because it not only cleans your skin more thoroughly, it’s also a great way to incorporate different skin-loving ingredients to your routine. I use the Witch Hazel Toner by Rraw PH. Witch Hazel is great because it rids the pores of dirt, toxins, and excess oils. I also really love the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 because it was an easy way to add Salicylic Acid to my routine.
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive, so it’s important to show that part of your face some love. I currently use Rraw PH’s Tea Butterfor my under eyes and even for my lids. It’s quite thick, but it gets absorbed into the skin quickly, and it leaves the skin around my eyes really soft and supple. I’d also recommend the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado. It has a rich formula, and it’s super hydrating without being too heavy.
Haven’t had a serum in my routine in a while, but since a lot of the products I use have pretty basic ingredients, I thought this would be a good way to add a bit more oomph to it. I’m currently using the Rraw PH Serum for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin. It’s an oil-based serum, but it absorbs quickly and it doesn’t leave my face slick and greasy. I was kind of scared to try it because it contains Lavender, which I’m not really a fan of, and Peppermint Oil, which I thought would irritate my skin, but this serum works surprisingly well for me! I also really liked the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector and the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum. Both are really great for oily skin!
I’ve talked about Rraw PH’s Moisturizer before in this post, but I just want to highlight again that even though it’s quite creamy, it’s great for oily skin and actually helps control sebum production, all while being really hydrating. I usually switch my moisturizers up between this and my beloved Virgin Coconut Oil, using the latter when I notice my skin could use more moisture.
Sunscreen is an extremely important part to anyone’s skincare routine! I make sure not to skip this step even if I know I’m going to be inside all day as UVA and UVB rays can still penetrate through windows. I love using the VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 Sun Screen. SPF 70 may seem excessive, but better to be safe than sorry. I have to admit it does get a bit greasy, but it sits really well under makeup. I also liked the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50. It’s really light and it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing sunscreen, although I had to stop using it because I noticed that it started to break me out.
I feel like lip balm is a pretty underrated part of anyone’s skincare routine because frankly, when I look around, I notice a lot of dry, peeling lips. I hate it when I feel my lips get dry, so I make sure to have lip balm with me everywhere I go. I have several tubes open at the moment, and they include the Rraw PH Mint Coconut Lip Balm, and the Yves Rocher Macadamia Nourishing Lip Balm. My absolute favorite lip balm is the NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, and I would highly recommend that one for anyone struggling to get their lips hydrated.
My Weekly Ritual is what I do with my skin one day of the week (usually on a Sunday night). Like my Daily Routine, I’ve outlined my Weekly Ritual products in the order in which I use them. It’s really important to follow the order because each step supplements each other.
Before anything else, I like to exfoliate my skin to prep it for what’s to come. Exfoliating is important because it helps to get rid of dead skin and dirt that could affect the way the rest of the products in this line-up work on the skin. Instead of a physical exfoliator, I like to opt for a more gentle option. The Cure is a cool product because it comes out as gel, but when you rub it on your skin, you can see the dead skin cells and dirt come right off. Sounds gross, but it’s super effective.
Because I have oily skin and blackheads, I like to use a clay mask once a week just to decongest my skin. I’m currently using the Clay Masks by Rraw PH. I’ve tried the Morrocan Clay Mask and the Mediterranean Clay Mask and they both worked really well for my skin! I also like the Aztec Secrets Indian Healing Clay Mask, although that one’s a bit tougher on the skin and it must be mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar to get a good consistency.
While clay masks are great at decongesting my pores, they also tend to leave my skin feeling really dry and tight. I like to follow them up with a hydrating mask, particularly the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I’ve used this for years, and it always hydrates my skin really well. When I wake up in the morning, not only is my skin clear, it’s also really soft and supple thanks to this mask. I would always recommend using sheet masks to bring moisture back to your face.
These are some of the products that I use as needed; usually when I notice a pimple coming up or a dry patch that needs some moisture.
When I notice a pimple coming up, I’m extremely unrelenting. I cleanse my skin, and immediately apply the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment. It’s formulated with Benzoyl Peroxide, and it’s great at drying up pimples. I don’t like using it more than once or else it could burn the skin and cause dark spots. I also like The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil as an organic option. They work the same way, and while the Benzoyl Peroxide one clears pimples up faster, the Tea Tree Oil one is more gentle on the skin.
When my sinuses aren’t clear, the skin around my nose is usually what suffers most. I always notice that that area tends to get dry whenever I have a cold, so I like to show it some love by slathering my Josie Maran Argan Oil on the area. It usually goes back to normal after a couple of days, and applying Argan Oil on the area helps it from cracking any further.
I never really though face mist had an actual purpose, but boy was I wrong. I usually spritz the Rraw PH Rose Fresh Face Mist when I notice my skin could use a pick me up. It’s really hydrating and energizing. It seems so extra, but it really does make a difference in my skin! I’ve repurchased it a few times, so I can attest to how great it is for my skin.
And there you have it! That’s my complete skincare routine, posted in this blog for your perusal. I usually like to switch products as I use them up, but the structure and the order of the routine remain relatively the same no matter what I use.
What’s your skincare routine like? Let me know in the comments!